BAY CITY, MI — Bay Future Inc., Bay County’s public-private economic development agency, helped attract nearly 300 new jobs in 2016.
At its annual meeting Thursday, April 13, officials from the agency highlighted 11 economic development projects they helped come to fruition in 2016.
The agency reported more than $200 million in capital investment, a large portion of that being invested by General Motors Corp. The automaker announced $118 million in investments in 2016, retaining 67 jobs and creating 29.
Here is a summary of the projects from this past year:
1BID.US Online Auctions
New jobs: 16
Capital Investment: $1,375,000
The online auction company moved into a 25,000-square-foot warehouse at 605 Salzburg Ave. after outgrowing their contract and leased space at a former location. Bay Future assisted with site selection, assessing zoning restrictions and ordinances with the city of Bay City, and helped secure financing.
New jobs: 65 (moved from Saginaw County)
Capital Investment: $1,375,000
Looking to expand its operation, this Saginaw County screen printing company moved its headquarters to a 60,000-square-foot building in Bay County’s Monitor Township at 4177 Three Mile Road.
“We just didn’t have enough square footage to increase our capacity to levels we want to be at,” said Dennis Barthel, founder and president of the company.
Bay Future assisted with site selection and demographic information for the company, in addition to working with the Monitor Township Planning Commission to amend zoning.
Bay City Properties, LLC (Conti Inc.)
Capital Investment: $875,000
Bay City Properties, an LLC owned by Conti Inc., a Sterling Heights company that specializes in a number of trades, including site remediation, purchased the old Do-All Inc building in Bay City’s South End for $875,000. Bay Future assisted with site selection.
The company is expected to start operations this year.
New jobs: 2
Securing a business incubator in Bay County was part of Bay Future’s strategic action plan.
Bay Future started dialog with Central Michigan University Research Corp. in 2014. The entrepreneur hub offers a creative space for businesses to launch and grow.
A grand opening was celebrated in March.
Capital Investment: $58 million
The utility’s investment was for its Karn Generating Complex. The investments included boiler, turbine and environmental projects at the site.
In March 2016, Consumers closed its J.C. Weadock Generating Plant, located next to the Karn complex. The 310-megawatt plant operated for 75 years in Bay County’s Hampton Township.
Cops & Doughnuts
New jobs: 20
When the Clare-based doughnut shop, a group of police officers just didn’t want to see their town’s historic bakery close its doors. Since then, they’ve exploded into a multi-million dollar business that’s now looking to franchise across the state and even the nation.
Cops and Doughnuts opened its Bay City precinct at the old Sutherland Bakery on Midland Street in the summer of 2016.
Bay Future helped with site selection and workforce assistance.
New jobs: 71
Capital Investment: $8,750,000
The full-service print and marketing solutions company is investing more than $8.7 million into its Monitor Township location at the Valley Center Technology Park. Bay Future, in coordination with the Michigan Economic Development Corp. worked several aspects of the deal.
F.P. Horak is expected to move operations out of its downtown Bay City location at 401 Saginaw St. into the Monitor Township location this year.
New jobs: 29
Retained jobs: 67
Capital Investment: $118 million
The automaker announced the big investment in April 2016, in conjunction with a $788.7 million investment into its Spring Hill, Tennessee manufacturing plant. Earlier this year, GM announced a $20 million investment into its Bay City plant that’s going to retain 15 jobs.
Legacy — Crapo Building
New jobs: 44
Capital Investment: $12 million
The historic Crapo building at Center and Washington avenues in downtown Bay City is being transformed by developer Jenifer Acosta, who also redeveloped the old Bay City Times building into luxury apartments.
The building's ground level has room for three commercial spaces -- two for offices and one for a restaurant where Chemical Bank's lobby was formerly located.
Two of the three ground level spaces have been spoken for at this time, including the old bank lobby for a restaurant, Acosta has said.
The second through fifth floors are going to accommodate 26 apartment rentals, Acosta said. Seventeen of the rentals are going to be one-bedroom units; nine are going to be two-bedroom units.
Bay Future assisted with MEDC connections, letters of support and helped coordinate local support.
Tri-City Brewing Co.
New Jobs: 25
Capital Investment: $1.3 million
Bay Future assisted the microbrewer with site selection and securing tax breaks with its move from Bay City to Bangor Township.
Hundreds celebrated a grand opening in December at the brewery’s new location, 4170 Shrestha Drive.
Owner Kevin Peil was looking to expand the brewery’s distribution and increase the size of its taproom. The new facility is 10,000-square-feet with plenty of nearby land for future expansions.
New jobs: 12
Capital Investment: $300,000
A year after moving into their Bay City location, Universal Printing invested more than $300,000 in equipment in 2016, allowing them to increase production by 600 percent and hire 12 people.
Bay Future worked with the city of Bay City to acquire proper procedure and permitting to have machinery installed.