Zorn applauds grant for Echo expansion in Monroe County

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Dale Zorn announced on Wednesday that Echo Engineering and Productions Supplies will make key investments and create jobs at two Monroe County facilities thanks to a recently approved state incentive.

“There is great economic growth happening throughout Southeast Michigan and Monroe County,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Our region has a long history of manufacturing, and this expansion will put two existing facilities back into productive use.

“This grant will support a $2.4 million expansion project that will create 60 jobs, provide new opportunities and continue to improve the local economy.”

Echo is a full-service manufacturer of custom plastic components and has experienced significant growth due to increasing development in the aerospace, automotive, heavy machinery, lighting and electronics industries.

The company recently acquired two move-in-ready facilities in Monroe County — one in the city of Monroe and the other in Frenchtown Township.

The Michigan Strategic Fund approved a $210,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant to Echo to support the project. According to state officials, Michigan was chosen over competing sites in Indiana, Ohio, North Carolina and Texas.

“Just like PlaneWave’s recent move here from California, this is yet another example of Michigan drawing in jobs from out of state,” Zorn said. “I applaud state, local and company officials for working together to make it a reality.”