Michigan tribe gets $2M grant for manufacturing center

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan-based Native American tribe is receiving $2 million in federal funds to help build a manufacturing and warehouse facility.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the grant Tuesday for the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. It will be matched with $350,000 in local funding.

Officials say the Upper Peninsula tribe will own the 20,000-square-foot (1,858-square meter) center. It will serve existing tribal manufacturers and entrepreneurs while helping attract new industries and business opportunities.

The grant was awarded by the Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration, which makes investments in economically distressed communities that are intended to create jobs, promote innovation and boost economic growth.