Hyundai may confirm plans Monday to build proving grounds in Macon Township

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Welch Road lies on the southern boundary of the proposed Hyundai property. Herald file photo by Mickey Alvarado.

Confirmation of Hyundai Motor Company moving into Macon Township is closer to a reality, but not yet official. “They can’t confirm it yet,” said Jim Van Doren, Executive Director of the Lenawee Economic Development Corporation, who spoke with his contact at Hyundai on Tuesday. “They are still in talks with Macon Township.”

The LEDC had been told they would be given confirmation on Monday, Aug. 19, but according to Van Doren, that date is not set in stone.

Beth Loesch, Macon Township clerk, acknowledged the township is communicating with Hyundai, but said board members have yet to meet with anyone from the automotive company. The goal for Macon Township trustees is to set up a public meeting with Hyundai so the community can provide input.

“We’ve been trying to get a meeting with them,” Loesch said. “We want to meet with them before anything is done.”

Hyundai reportedly plans to use farmland bordered on the west by Ford Highway, Welch Road to the south, Pennington Road to the north, and Britton Highway to the east, to build a proving grounds. Leland Bush and Sons, who sold the property to Ceres Farm Holdings in March, originally owned the property.

Kevin Welch, Tecumseh City Manager, sees the potential move of Hyundai in Macon as benefiting Tecumseh businesses and residents. “It could be a plus for the city,” Welch said. “It would help our retailers and possibly provide an opportunity for folks who want to work there. Those large operations also attract secondary business.”




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