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ArcelorMittal Partnership Driving Jobs, Investment for Our Region

Last month, ArcelorMittal Tailored Blanks celebrated a ribbon cutting for its new facility on Detroit’s east side, bringing an $83 million investment and 120 new jobs to Michigan. The Detroit Regional Chamber was a key partner in the company’s decision to move to the Detroit region and served as the initial contact and project manager throughout the process.

Bringing New Technology Into the Detroit Region
The addition to the I-94 Industrial Corridor, Arcelor Mittal brings new lightweighting and high-strength materials technology into the North American automotive market that will make vehicles safer and more fuel efficient. Three months after initial engagement, the global steel company quickly understood why the Detroit region was the perfect market to house its tailored blanks division, as opposed to Ohio or Ontario. Bringing the company to Michigan is a testament to the collaborative effort of the Chamber and its partners, from the city of Detroit and Detroit Economic Growth Corp., DTE Energy and the Michigan Economic Development Corp.

“The Chamber aligned us with the right people to make it more favorable than any other location, among other things helping line up city and state incentives, including funding to improve the stretch of road between the plant and I-94,” said Mike Clark, director of purchasing for the ArcelorMittal subsidiary.

Serving as a Connection Point
The Chamber moved quickly to access ArcelorMittal’s needs, connect them to appropriate public and private partners, address any concerns, vet real-estate options, coordinate incentive negotiations with the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC), and support the utility assessment with DTE Energy. These efforts were critical to securing the project for Southeast Michigan.

“Our role is on the front end with developing opportunities, making the business case for our region, and serving as project manager,” said Justin Robinson, vice president of business attraction for the Chamber. “After the project is actually secured, the work to get a facility up and running continues for months afterword with the support of local municipalities, utilities and private partners.”

Engaging Partners to Cross the Finish Line
Once site selection was determined on the Mount Elliott facility, the city of Detroit took over the day-to-day management associated with building site inspections and approvals, and the Detroit Economic Growth Corp. (DEGC) assisted the company with the local tax abatement process.

The next 15 months were spent with numerous partners and organizations to bring the facility to reality. Forward Detroit investor DTE Energy, a key partner in the project, had one of the largest lifts.

“Once ArcelorMittal had decided on the Detroit region and the Detroit Regional Chamber engaged us in the process, we had to address complex issues to get infrastructure there within a proper timeline for the client,” said Robert Feldmann, Executive Director for DTE Energy. “We were happy to assist with bringing a world-class company to the Detroit region.”

During the ribbon cutting, Mayor Mike Duggan recognized all the partners for their contribution to bringing more opportunities to the region and state.

Read more on ArcelorMittal’s move to the Detroit region

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