Millions in investment and 100 new jobs headed to Battle Creek

LANSING—Plans for two projects expected to generate more than $85 million in private investment and 100 new jobs to Battle Creek were approved Tuesday by the Michigan Economic Growth Authority Board, said state Sen. Mike Nofs.
“This is exciting news for Battle Creek residents,” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek. “These projects demonstrate Michigan’s ability to compete for and win new, high tech jobs. The millions in investment dollars will go a long way to boost the local economy.”
The two Battle Creek-based businesses, Toda America, Inc. and Covance Laboratories, Inc., will receive state tax credits totaling $1.6 million and $2.8 million, respectively.
Toda America, Inc. is the world’s leading manufacturer of iron oxide and mixed metal oxide particles. The company chose Battle Creek over a location in South Carolina, and will invest $70.1 million to establish a plant that will produce materials for ion battery manufacturers, creating 57 jobs.
Covance Laboratories, Inc. will invest $15 million to renovate the former SEMCO building and from it will provide analytical, microbiological, stability and sensor testing for food service customers across the United States, creating 43 jobs.


Legislation would give tax credit for veterans home donations

LANSING — Sen. Mike Nofs co-sponsored legislation this week that would make an individual who donates to a state veterans’ home eligible to receive an income tax credit.

“As we commemorated Veterans Day this week, it serves as a great reminder of the many veterans’ homes located throughout our state and the invaluable services they provide the men and women who have served in uniform,” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek. “This bill makes it easier for residents to support those who have protected us and is another great way to say thanks for defending our country.”

Senate Bill 987 permits taxpayers to receive a credit for 50 percent of their contribution with the credit capping at $100 for individuals and $200 for a couple filing a joint tax return.

The bill, which was authored by Sen. Wayne Kuipers, R-Holland, awaits further action in committee.


Mike Nofs sworn in as state senator for 19th District

LANSING–State Sen. Mike Nofs was sworn into office at the state Capitol today with Michigan Supreme Court Justice Robert P. Young administering the oath.

Nofs was accompanied on the Senate floor by his mother Terry Nofs, sister Melodie Jenner, and nephew and godson Ryan Jenner.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the good people of the 19th District and am humbled by the task before me," said Nofs, R-Battle Creek. "The hardworking residents in Calhoun and Jackson counties have been without Senate representation for nearly a year, despite an economy that continues to struggle. I am eager to go to work for them. I will fight every day to help improve Michigan’s jobs climate and put our residents back to work."

Nofs was chosen by voters in a special election on Nov. 3 to fill the 19th District Senate seat that was vacated last January.

Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop greeted the newest member of the Republican caucus.

"It is my great pleasure to welcome Sen. Mike Nofs to the Michigan Senate," said Bishop, R-Rochester. "He joins a Republican caucus that is united in its effort to move Michigan forward responsibly, by reforming government and respecting taxpayers. Sen. Nofs recognizes the challenges his constituents face every day, and has the knowledge and experience to help lead them and our state through these difficult economic times. I look forward to working with such a dedicated public servant."


Editor’s note: A photograph of Nofs at the Michigan Senate swearing-in is available on the Senate Majority Photowire, located at:


Media Advisory: Sen. Mike Nofs to be sworn-in Tuesday

Mike Nofs goes to Lansing
Tuesday is senator’s first day in office

What: Swearing-in for newly elected state Sen. Mike Nofs.
Who: Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek;
Michigan Supreme Court Justice Robert P. Young; Members of the Michigan Senate
When: Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009
10 a.m. – Session

Where: Senate Chambers
State Capitol

Brief: Nofs was elected to fill the 19th District Senate seat in a special election Nov. 3. Members of the media are encouraged to attend Nofs’ swearing-in and first official day in the Senate.