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Pttsfield Township — A specialty chemical manufacturer is expanding operations in southeastern Michigan’s Pittsfield Township.

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. says a project by Pacific Industrial Development Corp. is expected to generate more than $17 million in private investment and create 50 jobs .

The company says it wants to continue increasing its research and development capabilities. It has been awarded a $400,000 performance-based grant.

Pacific Industrial Development chief executive Wei Wu said it will be the company’s third location in Pittsfield Township, west of Detroit.

Michigan was chosen over a site in South Carolina for the expansion.

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. is the state’s chief marketing and business attraction arm.

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