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Big Rapids approves tax breaks for new battery plant

An employee looks at a vanadium flow battery in Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Battery Reliability Laboratory in 2021.
Andrea Starr
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
An employee looks at a vanadium flow battery in Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Battery Reliability Laboratory in 2021.

The top administrator in Mecosta County called it a once in a century opportunity.

Gotion Inc, the North American division of a Chinese battery company, wants to build a more than 2 million square feet factory in the county. If it goes through, company leaders said it could bring more than two thousand jobs.

Tuesday night, local officials approved a Renaissance Zone designation for the land around the plant, which would make it virtually tax free for Gotion for 30 years.

Even more incentives could come from the state, though official details on that have not yet been made public.

Dustin Dwyer is a reporter for a new project at Michigan Radio that will look at improving economic opportunities for low-income children. Previously, he worked as an online journalist for Changing Gears, as a freelance reporter and as Michigan Radio's West Michigan Reporter. Before he joined Michigan Radio, Dustin interned at NPR's Talk of the Nation, wrote freelance stories for The Jackson Citizen-Patriot and completed a Reporting & Writing Fellowship at the Poynter Institute.