Governor Whitmer announces economic development grants supporting jobs in Sturgis

Photo courtesy: Michigan Executive Office of the Governor

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Mich. – New economic development grants aimed at the RV industry will bring 450 new jobs to Sturgis, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced Monday.

The grants support two new RV manufacturing campuses, Cruiser RV and Heartland Recreational Vehicles, in Sturgis.

“Michigan’s business climate and highly skilled manufacturing workforce are creating an environment where businesses like Heartland RV and Cruiser RV can thrive and grow, creating good jobs in St. Joseph County,” said Governor Whitmer. “This is great news for workers, their families, and our economy as we continue our economic jumpstart and put Michigan back to work. With the help of companies like Cruiser RV and Heartland RV, we can build back our state’s economy stronger than ever.” 

The two RV manufacturers are expected to generate a total private investment of $35.9 million and create a total of 450 high-wage jobs, each resulting in a $700,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant.

The Heartland RV expansion is also supported by a $307,277 state Transportation Economic Development Fund grant.

Michigan was chosen as a location for the two manufacturers because of the number of skilled workers in the area.

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