Fieldstone A&E Hosts Ribbon Cutting In New Downtown Offices

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

Wednesday evening marked a very special milestone for Fieldstone Architecture and Engineering.  President and CEO Ryan Rasmussen, along with his wife and business partner, CFO Heidi Rasmussen, welcomed over 60 guests to their new Downtown Auburn Hills offices located at 3400 Auburn Road, Suite 200 with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house event.

Mayor, Kevin McDaniel with   President and CEO, Ryan Rasmussen and CFO, Heidi Rasmussen

Mayor, Kevin McDaniel with Fieldstone Architecture & Engineering President and CEO, Ryan Rasmussen and CFO, Heidi Rasmussen

Rasmussen’s success story was born out of the depths of the Great Recession.  He embraced entrepreneurship in response to the tough economic climate and created a successful firm that has been gaining strength ever since.

Their new modern offices are warm and inviting, well-appointed and filled with natural light.  It is the new home to their more than 30 local employees.

Their new modern offices are warm and inviting, well-appointed and filled with natural light. It is the new home to their more than 30 local employees.

Fieldstone’s projects have added jobs to the South Oakland region in markets including home building, real estate, building trades and property development.

After outgrowing their previous location on Squirrel Road, we are pleased Fieldstone chose to stay in Auburn Hills.  They are a welcome addition to our growing Downtown.

Atlas Copco Celebrates New Facility

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

One of the best parts of my job is attending ribbon cuttings.  I love hearing about why companies choose to do business in Michigan and I have to admit that when they say they deliberately chose Auburn Hills, I still get goosebumps.

On Monday, Atlas Copco officially dedicated their new $13 million United States Headquarters for their Tools and Assembly Division at 3301 Cross Creek Parkway in the Oakland Technology Park.

Founded in 1873, this Swedish business provides products and services such as compressed air and gas equipment, construction and mining equipment, industrial tools and assembly systems.  Their new Auburn Hills facility will employ over 225 people.

Mayor McDaniel (second to the left) spoke at the ribbon cutting event and presented a congratulatory plaque to Atlas Copco officials on behalf of the citizens of the City of Auburn Hills

Mayor McDaniel (second to the left) spoke at the ribbon cutting event and presented a congratulatory plaque to Atlas Copco officials on behalf of the citizens of the City of Auburn Hills

Anders Hoberg, General Manager, Atlas Copco Tools and Assembly Systems, LLC recently said, “Our expansion into a new, larger facility supports the strong growth and increased demand for Atlas Copco’s tooling and assembly systems.  Auburn Hills is our home and this new facility is a sign of our continued commitment to our employees and customers in the Detroit region.”

We appreciate that Atlas Copco has chosen to reinvest in Auburn Hills and we look forward to their continued growth and success!

Slippery Pete’s BBQ Takes Hold of BBQ Cook-Off Championship

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner 

The City of Auburn Hills held its 7th Annual State Championship Barbecue Cook-Off on June 19th and 20th.  The cook-off, which was part of Auburn Hills Summerfest, was sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society.  Thirty-two teams competed in all four categories; chicken, pork ribs, pork and brisket for the coveted Grand Championship title.  This year the city had four teams from out of state; Illinois, Indiana and Ohio (2).

Congratulations to this year’s Grand Champion, Slippery Pete’s BBQ, from Wadsworth, Ohio.  They will now be considered for participation in the two largest invitational BBQ contests in the world, the American Royal, in Kansas City, and the Jack Daniel’s World Championship BBQ Invitational, in Lynchburg, Tennessee.

Auburn Hills Barbecue Cook-Off Contest Results (Top 5)

2015 Grand Champion, Slippery Pete's BBQ

2015 Grand Champion – Slippery Pete’s BBQ

Overall Rankings

  1. Slippery Pete’s BBQ (Grand Champion)
  2. iBQ’N@TheBBQSuperstore.com (Reserve Champion)
  3. Mac Attack BBQ
  4. Smokin’ In The D
  5. Smokin’Aces@TheBBQSuperstore.com
1st Place Chicken, Mac Attack BBQ

1st Place Chicken – Mac Attack BBQ

Chicken

  1. Mac Attack BBQ
  2. Slippery Pete’s BBQ
  3. iBQ’N@TheBBQSuperstore.com
  4. Motley Que Crew
  5. Rack Masters BBQ
1st Place Pork Ribs - Holly Smokers MI

1st Place Pork Ribs – Holly Smokers MI

Pork Ribs

  1. Holy Smokers MI
  2. SmokinAces@TheBBQSuperstore.com
  3. Smoldering Q
  4. Smokin’ In The D
  5. Bavarian Smoke BBQ
Giggly Pig

1st Place Pork – Giggly Pig BBQ Team

Pork

  1. Giggly Pig BBQ Team
  2. Mac Attack BBQ
  3. QUBED
  4. Motley Que Crew
  5. Slippery Pete’s BBQ
1st Place Brisket - Rubbed Smoked and Sauced

1st Place Brisket – Rubbed Smoked and Sauced

Brisket

  1. Rubbed, Smoked and Sauced BBQ
  2. Smokin’Aces@TheBBQSuperStore.com
  3. iBQ’N@TheBBQSuperStore.com
  4. Motley Que Crew
  5. Slippery Pete’s BBQ

SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS

Genisys Credit Union, DTE, Mayo Welding,  ITC, Hilton Suites, Sonesta ES Suites, Meijer, Duffy’s Pub, Little Caesars, Community Impact Church, The River Church, Secrest Wardle, Asset Strategies, Plante Moran

GKN Automotive Celebrates Its New Digs

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

It’s a very exciting time in the City of Auburn Hills.  A time of tremendous hope for the future of our community.

