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Autocam Corp. expands in Marshall, Governor attends ribbon cutting

MARSHALL, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - 85 skilled jobs are being added to a corporation that makes parts for cars and medical instruments.

The announcement was made at the Autocam Corporation in Marshall, during the ribbon cutting of their new facility.

Governor Rick Snyder was also on-hand, and was given a 1-on-1 tour with the CEO.

Newschannel 3 spoke to the Governor about the new announcement and the latest jobs report for the state of Michigan.

The new addition will double the size of Autocam, as they expect to add the jobs over the course of the next four years.

The Governor was able to get a short tour of the facility to learn how the company makes gasoline direct injection to improve your fuel efficiency with microtechnology that's also used to make parts for the medical industry.

Snyder spoke afterward and said the facility sends a message to the rest of the world, that the best is made in Michigan.

The 85 jobs being added are skilled labor jobs, with wages you could raise a family on.

The competition may be fierce, since the unemployment rate in Michigan rose slightly from 7.4 percent to 7.5 percent last month, as 2,000 more people were actively searching for work taking the number to 354,000.

"We've had a major climb in employment; in fact, we added a quarter of a million private sector jobs in the last three years in Michigan, so its not unusual to have variances month to month," Gov. Snyder said. "Our long term trends have been very strong, unemployment continues to come down in Michigan in the long term."

The Autocam CEO also credited the confidence to expand to having a Governor he can work with.

He mentioned their relationship with DENSO International, where they've been working together to create and sell direct fuel injections across North America.