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Neogen to expand manufacturing facilities in Lansing

Neogen Corp. announced plans to transform a former warehouse at 728 E. Shiawassee St. into a manufacturing site. The renovation near the company's headquarters is part of a $1 million expansion and will add 25 jobs to the 400 already employed by the Lansing-based food and animal safety company.

According to excerpts from the article:
"Neogen has applied for a tax incentive that would save the company an estimated $230,000 in taxes on real property for 12 years. The city estimates it will take in $141,000 in new property and income taxes from the project over that period."
 
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Local credit union announces plans to redevelop block in downtown Lansing

Lake Trust Credit Union plans to redevelop a downtown building it owns at 501 S. Capitol Ave. into homes and retail space for young professionals when the credit union relocates its headquarters to Livingston County in the spring.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"Ideas for the site are preliminary . . . The credit union is in talks with multiple developers but has yet to select one to help with the project. . . . early concepts include the possibility of at least two buildings with offices, retail space and residential units. They are likely to be one- to two-bedroom apartments, officials said."
 
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New student apartments to rise from spot of soon-to-be torn down cottages in central East Lasing

Five three-story buildings will take the place of about 15 cottage-style houses near Gunson and Beech streets by the fall of 2016 according to plans underway by rental housing developer DTN Management.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"DTN's project includes 21 student apartments for a total of 10,500 square feet. The first floor of each building will be used predominantly for parking, company Vice President Colin Cronin said. All but two units will have two bedrooms. The remaining two units will have one bedroom each."
 
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Canadian auto supplier continues to invest in Michigan with new Delta plant

Magna International Inc. recently unveiled a $75 million parts plant in Delta Township that is expected to add up to 340 jobs by sometime next year. The 290,000-square-foot plant is part of a significant expansion planned by the Canadian auto supplier that may also include a separate plant in Windsor Township.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"The plant is part of Magna's exteriors division and affiliated with subsidiary company Norplas Industries. It will build front and rear fascias for the vehicles made at General Motors Co.'s two local assembly plants — Lansing Delta Township, which builds the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia crossovers; and Lansing Grand River, home to the Cadillac ATS and CTS luxury cars."
 
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Expansion planned for Delta Township assembly plant

The planning commission of Delta Township unanimously approved a site plan that allows General Motors to add up to 210,000 square feet to the Lansing Delta Township plant as part of a $37 million expansion.

According to excerpts from the article:
"…the new details shed light on the scope of the Detroit carmaker’s proposed project, even without knowing what GM plans to do with the extra space. A larger body shop and general assembly building could allow the company to add or retool assembly lines, steps often taken when preparing to build a new or redesigned vehicle."
 
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Federal funding fights blight in Lansing and other Michigan cities

Lansing is among 11 Michigan cities that will benefit from $75 million in federal funding designed to fight blight by cleaning up dilapidated and empty buildings. Other cities included in work plans created by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority include Detroit, Ecorse, Hamtramck, Highland Park, Inkster and River Rouge in Wayne County, as well as Adrian, Ironwood, Jackson, Muskegon Heights and Port Huron.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"MSHDA will meet with city officials this month to discuss how they will submit plans to remove blight, choose the areas of the city that will receive the work, consider costs and set a timeline.

"The money is from $498 million the state was allocated in 2010 as part of the 'Hardest Hit' program, designed to help homeowners in states that suffered the most from the housing crisis."
 
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Healthier job market awaits college grads survey says

Employers are recruiting college graduates at a vibrant rate not seen since the turn of the century reveals a recent survey by MSU’s College Employment Research Institute.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"… after several years of small gains, hiring for 2014-2015 is expected to jump 16 percent for new graduates.
 
"The annual survey is the largest in the nation, the university said, and included responses from 5,700 companies. More than half of the responses were outside recruiters and company Human Resources managers looking for full-time employees."
 
