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New facility in Madison Square promises job opportunity for community

Photo animation of the MCPc building with community members outside
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MCPc breaks ground in Madison Square

MCPc's new location will bring between 75-100 news and existing jobs. Building is expected to conclude in 2022.

For nearly two decades, 1601 Madison, has sat vacant in the heart of Cottage Grove. Now a new chapter begins its story in the space.

MCPc, a technology logistics and data security management company, broke ground Wednesday on a new, 51,000 square foot facility. The relocation will bring 75-100 new and existing jobs to the area, with a specific focus on neighborhood hiring.

"MCPc values its team and community members, and we believe this new location – in the heart of the neighborhood – will allow us to continue to grow as a community partner and employer of choice,” said Andy Shannon, MCPc President, Michigan. “We are enthusiastic to provide economic opportunities for the area, beginning with our commitment to hiring 30% of our workforce from the Madison Square neighborhood.”

The company signed its lease agreement last April with Amplify GR, a non-profit focused in the Boston Square, Madison Square and Cottage Grove neighborhood seeking to widen pathways of opportunity for its community members.

“This used to be a thriving business community with deep roots in diversity,” shared Burl McLiechey, a 60-year resident who lives near the future home of MCPc. “Everyone used to walk to work because employers were based in the neighborhood. Over the years we saw a lot of disinvestment and it felt like people were forgotten. Now, I see it growing again, brightening up and becoming stronger as we rebuild it together. I’m happy to see quality jobs coming back and a commitment to maintain the diversity that is central to this area.”

Rockford Construction will lead the transformation of the site and says 30% of the project budget will be dedicated to hiring underrepresented local trade partners.

MCPc said renovation efforts, which include environmental remediation, were made possible by PNC Bank.

MCPc is set to open its Madison Square location in mid 2022.

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