Eissmann Group Automotive Selects Port Huron, Michigan, Facility for North American Expansion

St. Clair County, Michigan

Eissmann Group Automotive, a global leader in the manufacturing of high-quality shifter modules, trim components and full car interiors, is expanding operations in the Midwest and will invest $13.55 million in a facility in Port Huron, Michigan and creating up to 233 new jobs.

The Eissmann Group Automotive is a leading international automotive manufacturer of high-end shifter modules, trim components and complete automotive interiors.  Headquartered in Bad Urach, Germany, the Eissmann Group has production facilities on three continents; maintaining a presence not only in Europe but also in Mexico, China and the USA.  Customers include Audi, BMW, Volvo, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Tesla, Maserati, Land Rover, and many others.


Times Herald  

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Attica Manufacturing (Ontario Company) chooses St. Clair County, MI.

Attica Manufacturing, Inc., a London, Ontario, company has signed a 2-year lease to open a U.S. location at 10138 Radiance Drive, in Fair Haven, Michigan.  The company will be investing up to $1.5 Million in machinery and equipment and adding up to 20 jobs over the next two years.

Specializing in CNC machined parts, Attica Manufacturing, serves clients in the healthcare, energy automotive, food & beverage industry.  The U.S. facility in St. Clair County, Michigan, will expand its manufacturing capabilities to also include fabricating. 

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Port Huron, Michigan, makes final cut to present successes at Michigan's largest retail conference


June 27, 2014, Novi, MI:   The Cities of Marquette, Ferndale, Westland, Bay City, Brighton and Port Huron have been selected by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) to participate on the Municipal Runway at the 44th Annual Michigan Idea Exchange & Alliance Program on July 24, 2014 from 8:45am - 9:30am at the Suburban Collection Showcase in Novi, MI. These communities were selected following a two month state-wide competition because of their best practices in crafting Public/Private Partnerships that have attracted capital, created jobs and raised the tax base in their communities.   

The Municipal Runway is being held for the second year thanks to ICSC's Alliance Committee. Alliance is a special ICSC initiative that provides forums for the public and private sectors to network, share ideas and explore retail development opportunities.  Alliance Co-Chair Matthew Berke commented recently:  "I couldn't be prouder of the good work our team has done to place an unprecedented spotlight on Michigan communities.  I am anxious for our audience to hear the stories of how 6 leaders have created economic development in spite of significant obstacles."

More than 500 Public Officials, Retailers, Developers and Professional Service Providers will be in attendance July 24, and the Preliminary Program complete with speakers and topics, deal making table registration, retail runway information, sponsors and keynotes is contained in the link below.


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7-County Region Wage and Benefit Survey Results Released

Survey Results Point to Increased Hiring in 7-County Region Including St. Clair County

I-69 International Trade Corridor and MI Green Thumb Release Wage and Benefit Survey Results

(ST. CLAIR COUNTY, MICH. – June 2, 2014) Today, the St. Clair County Economic Development Alliance (EDA) of St. Clair County, along with economic development partners in the I-69 International Trade Corridor and the MI Green Thumb released the results of a first-of-its-kind Regional Wage and Benefit Survey, which was conducted in collaboration with the University of Michigan-Flint.  The survey, which includes aggregate data from a 7-county region, projected increased hiring and minimal layoffs for the coming year.  Data from Shiawassee, Genesee, Lapeer, St. Clair, Tuscola, Sanilac and Huron counties are included in the results.  

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Auto Supplier (Magna) plans to add 100 jobs in St. Clair County, MI.

Magna, an automotive supplier located in China Township (St. Clair County, MI.), is planning a $2.6 million dollar expansion during the next two years.  Magna will be adding 100 jobs at its plant located on Puttygut Road in China Township.  "One hundred jobs would represent a 20% increase in Magna's employment at the plant," said Dan Casey, Economic Development Alliance (EDA) of St. Clair County executive director.  "That's pretty significant."

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St. Clair County, Michigan - Road to Prosperity

Michigan has undergone several changes in the last few years – population declines, job loss and recovery, industry shifts. This changing landscape has forced businesses and leaders in the state to appreciate new ideas, embrace new concepts for development and shift the approach in how to rebuild communities, cities and counties.

Placemaking is one approach cities and smaller communities are taking to make themselves more attractive and to entice visitors and potential new residents. Embracing entrepreneurial activity is also another strategy seen as valuable path to building better communities.

The Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County has identified a 10-step approach they have determined to be their “road to prosperity,” according to Chief Executive Officer, Dan Casey.

Learn more in an article published by Andy Northrop of the Michigan State University Extension.  

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Canadian Appreciation Day Returns

In St. Clair County, Michigan, organizers are excited to announce the 2nd Annual Canadian Appreciation event for 2014.  This year’s event has been expanded from a one day celebration, to a full weekend event, taking place Saturday, May 17 through Monday, May 19. From Canadian business investments to tax dollars, jobs, tourism and visitor spending, Canada plays a vital role in sustaining and growing our local economy. 

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| by EDA of St. Clair County, MI.

CityFlatsHotel & Bistro Coming to Downtown Port Huron

Chuck Reid, owner of the CityFlatsHotel, announced April 16, 2014, that Downtown Port Huron will be the new location for a CityFlatsHotel & bistro.  The vacant historic Sperry's building in Port Huron will soon become a high-end hotel featuring 38 rooms, a bistro, ballroom and conference rooms.  CityFlatsHotel is expected to open in the Spring of 2015, will invest between $12-$14 Million and be hiring approximately 50 people.

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