KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- The Governor has announced that Newell Rubbermaid, will be consolidating three design centers it has scattered around the country into one new location at Western Michigan University’s B.T.R. Park.
Governor Snyder says it was Kalamazoo’s quality of life, its quality work force and that location that helped beat out a competing proposal from Chicago.
He says the jobs will pay 70 to 90-thousand dollars a year.
The parent firm makes Papermate pens, Graco baby seats, Rubbermaid kitchen ware and owns many other brand names and products.
Ron Kitchens at S.W. Michigan First says they had to go through a gauntlet of decisions on various company requirements to survive what was a grueling search process .
Newell Project Manager Robert Wilson says now that the decision has been made, things will move quickly from here. They already have a design and contracts ready to sign. They will break ground this spring, and could move in within a year.
It’s creating 100 new jobs, many of which already belong to Newell designers who will be transferring here.
The city is offering a tax break. Southwest Michigan first, with the help of a grant from the state will be building a structure for the new company to lease and there are other incentives as part of the package.