Yen Group, LLC -Invests $10.2 Million in Manufacturing Facility in Port Huron Industrial Park

Yen Group, LLC -is a newly established entity that will focus on fulfilling purchase orders of engine blocks, heads and other engine components for customers that have requirements that are consistent with their business objectives, including their partner company in Indiana.  Yen Group plans to reopen a closed manufacturing facility in the city of Port Huron, investing more than $10.2 million and creating 80 jobs. As a result of the expansion, the project has been awarded a $400,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Michigan was chosen over the partner site in Indiana. The city of Port Huron has offered to host a job fair in support of the project. Individuals interested in careers with Yen Group should email

“We are pleased to announce the launch of Yen Group, LLC in Port Huron, Michigan.  Our goal is simple, to restore the operations that once thrived in this facility and create new job growth for the community.  Our employees at Yen Group are our most important assets and we look forward to creating a world class manufacturing foundation with them.  Our initiative to retain manufacturing jobs in the U.S. and the technical ability of the Michigan work force has driven this decision to launch in Port Huron and we look forward to a very bright future.” – David Yen, President. 

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I-69 Thumb Region's Catapult Your Craft Food & Beverage Business Competition


The I-69 Thumb Region, a seven county partnership, today announced the launch of the I-69 Thumb Region’s Catapult Your Craft Food & Beverage Business Competition.   This unique competition is both local and regional.  Each of the seven counties in Region 6 will host a local competition, and the winners will move on to the regional competition.  There will be cash prizes for the local and regional winners totaling $30,000.

The I-69 Thumb Region Catapult Your Craft Food & Beverage Business Competition aims to assist entrepreneurs and small business owners to start or grow their craft food or beverage businesses.  The competition will help retain and grow Michigan businesses by providing capital to expand production and increase jobs, grow value-added agriculture by establishing craft ag businesses that will increase value of local commodities, and expand assistance to communities throughout the region.

The I-69 Thumb Region includes Genesee, Huron, Lapeer, Sanilac, Shiawassee, St. Clair and Tuscola.

Each of the seven participating counties will hold a county level competition in their community via a public pitch event awarding $2,000 to the first place winner and $1,000 to the second place winner.  County-level first place winners will move forward to compete for additional funds in the regional finale. 

The regional competition will award (via public pitch) $5,000 for first place, $3,000 for second place and $1,000 for third place.  Competition prizes have been made possible by grant funding through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and additional sponsors.

The competition is utilizing an online process for applications and submittal of company information.  Interested companies or individuals are required to create a profile and answer a few questions about their business or business idea on the Startup Compete website using the following link:  Once this process is completed, competitors have until October 17 to upload their maximum 3-page executive summary and upload pitch presentations of not more than 10 slides.  Competition judges will be using Startup Compete to review submissions and narrow the submissions down to no more than eight for the pitch event.

The Small Business Development Center and Economic Development Alliance (EDA) will be providing support to applicants that need technical assistance with registration, help writing the required executive summary or presentation coaching.

“This is an exciting opportunity for craft agriculture and beverage businesses to increase awareness about their products,” said Dan Casey, Chief Executive Director of the EDA.  “These businesses make a big impact locally and this competition will give them a forum to launch their products into a more regional market.”

The St. Clair County competition is tentatively scheduled to be held on November 7.  The regional competition will be held in January in conjunction with the I-69 Regional Summit.  The date and location has not been finalized.

For more information about how to apply, please visit: or contact EDA at (810) 982-9511.

Media Contact: 

Dan Casey, CEO
Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County

About EDA:

The Economic Development Alliance (EDA) of St. Clair County is a private non-profit organization that provides general purpose economic development services throughout St. Clair County.  EDA offers a wide variety of services involving business recruitment and business retention with an overall goal of enhancing the quality of life for residents in St. Clair County.  The EDA is supported by a membership of over 100 businesses from the private & public sector.   

About the I-69 Thumb Region

The I-69 Thumb Region is rich in assets and opportunities.  Covering seven counties in eastern Michigan, the region has a wide range of agricultural richness, manufacturing know-how and transportation resources.  If it’s grown or created in the region or beyond we can transport it via rail, road, air or ship across the country and around the world.  The I-69 Thumb region includes Genesee, Huron, Lapeer, Sanilac, Shiawassee, St. Clair and Tuscola counties.

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I-69 Thumb Region Agri-Tourism Directory Makes Buying Local Easy

(Port Huron, Mich. – Sept. 6, 2016) Labor Day weekend marked the unofficial end of summer and the start of the harvest season, otherwise known as fall. As the temperature begins to cool and the air turns crisp, our tastes in outdoor fun and food tends to take on a different flavor, too.

To help plan your fall day trip or weekend excursion, check out the I-69 Thumb Region’s Agri-Tourism Directory.

 Covering seven counties in eastern Michigan (Shiawassee, Genesee, Lapeer, St. Clair, Sanilac, Huron and Tuscola), the I-69 Thumb Region offers a range of agricultural richness. Moreover, the agri-tourism directory contains a smorgasbord of venues, including breweries and wineries, farms, farmers’ markets, meat processors and packing houses, orchards and specialty shops.  It is also a resource for agribusinesses in the region to market themselves and part of the “farm-to-table” movement, which promotes organic food, craft drinks and locally sourced products.


