Bizon applauds grant for Battle Creek company

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. John Bizon, M.D. announced on Thursday that Snackwerks of Michigan has been awarded a $212,000 Michigan Business Development Program grant.

“I am excited about this grant and about the growth of Snackwerks,” said Bizon, R-Battle Creek. “This is great news for the company, the city and the entire community.”

Snackwerks of Michigan, formed in 2016, produces shelf-stable bakery food products for branded food companies and provides supply chain production at a scale that matches emerging and mid-tier brand volume requirements.

The company has been approached by a French-based producer to enter into a multi-year contract to produce its cookies for the U.S. market. The expansion will involve the creation of 38 new jobs and a total capital investment of up to $3.7 million in Battle Creek, resulting in the $212,000 Michigan Business Development Program grant.

In addition, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is considering support through a Food and Agriculture Investment Fund award in the amount of $150,000, and Battle Creek Unlimited has also offered a $38,000 job creation grant.

Michigan was chosen over competing sites in Paris, Illinois and California.

The Michigan Business Development Program (MBDP) and Michigan Community Revitalization Program (MCRP) are MEDC Business Attraction and Economic Gardening programs supported by an MSF general fund appropriation.