State Rep. Matt Lori on Thursday announced an Indiana manufacturer will move its operations to White Pigeon, resulting in a $1.1 million investment and an estimated 46 new jobs in the village.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation approved a $200,000 performance-based grant to bring Merhow Industries to a vacant facility in White Pigeon. The company, which outgrew its factory in Indiana, manufactures luxury horse trailers equipped with living quarters.
Lori called the move fantastic news for the residents of White Pigeon and St. Joseph County. He said leadership in the Legislature has made it a priority to get Michigan working and the development will help put nearly 50 people to work once the company settles in.
The Michigan site was chosen over a competing location in Indiana, according to the MEDC. The village is offering a 12-year property tax abatement to Merhow Industries in addition to the state grant.