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2,000-plus jobs coming to Big Rapids?

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MECOSTA COUNTY — Local leaders have been working behind the scenes to bring a large international electric vehicle battery component production facility to the Big Rapids Township industrial park on 18 Mile Rd. in Big Rapids.

Officials of Big Rapids Township, Green Township, Mecosta County and Ferris State University, in coordination with The Right Place, Inc., an economic development corporation contracting with the county, have been negotiating with Gotion, Inc., a subsidiary of Guoxuan High-Tech Co., who plans to build the first battery component parts plant in the United States.

“This will be the biggest opportunity we have ever had in the area,” Big Rapids Township supervisor Bill Stanek told the Pioneer. “This is something we have been working on for 15 months. We have been negotiating back and forth, and now they have finally decided to go with Big Rapids.”

The company is an international company sold on the stock exchange in China and Switzerland, Stanek said. It is 70% owned by European auto makers and the board is comprised of members from China, America and European countries.

The vice president of the company that oversees North and South American production saw the for sale sign on the industrial park and reached out back in June 2021, Stanek said.

“We have been negotiating since. It has been up and down like a roller coaster,” he said. “They pulled out and they were going to build somewhere else. Then they came back to here. We were going to get an assembly plant first and now it turned out to be a component plant when they decided to do that in the U.S. It has been up and down a lot, but, finally, they have decided to come here.

“This will be the first battery component parts plant in the United States,” he continued. “This company coming to Big Rapids will be huge. It will be the largest investment north of Detroit.”

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