Thousands of jobs coming to West Michigan

MPI Research of Mattawan plans an expansion that will add 3,300 jobs in the Kalamazoo area. Full Story
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Roger_Muskegon

Muskegon, MI

#1 Apr 22, 2008
Big deal. just means the 10,000+ jobs lost and the Governor taxing things and high gas prices won't help this state at all. Even the food drive in Muskegon means that all the AfricanAmericans that moved to WestMichigan will have to use less welfare money. there isn't any high paying jobs anymore. and that is Federal Government giving the jobs to Mexico and China...too bad!
K Halstedt

United States

#2 Apr 22, 2008
I don't see what all the excitement is about. These 3300 jobs are in the medical field and won't help the thousands of displaced factory jobs and the average joe. It just means that 3300 people will have to move into the state to fill them.
maureenlee

Kalamazoo, MI

#3 Apr 22, 2008
K Halstedt wrote:
I don't see what all the excitement is about. These 3300 jobs are in the medical field and won't help the thousands of displaced factory jobs and the average joe. It just means that 3300 people will have to move into the state to fill them.
They may have some min. wage janitor jobs opening.
TDJensen

Rockford, MI

#4 Apr 22, 2008
What I really like about Michigan residents is the fact that they are NEVER satisfied unless they are given the golden egg. Apparently there are NO jobs that will help the state's economy unless it directly affects the first two replies. Maybe it is those types of attitudes that is dragging down our national appeal? Maybe that is why companies have looked elsewhere to find quality qorkers for their processes? I know I wouldn't want to hire a bunch of p-n-moaners to work for me. If I paid them $18 per hour they would want $18.01; if I paid them $20 per hour they would want $20.01.......you people REALLY need to look beyond yourself and quit your pity parties.
Brett

Greenville, MI

#5 Apr 22, 2008
TDJensen wrote:
What I really like about Michigan residents is the fact that they are NEVER satisfied unless they are given the golden egg. Apparently there are NO jobs that will help the state's economy unless it directly affects the first two replies. Maybe it is those types of attitudes that is dragging down our national appeal? Maybe that is why companies have looked elsewhere to find quality qorkers for their processes? I know I wouldn't want to hire a bunch of p-n-moaners to work for me. If I paid them $18 per hour they would want $18.01; if I paid them $20 per hour they would want $20.01.......you people REALLY need to look beyond yourself and quit your pity parties.
AMEN

This expansion is great news - and now people need to think twice when they say the governor isn't helping with bringing jobs. You know - you never saw Governor Engler be so excited about Michigan the way Granholm is and the time and effort she is putting into international trips to do anything she can do in her power to help us out is something that we really need.
TDJensen

Rockford, MI

#6 Apr 22, 2008
Everyone seems to have forgotten that Gov Jenny inherited our states problems from Engler. It's pretty difficult to turn around a fallen economy in less time than it took to destroy it.
glad to be working

Bloomfield Hills, MI

#7 Apr 22, 2008
it is very good news for the local economey, but our state used to be the highest manufactering state in the U.S., with a high percentage of those jobs being skilled i.e. moldmakers,patternmakers,toolm akers,and machinist.
there are thousands of skilled people, with a lot of years in the trade, that made good money now out of jobs,that are being replaced with low paying production jobs, with gas prices sky rocketing and the price of everything else way up
its no wonder the forclosure rates are so high, and if things keep going the way they are its only going to get alot worse!!
Banker2EMT

Ionia, MI

#8 Apr 22, 2008
We definately need to learn to re-learn....manufacturing to medical is the way it is going to be in MI....I've already done it myself and it is not easy especially being a single mom of 2....

Granted I think Good Ole Jenny could have been putting more effort into this a long time ago which is why I didn't re-elect...how ever we have to work with what we have and move on.

Even though this business is medical there will be other jobs needed...technology, maintance, clerical, etc.....
Lucifer

Holland, MI

#9 Apr 22, 2008
TDJensen wrote:
What I really like about Michigan residents is the fact that they are NEVER satisfied unless they are given the golden egg. Apparently there are NO jobs that will help the state's economy unless it directly affects the first two replies. Maybe it is those types of attitudes that is dragging down our national appeal? Maybe that is why companies have looked elsewhere to find quality qorkers for their processes? I know I wouldn't want to hire a bunch of p-n-moaners to work for me. If I paid them $18 per hour they would want $18.01; if I paid them $20 per hour they would want $20.01.......you people REALLY need to look beyond yourself and quit your pity parties.
Pathetic crybabies aren't they.
Maria

Holland, MI

#10 Apr 22, 2008
K Halstedt wrote:
I don't see what all the excitement is about. These 3300 jobs are in the medical field and won't help the thousands of displaced factory jobs and the average joe. It just means that 3300 people will have to move into the state to fill them.
Are you retarded? The "big deal" is not just what kind of jobs they are, but the effect of these jobs: People coming here buying houses for sale, buying food at restaurants, buying clothes at local stores, using services like pest control and landscaping, it goes on and on. Anytime you get this many jobs the affect compounds many times. That's why it's so important to cut taxes that encourage jobs to come and stay.
Shamma-Mom

Marshall, MI

#11 Apr 22, 2008
"This expansion is great news - and now people need to think twice when they say the governor isn't helping with bringing jobs. You know - you never saw Governor Engler be so excited about Michigan the way Granholm is and the time and effort she is putting into international trips to do anything she can do in her power to help us out is something that we really need."

Governor Granholm has NOTHING to do with the creation of these jobs, nothing whatsoever. MPI Research is doing this expansion all by itself. Thank you MPI Research for investing in West Michigan and providing 3,300 people with a future. Perhaps the jobs don't pay what people used to make, but the pay will be higher than welfare or unemployment and better than nothing.

