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Looking at impact of Kellogg's recent activity on Battle Creek

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Kellogg may soon pull jobs out of Battle Creek and re-located them to their new Grand Rapids Business Center.

Kellogg leaders have been working towards a four-year plan to build a leaner business to stay competitive.

They've called the plan, "Project K." They hope to fill their new North American Business Center with up to 600 jobs. This includes human resources, IT and supply chain management positions.

"I'm disappointed because you don't want to see the local workforce impacted," said outgoing City Manager Ken Tsuchiyama.

Tsuchiyama says this was a call he did not expect his last week in office. Kellogg will soon reduce its workforce in the Cereal City, though it won't say by how much.

"They are jobs that are certainly high paying jobs, and so that impact its going to be felt. The Kellogg company still has its world headquarters in battle creek it still has have their W.K. Kellogg research, it's not as if they're abandoning the community," said Tsuchiyama.

Company representatives say they're doing this to stay globally competitive. They're consolidating positions in Battle Creek and Oakbrook, Illinois, a Chicago suburb.

They're loss is now Grand Rapids' gain.

"Sometimes you hit a home run and that was certainly a home run for us," said Cascade Township Manager Benjamin Swayze.

Swayze says they were working with a development agent for several weeks but had no clue until yesterday it was with Kellogg.

Kellogg will take over the Zondervan building that relocated to Grand Rapids.

The township is one of about ten areas Kellogg had its eyes on.

"We can reflect positively on that the jobs are staying in West Michigan they're not going to another state or the other side of the state," said Swayze.
Swayze adds Kellogg is now applying for a 50 percent tax cut for up to 12 years.

Kellogg representatives say they hope to have the new location up and running at full capacity in 2016.