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MDOT issues grant to Sturgis

The Michigan Department of Transportation has issued a road-improvement grant to the city of Sturgis to complement an expansion project underway by Summit Polymers.

State Rep. Matt Lori announced the $242,640 grant would be matched by $60,660 put up by the city to improve a 1,420-foot portion of Broadus Street between Progress Street and Dresser Drive for all-season access to Summit Polymers.

Sturgis City Manager Mike Hughes said the grant complements the company’s commitment to a $1 million investment in equipment for a new line and overall upgrades of the automobile-parts supplier’s Sturgis plant.

While Summit Polymers has already started work on its new line, the city will complete the roadwork for which the grant was awarded later this calendar year, Hughes said.

Summit Polymers currently has 157 employees at its Sturgis facility and plans to add 27 more workers when its new line is put into operation.