BARAGA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLUC) - State grant money is supporting a business expansion in Baraga County.
Selkey Fabricators, LLC in Baraga Township is getting up to $73,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds from the Michigan Strategic Fund, according to a news release from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
Selkey Fabricators, incorporated in 2015, specializes in heavy industrial welding and machining. The company plans to buy new machinery and equipment that will allow it to diversify operations and compete in a higher volume market. The project is expected to generate up to $146,000 in private investment and create six jobs. Without the CDBG assistance, the company says it would not have been able to move forward with the project.
"Selkey Fabricators LLC is excited to announce the addition of CNC forming and CNC milling to our capabilities. This will improve our ability to serve our existing customers as well as new customers by improving quality and productivity. In addition, this will allow Selkey Fab to expand into other areas of manufacturing such as complex machining, hydraulic tanks, cylinders, and other pressure vessels," said Selkey Fabricators General Manager Nick Lindemann in a statement. "These machines will help the company be more diversified, which will create a much more stable work environment and create new jobs."
The grant was announced Wednesday along with three more in Lower Michigan. The four projects combined are expected to generate a total investment of $130.6 million.
"We are pleased to support the increase in jobs and expansion of manufacturing opportunities in our community," said Baraga Township Supervisor Amy Isaacson. "On behalf of the Township of Baraga, I would like to thank the Michigan Strategic Fund and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation for their support in making Selkey Fabricators Diversification Project a reality."