Battle Creek Unlimited (BCU), the economic development arm of the city of Battle Creek, is announcing a partnership that will help Michigan Aerospace Corporation expand its operations to areas of expertise within the state.

Michigan Aerospace Corporation (MAC), an advanced engineering and product company, will establish a manufacturing facility in Battle Creek, where public, private and military resources are accelerating business in aviation and homeland security. MAC’s headquarters and research and development activities will remain in Ann Arbor, where academic and business groups have supported the company for 12 years.

“This is a perfect time to build a business in Michigan, because there’s so much support from local development groups, universities and private investors. We’ve found so much assistance and desire for growth, and it’s working for us,” said Peter Tchoryk, chief executive officer, MAC.

The manufacturing facility in Battle Creek will produce MAC’s products intended for aircraft platforms and homeland security. The products, ordered by U.S.-based government and primary aerospace customers, are designed to protect borders from chem/bio, radiation and nuclear threats, and improve the performance of manned and unmanned aircraft.

“We’re demonstrating how communities can work together to help build Michigan businesses by focusing on core capabilities and having economic developers openly share ideas,” said Jack Miner, managing director of bcVentures.

“We are excited that Michigan Aerospace found the resources that they needed and have decided to grow their manufacturing operations in Michigan. We look forward to continuing to assist Michigan Aerospace as they further expand their research and development in the Ann Arbor area,” said Michael Finney, president and chief executive officer of Ann Arbor SPARK.

The next steps of the new partnership are to set up and hire people for the Battle Creek manufacturing facility, which will perform machining and fabrication functions. Final assembly, integration and testing of MAC’s newly launched products will take place in MAC’s Ann Arbor facilities.