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Posted on Sun, Oct 31, 2010 : 6 a.m.

Masco Cabinetry's consolidation into new Ann Arbor Township headquarters nears completion

By Nathan Bomey

Masco Cabinetry is nearing completion of a consolidation plan that the firm says will ultimately lead to 450 workers housed in its new headquarters in Ann Arbor Township.

Masco announced in March that it would move 350 workers into the 150,000-square-foot ex-Flint Ink building by the end of 2010 and hire an additional 100 workers over the next few years.

The firm moved its first 100 employees into the site over the last week, said Mark Perry, director of real estate services for Taylor-based Masco Corp. The move-in will continue over the next few weeks and should be complete by mid-November, Perry said.

“We are taking the move-in slowly with multiple phases so that each wave of employees can get settled in their new collaborative work environment before the next wave arrives,” Perry said in an e-mail.

The Ann Arbor Township facility is home to the new Masco Cabinetry division, a consolidation of the Masco Retail Cabinet Group and Masco Builder Cabinet Group.

The move-in follows significant renovations on the building’s interior. Masco has converted laboratory space to an open-office environment to suit the needs of its consolidated division. The firm also added 177 parking spaces.

“The real heroes of this project are the project managers, construction managers, dozens and dozens of building trades, architects and the local government officials coming together to make it happen,” Perry wrote. “Who says you can’t do a fast-track deal in Ann Arbor! This project is a true best-practice case study of when there is will by everyone on the team, challenging projects can get done on time and on budget. It’s been a delight.”

Masco received a tax credit from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and a tax abatement from Ann Arbor Township to support its plan.

Masco Corp.’s sales dipped 18 percent from $9.5 billion in 2008 to $7.8 billion in 2009.

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Sun, Oct 31, 2010 : 1:51 p.m.

Let's be thankful for the good choice Ann Arbor Township officials made. The small reduction in tax increase the Township nets was a key enabler; the 450 or so jobs, at median US wages, will henceforth add about $25,000,000 in total payroll to their area.