GKN Automotive ... Thank You!

GKN Automotive … Thank You!

Last Thursday, GKN Automotive celebrated its new 168,000 sq. ft. headquarters for the Americas with a very nice grand opening event.  The new facility located at 2200 N. Opdyke Road is home to the company’s GKN Driveline and GKN Sinter Metals divisions.

Yes, the site of the former dilapidated Showcase Cinemas is now a $23 million state-of-the-art automotive engineering showcase that employs over 350 people.  It’s amazing what can be done when the public and private sector work together on a singular goal.

Auburn Hills Mayor Pro-Tem Bob Kittle (second to the right next to Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson) was one of the dignitaries who spoke at the event and cut the ribbon

Auburn Hills Mayor Pro-Tem Bob Kittle (second to the right next to Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson) was one of the dignitaries who spoke at the event and cut the ribbon

GKN Driveline is the world’s leading producer of automotive driveline components and systems, including constant-velocity-joint, all-wheel-drive, trans-axle and electric-drive systems. GKN Sinter Metals is the world’s largest producer of precision powder-metal products.

Robert Willig, President of GKN Driveline Americas, explained in his remarks to the large crowd gathered under a big tent in the parking lot of the facility, “We have been headquartered in Auburn Hills since 1986 and have seen Oakland County and the State of Michigan continue to grow in automotive industry prominence. This is an incredible location for operating in today’s global auto industry.”

Mr. Willig was very kind to acknowledge several times in his comments the support of State of Michigan, Oakland County, and the City of Auburn Hills in helping to make this very complex project a reality.  “Government support for this project, at the state, county and local level has been incredible,” Willig said. “It’s easy to see why this region continues to be a global leader in the automotive industry, given the tremendous political leaders with whom we were fortunate enough to work.”

The opening of this facility was a landmark day for the City of Auburn Hills

The opening of this facility was a landmark day for the City of Auburn Hills

Auburn Hills is honored GKN Automotive chose to re-invest and remain in our community.  We feel very fortunate, as well.

And The Award Goes To…

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

Creating beautiful landscaping is no easy task.  Whether you’re a green-thumb gardener or a backyard beginner, gardening takes considerable time, money and effort.

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The Auburn Hills Beautification Advisory Commission (BAC) understands the dedication it takes to create and maintain beautiful surroundings for our homes and businesses and they honor that effort through the City’s  Beautification Awards Program.  Nominations are now being accepted for a 2015 Beautification Award.

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Lush landscapes throughout the City help preserve neighborhood integrity and create an enviable environment for business

Up to 80 residential and commercial properties are selected as winners and those residents or representatives are invited to participate in the Beautification Awards Dinner, held at the Auburn Hills Community Center in late September.

The BAC invites you to nominate a neighbor, a business or even your own property!  To submit your nomination send an email to beautification@auburnhills.org or call 248.364.6946.  No photos please!  Entries will be accepted until July 12, 2015.

Master Plan Amendment: Hearing Planned To Allow “Villa Montage” On North Squirrel Road

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Its name is a mouthful … “Villa Montage Luxe Active Adult Resort” … but, it sounds fancy!  If developed as envisioned, it will be one of the premier housing developments in Auburn Hills.

Last night, the Planning Commission voted to schedule a public hearing for Tuesday, August 18th at 7:00 p.m. to review a request submitted by Auburn Hills-based Moceri Companies to amend the Northeast Corner Neighborhood Master Plan to allow a residential open space conservation development called Villa Montage at a density of up to 3.2 homes per acre, in lieu of the City’s current policy for the area of 2.5 homes per acre.  The 29.54 acre site is located at 3995 N. Squirrel Road.

Aerial Photo of Site Location and Development Concept Plan

Aerial photo of the site location and development concept plan

The requested master plan change would facilitate the development of the proposed 88-unit detached home condominium project.  It will be designed as a 55+ active adult community and will include a pool, clubhouse, walking trails, and other amenities.  Moceri wishes to start construction by Spring 2017.  The project is similar in concept to the nearby Heritage in the Hills Condominiums development.  The slight increase in density (approximately 18 additional homes) is requested by Moceri to create the critical mass needed for the future Villa Montage homeowners association to support the maintenance and upkeep costs of the community.

Draft Plan

Draft Plan

Concept of Club House Facility

Concept drawing of the proposed pool and club house facility

Home prices will range from $280,000 to $350,000.  Floor plans will range from 1,350 to 1,855 sq. ft. in size.

Home prices will range from $280,000 to $350,000. Floor plans will range from 1,350 to 1,855 sq. ft. in size.

The public hearing will be held in the Council Chamber at City Hall.  All are welcome to attend.

 

New Water Partnership

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

More and more often, local governments are joining efforts to leverage capabilities and resources to save money and avoid duplication of services.   In an effort to address challenges that communities are facing with regards to local water systems and to increase efficiencies through intergovernmental cooperation, the North Oakland County Water Authority (NOCWA) was created.

Over the past several years, the communities of Auburn Hills, along with Rochester Hills, Orion Township, Pontiac and the Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner’s Office joined together to look at reliability and sustainability of the local water systems and to address issues without additional costs.  The goals of this partnership include water pressure increases, reduced energy costs and approximately $3.8 million in savings.

waterSince 2007, the Michigan Municipal League has been recognizing communities across Michigan for their innovation and collaboration.  The Community Excellence Award (CEA) has been the League’s most prestigious community award.  A new and exciting part of the CEA process for 2015 is on-line voting.  Residents and businesses can show their pride and support for community initiatives by voting at http://cea.mml.org.

The NOCWA collaboration is a wonderful example of how working together can provide tremendous benefits to communities.