Tuscola County company awarded $165,000 grant for expansion


A Tuscola county business is expanding and creating new jobs.

Officials say the company Walbro Engine Management makes fuel systems for things like weedwackers, chainsaws and recreational vehicles.

The company is being awarded 165 thousand dollars from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to help expand the business.

Chris Quick is the Vice President of Fuel Systems and Recreational Marine Business Unit with Walbro. He said Walbro designs products to meet and exceed emissions regulations.

“We’ve really been focusing on investing and developing technology to really offer solutions to our customers to meet regulations and the benefit of course with the priority of the benefit of creating jobs in the area,” Quick said.

Quick said one new technology Walbro developed is an efficient fuel tank which doesn’t allow emissions to escape.

He said the expansion will include the installation of larger machines which are expected to increase production.

“So the next step is just to continue our trust forward and launching the business that we’ve been awarded- hiring the team members and getting them trained and efficient in the processes,” Quick said.

He said this is the second expansion for the Cass City location and it will create a minimum of 28 new jobs.