New Public Taproom Open At Rochester Mills Production Brewery

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

The new taproom at Rochester Mills Production Brewery is now open to the public.  Located at 3275 Lapeer Road West, the 560 sq. ft. tasting room will offer beer lovers the opportunity to sample new beers and provide patrons the opportunity to learn more about the brewing process and new products.

Customers can even stop by to purchase 4-packs, a half-gallon growler to go, or a ticket for one of their Saturday tours.

The initial hours for the taproom are Thursdays and Fridays from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm and Saturdays from 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Click here for more information about the Rochester Mills Production Brewery.

Five Points Community Church Proposes Expansion

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

We’re pleased to report that Five Points Community Church has submitted plans to expand their existing facility, located at 3411 Walton Boulevard, to meet the needs of their growing congregation.  This project has been many years in the making for this dynamic church that has served our community since 1940.

Rendering of the proposed church expansion

The church proposes to construct a 16,019 square foot addition, which will be located on the north side of the existing building.  The addition will include offices, a commons room, youth group rooms, nursery rooms, and a large gathering area.

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Their plans also call for the demolition of the southern wing (original church building built in 1952), as well as the removal of a garage and existing one-story concrete block building located on the southwest portion of the property.  Once the expansion is complete, the overall size of the church will equal 41,601 square feet.

Bird’s eye view of the proposed addition

The total investment in the project is estimated at $3.2 million.  Construction is anticipated to begin in May 2017 and be complete by December 2017.

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.  A final decision on the application is anticipated to be made by the City Council on Monday, March 27th.

To learn more about the history of the church, check out this short video below:

Rapid Shred Proposes New Opdyke Road Building

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

An application has been submitted by Rapid Shred for approval to construct a 21,050 square foot light industrial building on a 2.24 acre parcel of land located west of Opdyke Road, between Pontiac Road and Walton Boulevard.

The proposed Rapid Shred site is situated just south of Alfoccino’s restaurant.

Rapid Shred offers both off-site and on-site shredding services.  The new structure will be designed for the security and operational needs of document destruction.  It will also be large enough to store all of Rapid Shred’s trucks and bundled materials inside the building.

Finished product of shredded documents

The total investment in the project is estimated at $1.1 million.  Construction is anticipated to begin in April 2017 and be complete by October 2017.   The company currently has six employees in Auburn Hills and intends to add four new positions once this new facility becomes operational.

Proposed building façade for Rapid Shred

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.  A final decision on the application is anticipated to be made by the City Council on Monday, March 27th.

Building A World-Class Workforce

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

Today I attended an event at Oakland Community College (OCC) that focused on MAT² and apprenticeship programs and how they can help close the skills gap for manufacturing across the region.

Two Auburn Hills companies, Brose and ThyssenKrupp, discussed their experiences and their successes using the program through OCC.  We even heard from students who have graduated and those who are currently enrolled.  It was great to learn that their experiences were so positive.

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MAT² is a three-year program with students splitting their time between the classroom and on-the-job training with pay.  This has allowed companies to create their own talent pipeline.  It’s truly a win/win situation for both student and the companies who participate in this innovative program.

The skills gap is widening and this program is helping to address employer demands.  Michigan is leading the way on creating these successful partnerships between industry and community colleges!

Defense Industry Jobs Coming To Auburn Hills

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

Yesterday, it was announced that AM General, LLC plans to soon move its engineering and advanced technology and prototype development operations to the City of Auburn Hills.

AM General is a world leader in the design, engineering, manufacturing, and support of Light Tactical Vehicles.  Their iconic High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV or Humvee®) serves the military and homeland security.

City Manager Tom Tanghe delivered remarks about AM General’s investment to the Michigan Strategic Fund Board in support of this project, which will be located 1399 Pacific Drive.  He noted that adding a defense-based company to the ranks of our corporate community will be a tremendous asset.

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This decision by AM General represents an investment of nearly $10 million and the creation of 55 new jobs in Auburn Hills.  Michigan’s defense industry supports 105,000 jobs and represents an $8 billion economic impact on the state’s economy.

We look forward to welcoming AM General to our community.

Legislative Outlook for Economic Development

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

On Tuesday, I attended the Michigan Economic Developers Association’s (MEDA) Capitol Day in Lansing.  I look forward to this event each year.

Senator Arlan Meekhof talks about Michigan's economic development strategy

Senator Arlan Meekhof talks about Michigan’s economic development strategy

This event is a chance for economic developers to hear from elected officials on what they are working on for the next legislative session.  It is also a great opportunity for economic development professionals to have face-to-face interactions with legislators to talk about the tools we use in Michigan for attraction and retention projects.   We talked about infrastructure challenges, out-of-state competition and other issues impacting our ability to attract new investment.

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The day ended with a wonderful reception that allowed us to continue our conversations with elected officials about the great things happening in our communities.

Merging Great Technologies

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

Auburn Hills’ staff had the good fortune of attending a wonderful celebration with two great Auburn Hills Companies.  Recently, Teijin acquired Continental Structural Plastics.  Both of these companies have been in Auburn Hills since 2012 and both locations will continue to operate going forward.

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Both companies have a rich history in the automotive world and a desire to be the best.  Now, the combined companies stand ready to provide solutions for their customers.  All it takes is a vision, a great business climate and outstanding leadership to make something like this come to life.

Through their combined capabilities and expertise, there is no doubt that Teijin will continue to be a leader in the automotive industry.

Congratulations from the Auburn Hills City Council and Staff!  We wish you all the best as you continue to grow and expand in Auburn Hills.