Gov. Snyder tours Newell Rubbermaid design center

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Photo - Gov. Rick Snyder tours Newell Rubbermaid's new design facility at Western Michigan University's Business Technology and Research Park in Kalamazoo, Mich., Monday, May 19, 2014. The project, which was undertaken by Southwest Michigan First, has involved a $4 million investment by that regional economic development organization and a $2.3 million investment by the company. (AP Photo/The Kalamazoo Gazette, Mark Bugnaski)
Gov. Rick Snyder tours Newell Rubbermaid's new design facility at Western Michigan University's Business Technology and Research Park in Kalamazoo, Mich., Monday, May 19, 2014. The project, which was undertaken by Southwest Michigan First, has involved a $4 million investment by that regional economic development organization and a $2.3 million investment by the company. (AP Photo/The Kalamazoo Gazette, Mark Bugnaski)
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder says Newell Rubbermaid Inc.'s decision to invest and create jobs in western Michigan's Kalamazoo is a "testament" to the state's talented workforce.

Snyder toured the company's new design center Monday at the Business Technology and Research Park at Western Michigan University.

The global marketer of brands that include Sharpie, Rubbermaid and Graco is investing $2.3 million in the facility. Up to 100 jobs also will be created.

Snyder says the state's focus is to continue finding ways for "business leaders to collaborate and connect" with Michigan universities and school districts "so students can graduate with in-demand skills."

Atlanta-based Newell Rubbermaid says it picked Kalamazoo over Chicago. The company received a $2 million Michigan Business Development performance based grant.

Kalamazoo also offered $164,000 in tax abatements.

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