State transportation grants help keep and create jobs

Two central Michigan counties will receive development grants totaling more than $2.4 million.

State transportation officials said the grants are expected to leverage 10 times their value in private investment.

One of the companies receiving money is Cooper Automotive. It opened a new facility last year in Oscoda County. Its expansion created nearly 200 jobs, but without this recent grant award, 44 of them would have left the state.

Officials said the grant money will be used to improve traffic flow on M-72 near the plant.

Genesee County was also awarded money under the state grant. That money is expected to go to road improvements are near American Spiral Weld – that’s a piping company in Buick City. Those improvements will create 60 new jobs in Genesee County.