2018 brings $117,909,292 in Investments and 766 jobs

On Tuesday, February 12, 2019, the Economic Development Alliance hosted its Semi-Annual Luncheon and shared economic growth numbers and regional successes from 2018.   The infographic belows shows money that flowed throughout the region from local business expansions, the attraction of new businesses, community development and small business/entrepreneurship.   To view the full annual report, and learn more about our region's amazing businesses, investors and development opportunities that exist in St. Clair County, Michigan, click here

2018 St. Clair County Economic Progress Report


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Crain's Detroit Business - St. Clair County keeps rolling on its riverside renaissance

St. Clair County, Michigan, is featured in a special report by Crain's Detroit business on how the momentum just keeps building in St. Clair County, from $60 Million in hotel investments, including the $35 million renovation of the iconic St. Clair Inn.  Below are some recent business highlights featured in this special report: 

St. Clair Inn Hotel - $35 Million Renovation by California Developer

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$82,940 Going PRO Talent Funds Awarded to Five St. Clair County Companies

The Going PRO Talent Fund, formerly known as Skilled Trades Training Fund, makes awards to employers to assist in training, developing and retaining current and newly hired employers.  The Michigan Workforce Development Agency has announced the winners for the fiscal year 2019.  We are pleased to share that grant funds have been awarded to five companies in St. Clair County, totaling $82,940.

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Suburban Bolt and Supply Company has been awarded a 2018 Top Workplaces honor by The Detroit Free Press. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC (formerly WorkplaceDynamics), a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.

Suburban Bolt and Supply is a family-owned, Veteran-owned and operated small business, founded in 1971. We are a Metro Detroit institution, providing over 47 years of unparalleled customer service in distribution and sales of industrial supplies. We are a premier supplier of high quality fasteners, cutting tools, abrasives, PVF, shop supplies, safety products, and so much more. We have three locations in Michigan that are open six days a week to provide the best customer service experience possible. Our main location is in Roseville, while our other two branches are in Port Huron and Grayling.

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I-69 Thumb Region Announces 2018 Catapult Small Business Competition

The I-69 Thumb Region, a seven county partnership, announces the launch of the 2018 I-69 Thumb Region’s Catapult Small Business Competition.   This unique competition is both local and regional.  Each of the seven counties in the I-69 Thumb Region will host a local competition, with first place winners advancing to the regional competition.  There will be cash prizes for the local and regional winners totaling $30,000.

The I-69 Thumb Region Catapult Small Business Competition aims to assist entrepreneurs and small business owners to start or grow their small businesses. The I-69 Thumb Region includes Genesee, Huron, Lapeer, Sanilac, Shiawassee, St. Clair and Tuscola.

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Port Huron Manufacturer - P.J. Wallbank Springs, Inc. honored by Inc. Magazine

P.J. Wallbank Springs, Inc., a St. Clair County Company located in Port Huron and founded 35 years ago, is a global leader in clutch return technology specializing in spring pack design and manufacturing.  Spring packs are used in a variety of clutched applications, although their most common use is within the clutches of automatic transmissions.

The company has proudly been recognized with the most prestigious ranking as one of America's Fastest-Growing Private companies by Inc. Magazine in it's 2018, 37th Annual List.  P.J. Wallbank Springs ranks 4,123 on the 2018 5000 with three-year revenue growth at 84 Percent.  The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy's most dynamic segment-its independent small businesses.  Microsoft, Dell, Domino's Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.  

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MEDC Approves $200,000 performance-based grant for St. Clair County Manufacturer – Michigan Metal Coatings

Today, the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) in cooperation with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) announced the approval for a $200,000 performance-based grant for Michigan Metal Coatings.  The company, headquartered in Port Huron, Michigan, will be purchasing an additional 66,375 square feet to expand operations, creating approximately 41 new jobs and investing up to $11,000,000 in St. Clair County, Michigan.

The Michigan Business Development Program is available to eligible businesses that create qualified new jobs and/or make qualified new investment in Michigan.  Michigan was in competition with Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky for this project.    

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“Donor Advised Fund Helps Launch a New Skilled Trades Program”

Port Huron, MI - The Community Foundation of St. Clair County and the Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County are pleased to support young adult success through skilled trades. Through the generosity of the Kusch Family Fund, a donor advised fund at the Community Foundation, the EDA was able to launch ASSET (Advanced Skills Scholarship for Employment and Training) an apprenticeship and certified training scholarship program.

The Kusch’s said, “The ASSET program offers an additional opportunity for St. Clair County young adults to attain the skills required to improve their future. It works cooperatively with local employers to train and hire employees in the skilled trades. It also dovetails with other existing programs such as Complete Your Degree, which are supported by the Community Foundation. We were pleased to have the opportunity to use our donor advised fund at the Foundation to support such a promising program.”

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MSC Floors Receives National Contractor Award Second Year in a Row

MSC Floors (aka Michigan Specialty Coatings) located in St. Clair, Michigan has been recognized with a national contractor award from Coatings Pro Magazine.  Industry winners were recently announced in Phoenix, Arizona at the 2018 second annual Contractor Awards Program designed to showcase and recognize the projects and crews that demonstrate excellence in the field of high-performance coatings.  The program is for commercial and industrial coatings contractors, with projects award in the categories of commercial concrete, commercial roof, industrial concrete, industrial steel and specialty projects. 

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Michigan Public Service Commission Approves St. Clair County Billion Dollar Power Plant

Today, the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) officially approved DTE Energy’s Certificate of Necessity request for an estimated $1 billion natural gas-fired power plant in St. Clair County.    The mission of the Michigan Public Service Commission is to protect the public by ensuring safe, reliable, and accessible energy and telecommunications services at reasonable rates for Michigan's residents.

“This is welcome news for all of St. Clair County – and all of Michigan. The new, cleaner natural gas power plant will create hundreds of jobs and provide additional revenue that we can put toward improving our roads, schools and other essential services. With three coal-fired plants scheduled to retire, we need the affordable, reliable energy that natural gas plants provide. This $1 billion investment is a significant boost to our community and helps assure continued job growth while ensuring we can meet our state’s energy needs,” said St. Clair County Commissioner, Jeff Bohm.  


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