French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter, to host annual gala and award ceremony on May 6 with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan as guest of honor

Detroit — April 5, 2016 — The French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter (FACC Michigan), a not-for-profit business organization committed to the improvement of economic, commercial and financial relations between France and the United States, will host its annual gala and award ceremony on Friday, May 6, 2016 at The Detroit Athletic Club. This year’s gala will celebrate the historical ties that connect Detroit with the French and also the economic impact that Michigan companies with French roots have on the region and the state.

Leading an anticipated 200 attendees in an evening of celebration and reflection will be guest of honor and speaker, The Honorable Mike Duggan, Mayor of Detroit. Mayor Duggan will reaffirm the strong historic, cultural and economic ties between Detroit and the French, while discussing Detroit’s renaissance, as well as the impact of French investment, companies and job creation in the region.

Cedric Ballarin, FACC Michigan president and a vice president in the Michigan headquarters of France-based Faurecia, shared his enthusiasm for the upcoming event.

“What a special evening this will be as we reflect on the strong historical bonds that tie Detroit’s founding with the French and the ongoing impact that French culture and business have on the region today,” Mr. Ballarin said. “Our previous three galas were sold-out and this year’s event, with the energy of Detroit’s revitalization represented by Mayor Duggan, promises to be another wonderful evening to be enjoyed by anyone who appreciates all things French, including the food, fashion and culture.”

A donation by FACC Michigan to the Detroit Public Schools Foundation will also be announced at the gala.

The FACC Michigan gala and award ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction, dinner at 8 p.m. and speakers beginning at 9 p.m. An afterglow with live music will begin at 10 p.m. Gala tickets are $160 per person for FACC members and $190 per person for non-members; sponsorship opportunities are available. To purchase tickets for the black-tie optional gala, click here. To donate items for the silent auction, become a sponsor or for additional information, please contact Stephanie Salvadero, executive director of FACC Michigan, at salvaderos.faccmi@gmail.com.

About the French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter
The Michigan Chapter of the French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACC Michigan) is a member of the French-American Chamber of Commerce – the oldest bilateral chamber of commerce in the United States, comprised of 21 chapters in major cities across the nation representing more than 5,000 member organizations. The FACC is a non-profit, non-political organization dedicated to the development of commercial relations between French and American businesses. Learn more at www.faccmi.org.

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French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter announces annual meeting and program is April 7 in Auburn Hills

The French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter (FACC Michigan), a not-for-profit business organization committed to the improvement of economic, commercial and financial relations between France and the United States and offering a variety of business, educational and social opportunities to its members, announces its Annual Meeting and Program will take place Thursday, April 7, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00. p.m. at Faurecia North American Headquarters & Automotive Seating Technical Center in Auburn Hills. The event is open to both members and non-members.

Cedric Ballarin, FACC Michigan president and a vice president in the Michigan headquarters of France-based Faurecia, explained the purpose of the Annual Meeting and Program.

“Our Annual Meeting and Program brings together members and non-members for an update on the Chapter’s activity, a presentation by an industry insider and the election of Directors to the FACC Michigan board. This constitutes a fantastic opportunity to hear leading industry speakers and to foster contacts with global decision makers of prestigious Michigan companies involved in French-American business,” Ballarin said. “The celebratory tradition of our Annual Meeting & Program is a key reason FACC Michigan is the state’s premiere organization for French-American businesses.”

The evening’s guest speaker is Xavier Mosquet, Senior Partner and Managing Director of the Detroit office of The Boston Consulting Group. The BCG recently published the report “A Roadmap to Safer Driving Through Advanced Driver Assistance Systems” last fall and found, in collaboration with the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association, that advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) on the market today could sharply reduce the number and severity of motor vehicle accidents if every vehicle on the road were equipped with them. Mosquet will speak about the report’s findings, societal benefits that ADAS could generate, and strategies that automotive industry stakeholders could leverage to increase the market penetration rate of ADAS. He will also share his perspective on the development of autonomous vehicles.

Information
What: The French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter (FACC Michigan) Annual Meeting & Program
When: Thursday, April 7, 2016; 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Faurecia North American Headquarters & Automotive Seating Technical Center, 2800 High Meadow Circle, Auburn Hills 48326
Cost: no charge for FACC members/$35 for non-members
Register: register online here.

For questions about FACC Michigan or the Annual Meeting & Program, contact Executive Director Stephanie Salvadero at salvaderos.faccmi@gmail.com or 313.701.8294.

About the French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter
The Michigan Chapter of the French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACC Michigan) is a member of the French-American Chamber of Commerce – the oldest bilateral chamber of commerce in the United States, comprised of 21 chapters in major cities across the nation representing more than 5,000 member organizations. The FACC is a non-profit, non-political organization dedicated to the development of commercial relations between French and American businesses.

Learn more at www.faccmi.org.

American Society of Employers’ (ASE) Quarterly Economic & Employment Survey results for fourth quarter 2015 reflect continuing optimism for Michigan business in 2016

The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, has released its 2015 Quarterly Economic & Employment Survey – Fourth Quarter results. The news is good for Michigan, with the majority of respondents seeing the state’s business climate remaining stable or improving in the next six months, with hiring following a similar trend.

