Benton Harbor, Michigan, March 6, 2017- LECO Corporation announced today it will invest $19 million in a new 64,000 square foot applications laboratory and customer demonstration facility in St. Joseph Charter Township. This new facility will be adjacent to LECO Corporation's existing buildings, located on the south side of Hilltop Road.

Cornerstone Alliance led efforts to secure the tax abatement for LECO Corporation which was approved by the St. Joseph Charter Township Trustees at their March 6, 2017 meeting.

"LECO would like to thank the St. Joseph Charter Township Trustees for their approval and continued support of this project," said Joel DeBruyne, Vice President, LECO Corporation. "We have been part of this community for more than 80 years and have been fortunate to attract and retain the best and brightest talent as we've continued to grow throughout the years."

"LECO Corporation's continued investment in St. Joseph Charter Township is proof that companies can recruit a workforce to Berrien County with a high- level of technical expertise including chemists, engineers and laboratory specialists," said Cornerstone Alliance President, Rob Cleveland. "High skilled jobs such as these add to the diversity of Berrien County's talented workforce and strengthen the region's economy."

In addition to laboratory and customer demonstration space, the sales, marketing, international business and customer communications departments will relocate to the new facility. Construction is estimated to be completed in late 2018.