April 22 Meet The Buyer Event Gains Momentum With 20 Buyers Registered

The Binational Meet The Buyer to be held on April 22, 2015, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Port Huron, Michigan, has gained a great deal of momentum over the past few months with 20 buyers now registered.

A few of the buyers participating include: DTE Energy, Flint Bishop International Airport Authority, Consumers Energy, Eissmann Automotive Group, Lapeer Industries, City of Sarnia, Pinnacle Foods, City of Lansing, SMR Automotive, Aaron’s Fabrication of Steel, Tube and Welding, Wright Plastics Products, St. Clair County and several more.  

A growing list of purchasing needs for products, services, office equipment and supplies can be viewed on the event website www.meetthebuyer.weebly.com, but below is a short list of some of the items purchasing agents are seeking:


Products                                                   Services                                                 Office Equipment & Supplies

Steel, Welding Materials
Heat Treatment                                           Construction                                             Printed Material               
Uniforms, Rain Gear &Boots                        HVAC Repair/Maintenance                      Office & Computer Supplies
Lumber & Wood Products                            Professional/Consulting                           Reproduction Supplies
Plastics Parts, Resin                                    Engineering                                              Promotional Items
Wire Harnesess, Chrome Plating                 Environmental Services                            Signs, Decals, Rubber Stamps
Injection Molding Machines                          Employment Agencies                              Furniture & Fixtures
Public Safety Equipment                              Facility Maintenance                  
Transformers, Regulators                            Airfield Maintenance

Wire, Conduit, Generators                           Trash Remove
Electrical & Mechanical Equipment              Computer Programming
Paints, Varnishes, Thinners

Sellers are invited to pitch products face-to-face with key decision makers.  New this year, there will also be a Quick Pitch session, in which up to eight companies will be given five minutes to briefly pitch their product, service or company in front of a live audience of buyers and sellers.  Topics desired are specified below:

  • Business Products/Services
  • Technology Use/Advancements
  • Advancement of Ecology/Sustainability Practices
  • Strategic Endeavors Related to Community/Economic development

Those interested in presenting, may visit the event website for details apply at www.meetthebuyer.weebly.com.


“Building relationships and winning business can be difficult.  We (EDA) are very pleased to be assisting in a collaborative way to personally connect suppliers and buying professionals and supporting business and economic growth,” said Dan Casey, CEO of the Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County”.     

The fee for sellers to participate is $15 per attendee.  Both buyers and sellers may register at www.meetthebuyer.weebly.com.

The event is being hosted by Economic Development Alliance (EDA) of St. Clair County, Lapeer Development Corporation, I-69 International Trade Corridor, PTAC I-69 Thumb Region, Southwest Economic Alliance, Sarnia Lambton Economic Partnership, Blue Water Area Chamber of Commerce, Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce and Michigan State University Center for Community and Economic Development.      

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McLaren Port Huron to open new St. Clair Community Health Center Feb. 2

Port Huron, MI – McLaren Port Huron will increase its ability to serve the health care needs of the Blue Water community by opening its fifth community health center on Feb. 2.

The new McLaren Port Huron St. Clair Community Health Center is located in the St. Clair Landing Shopping Center at 1163 South Carney Drive, St. Clair, next door to Nieman’s Market. The 8,000 square foot building features a total of 14 exam rooms, radiology services, laboratory collection, and will offer a combination of primary care and multi-specialty care.  

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Binational Meet the Buyer Event Seeks Buyers, Sellers & Quick Pitch Presenters

Local, regional and international partners from Michigan and Canada are collaborating to provide a unique opportunity for buyers in Ontario and Michigan to diversify their supply base, discover new products, and develop cross-border contacts at the region’s first Binational Meet the Buyer event.

The Binational Meet The Buyer event will be held on April 22, 2015, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Port Huron, Michigan, from 10:30 AM -3:30PM.  The event will begin with registration and opportunities for networking. 

