The Superior Township, Mich., board of trustees on Monday unanimously approved a tax abatement for Hyundai Motor America, hoping to entice the company to build a $53 million research and development center there.
Township Clerk Kay Williams said it is the first such abatement request the township has received.
The company is proposing to build the Hyundai America Technical Center on 60 acres at Geddes and LeForte roads.
Curt McAllister, Midwestern public-relations manager for Hyundai and a vice president at John Bailey & Associates, said the center would employ about 125 people initially.
He said Hyundai is continuing to review other sites in Southeast Michigan and Alabama as it works through due diligence.