Certified Business Park Program Newsletter
May 2017
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Paragon Investing in Hillsdale Facility

Paragon Metals, headquartered in Hillsdale, is planning on expanding operations investing $19.98 million into the Hillsdale Manufacturing and Technology Park facility. The expansion will also fill the former Hartzell Veneer building on Industrial Drive.

Sue Smith, executive director of the Economic Development Partnership of Hillsdale County, said work is already underway inside the Hartzell Veneer building.

“That building is a good building, I wish we had more buildings like that in the county,” Smith said.

The investment will mean the creation of 50 qualified new jobs in the community. The company has been awarded a $250,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant.

The city of Hillsdale has offered partial reimbursement for electrical upgrades to the existing building.
“Since opening in Hillsdale in 2013, Paragon Metals has been critically important to our city,” said David Mackie, city manager. “With Hillsdale’s skilled workforce, Paragon has already created over 100 jobs using the latest automated manufacturing equipment, precision engineering, discipline and quality assurance.

“Now, Hillsdale is happy that we can provide the space, the infrastructure and the support that Paragon needs to expand. When I look at the map of Paragon Metals locations on six continents, I am proud that Hillsdale is the world headquarters of this high quality, high growth company,” he added.

The Michigan site was chosen over a competing site in South Carolina.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, City of Hillsdale, Hillsdale Board of Public Utilities, the Economic Development Partnership of Hillsdale County and Michigan Works! Southeast all worked closely with Paragon Metals to make the expansion happen.

“The EDP values the great working partnerships that add to the successful growth of companies like Paragon Metals,” Smith said.

Steve Arwood, CEO of Michigan Economic Development Corp., said its expansions like this that are a testament to Michigan’s growing economy.

“The decision by these companies to invest here rather than in other states means excellent jobs for Michigan residents and offers further evidence of our commitment to helping companies grow and generate new jobs for our residents,” Arwood said.

Paragon Metals provides machined components for the world’s largest automotive, heavy equipment and heavy truck manufacturers. In 2016, Paragon was awarded one of 50 fastest growing privately owned business for the second straight year.

See more exciting news about the Hillsdale Manufacturing and Technology Park here!
Marketing Tip!

Want to get the word out about all that your business park offers? One way to do this is to become a CBP Web Partner. Remember that sharing links increases your visibility! MEDA has a new CBP Web Partner page in which we will add a link to your company’s website if you add ours to your site. Adding links to your webpage will also help improve your hit rate.

If you are interested in becoming a CBP web partner, email us at meda@medaweb.org

Another great way to keep prospectors in the loop is to keep your webpage updated. 
If your webpage is in need of any changes, please send them to meda@medaweb.org.
Zeigler Motorsports Opens at Midlink

Aaron Zeigler, one of the largest dealers in the nation, recently celebrated the highly-anticipated opening of the automotive group's first multi-line powersports dealership and entertainment complex. Upon opening its doors on Monday, March 6th, Zeigler Motorsports became the world's largest Action Park and Motorsports dealership, creating a one-of-a-kind destination for Motorsports enthusiasts.

Now located at 5001 Park Circle Drive, inside Midlink Business Park, the 50-acre facility features a 30-foot mountain and waterfall, birch trees, a 300-square-foot video wall, 36 motorcycles suspended from the ceiling, and a Tap House Restaurant & Bar. It also includes an indoor service write-up area and a 150-person training and development center.

"We are changing the way people experience Motorsports. This new location is more than just a dealership. It’s a destination and an entertainment complex,” said Aaron Zeigler, President of Zeigler Motorsports.

Dream Traxx, the nation’s premier track building company developed the dealer's three onsite tracks which span over 4 miles. These include a1.3-mile motocross track, a side-by-side track with natural obstacles, and an additional junior track.

“At our dealership you will be able to test drive vehicles in their natural environment. Every aspect of the complex was designed to give customers an amazing experience,” Zeigler added. In addition to the attractions and entertainment features, Zeigler emphasized the one-stop-shop aspect of the complex by designating 85,000 square feet for sales and service—including 24 large indoor service lanes—plus an additional 400,000 square feet for onsite storage.

