Harrison Township firm earns incentives to expand, add jobs

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published August 6, 2014

 Yanfeng USA, located on Executive Drive in Harrison Township since 2011, will be expanding and adding more than 500 jobs, thanks to a Michigan tax incentive.

Yanfeng USA, located on Executive Drive in Harrison Township since 2011, will be expanding and adding more than 500 jobs, thanks to a Michigan tax incentive.

Photo by Julie Snyder

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HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Yanfeng USA plans to expand its current manufacturing facility in Harrison Township, investing up to $56.2 million and creating hundreds of jobs, both locally and in Warren.

The tax incentives come from the Michigan Strategic Fund and will allow the automotive trim firm to expand its Harrison Township facility on Executive Drive, create 519 jobs and expand their facility in the city of Warren, where, since 2011, they have been providing Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango Door Trim programs for Chrysler.

Yanfeng USA Automotive Trim Systems, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Yanfeng Visteon Automotive Trim System Co., Ltd., which is headquartered in Shanghai, China.

C & G Newspapers was informed that the president of the company is currently on a business trip in China. He couldn’t be reached for comment on the planned expansion.

Former Harrison Township supervisor and current Republican State Rep. Anthony Forlini is very familiar with the firm as he encouraged that officials look into opening a facility in his hometown in 2009.

Forlini visited the Yanfeng Visteon’s headquarters on the first official Macomb County Trade delegation to China. During that visit, Forlini, who was then the Harrison Township supervisor — he said he paid for the trip himself — met with Yanfeng officials.

“One of the officials that we met with in China is now the general manager of the Harrison Township facility,” said Forlini.

Shortly after that trip, the Michigan Economic Growth Authority Board (MEGA) approved a seven-year MEGA tax credit to purchase its facility in Harrison Township and create 131 jobs. The local facility was opened in 2011, where is operates its GM Regal Door Panel program.

And since then, the company has been awarded multiple new contracts to manufacture center consoles, door panels and instrumental panels for several automotive companies, allowing for continued growth and creation of more than 250 additional jobs, Forlini said.

“They were initially only going to have 100 jobs but ended up providing 250,” he said.

U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich., applauded the Michigan Strategic Fund’s tax credit amendment, which is making the expansions and the creation of more Macomb County jobs possible.

“This expansion is excellent for Harrison Township and the City of Warren,” she said. “I believe it will have a positive economic impact on the community.”

The Michigan Strategic Fund was created in 1984 to promote economic development and create jobs in Michigan.

Meanwhile, Forlini said this recent good news for the area is a prime example of how Michigan’s economy is continuing to flourish after the “lost decade” of job loss and economic decline.

“The policies such as repealing the Michigan Business Tax and other incentives have made Michigan a very attractive state in which businesses can expand or even move to from other countries, and that is resulting in better jobs for families in Harrison Township and all across the state,” he said.

“We have heard much about American jobs going to China, and how it affects the U.S. economy. ... In this case, manufacturing jobs actually moved from China to Harrison Township, helping to make Michigan the comeback state. We aren’t 100 percent out of the woods yet, but business expansion projects such as this one are showing us the way to recovery.”

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