Power-Tec Manufacturing plant to leave Raisin Twp.
Power-Tec Manufacturing LLC, formerly Cyltec, will soon be closing its Raisin Township factory site at 5500 S. Occidental Highway, Tecumseh. Power-Tec is a Revstone company and its services include machining and assembly of cylinder heads, supercharger housings, connecting rods and other major cast components according to the company’s website. The company has been in Raisin Township since 2000 and operated out of a portion of the former Orbital plant that was originally a General Motors Fisher-Body plant.Lenawee Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) Director of Operations Tim Robinson said that he had been in touch with the company’s corporate relations department and received confirmation that the plant was closing.“We have no information on why or exactly when, but the decision to close has been made,” said Robinson. He added that the LEDC keeps in contact with local manufacturers and offers to help wherever it can. Robinson then notified South Central Michigan Works! (SCMW) of the company’s decision to close and SCMW offered some services to the approximately 48 employees.“They offer placement services that can help employees find other jobs and their services can include training that includes resume writing and other things the workers would need,” said Robinson. Raisin Township Supervisor Jay Cavanaugh said the township has been informed of the closing. “We’re not happy to see Power-Tec go,” Cavanaugh said. He added that some back taxes owed by the company were recently paid including an obligated share for the township. “We’re glad the township was able to receive those taxes,” he said.The township received approximately $23,300 in personal property taxes in 2012.Township officials said another entity, currently unnamed, has shown interest in a possible purchase of the company and it is their understanding that negotiations are currently being worked out. An item on an online website at www.biditup.com announces an auction of the “state of the art late model machining facility” and its equipment, providing a preview on Tuesday, April 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. The auction date was listed for Wednesday, April 17, at 10 a.m. The Power Tec closing does not affect another tenant at the factory site, Uniloy Milicron, which also leases space there.