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$430 million investment will restore an abandoned factory in Muskegon twp.


Officials said Wednesday an estimated $430 million investment in Muskegon Township will restore an abandoned chemical factory while bringing hundreds of new jobs with it.

Muskegon Township officials confirmed Wednesday that Global Life Sciences Solutions USA, which manufacturers medical therapeutics, is close to purchasing the former Bayer Crop Science facility on Whitehall Road and transforming the space into one of its new manufacturing plants.

The company, which does not operate in the state of Michigan currently, would bring 200 good paying jobs with it to the area, while restoring the existing plant that sits north of Muskegon Lake.

The Bayer Crop Science plant shut down in 2020 during the height of the pandemic, resulting in 100 area residents losing their jobs.

And with Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer refusing to sign off on a new casino in Muskegon County earlier this month, Township supervisor Jennifer Hodges told WGVU Wednesday the area was in desperate need of good news.

The development is expected to bring $430 million in investment, while restoring the existing site with new machinery computers and labs.

Officials say the fact that the site had only been closed since 2020 meant it had remained in relatively good shape, a selling point to Global Life Sciences.

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