A Tribe in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula will construct a 20,000-square-foot manufacturing center with $2 million in federal funds, matched by $350,000 in local funding. The Tribally owned facility will serve Tribal manufacturers and entrepreneurs, while helping attract new industries and business opportunities.
The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), which fosters regional economic development efforts and job creation in communities across the nation. U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the grant Tuesday.
In addition to its stronghold on the gaming marketing in Michigan’s UP with five Kewadin Casinos locations, the economy of the 44,000-member Tribe is comprised of housing and Tribal centers, casinos, and other enterprises that employ both Natives and non-Natives and fund Tribal programs.
Other Tribal economic ventures include:
- DeMawating Development, a property management company organized as an economic enterprise under the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.
- Midjim gas and convenience stores, selling cigarettes, beer and wine, among other convenience items. Midjim has two locations in the Upper Peninsula, in Sault Ste. Marie and St. Ignace.
- Northern Hospitality has served the furniture, flooring and bedding needs of the eastern Upper Peninsula since 1996.
- Sawyer Village, located in Gwinn at the former KI Sawyer Air Force Base, consist of three and four bedroom townhouse apartments, duplexes and single homes that are offered to the general public.