Built for Success
Northern Lower Peninsula Certified Business Parks
Farwell Enterprise Park
President and CEO
Middle Michigan Development Corporation
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
Phone: (989) 772-2858
Park Address: Maple Grove and Old State Rd.
Size: 62.6 acres
Percent Developed: 100%
Percent Occupied: 35%
Price of Land per Acre: $6,000 - $25,000
Nearest Expressway: US-10
Distance in Miles: 2
Class A All-Weather Road: Old State
Distance in Miles: 0
Airport: Clare Municipal Airport - 10 miles
Landing Strip / Helipad: Not within park
Railroads: Adjacent to Park
Highway: US-10 – 2 miles
- Gas Station(s) – 1 mile
- Bank(s) – 1 mile
- Restaurant(s) – 1 mile
- Licensed Day-Care(s) – 1 miles
- Central Michigan Contracting
- Kyle's Manufacturing
Information About Park/Area:
Farwell History-The Village of Farwell was founded in 1871 and was the first County seat for Clare County. It was incorporated as a Village in 1879. Farwell was named after Samuel Farwell, a resident of Utica, New York and a well-known contractor for the building of public works. His works include the Croton Aqueduct, which supplied New York City with clean water around 1840. He was also involved in the building of the Erie Canal. He was a major stockholder in the Flint Pere Marquette Railway Company. His son-in-law, William Potter, was also employed by the railroad. Farwell was a planned community on the Flint\Pere Marquette Railroad by the Farwell City Company. The Trust Deed was dated December 5, 1870 and signed by Ezra Rust, Gurdon Corning, L.B. Curtis, James Hay, Ammi Wright, Thomas Merrill, Edmund Hall and their wives. They were all in the logging business and needed a town closer to their camps where they could pick up supplies. Farwell was the first county seat of Clare County. Business was booming until 1877 when the County House Burned. Arson was suspected, but never proved. Clare and Farwell vied for the county seat after the fire, but it was moved to Harrison in 1879. Harrison was thought to be more centrally located.
Farwell Community Information-The Village has grown but still maintains the small-town charm and is favored by many as a tourism destination due to the many lakes located on the periphery of the village. The Pere Marquette Rail Trail meanders through the village and passes by the very active Farmer’s Market. Farwell hosts several large events throughout the summer months, including the Annual Lumberjack Festival and a Labor Day Celebration that includes a Figure 8 Derby, fireworks and a parade through downtown. The village park in the center of town is packed with artisans and visitors during each of these events.
Farwell Business Profile-Since the creation of the Farwell Enterprise Industrial Park, several manufacturers have located in the Farwell area. It is home to Future Mold, Kyle’s Manufacturing, Melling North, Lear Corporation, and Unified Brands. There are still several parcels available for further development within the Industrial Park. The community is welcoming to new business and works very closely with all businesses to help ensure a vibrant local economy.