The massive storage facility developed with Motorsports enthusiasts in mind, features an in/out service that allows clients to store their vehicles onsite and use them on the tracks without a trailer. Zeigler Automotive Group plans to hold an official Grand Opening event for the new dealership in the near future.

About Zeigler Motorsports
Zeigler Motorsports in Kalamazoo Michigan is part of the Zeigler Automotive Group, one of the largest automotive dealer groups in the country. The multi-line dealer carries a large volume of Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, SkiDoo, SeaDoo, Can Am, Arctic Cat, KTM, E-Z-Go, Bad Boy Off Road and Yamaha powersport products and specializes in the complete line of Honda Power Equipment and Yamaha Power Equipment. Its main focus is providing A Great Experience with the largest selection in Michigan and a knowledgeable staff always available at its 50-acre facility.

About Zeigler Automotive Group
Zeigler Automotive Group is one of the largest privately owned dealer groups in the nation with 71 franchises and 23 locations in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and New York. Vehicle brands represented include the majority of domestic and imported manufacturers. Founded in 1975, the company ranks among the top 1% of automotive dealers in the U.S., and has earned recognition for its commitment to both customer service and employee satisfaction. Recently, Zeigler Automotive Group was named one of the 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in Illinois and Michigan.

Muskegon County Airport Business Park Updates

Muskegon County Real Estate Broker

In fall 2016, the County received five (5) proposals for Commercial Real Estate Broker services to represent the County in marketing and negotiating of County owned properties, including Business Park North and the Airport Business Park. The County awarded a 1-year contract, with two 1-year options, to Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL). JLL has successfully completed dozens of transactions in the local market including a deal at the Muskegon Airport Business Park for Johnson Tech.

The Muskegon County Airport Business Park combines unlimited access to high technology with warehouse distribution and air transportation capabilities. The park includes 31 sites on almost 76 acres located contiguous to the Muskegon County Airport and near U.S. 31 and Interstate 96. Sites vary from two to five acres, available at very competitive prices, with roads, gas, water, sewage, electrical, and advanced telecommunications available at each location.

Muskegon County Airport Business Park

Efforts continue to market the Muskegon County Airport Business Park to developers, site selectors and targeted businesses. The County Board of Commissioners approved the sale of Lot 10 (1.88 acres) to Inter Dyne Systems on October 25, 2016.  

Inter Dyne Systems, Inc., 676 Ellis Road (Lot 9), produces stainless steel laboratory pegboards and glass-ware drying racks, narcotic security storage cabinets, stainless steel countertops. The sale of this property was completed in February 2017.

The purchase of Lot 10 will allow Inter Dyne to expand their operations. Interest was also expressed in the future purchase of Lot 13 directly north on the existing parcels.

“I love being in Norton Shores and see no reason to leave. I reside and have my business located here and cannot think of a better place to do either. Securing the lot next door has cemented me and Inter Dyne Systems here for a long time to come. We plan on expanding our factory in the near future and look forward to working with the people of this community in that effort”.  Jack Andree, President, Inter Dyne Systems, Inc.


Southeast Michigan is perhaps the most well-known region of Michigan. It houses Detroit, Ann Arbor, Pontiac, a very large population, many new industries, international corporations like General Motors and the Ford Motor Company, world-renowned universities like the University of Michigan and Wayne State University, one of the busiest airports in the world the Detroit Metro Airport, and popular sports teams, including the Detroit Lions, Tigers, Red Wings and Pistons. Besides the big cities, there are several growing cities and communities in this region such as Novi, Monroe, Dearborn, Adrian and Ypsilanti. The list of opportunities, growth, and amazing places in Southeast Michigan is extensive. 

Top industries and employment areas include professional and business services, manufacturing, regional trade, government and education and health services. Despite automotive manufacturers' choices to expand their international manufacturing base, many automotive companies are still locating in this area as it has many automotive-related research and development facilities, among other benefits.


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