The Michigan Strategic Fund on Wednesday approved incentives for 14 projects across the state in which the companies plan to invest $1.1 billion and create 4,590 jobs. Among them: Whirlpool Corp., which is relocating work from Indiana to Battle Creek. Whirlpool wants to invest $18.9 million. Whirlpool chose Michigan over sites in Iowa and Mexico, as it secured a $2.4 million state grant. The appliance company also is being offered a $1.85 million, 12-year tax abatement from Benton Harbor.