Battle Creek

Denso Manufacturing Michigan Inc. will add 100 jobs in a $53.6 million expansion of its auto components manufacturing operations in Battle Creek. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced the expansion plans Wednesday, saying the company has been awarded $640,000 in state funding through a business development performance-based grant. (Battle Creek Enquirer)

Alcohol may soon be allowed at more city facilities for special events if Battle Creek commissioners give final approval of ordinance changes next month. Commissioners unanimously voted at their regular meeting Tuesday to introduce the ordinance, which allows the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages on city property with proper permits. It's the first of two steps necessary to put the changes into law. They're expected to vote on adoption of the ordinance at a later meeting. (Battle Creek)

The city of Battle Creek has added a new police station and repaving airport runways and taxiways to its wish list of projects for the next six years. The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing next week to discuss the latest Capital Improvement Program, which proposes $194.3 million worth of projects over six years. The early version adds about $72 million in new improvements. It will ultimately go to the City Commission for its approval. (Battle Creek Enquirer)

New Battle Creek City Manager Rebecca Fleury says the appointments are part of the city's strategic plan.

A stained glass image of the official Battle Creek city seal can be seen on the main interior staircase of city hall between the second and third floors
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

For about as long as Battle Creek has been a city, newcomers have wondered how it got its name. But even if you know about the historical skirmish between surveying settlers and Native Americans, you might still be surprised by what you find on the stairs in Battle Creek’s city hall.