Highlights of ASE 2015 Quarterly Economic & Employment Survey – Fourth Quarter:
• The percentage of Michigan employers who believe their business outlook will improve over the next six months remains in the mid-thirties, while more than half (54%) of employers see their six-month outlook as remaining stable.
• Along with this positive business outlook, 88% of Michigan employers are expecting to increase their hiring levels or keep them consistent over the next six months. Only 4% expect to freeze hiring and 8% are planning to decrease hiring.
• 2015 shows a 17% increase in violation of workplace policies as the reason for involuntary terminations from the previous year.
• Across the state of Michigan, the average annual hires increased from almost 14% in 2014 to over 20% in 2015.
• Absenteeism as a reason for involuntary separations decreased 16% from 3rd quarter 2015.
• Personal reasons and retirement as reasons for voluntary separation have both increased since 2013 by about 10%.

The survey results were announced by ASE President and CEO, Mary E. Corrado.

“Our survey findings reflect a continuing positive business climate in Michigan for the first six months of 2016 and that’s great news to report during the first quarter,” Corrado said. ““The data on hiring and terminations suggest that both employees and employers have stepped up their respective commitments to maximizing productivity and overall workforce excellence.”

Background information on the ASE 2015 Quarterly Economic & Employment Survey – Fourth Quarter
• 116 organizations from across Michigan participated.
• Organizations with one to 500 Michigan employees made up more than 80% of the survey sample, while organizations with 501 to 1,000 Michigan employees represented nearly 8% of the sample. The remaining 11.9% of the sample come from organizations with over 1,000 Michigan employees.
• A variety of industries are represented, with manufacturing organizations representing nearly 60% of the survey sample. The remaining 40% is represented by trades and services organizations.

To obtain a copy of ASE’s 2015 Quarterly Economic & Employment Survey – Fourth Quarter, contact ASE’s Compensation and Benefits Surveys department at surveys@aseonline.org or 248.353.4500. This survey is available free of charge to ASE members, and is $525 for non-members.

About the American Society of Employers (ASE) – a Centennial Organization
The American Society of Employers (ASE) is a not-for-profit trade association providing people-management information and services to Michigan employers. Since 1902, member organizations have relied on ASE to be their single, cost-effective source for information and support, helping to grow their bottom line by enhancing the effectiveness of their people.

Learn more about ASE at www.aseonline.org.

American Society of Employers (ASE) welcomes 22 new members

Livonia, Mich. —August 7, 2015 — The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, announces 22 organizations joined ASE as members during the second quarter of 2015. The organizations are:

  • Advanced Architectural Products; a provider of metal roofing and siding enclosures systems for commercial, industrial, institutional and residential applications, based in Allegan,
  • AIRman Products; a developer and producer of pneumatic and hydraulic products for a wide variety of industrial applications, headquartered in Wixom
  • Altarum Institute; a nonprofit health systems research and consulting organization focused on creating comprehensive, systems-based solutions that improve health, headquartered in Ann Arbor
  • Benteler Automotive Corporation; a full-service supplier for major automotive manufacturers worldwide, with North American headquarters in Auburn Hills
  • Covenant Community Care; a faith based charitable non-profit Community Health Center, serving the people of Metro Detroit
  • Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. ; the nation’s largest independent specialty pharmacy for patients with chronic and rare conditions, headquartered in Flint
  • EMSL, Analytical Inc.; provides laboratory testing services, including the nation’s leading environmental testing lab, sampling products and equipment, with offices throughout the U.S.
  • Gerotech, Inc.; provides innovative CNC machine tool solutions and engineering services to manufacturers in a variety of industries, with a corporate office in Flat Rock
  • IRISO, U.S.A., Inc.; an international manufacturer of automotive audio-visual and car electronics connectors with an office in Farmington Hills
  • Kowalski Companies Inc.; historic Detroit sausage company and one of Michigan’s oldest meat processing enterprises, based in Hamtramck
  • Lipari Food, LLC; a distributor of fine foods, based in Warren
  • L&W Group; a supplier of metal stamping, welded assemblies and tubular products, based in New Boston
  • Mobile X Events; a mobile exhibits company that designs and builds mobile exhibits and mobile marketing vehicles, with an office in Detroit
  • Modineer Company; a supplier of metal components and manufacturer of custom parts in high or low volume applications, with an office in Niles
  • NDS Wellness, LLC; a healthcare organization specializing in diagnostic imaging and a comprehensive portfolio of health and wellness programs for business, located in Novi
  • North American Dismantling Corp.; a demolition contractor providing industrial demolition and dismantling for manufacturing facilities, as well as demolition projects, located in Lapeer
  • OneStream Software LLC; providing a single, unified Corporate Performance Management software platform for financial consolidation, planning and analytics, headquartered in Rochester
  • Polymer Process Development; experts in glass encapsulation, injection molding, value-add hardware assembly and more, located in Clinton Township
  • Talmer Bank and Trust; community bank, headquartered in Troy
  • Teoresi, Inc.; a composite organization providing tailored services to a wide range of market sectors, offering engineering skills, domain experience and application knowledge, headquartered in Italy with U.S. headquarters in Troy
  • Unistrut International Corporation; manufacturers of metal framing and telescopic tubing and struts, with an office in Wayne.
  • Valiant International; providing global manufacturing and automation solutions for the automotive, aerospace, defense, heavy equipment, alternative energy and consumer product sectors, headquartered in Windsor, Ontario, Canada

“We are pleased to welcome these diverse organizations to ASE and look forward to assisting our newest members in growing their bottom line by enhancing the effectiveness of their people through ASE’s wide array of HR services,” Mary E. Corrado, CEO of ASE said.

About the American Society of Employers (ASE) – a Centennial Organization
The American Society of Employers (ASE) is a not-for-profit trade association providing people-management information and services to Michigan employers. Since 1902, member organizations have relied on ASE to be their single, cost-effective source for information and support, helping to grow their bottom line by enhancing the effectiveness of their people. Learn more about ASE at www.aseonline.org.