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Amway is the beneficiary of more corporate welfare from Michigan

May 24, 2012

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) announced yesterday that the Amway Corporation is the recipient of $1.6 million in corporate welfare.

The $1.6 million will be used to build a new manufacturing facility to expand their vitamin production capacity. The MEDC said that the Ada-based corporation chose to build the new facility in Ada, despite looking at other locations around the country. No doubt the $1.6 million in corporate welfare was a major incentive to expand in Ada.

So, the company that is based on a pyramid scheme and rabidly embraces a free market ideology, is once again the beneficiary of public funds so they can expand. The DeVos funded Mackinac Center for Public Policy is constantly beating the drum of government deregulation, privatization of public services and the current austerity measures being implemented by Gov. Snyder. While Amway doesn’t want tax money to support public services and public employees, they don’t hesitate to hold their hand out to get public money for their private gain.

The MEDC announcement includes comments from Amway executives as well as comments from Birgit Klohs, President and CEO, The Right Place, Inc. Klohs states, “Amway’s investment is very encouraging to The Right Place, and to the region as well, as this announcement demonstrates that manufacturing remains strong and growing in West Michigan.

Of course The Right Place would salute more corporate welfare going to a West Michigan company, since that is one of its major functions, to assist the business community to become more profitable. Not surprising, the Chairman of the Board for The Right Place is Doug DeVos, the President of Amway.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Doug Burkholder permalink
    May 24, 2012 6:37 pm

    Jeff ! I don,t like bailouts either , however keeping work in Michigan is very important to me and most all of us here . I worked at that new facility doing some electrical work . Amway bought out a co in Calif and brought it up here ! They spent much more that 1.6 mil. on that addition to Amway in Ada . I also think the jobs gained here are worth more than 1.6 mil !
    Jobs are jobs bud ! better here than in China !

  2. May 24, 2012 6:40 pm

    Doug, I never thought you would be an apologist for Amway, especially since they use their money to eliminate jobs, by supporting Snyder’s “austerity” measures and engaing in anti-union activity over the past 4 decades.

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