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National Site Selectors Tour Macomb, Oakland Counties’ Auto and Advanced Manufacturing Assets

Working with key public partners, the Detroit Regional Chamber recently co-hosted five national site selectors for a firsthand look at the automotive and advanced manufacturing assets of Macomb and Oakland counties. Such tours help inform site selectors as they assist global companies in deciding where to locate.

Hosted in partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corp., Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development and Oakland County Department of Economic Development and Community Affairs, the group toured the recently opened research and technical campus of Durr Systems. The company, which manufactures and supplies robots for automotive and industrial paint and sealing, invested $40 million in a 200,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility in Southfield, where they now employ over 480 people.

During the tour, site selectors spoke with Bruno Welsch, president and CEO of Durr Systems, about the company’s decision to stay in Oakland County while making a long-term commitment to the area. As professionals who assist global corporations in making crucial location decisions, site selectors represent an important constituency in promoting the Detroit region as a premier destination for business investment.

“Hosting prominent, well-respected site selectors like this is a key activity in showcasing what the Detroit region has to offer to global businesses,” said Justin Robinson, the Chamber’s vice president of business attraction. “The more site selectors are aware of this area’s skilled technical workforce and density of advanced manufacturing strengths, the greater ability they have to make the case for investment.”

In addition, the site selectors met with representatives from other automotive, aerospace and advanced manufacturing companies based in Macomb and Oakland counties, including: Baker Aerospace and Machining Inc., Paslin, P3 North America and Valiant International Inc.

Throughout the coming year, the Chamber will be looking to host similar visits in coordination with its local economic development partners as part of the Destination Detroit business attraction effort, which helps national and international businesses explore, locate and invest in the united 11-county Detroit region.