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Coopersville, Walker company receive state funds

LANSING, Mich. (WZZM) - A Walker company and the City of Coopersville have both received state support for new economic development projects.

Nearly $350 million was doled out from the state Tuesday. The new investments are expected to bring nearly 900 jobs to the state.

In Walker, Challenge Mfg. Company, LLC will be building a 400,000 square foot facility in Pontiac and is expected to create 450 new jobs. Challenge received $1 million in March of 2013 and exceeded in created 180 jobs ahead of schedule, so now needs to expand. The funding will keep the expansion in Michigan instead of moving to Ontario. To apply for jobs with Challenge, go to http://challenge-mfg.com/careers/

The City of Coopersville is receiving $2.4 million in Community Development Block Grant funds for infrastructure improvements needed for the fairlife, LLC expansion project. Fairlife is a Chicago company that will construct two new bottling lines and add new machinery to its Coopersville facility. It is expected to create about 100 jobs, of which the company has agreed to hire low or moderate income persons for 51 of the positions. The funding will be used to improve the wastewater collection and transmission at the site. Fairlife is a health and wellness company based on the natural nutrition of dairy. To apply for jobs there, visit http://www.corepower.com/contact-jobs-pages-10.php .

A third company, Green Box NA Michigan, LLC received funding for projects in Cheboygan and Detroit.