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I-69 Thumb Region Poised for Logistics/Distribution Growth

Internationally respected data sources reveal opportunities and competitive advantages

(St. Clair County, Michigan) - The I-69 Thumb Region’s logistics and distribution market is growing rapidly according to a recent study by The Corradino Group. The Kentucky project management company researches areas of potential growth in public and private sectors. The results of a study conducted this year in partnership with the economic organization IHS Global Insight revealed that the  I-69 Thumb Region’s commodities traffic will see a 35 percent increase in tonnage and a 63 percent increase in the value of inbound and outbound freight by 2030. This indicates an increase in business transportation traffic valued at $48.2 billion.

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LTC Roll and Engineering Company expanding to St. Clair County, Michigan - $8.6 Million Investment – 90 Jobs

St. Clair County, Michigan

 LTC Roll & Engineering Company, a world class manufacturer of metallic components and assemblies supplying the automotive, building products and alternative energy market is expanding to St. Clair County, Michigan.     

LTC Roll & Engineering Company has purchased the vacant Manter facility located at 7177 Marine City Highway in the Township of Cottrellville and plans to invest nearly $8.6 million to modernize the building.  In addition, it will be creating 90 jobs.

LTC Roll & Engineering is a supplier to several highly recognized automotive customers, including General Motors (GM), Chrysler, Delphi Automotive Systems, Webasto, Lear, Magna and Faurecia.  Currently, the company has several locations in the Detroit area with corporate offices, manufacturing, engineering and tooling.  The new location will allow LTC to further grow its book of business in the automotive sector.

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I-69 International Trade Corridor NMDC Receives International Economic Development Award

The I-69 International Trade Corridor Next Michigan Development Corporation (NMDC) recently received a Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award for Regionalism and Cross-Border Cooperation from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).   The honor was awarded at a ceremony in Fort Worth, Texas on Monday, October 20. 


The I-69 International Trade Corridor NMDC is a collaboration between Shiawassee, Genesee, Lapeer and St. Clair Counties, which is focused on promoting the region’s shared transportation assets (road, rail, air and water) and close proximity to Canada to generate economic development opportunities.


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C3 Capital Club adds $5,000 to entrepreneurial business competition –raising prize total to $15,500

Aspiring entrepreneurs in the Blue Water Region will now have an even better chance of accelerating creative and innovative business concepts into newly launched businesses.

GreenLight Port Huron is proud to announce the addition of a gracious $5,000 sponsorship by the Community Foundation of St. Clair County’s Community Capital Club (C3). 

The Community Capital Club (C3) has added $5,000 to the prize funding for GreenLight Port Huron’s entrepreneurial competition, raising the total giveaway to over $15,500 in total prizes, and increasing the Grand Prize (1st place) to an amazing $10,000.  

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BioPro honored as Exporter of the Year by I-69 Thumb Region

Six businesses have been recognized for their foray into exporting from the I-69 Thumb Region, which includes Genesee, Lapeer, Huron, Sanilac, St. Clair, Shiawassee and Tuscola counties.  More than 170 business, civic and education leaders were on hand as Exporter of the Year awards were presented during the 2014 I-69 Thumb Regional Summit held in Flint on Thursday, September 18.


Awards were presented by Richard Corson, Director, East Michigan U.S. Export Assistance Center at U.S. Department of Commerce along with economic development partners from each of the seven counties.


BioPro, a designer and manufacturer of high quality joint replacement implants and surgical devices in Port Huron, Michigan, was honored as Exporter of the Year for St. Clair County, Michigan.  BioPro has been in business since 1987 and have implants with over 60 years of proven clinical success, making them one of the most experienced medical manufacturers in the U.S market.  Bio Pro offers global distribution throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia/Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.    

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GreenLight Port Huron Business Competition boasts over $10,000 in prizes

Spartan Innovations at the Michigan State University Innovation Center has selected the TecPort’s Harbor Muskies to host a GreenLight Port Huron Business Model Competition in Port Huron. Their gracious sponsorship of this event will provide us with the funding to launch this first-ever GreenLight Port Huron start-up business pitch event in our community.  The business model competition is hosted by TechPort, the TechPort Harbor Muskies, Spartan Innovations, Pure Michigan, the Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County, St. Clair County Community College and TechPort Soup.

Entrants will pitch for a chance to win over $10,000 in start-up cash. 

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