WOODHULL TWP. — Feighner Boat Lifts & Docks Tuesday conducted a ceremonial groundbreaking for a second location at the building site on Lansing Road, just east of Shaftsburg United Methodist Church.

The company, headquartered in Charlotte, will construct the new facility on 20 acres along I-69 (between the Laingsburg and Perry exits). The manufacturing and retail business is expected to open next year.

“We are excited to move eastward into Shiawassee County, which will provide us more visibility and allow us to serve more customers in Michigan,” company President Scott Feighner said.

Feighner Boat Lifts & Docks recently received re-zoning approval from the Shiawassee County Board of Commissioners, enabling the company to move forward with the development. Several neighbors protested the building proposal, saying the location was not an appropriate spot for a manufacturing facility.

Commissioner members who favored approval cited increased tax revenues, new jobs and other benefits that would accrue to the county if the business were allowed in.

“We are very grateful for the support we received from the Board of Commissioners, and look forward to creating quality jobs, tax base, and also being a good neighbor to surrounding residents,” Feighner said.

The Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership, headed up by Justin Horvath, helped to facilitate the building project.

“This is a wonderful family-run company that has been in operation for decades, demonstrating they know how to do things to the right way. They are definitely a welcome addition to our local business community, and think they will be very successful in Shiawassee County,” Horvath, president/CEO of SEDP, said.

For more information on Feighner, visit 1800boatlift.com.

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