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Business leaders recognized for bringing at least 1,000 jobs

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(02/15/13) - In 2012, At least 1,000 jobs were created or retained in Saginaw County and the Great Lakes Bay Region.

ABC12 talked with business leaders who want to maintain that positive economic trend.

Job growth and economic development are top priorities for these 400 business and community leaders.

"We landed a new contract with an existing client where we're going to be providing road side services for this client for a fortune 100 company," said Chris Furlo, executive director of Morley Companies.

Last month, Morley Companies in Saginaw Township announced 250 new job openings.

Morley is one of many businesses being recognized for creating employment opportunities in Mid-Michigan.

"I think when you see the economic development that's going on, you see a lot of the companies that have been here a long time, at Morley we're celebrating our 150th anniversary this year. We're seeing a dramatic growth," he said.

"These types of jobs are based jobs that other areas in the community thrive on. Service and retail jobs, so they spin off and help support the other sectors of the economy," said Steve Jonas, with Saginaw Future.

Nexteer Automotive is also playing a role in the economic up tick.

In December, the company announced an investment of more than $70 million that will bring 325 jobs to the region.

"We are fortunate to bring new businesses with American key customers, and you do that, we are going to keep expanding our footprint here in Saginaw Michigan," said Laurent Bresson, president and chief operating officer with Nexteer Automotive.

Nexteer also announced formation of its 'Steering the Future' fund. $10,000 in grants will benefit charitable programs and initiatives around the community.

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