$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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EDA Exceeds $20,000 Fundraising Goal for 2016 District Robotics Event

On March 24-26, 2016, the Blue Water Area Robotics Alliance will host a 2016 District FIRST® Robotics competition at Marysville High School.   The event will draw 40 robotics teams and their families to the region to compete.   In order to secure the event, a minimum fundraising goal of $20,000 had to be met; and the Economic Development Alliance (EDA) of St. Clair County was tasked with reaching this goal.  Currently, $23,750 has successfully been raised for the competition.

 

“We are extremely proud of our region’s businesses for stepping up to help meet this challenge and ensure this impressive and innovative event will take place in the Blue Water Area,” said Bruce Seymore, Manager of Business and Community Services at the Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County.

 

In 2016, more than 3,000 teams comprised of 78,000+ students from around the world will compete for glory in FIRST STRONGHOLDSM  this year’s game.   Teams of 10 or more high school students (ages 14-18/grades 9-12) are challenged to build and program a robot to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors, raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills. It’s as close to real-world business and engineering as a student can get.

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EDA Celebrates Community’s Strong Economic Growth @ Semi-Annual Dinner

St. Clair County, Michigan

On the snowy evening of Tuesday, February 9, 2016, the Economic Development Alliance (EDA) took time to reflect on the impressive local economic growth that occurred in 2015 at its Semi-Annual dinner held at Alexander’s Banquet Center in Marysville.  

 

“It was an extremely gratifying year for companies, communities and the EDA, said Dan Casey, CEO of the Economic Development Alliance.   We’re proud to celebrate with the community the many accomplishments of our region, including $417.81 million in total investment and 525 new jobs, helping to drive our unemployment rate to its lowest point since 2007.”  

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PTM Corporation Expanding in IRA Township

 

PTM Corporation, a full service metal stamper, serving automotive, agriculture, appliance and other non automotive industries manufacturer is expanding Ira Township.  PTM offers expert engineers, state-of-the-art CAD systems and world-class tooling facilities. PTM is investing $5 million to expand its St. Clair County, Michigan, production capabilities and to add an additional 20 jobs.  Approximately 30,000-square-feet is being added to the current Fair Haven production facility.  The new addition is expected to be complete by spring.  

PTM Corporation has been producing metal stampings since 1972.  Their expertise and experience is wide ranging, to include detail part design, prototype, tool build and high volume production.  PTM metal stampings are found on an estimated 70-75% of all cars and light trucks on the road today.  

Learn more about PTM by visiting their website.   

The Economic Development Alliance is proud to have PTM as an EDA Member Investor and strong supporter of economic and community development. 


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Eissman Group Automotive Plans Expansion

Port Huron, Michigan, auto supplier, Eissmann Group Automotive hopes to add another 50 jobs in 2016 and as many as 300 people by 2018.  Currently, the German Company has submitted preliminary plans for an 88,000 square foot expansion to its 60,000 square-foot building in the Port Huron Industrial Park.  

Eissmann Group Automotive is headquartered in Bad Urach, Germany.  The company does leather interior production and prototype development for luxury vehicles, including models of the Ford Explorer, Lincoln MKC, Lincoln MKX and the new Jeep Grand Cherokee Reserve.  

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International Automotive Components Expanding & Adding Jobs

International Automotive Components (IAC), LLC. located in the St. Clair, Michigan, Haas Industrial Park will be adding 57 projected new full-time, quality jobs with benefits as its expands to fulfill new work contracts.  The company currently employs 225 employees.

The estimated $2 million dollar expansion will include 40,000 square-feet to the north of the building and an investment of approximately $8 million in the purchase of new equipment.  The City of St. Clair approved a 50 percent, 12-year tax abatement on real property taxes to support the project.    

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McLaren Port Huron unveils $162 million expansion and renovation plans

Port Huron, MI – McLaren Port Huron is one step closer to breaking ground on one of the largest construction projects the greater Port Huron community has witnessed in decades. As part of a broad campus development strategy that began in spring 2014, the McLaren Port Huron Board of Trustees announced they have approved the project costs for the Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Port Huron and a new four- or five-story patient tower.

The master facility plan, made possible by the May 2014 integration of the 132-year-old Port Huron Hospital with McLaren Health Care, will amount to more than $160 million. It will combine a renovation of the existing patient floors with a redesign of most hospital inpatient services. An additional 200,000 square feet will be added to the existing facility, and another 100,000 square feet will be renovated.

 

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SMR announces expansion and 200 new jobs in the city of Marysville, Michigan

Marysville, Michigan 

Samvardhana Motherson Reflectec (SMR), one of the largest manufacturers of rearview mirrors for passenger cars in the world, is expanding its Marysville, Michigan, location.  The company will invest $18.6 million in an 85,000-square-foot expansion that will result in the creation of approximately 200 jobs over the next three years. Once completed, the new facility will be used for assembly and warehousing of product.  The project also includes the acquisition of land for additional parking.

SMR operates 110 facilities spread over 25 countries on 6 continents. 

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