Another Booming Business

Posted by – Stephanie Carroll, Manager of Business Development & Community Relations

I can’t take credit for the clever blog title.  The honor goes to Mayor McDaniel, who at the ABB event yesterday, said that their company’s letters stood for “Another Booming Business.”

As announced at their event yesterday, ABB will be the first global industrial robotics company to manufacture robots in the United States.  That’s a BIG deal.  It’s a big deal for many reasons. This Switzerland-based company could have picked anywhere in the world to build robots, but they chose the City of Auburn Hills.

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Since 2008, ABB has invested over $11 billion in U.S. manufacturing, making North America its largest growth region.  Their investment was very strategic and intentional and we’re very delighted with their commitment to Auburn Hills.

In addition to the cool robot demonstrations and tours, ABB unveiled their newest robot, YuMi.  YuMi is collaborative, dual arm, small parts assembly robot solution that includes flexible hands, parts feeding systems, camera-based part location and state-of-the-art robot control. YuMi is a vision of the future.

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We were very honored to celebrate with ABB on this special occasion and wish them continued success in the future!

Splish’in and a Splash’in

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

Splish, splash, splish, splash.  That’s the sound you will hear at the starting line for the 7th Annual Paddlepalooza scheduled for Saturday, May 30th.

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This event, held in partnership with the City of Rochester Hills and the Clinton River Watershed Council, offers kayakers and canoers alike an opportunity to explore and enjoy the Clinton River and our natural resources.  The event begins at Riverside Park in Auburn Hills and ends eight miles downstream at River Crest Banquet Center, located in Rochester Hills.

Each year over 80 people participate in this river celebration that includes a one-person kayak race (men’s division and women’s division), a two-person canoe race and an adventure paddle for those wanting to take a more leisurely pace along the way.  Another highlight of the event will be the much-anticipated canoe race between Auburn Hills and Rochester Hills for the coveted Mayors Cup.

A raffle will be held for participants at the finish line while they enjoy hotdogs, chips and lemonade at River Crest Banquet Center.  For more information about the event, please visit our website by clicking here.

Sweets! … An Age-Friendly Downtown Café

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Family owned and operated Sweets!, located at 3395 Auburn Road in Downtown Auburn Hills, has started a new initiative in honor of the City’s Age-Friendly Auburn Hills program.

Tuesday’s are now “Senior Day” at this one-of-a-kind café.  Seniors citizens can take advantage of the following discounts:

  • $1.50 for a cup of Premium Great Lakes Coffee
  • $2.00 for a junior scoop of Super Premium Ice Cream
  • 10% off all other purchases

    Sweets! owner Kathy Genautis (center) with kids Jon and Abbie

    Sweets! owner Kathy Genautis (center) with kids Jon and Abbie

So, we encourage folks of all ages to come out and support this outstanding entrepreneur.  It’s places like Sweets! that make our Downtown special.

Perennial Exchange This Saturday

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

Gardeners, gather your goods.  It’s time to trade!  The Auburn Hills Perennial Exchange is this Saturday, May 16th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at River Woods Park.

This event, hosted by the Beautification Advisory Commission, is a great opportunity to gather new varieties of plants for your garden – for free!  Meet other gardeners, learn more about perennial plants from a Master Gardener and participate in a great gift raffle.  Light refreshments (sweet treats) provided.

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Before the event, separate selected perennials from your garden, put them in disposable containers with fresh soil and label them with the plant type, if known.  It’s also helpful to indicate whether the plant thrives in sun or shade.   At the Exchange, mix and mingle with fellow gardeners to trade plant types and voilá!  New plants to spice up your garden!

Hope to see you this Saturday, rain or shine.  Remember … the early bird gets the worm!

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Sonesta ES Suites: A Home Away From Home

Posted by – Stephanie Carroll, Manager of Business Development & Community Relations

Last Thursday, City Council members and staff celebrated the Sonesta ES Suites “RE:imagine” Ribbon Cutting and Open House.  The $4 million remodel took over a year to complete.  The extended stay hotel is located at 2050 Featherstone Road, across from the Pontiac Silverdome.

Hotel staff enjoying the event

Hotel staff enjoying the event

If you’ve ever had to travel for work or stay at a hotel long-term, you can truly appreciate all the upgrades that Sonesta has made to their Auburn Hills location.  Larger beds, upgraded kitchenettes, and more technology.  They have re-written the book on extended stay hotels.

This extended stay hotel literally has everything you need, including a beautiful outdoor area with a pool

This extended stay hotel literally has everything you need, including a beautiful outdoor area with a pool

We were given a tour of the newly remodeled rooms and we were very impressed with how functional the rooms were.  They have everything needed for a business trip or for families who are visiting the area.

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The entire staff was amazing and we look forward to their continued success here in Auburn Hills!

Harry’s Market Gone

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Times are changing.  After 60 years, Harry’s Market is no more.

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The party store that was the tenant in the old yellow building, located at the southwest corner Walton Boulevard and Opdyke Road, moved across the street and changed its name to Crystal Palace a few months ago.  The property owner was given the choice to fix up the blighted structure or tear it down.  He chose the latter.

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There are no specific plans for the redevelopment of the property at this time.

Update on BorgWarner’s PTC Addition

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

After about nine months of construction, the three-story, 46,555 sq. ft. office addition and parking lot expansion at BorgWarner’s Powertrain Technical Center (PTC) located at 3800 Automation Avenue is nearing completion.  The projected finish date is August 15th.

A great view!   Temporary occupancy of much of the addition is expected to be granted this week.

A great view! Temporary occupancy of much of the addition is expected to be granted this week.

Exterior siding, final grade, and landscaping should be completed within the next 30-45 days.  Much of the work still to be done is on the ground floor level where employees will enter this portion of the building.

Bird's Eye View Rendering of BorgWarner's Building Expansion

Bird’s Eye View Rendering of BorgWarner’s Building Expansion