Magna … Here We Grow Again!

Posted by – Howard Wager, Building Inspector

Do you know that the people who design and test the reverse safety cameras for most of the new vehicles driven in the United States come to work in the City of Auburn Hills?

Magna Electronics, Inc. supplies these sophisticated electronic communication systems, along with many other unique products, to most of the automakers … and they’re growing!

This unit of Magna International is bringing 130 new employees to the City

This unit of Magna International is bringing 130 new employees to the City

The company is currently renovating 34,000 sq. ft. of vacant space in their existing building at 2050 Auburn Road, which will bring their headquarters and technical center to almost 90,000 sq. ft. in size.

Workers getting the space ready for new employees scheduled to arrive soon after the New Year

Workers getting the space ready for new employees scheduled to arrive soon after the New Year

Many divisions of Magna International continue to expand in the City of Auburn Hills and we’re grateful for the company’s investment in – and commitment to – our town.

A New Name For An Old Friend

Posted by – Dale Mathes, Code Enforcement Officer 

In case you have not heard, the City of Auburn Hills’ largest employer has changed its name.  Chrysler Group LLC has now become Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US or FCA US LLC.  The name change is effective immediately.

Chrysler Group LLC became FCA US LLC effective 12-16-14

Chrysler Group LLC became FCA US LLC effective 12-16-14

What will not change is their Auburn Hills’ location, their Board of Directors or any of the current team of managers or employees.  The company is growing and employs approximately 16,000 people in Auburn Hills alone.  “FCA US” will continue to build the same great products: Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Fiat.

All in all, it’s the same great corporate neighbor – except with a brand new name – with the same iconic brands.  All is well.

 

You’ll Have A Blues Christmas at Callahan’s

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

Bobby Murray

Bobby Murray

Located at 2105 South Boulevard, you’ll find one of metro-Detroit’s most intimate club venues that features some of the hottest blues bands around at an Auburn Hills’ original called Callahan’s Music Hall.

Just in time for the holidays, the great Bobby Murray will host Callahan’s “Blues” Christmas Party this Saturday, December 20th at 8:00 p.m.  Bobby will be joined by Lenny Watkins and others throughout the evening’s event.

To view a list of upcoming events, bands, and performers visit their website (click here).

Noah’s Set To Start Construction

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

The contractor for Noah’s Event Center has advised us that they plan to start tree removal and land balancing within the next few days for the new 10,300 sq. ft. multi-purpose event and conference center.  The $4 million project will be used for corporate training, conferences, weddings, and receptions.  It’s located at the southwest corner of North Squirrel Road and Cross Creek Parkway, across from Oakland University.  Weather permitting, the contractor anticipates a grand opening in July 2015.

The project is a first of its kind in Michigan

The project is a first of its kind in Michigan

To learn more about the scope of the project click here.

Umicore Autocat USA Expands NA Headquarters

Posted by – Howard Wager, Building Inspector

Their motto is “Clean Air is Our Business.”

Umicore Autocat USA Inc., one of the world’s leading producers of catalysts used in automotive emission systems for both light-duty and heavy-duty vehicles, is working on a 3,320 sq. ft. addition to their North American Headquarters and Technical Center at 2347 Commercial Drive.

Umicore Autocat USA's parent company is based in Belgium.

Umicore Autocat USA’s parent company is based in Belgium.

At this facility, Umicore engineers and technicians design and test automotive emission catalysts for a wide range of powertrains, including gasoline and diesel engines, natural gas, and alternative fuels. By focusing on superior technology in the development of catalysts, they assist their customers with producing more fuel-efficient vehicles that meet the requirements of current and future environmental legislation.

View of construction occurring on the west side of the building.

View of construction occurring on the west side of the building.

The company has been located in Auburn Hills since 1997 and employs approximately 60 people at the facility.  We wish them continued success.

 

Light Up Auburn Hills!

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

There’s nothing like the warmth and glow of holiday lights on a cold winter night.

Auburn Hills Tree Lighting

Auburn Hills Tree Lighting

In celebration of the season, the Auburn Hills Beautification Advisory Commission (BAC) encourages residents to Light Up Auburn Hills! 

The BAC will be sending out notes to select residents for exceptionally beautiful holiday lighting displays this season to let them know they’ve been noticed and that their efforts are appreciated.

The City also plans to light up Downtown Auburn Hills on Friday, December 5th as hundreds of families celebrate the 21st annual Tree Lighting Ceremony.  This joyous festival is a free family fun event.  Join Mayor McDaniel, members of City Council and special guests Santa and Mrs. Claus as they welcome the holiday season and light up the enormous Christmas tree on the corner of Squirrel and Auburn Roads.

So, enjoy the beauty of the City of Auburn Hills this holiday season!

Open The Cellar Door To A World of Fine Wine and Food

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

If you’re looking for something unique to do this winter with that special someone or a group of friends, then The Cellar Door might be the place for you.  That is, if you like to explore the world of fine wine and food.  Located at 1091 Centre Court, The Cellar Doors features a number of educational events for those wishing to learn more about the wonders of wine in a fun and welcoming atmosphere.

The Cellar Door offers a fun and non-intimidating environment where all guests can feel welcome.

The Cellar Door offers a fun and non-intimidating environment where all guests can feel welcome.

If wine isn’t your thing, they also have classes for those wishing to learn more about craft beer or the culinary arts.   One cooking class that is sure to be a hit this month is their French Style Cooking Class Dinner Date Night, it includes chocolate truffle cake.

For more information on The Cellar Door and their classes and event accommodations visit www.cellardoorclub.com.