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Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute now open at McLaren Port Huron

Port Huron, Mich. – Less than one year after construction began, the new 15,000 square-foot Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute opened today, July 18, for patient care at McLaren Port Huron. The opening marks a new, sophisticated level of cancer services available to residents in St. Clair and Sanilac counties.


Twelve chemotherapy infusion bays serve cancer patients. Each private bay offers a picturesque view, heated massage lounge chairs, and a TV for patients.  In addition, treatment planning and physician consult space are available for patients and their families to meet with physicians for treatment planning, examination and follow up care. When the Karmanos Cancer Institute is fully functional by the end of 2018, there will be a total of 22 infusion bays.


“With the Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Port Huron, cancer patients can receive top-notch cancer services right here at home, without the need to travel out of the area for treatments and therapies that usually require several visits per week,” says Jennifer Montgomery, president and CEO, McLaren Port Huron. “This means less stress, more convenience and a better care experience for our patients and their families, all of which promote healing.”

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Crain's Detroit Business Features Special Report on St. Clair County, MI.

This special report shares highlights and successes from the Blue Water Area region.  Outside investors are noticing the potential, beauty, amazing assets and natural resources and are looking to invest in St. Clair County, Michigan.

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SC4 to host NJCAA district tournaments in 2017 and 2018

SC4 to host NJCAA district tournaments in 2017 and 2018

The road to the National Junior College Athletic Association men’s and women’s basketball tournaments will go through Port Huron in 2017 and 2018.

St. Clair County Community College will host two women’s (districts G and H) and two men’s (districts 9 and 10) basketball tournaments in the next two seasons at the SC4 Fieldhouse. Each tournament will bring four teams – a total of 16 – to downtown Port Huron.

“This is a great opportunity to showcase our new facility, and to bring student athletes, their families, friends and fans into our community,” SC4 athletic director and men’s basketball coach Dale Vos said. “This is something that wouldn’t have been possible in our old facility.”

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St. Clair County Auto Manufacturers Part of Supply Chain to 2017 Chrysler Pacifica

The introduction of the 2017 all-new Chrysler Pacifica minivan was a real crowd pleaser at this year’s Detroit Auto Show. A celebration was recently held at Fiat-Chrysler’s Windsor plant in Canada to mark the production and anticipation of the hit new minivans on their way to Chrysler dealerships. 

In regards to the 2017 Chrysler Pacific line, St. Clair County has something to celebrate as well.   It turns out several of our local automotive manufacturers are suppliers to this new family-friendly, modern minivan.  

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$234 Million Pipeline of Construction in Greater Port Huron Region

Port Huron, MI –April 27, 2016   With most attention focused on Detroit and Grand Rapids lately, the eastern shores of Michigan around the greater Port Huron area are quietly seeing the highest level of construction and renovation projects in decades.  The region’s economic collaborative, Blue Meets Green, estimates there over $234 million of projects recently completed, underway or planned to begin in and around Port Huron.

 “It’s the greatest volume of new investment this region has seen since I’ve been in business,” said Gerry Kramer, who started Kramer Commercial Realty, in 1978.  “We’ve quietly been rebounding since the recession, but now developers and investors from western Michigan, California and New York have discovered opportunity here.”

 The region’s Blue Meets Green collaborative, which includes regional stakeholders from the business, government, education, economic development and philanthropic sectors, estimates the region’s top 13 projects account for more than $234,000,000 in new investments. 

 “This is an unprecedented level of investment in this region.  Community collaboration and regional marketing efforts have contributed to the tremendous economic growth and investment,” said Dan Casey, president of the Economic Development Alliance for St. Clair County, and member of Blue Meets Green.

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PE Foam Extruder (Rex Performance) Expanding in St. Clair County

Polyethylene foam extruder Rex Performance Products is  expanding in St. Clair County, Michigan and expects to add approximately 15 new jobs while investing $3 million to increase capacity.   The expansion is projected to assist in doubling sales over the next year and a half. 

Rex currently is investing about $3 million to increase capacity, President Don Tate said. In addition to the new lamination line for Port Huron, the company will install a new extrusion line in Marysville, its fourth at that factory. Rex has one lamination line in Marysville and also manages 350,000 square feet of warehouse space in the city.

Tate said expansion is necessary for Rex to maintain its three-day delivery schedules. Warehousing is key to stocking enough product for quick shipment. Rex also has added a truck fleet to its services, giving it even more flexibility to serve customers.

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Reverse Scholarships Launched to Attract College Grads

As many Michigan communities struggle to retain local college graduates as a part of their economic growth strategies, the Community Foundation of St. Clair County is set to become the first to launch a coordinated, foundation-based Reverse Scholarship program.  We’ve taken a fresh look at the long history of traditional scholarships and feel we can have a greater economic impact by reversing the sequence and paying students after they’ve successfully graduated and moved back home.

A “reverse scholarship” is a talent retention program that will pay students on the back-end of their college career. Applicants must have completed a degree in a STEAM related field and agree to live and work within the county. This innovate new scholarship program offered by The Community Foundation of St. Clair County plans to offer three $10,000 “reverse scholarships” early next year. The goal is to help graduates with their college loan debt and bolster the area’s workforce

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