People, it's time to start being grateful for what we have and forget what we don't have.

Gas prices are only going to go down if we boycott and cut demand.
Banker2EMT

Ionia, MI

#12 Apr 22, 2008
glad to be working wrote:
it is very good news for the local economey, but our state used to be the highest manufactering state in the U.S., with a high percentage of those jobs being skilled i.e. moldmakers,patternmakers,toolm akers,and machinist.
there are thousands of skilled people, with a lot of years in the trade, that made good money now out of jobs,that are being replaced with low paying production jobs, with gas prices sky rocketing and the price of everything else way up
its no wonder the forclosure rates are so high, and if things keep going the way they are its only going to get alot worse!!
I am in the banking/mortgage industry and moving on to medical....I guarentee it will only get worse before it gets better......we have not hit bottom yet. I recommend to everyone who has a trade to get trained in something else to get you through....
Banker2EMT

Ionia, MI

#14 Apr 22, 2008
Here for all of those that are out of work factory workers....39 that could not be honest lost their jobs....here are some openings for those of you who are unwilling to change....

EVANSVILLE, Ind Whirlpool Corp.'s Evansville, Ind., plant has suspended 39 workers for smoking while claiming on their health insurance they were nonsmokers
Banker2EMT

Ionia, MI

#15 Apr 22, 2008
Shamma-Mom wrote:
"...Gas prices are only going to go down if we boycott and cut demand.
Lets re-enact the Boston Tea Party too....

Boycotting won't do a darn thing becasue the gas will still be needed the next day....two fold....

What we need to do is not be such gluttons and drive economic vehicles. We would need to be willing to walk or ride a bike to work, get rid of the SUV, turn your thermostat down, don't buy food from the grocery store because that is all grown, picked and delivered using gas. Grown your own and use a hoe....

We are in the age of technology and less than 1% would be willing to do any of the above....

....that will reduce demand.
Alfred

Berkeley Heights, NJ

#16 Apr 22, 2008
Shamma-Mom wrote:
"This expansion is great news - and now people need to think twice when they say the governor isn't helping with bringing jobs. You know - you never saw Governor Engler be so excited about Michigan the way Granholm is and the time and effort she is putting into international trips to do anything she can do in her power to help us out is something that we really need."
Governor Granholm has NOTHING to do with the creation of these jobs, nothing whatsoever. MPI Research is doing this expansion all by itself. Thank you MPI Research for investing in West Michigan and providing 3,300 people with a future. Perhaps the jobs don't pay what people used to make, but the pay will be higher than welfare or unemployment and better than nothing.
People, it's time to start being grateful for what we have and forget what we don't have.
Gas prices are only going to go down if we boycott and cut demand.
Granholm is using this as a pat on the back for PR only.
Engler made the ADC people get jobs by cutting them off from the state.
She is also bragging on wind generation, that was DeVoss idea, next she will take credit for toll on highways to fix roads.
Just like a democrat, use other peoples ideas for self gain.
Fro

Grand Rapids, MI

#17 Apr 22, 2008
Dear Factory Rats,

GO BACK TO SCHOOL! Stop sitting around waiting for someone to give you a free handout. Take advantage of the state funded educational programs. Yeah, going back to school su*ks, but jobs in the medical field pay a LOT more than factory/assembly line jobs.

This is great news for the Kalamazoo area. That area has been hit pretty hard by Pfizer relocating R&D jobs out of the area. This is wonderful news!
Fro

Grand Rapids, MI

#18 Apr 22, 2008
TDJensen wrote:
What I really like about Michigan residents is the fact that they are NEVER satisfied unless they are given the golden egg. Apparently there are NO jobs that will help the state's economy unless it directly affects the first two replies. Maybe it is those types of attitudes that is dragging down our national appeal? Maybe that is why companies have looked elsewhere to find quality qorkers for their processes? I know I wouldn't want to hire a bunch of p-n-moaners to work for me. If I paid them $18 per hour they would want $18.01; if I paid them $20 per hour they would want $20.01.......you people REALLY need to look beyond yourself and quit your pity parties.
Oh my gosh, you hit the nail on the head!
Alfred

Berkeley Heights, NJ

#20 Apr 22, 2008
"A lot of people are getting to the point where they're going to have to choose between necessities like making their mortgage payment ... and the luxuries like travel," said Sarah Nicholls, another travel researcher at MSU.

The state will try to boost its travel numbers with a record $60 million appropriation this year for tourism and business promotion, under a bill signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm Friday afternoon. The money will come from the state's 21st Century Jobs trust fund.

Credit of the Traverse City record Eagle.
I thought the state was broke?
Telmark

United States

#21 Apr 22, 2008
Many of the working people in Michigan and or the country won't be able to afford any of the benefits this healthcare company might have to offer. Much of this is due to the fact that so many jobs have been sent out of the state/country or have been taken by welfare sponsored foreign workers.

Many greedy and traitorous U.S. employers involed in this practice fail to realize that they will eventually lose their "jobs" to the global (socialist) economy. The funny thing is that these same employers always want more money while they fault the American worker for wanting the same. These employers insist on paying low wages and then can't figure out why so many U.S. consumers choose to purchase low cost foreign made products.
common sense

Hopkins, MN

#22 Apr 22, 2008
Maria wrote:
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Are you retarded? The "big deal" is not just what kind of jobs they are, but the effect of these jobs: People coming here buying houses for sale, buying food at restaurants, buying clothes at local stores, using services like pest control and landscaping, it goes on and on. Anytime you get this many jobs the affect compounds many times. That's why it's so important to cut taxes that encourage jobs to come and stay.
Do yo have any idea how inappropriate it is to use the word retarded?

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