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April 29, 2014

Business in Brief: 04/29/2014

Wind power project construction resumes

CARO — Consumers Energy is resuming construction on a wind power project in Michigan that will expand the company’s renewable energy options.

The unit of Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp. broke ground last year on the project in Tuscola County’s Akron and Columbia townships, about 90 miles northwest of Detroit. The renewed work announced Monday comes as warmer weather returns to Michigan.

Consumers Energy is urging motorists to be alert for construction traffic, since materials are coming from around the area, southeastern Michigan and other parts of the state.

The Cross Winds Energy Park will be a 105-megawatt wind farm with 62 turbines. It’s expected to open in late 2014 and create about 150 construction jobs.

Toyota moving its U.S. base to Texas

TORRANCE, Calif. — Toyota delivered a surprise pink slip to California on Monday, announcing the company would move its U.S. headquarters and about 3,000 jobs from the Los Angeles suburbs to the outskirts of Dallas.

The world’s largest automaker will keep a foothold in the Golden State — about 2,300 jobs will remain in California after the company settles into its new corporate campus in Plano, Texas. But the announcement is an economic and symbolic slap for California, a historic center of American car culture that has been trying to shake its reputation as a frustrating place to run a business, whether that involves shooting a film or selling a Prius.

“When you look at the whole package, it’s difficult to be a business here,” lamented Torrance Mayor Frank Scotto.

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