Martinrea Accelerates Into the Future With New Technical Center

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

Even though Martinrea International, Inc. has been in their building at 2100 N. Opdyke Road for a few months, yesterday’s ceremonial welcome further solidified the City of Auburn Hills as their new home.  Their state-of-the-art 108,000 square foot facility combines research and development, engineering, and testing capabilities under one roof in an open and collaborative environment.

It’s hard to believe that just five years ago there used to be an old vacant Showcase Cinema that sat right at this location.  A lot has changed in this area in a relatively short amount of time.  First, we saw the development of GKN Driveline North America   And now, Martinrea.  Both projects were built by Dembs Development, led by Ryan Dembs and his team.

Martinrea’s new technical center even has a slide that connects the first and second floors of the building.  Mayor McDaniel and several City Council members tried it out!

The celebration included a tour and demonstrations from a local robotics team.  It was such an exciting celebration – we heard from Governor Snyder, Lt. Governor Calley, and County Executive Patterson about how companies like Martinrea are an integral part of Michigan’s comeback.

We wish Martinrea much success in the future!

The Thrill Of The Grill

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

Pit masters from Detroit Pigskin Barbeque, one of Michigan’s most passionate BBQ teams, will be showcasing their culinary skills and offering up some free samples at the Bass Pro Shops at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets this Saturday, May 19th between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

As part of their Go Outdoors Event, that takes place this weekend and next, Bass Pro Shops has partnered with the Kansas City Barbecue Society to have Detroit Pigskin Barbeque on-site to offer some tips so you too can cook like a seasoned pit master.

So, if you’re having a little trouble with cooking up some tender chicken, ribs, pork butt or brisket, take a few minutes to stop by Bass Pro Shops this Saturday and get a few tips from some real grill experts.

Eye Doctor’s Long-Time Vision Becomes Clear In Auburn Hills

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Dr. Leslie Emmert-Buck is not your typical doctor.  She is on a mission!

Dr. Emmert-Buck recently opened Capstone Vision, PLLC, a new ophthalmology practice in Auburn Hills, at 3100 Cross Creek Parkway, Suite 130.  The doctor spoke with enthusiasm at the May 7th City Council meeting where she explained that she wants to be a part of the Auburn Hills’ community and the long-term well-being of her patients.

Dr. Leslie Emmert-Buck with Auburn Hills Mayor Kevin McDaniel

She informed the City Council that her mission is to deliver direct and personal eye care as well as safe surgical solutions for vision correction, including refractive surgery such as SBK (modern LASIK), and ASA (modern PRK), refractive cataract surgery, near vision solutions, and dry eye solutions.  Further, the key to her success will be creating a “Lifelong Vision Partnership” with each patient by offering the best vision care at every stage of life and ensuring the best technology, best education, and best vision experience possible.

Dr. Emmert-Buck is returning home to Michigan after 14 years of practicing on the East Coast.  She is a board-certified and fellowship-trained ophthalmologist, earning a combined MD/PhD from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore and the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, followed by a Cornea and Refractive Surgery fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital (the second-ranked best hospital for Ophthalmology in the US) in Philadelphia.

She invites all who are interested to attend a special Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at her new office on Thursday, May 24th at 1:00 p.m.  Light appetizers and refreshments will be served, and staff will be on hand to answer questions.  You may RSVP for the event by clicking here.

For more information about Capstone Vision, call 248-710-0063 or visit the company’s website at

Welcome Dr. Emmert-Buck and Capstone Vision!  We look forward to supporting you with your mission.

Visit Jo’Angela’s Pizza and Deli Company In Downtown Auburn Hills

Posted by – Samantha Seimer, Director of Authorities

You would be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t love these two things: pizza, and their hometown.  Downtown Auburn Hills is the perfect place for you to try, and home to an impeccable pizza pie to match – Jo’Angela’s Pizza and Deli Company!

The originator of Jo’Angela’s named the store at 3329 Auburn Road after his children, Joseph and Angela.  In the beginning, the owner had multiple locations, but after the Auburn Hills’ location opened its doors, all of the other locations were closed to officially establish its firm roots in Auburn Hills.

Jo’Angela’s has been a downtown favorite for nearly forty years!  It is an independent, family-owned business, currently owned by Bob and Gwen Cesario.  The Cesario’s enjoy listening to folks come in and tell stories of how they worked at the store growing up in Auburn Hills, or stop in for pizza.  Jo’Angela’s, Bob and Gwen are an amazing, not to mention tasty, part of Auburn Hills’ history.

So, visit Jo’Angela’s in Downtown Auburn Hills soon.  Might I add, a pizza is a perfect dinner before heading to one of the Downtown Summer Concerts at our Pop Up Public Square this summer!

Safety In A Second With Hirtenberger

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

If you are like me, you get in your car and drive without giving it much thought.  I mean, how many times do we think about all the components that make up our vehicle and how they all work together to keep us safe during a significant event like a crash?

Recently, we met with Hirtenberger Automotive Safety and learned about the solutions they provide in the event of an automobile crash.  I learned there are passive safety systems like seatbelts and airbags and active safety systems like radar lane-detection systems and cameras.  Hirtenberger specializes in the latter.

Based in Austria, they specialize in developing and producing advanced pyrotechnic solutions for systems to protect pedestrians and occupants.  When I think about pyrotechnics, I usually think of fireworks, not the automotive industry.  Who knew that a tiny part, called a micro gas generator, could save your life?  Hirtenberger uses pyrotechnics and not a fuse because the reaction is instant.

We are so excited that Hirtenberger Automotive Safety is in Auburn Hills and we look forward to watching them grow and succeed.

The Perennial Exchange – New Venue, Same Great Event!

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

Attention gardeners!  The Auburn Hills Perennial Exchange – a favorite springtime event – returns next Saturday, May 19th in a brand new location.  The exchange will take place on the back patio of the beautiful Auburn Hills Community Center, located on the City campus.

For 25 years, residents and friends from neighboring communities have joined together in Auburn Hills to exchange their perennial plants for new ones that add variety to their gardens for no cost – zero, zip, zilch.

To prepare for the event, simply divide plants into small groupings, put them in plastic containers (containers you don’t need back) and attach a note to identify the plant type (if known) and whether it prefers sun or shade.

Participants can talk shop with the other gardeners and enjoy coffee and sweet treats.   Round up your friends and neighbors, have some fun and grow your garden in the process.

The Community Center sits just behind the tennis courts on the City Campus located at 1827 N. Squirrel Road in Auburn Hills.  For more information, please call 248.364.6946 or email  See you Saturday, May 19th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and as always … the early bird gets the worm!

Lucas’ Coney Island Now Open In New Location

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

The City is pleased to announce that Lucas’ Coney Island, which has been a staple “eat spot” in the community, is now open at their new location at 2010 N. Opdyke Road in the Stadium Shopping Center. After being closed for almost a year, residents and businesses are pleased that Lucas has reopened – just a stone’s throw from their former location.

Although the restaurant may be new and more modern-looking, Lucas still serves their much desired Coney Island hotdogs and chili fries, as well as “The People’s Choice” deli sandwich, chicken gyro, patty melt, Mediterranean pita, and the Traverse City salad.

Lucas is open early every morning (Monday thru Friday – 7:00 a.m. and Saturday thru Sunday – 8:00 a.m.) ready to serve customers a hot cup of coffee and something hot off the grill, like a western or farmer’s omelet, pancakes, French toast and the tried-and-true breakfast of eggs, bacon, hash browns, and toast.

Visit the new Lucas’ Coney Island and enjoy.