Since we joined the Michigan’s Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC) initiative, we have awarded firms in the state with $170 million in new multi-year contracts. That puts us on track to meet our commitment of increasing spending with Michigan companies by $50 million in the first year of the program.
Daniel Malone, senior vice president, distribution and customer operations, sees Pure Michigan Business Connect complementing our role as a key economic engine in the state. He points out that suppliers are responding favorably which is providing companies here more opportunities to grow and add jobs.
Consumers Energy committed to increase spending in Michigan by $250 million over the next five years which is in addition to $2 billion annually spent in the state. Most of these investments are in customer service, electric and natural gas operations, energy efficiency, renewable energy and environmental stewardship.
The Pure Michigan Business Connect initiative was launched by Gov. Rick Snyder and the Michigan Economic Development Corp (MEDC) in June. Companies interested in doing business with Consumers Energy can visit the MEDC or Consumers Energy website. Our second report on the Pure Michigan Business Connect initiative highlights the following:
- A total of 11 Chevrolet Volts have been purchased from Michigan automotive dealerships. These include: Art Moehn Chevrolet, Jackson; Berger Chevrolet, Grand Rapids; and Merollis Chevrolet, Eastpointe.
- BP&R Engineering & Construction, Holland, received a contract for installation of air quality equipment at the Karn/Weadock Generating Complex in Essexville. The company, founded 26 years ago, is also doing work at the utility’s White Pigeon compressor station, Ray compressor station and the Ludington pumped storage plant, jointly owned with Detroit Edison. “We’re extremely proud to support Consumers Energy on its key major projects in Michigan. The economic benefits to the state will help Michigan families grow,” said Don Knottnerus, BP&R Engineering & Construction.
- Soil preparation work for the utility’s first wind park – the Lake Winds Energy Park near Ludington, Mason County – is being done by Superior Environmental Corp. in Marne.
- HM Environmental Services, Mt. Clemens, received a contract for pole yard renovation work at the utility’s Lansing and Battle Creek service centers. This contract helped HM Environmental Services maintain its workforce, hire two new employees, and resulted in significant purchase of materials from suppliers in southern Michigan.
- Terra Contracting, Kalamazoo, was also awarded multiple pole yard renovation projects for Consumers Energy’s facilities. This project, along with several other utility projects, is keeping up to 20 Terra employees on the payroll as well as causing Terra to purchase additional capital equipment. “The reach of the Consumers Energy spend goes well beyond our company. Pre-qualified subcontractors, material suppliers and equipment manufacturers all provide their products and services in Terra’s execution of these projects,” said Steve Taplin, Terra’s chief executive officer.
- Shively-Bouma, Jackson, received a contract for renovation work at Consumers Energy’s Parnall Complex in Blackman Township. This project will employ 37 trades workers from Michigan-based subcontractors. Most of the construction materials for this renovation will be purchased from Michigan-based suppliers. Shively-Bouma is a locally-owned construction company with more than 30 years of service in Jackson.