That plant in Grand Blanc that was gutted a couple of years ago? It's now 'up and running' with 100 new jobs (thanks to Magna E-Car Systems)

Thanks to a state tax credit and some federal support about 100 workers are now putting together electric motors, converters, powertrain controllers and battery management systems for the Ford Focus Electric and Fisker Karma at the Magna E-Car Systems plant in Grand Blanc.

"We gutted the plant 1 1/2 years ago and now we are up and running," said Kevin Pavlov, chief operating officer for Magna E-Car Systems, said in a story in the Detroit Free Press earlier this month. Those 100 workers are joining about 300 more at Magna's technical facilities in Rochester Hills and Auburn Hills.

And Magna expects its Michigan production to grow, based on projections that sales of conventional hybrids and electric cars could exceed 10 percent of U.S. car and truck sales by 2017.

"I see Magna E-Car as having a prominent role in the production of the components in North America and the systems associated with those vehicle platforms," Pavlov said.

In addition to their great work on electric vehicles, the company is also deeply involved in environmental and recycling programs, reducing its landfill waste by 50 percent and winning the Michigan Green Leader Award for 2012.