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Impression 5 presses ahead with $2M expansion

Impression 5 hopes to inspire more children and families with the marvels of science through a $2 million expansion that will include the new 15,000-square-foot Dart Hall of Science.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"The new exhibit area, accessible from the center's riverside entrance, makes way for more traveling exhibits, space for educational programs, a lounge area and restrooms."
 
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Developer breaks ground on new mixed-used facility in East Lansing

Construction began in early October on a $2.8 million development dubbed Element 903 that will bring first floor retail topped by three floors of 18 upscale student apartments to a repurposed site across from the campus of Michigan State University. 
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"Each of the apartments will have two bedrooms and two full bathrooms with an open floor plan, European kitchen, granite counter tops and a washer and dryer, said Kincaid Henry Building Group Inc., which is collaborating with owners Rich Foster and Cynthia Harmon on the project. …
 
"City officials said the development, which was approved in November 2013, will remove an outmoded building and strengthen the Michigan Avenue/Grand River Avenue corridor."
 
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New video promotes downtown district

A video that builds on the #lovelansing vibe was recently released by Downtown Lansing as part of a the "This is My Downtown" media campaign to promote the area.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"The video features scenes like the Lansing City Market, the Capitol, Impression Five, the Lansing Lugnuts and local retailers."
 
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Two Men and a Truck unwraps new headquarters

A homegrown moving franchise in Lansing unveiled an $8 million expansion that boosts the size of its headquarters to 55,000 square feet and holds promise for adding dozens of new jobs as the company steadily grows.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"Two Men and a Truck was founded in 1985 by Mary Ellen Sheets and her sons, who used an old truck to make some extra money in high school. …
 
"President Randy Shacka said the company’s growth strategy, which included aggressive pushes into new markets, started in 2012. It now has 8,500 employees worldwide."
 
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Lansing duo makes list of best new coffee roasters

Lansing's Craft & Mason made the list of top new coffee roasters satisfying coffee addicts nationwide in a recent edition of Thrillist—the on-line compiler of the best-of-the-best food, drinks, gear, services, entertainment, travel options, and events.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"As the farm-to-table movement takes off in smaller cities like Lansing, a rising foodie tide raises all ships. That includes coffee-filled vessels thanks to Craft & Mason, known locally for a nitro cold-brew served out of their cafe at pop-up events …"
 
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Lansing inventor harnesses solar power to charge mobile devices outdoors

Pedestrians finding their mobile devices low on juice may soon have an option for charging in the urban outdoors thanks to the ingenuity of Lansing-based EnerFusion Inc. and its owner Joe Kobus
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"The Lansing Board of Water & Light and Mayor Virg Bernero unveiled the city's first Solar Power-Dok picnic table … complete with an umbrella designed to provide energy whenever it is placed outdoors in direct sunlight.
 
"The table has solar panels attached to the umbrella and delivers electricity to four GFCI outlets and four USB power outlets that can charge gadgets such as cell phones, smart phones, and laptops."
 
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Chamber recognizes 10 young professionals to watch in next decade

Capital Gains Managing Editor Suban Nur Cooley was among 10 of Greater Lansing's top young professionals honored through the eighth annual "10 Over the Next Ten" awards coordinated by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Grand River Connection.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"Open to those under 35 who had worked in mid-Michigan for at least two years, the annual awards aim to recognize Greater Lansing’s future business and community leaders over the next decade."
 
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Emergent BioSolutions to manufacture new anthrax vaccine

A $29 million contract between the federal government and Emergent BioSolutions ensures that the next generation of the nation's only anthrax vaccine will be made in Lansing.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"The five-year contract with the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases will fund production and other 'non-clinical functions' as the company prepares to seek approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the 'investigational new drug,' the company said earlier this month. NuThrax would be a dry version that could survive without expensive cold storage during shipping.

"At the same time, Emergent also is working to expand production of BioThrax, the only FDA-approved anthrax vaccine, at its Lansing plant."
 
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