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Partner Organizations Help Attract Over 4,200 New Jobs, Nearly $470 Million in Investment to Southeast Michigan

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Whether it is a major expansion or an emerging startup looking for a home in Michigan, the Detroit region’s reputation as a premier location for business continues to rise. From July through September of 2015, the united 11-county area saw $468.3 million in private investment, creating 4,256 new jobs.

These numbers reflect the strong work of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s economic development partners. From site identification to assistance in workforce development, partner organizations played a pivotal role in attracting projects to the Detroit region and making the convincing business case for each client.

“Our partners are serving as an incredible catalyst for growth in their communities, showing prospective investors and businesses why the Detroit region has the infrastructure, resources and talent for companies to succeed in the global economy,” said Maureen Krauss, senior advisor for economic development at the Chamber.

Officially formalized last March through a regional collaborative protocol agreement, the partnership fosters increased collaboration among economic development champions in the Detroit region. By working together, these organizations are able to better market the region’s numerous, high-value assets and growth industries.

The partnership is comprised of: Ann Arbor SPARK, City of Novi, City of Southfield, Detroit Economic Growth Corp., DTE Energy, Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County, Flint and Genesee Chamber of Commerce, Lapeer Development Corp., Lenawee Economic Development Corp., Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development, Monroe County Business Development Corp., Oakland County Department of Economic Development and Community Affairs, Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership and Wayne County Economic Development.

“Collaboration is the key to success in economic development. We’re proud of the partnership that’s been fostered, and most importantly, the jobs and investment it has brought to communities across the Detroit region,” said Justin Horvath, president and CEO of the Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership.

Project Highlights:

Company: Valiant International
Location: Auburn Hills, Mich.
Partner Lead: Oakland County Department of Economic Development and Community Affairs
Investment: $32.7 million
Jobs Created: 223

In September of 2015, Windsor-based automotive supplier Valiant International purchased an 187,000-square-foot facility in Auburn Hills in order to manufacture vehicle skeletons. In addition, the company will establish a new on-site skilled trade training program to continually develop their workforce. Over the next three years, the company will invest over $32 million dollars in the facility, creating 223 new jobs.

Company: International Automotive Components
Location: St. Clair, Mich.
Partner Lead: Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County
Investment: $9.8 million
Jobs Created: 57
Based in Luxembourg, IAC grew their existing facility in the Haas Industrial Park in St. Clair by 40,000 square feet and purchased approximately $8 million in new equipment. As a result, the company will create 57 new full-time jobs, adding to the 225 employees currently in IAC’s St. Clair location.

Company: Wheeler Trucking
Location: New Lothrop, Mich.
Partner Lead: Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership
Investment: $5 million
Jobs Created: 220
Wheeler Trucking, a truck hauling company located in Hazelton Township (New Lothrop), wants to build a corporate headquarters to accommodate their business growth, including office space for employees (estimated at 10,000 square feet) and a maintenance shop to service their fleet (estimated at 20,000 square feet). The company has already acquired and rezoned nearly 40 acres of land for the new facility. Chamber Foundation investors interested in submitting proposals for this project can attend an informational meeting on Feb.1 and Feb. 8.

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