GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) — Even as legislation is stalled in the Michigan House of Representatives, we are finding there’s optimism the company Switch will bring its operations to Gaines Township. Lawmakers have a strict deadline next week to open the door for this multi-billion dollar business in West Michigan. The company wants to pour $5 billion into the local economy and hire 1,000 workers.
Several sources have told us they believe in the end, the project will come to West Michigan. The belief is the state Legislature will pass the needed legislation to make everybody happy.
One local company, Trivalent, is welcoming Switch even though it’s a competitor. The company’s CEO, Larry Andrus, helped double the size of Trivalent’s data center in Grandville over the last 13 years. Andrus says he’s okay with lawmakers passing tax break legislation for Switch as long as the entire industry gets the same tax breaks.
Trivalent and other data centers opposed the portion of the legislation regarding personal property tax exemptions, wanting locals to make the decision on the tax breaks rather than a blanket policy from the state.
“We’ve always maintained we’re willing to make those payments because we’re used to that and would do it,” Andrus said. “We just want to make sure anybody new to the state had to do the same.”
As we know it, it appears lawmakers are cutting the personal property tax exemption part out of the legislation package and just putting a focus on sales and use tax exemptions, which are the two keys to lure Switch.Switch’s Michigan spokesman, Roger Martin, wouldn’t comment whether the company would accept only two of the three exemptions passing through.
Switch’s Michigan spokesman, Roger Martin, wouldn’t comment whether the company would accept only two of the three exemptions passing through.
For the third time, we are being told by lawmakers that they are going to vote on this in the next session, coming up Tuesday. Ultimately, Tuesday or maybe Wednesday are the last two days this can be done before time runs out.