Destination Detroit’s Economic Development Partners Attract $384.9 Million, 2,639 Jobs to Southeast Michigan in Second Quarter of 2016

Destination Detroit’s Economic Development PartnersDuring the second quarter of 2016, Destination Detroit’s economic development partners directly assisted with the creation of 2,639 new jobs and $384.9 million in new investment.

One of the largest and most notable projects came from global automotive supplier Flex-N-Gate, who in May announced their decision to build a new, high-tech parts factory in the I-94 Industrial Park located on Detroit’s east side.

“Flex-N-Gate’s decision to invest here is meaningful on so many levels. Not only does a project like this reaffirm Detroit as one of the global centers for automotive manufacturing, but, most importantly, this plant will bring hundreds of well-paying jobs to local residents,” said Detroit Economic Growth Corp. President and CEO Rodrick Miller.

“The Detroit Economic Growth Corp. is proud to have played a role in this project’s success and we look forward to working with Flex-N-Gate well into the future. From infrastructure to talent, the Detroit region has a lot to offer companies,” Miller continued.

Learn more about a few of the projects that helped drive economic growth in the Detroit region from April through June of 2016:

Quarter 2 Project Highlights
Company: Flex-N-Gate
Location: Detroit
Partner Lead: Detroit Economic Growth Corp.
New Jobs: 400 initial, up to 650 over the next three to five years
New Investment: $95 million
Description: Flex-N-Gate, a Tier 1 supplier of bumpers, lighting, front-end modules and other automotive products, announced in May its plan to construct a 30-acre, $95-million factory in Detroit’s I-94 Industrial Park. Once completed, the plant will initially hire 400 people to provide aftermarket parts for Ford Motor Co., with the potential to employ up to 650 workers over the next few years. “The headline is about jobs. Hundreds of outstanding, well-paying jobs,” said Flex-N-Gate owner Shahid Khan in a Detroit Free Press article profiling the project.

Company: CityFlats Hotel and Sperry’s Movie House
Location: Port Huron
Partner Lead: Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County
New Jobs: 40
New Investment: $20 million
Description: Michigan-based developer Chuck Reid is spearheading two major mixed-use redevelopments in downtown Port Huron. The area’s historic Sperry’s building is currently undergoing construction to become a movie house, complete with 12 small theatres, a total of 400 seats and a restaurant. The $11-million project is aiming to open within the next few months.

In addition, Reid is slated to transform the former Michigan National Bank building into the state’s third CityFlats Hotel. Once finished, the $9-million building renovation will include retail, conference space and a ballroom.

Company: Cosworth
Location: Shelby Township
Partner Lead: Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development
New Jobs: 50
New Investment: $30 million
Description: After initially exploring the option to build a manufacturing operation in Indianapolis, Ind., United Kingdom-based Cosworth will construct a new facility in Shelby Township to make V-8 cylinder heads for automakers. The company is expected to invest $30 million in the facility and hire at least 50 new employees. Although active in the automotive, aerospace and defense industries, the engine technologies company is globally recognized for its high-performance race engines, featured frequently in Indy-car competitions.

About Destination Detroit
Representing the 11 counties that make up Southeastern Michigan, Destination Detroit is a collaborative business attraction effort led by the Detroit Regional Chamber in partnership with the region’s principal economic development agencies. Each quarter, Destination Detroit aggregates and promotes the investment and job creation results for projects directly impacted by these organizations.

Siren PR adds new clients, grows to a team of 5

Siren PR is growing, adding new clients to its roster and bringing on a new team member. The boutique agency has been retained by Cranbrook Institute of Science for communication strategy, media relations, advertising and collateral support, and by LJPR Financial Advisors of Troy, Mich. for media relations, social media and website management. With this growth, the firm announces the hiring of Heather Klee as senior account executive.

Klee started out with Siren PR in April as a consultant to the firm, and quickly proved valuable in obtaining media coverage for clients such as Detroit Startup Week and NKD Pizza. Her strong writing skills and relationships with the media have resulted in coverage from USA Today, WJBK-TV, WXYZ-TV and many others.

“Cranbrook and LJPR bring us the chance to represent leaders at the top of their fields, championing causes like inspiring a love of science and increasing financial literacy,” said Adela Piper, co-founder of Siren PR. “Adding these clients to our portfolio is an immense source of pride and joy, and bringing Heather on to our team makes the growth even sweeter. She’s charismatic, kind and her media instincts are unbeatable. She’s a perfect fit.”

Klee brings with her a more than five years’ experience in the PR field. Most recently, she managed PR for The Exercise Coach, a Chicago-based fitness franchise with 36+ locations nationwide. Prior to that, Klee served was an account supervisor at a Chicago-based PR firm where she lead several national accounts while managing a six-person team.

Siren PR was founded five years ago by Adela Piper and Lindsey Walenga who set out to build brands and stand behind causes they believe in. Since then, the firm has grown from a two woman shop, to a team of five, and has had the pleasure of working with more than 25 companies, ranging from nonprofits, to startups, to multi-million dollar companies.

Visit www.siren-pr.com for more information.

About Siren PR
Founded in 2012 by two experienced and dedicated public relations professionals, Siren PR is a full-service firm committed to authentic communication and powerful results. From refreshing and strengthening brands, to shouting news from the rooftops, Siren PR seeks to help every client love what they hear. Genuine. Strong. Focused.

BlueWater Technologies rises to #16 in key industry ranking of Top 50 Systems Integrators

For 10th consecutive year Systems Contractor News names privately held Michigan AV firm BlueWater Technologies to 2013 Top 50 Systems Integrators list

SOUTHFIELD, MI – BlueWater Technologies Inc., an industry leading provider of custom audio visual integration and event technology, moves up two spots to #16 in key industry ranking of Top 50 Systems Integrators by Systems Contractor News (SCN). This is the 10th consecutive year BlueWater Technologies has appeared on the annual list which is published annually in the December issue of SCN magazine—an industry resource for more than 20 years.

BlueWater has been rising in the listing since the program’s inception in 2004. The list is developed from voluntary submissions to an SCN annual survey. SCN ranks the U.S. and Canada’s leading integrators based on projected revenue and growth from one year to the next, from those firms willing to share their internal numbers to establish an industry snapshot.

“Making the SCN Top 50 again this year is a testament to our employees’ dedication to delivering exceptional service and adding value to our customers,” said Vice President of Sales Mack Truax. “The SCN list reflects the strength and increasing value of our industry, and BlueWater is proud to help set the benchmark for AV firms both large and small.”

As BlueWater Technologies’ revenue growth continues along with its upward trajectory in this SCN Top Integrator listing, the company proudly supports the local Michigan economy and hires within the state to support integration services as well as digital activations and live events.

BlueWater Technologies is a national provider of Meeting & Event Technology, Audio Visual Integration, Digital Activations, and Custom Displays & Fixtures. We are an industry leader in the design, engineering and implementation of custom technology-based solutions. Our solutions have been exceeding client expectations for nearly 30 years. We are a certified woman-owned business headquartered in Southfield, Michigan with additional locations in Detroit, Grand Rapids and Mesick, MI; Indianapolis, IN; Orlando, FL and Washington D.C.