Three Keys to Growing Michigan’s Business Community

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Consumers Energy is committed to making the communities we serve great places to live, work and play.

From charitable contributions to volunteer activities to upgrading pipes, wires and technology, Consumers Energy is invested in helping Michigan prosper. That means attracting new companies to Michigan and helping existing businesses grow, resulting in new jobs and investment in communities across Michigan. Our recent successes include:

  • Brembo, an Italian high-performance brake maker, invested $115 million in a manufacturing facility, bringing 254 jobs to Homer.
  • Dicastal North America, an aluminum wheel manufacturer, invested $140 million to bring 300 jobs to a Greenville facility.
  • Switch, a data center company, is bringing 500 jobs and $400 million in investment to Wyoming.
  • ARAUCO North America is investing $325 million and bringing 250 jobs to support a new Grayling particleboard mill.
  • Fullerton Tool will expand operations in a 35,000-square-foot facility at Saginaw’s Great Lakes Tech Park, generating $8 million in new private investment and adding 58 new jobs.

We’re proud of the supporting role we’ve played, and getting these businesses to the finish line wasn’t easy. As we celebrate Economic Development Week, here are three keys to grow Michigan’s business community and create jobs:

  1. Build relationships. No community can succeed alone. Consumers Energy engages and works with local economic development organizations, chambers of commerce, state government agencies and others who can offer resources to help businesses grow.
  2. Right site, right fit. Sites that work for a new grocery store may not work for large manufacturers. Understand each site’s attributes—from energy infrastructure to proximity to interstate highways—to market the right sites to right-sized businesses.
  3. Focus on the future. If a business is considering your community, learn more about its plans and contact your local economic development organization. Understanding a company’s long-term goals will help identify sites and resources to support its success now and in the future.

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