Martinrea Is Sliding Right Along

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

We met with the team from Martinrea today to put the finishing touches on their upcoming ribbon-cutting ceremony.  This meeting included a tour of their facility located at 2100 N. Opdyke Road, which opened back in December.

As I’ve mentioned in past blogs, our companies do so many cool things.  I have to say, today’s visit made my top five cool things about Auburn Hills’ companies.

Martinrea has a slide from the second floor to the first floor of the building for their employees to use.  Yes … an actual slide, like on a playground!  I’m told many employees use the slide as it ends right near their lunch room.  Of course, we got to try it out.

We’re thrilled to have Martinrea’s new 108,000 square foot technical center in the City of Auburn Hills, and we look forward to their ribbon cutting ceremony in May.

Martinrea HQ Construction On Track

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

The City of Auburn Hills is experiencing quite a boom in construction activity, which is wonderful to watch unfold after the long and tough years of the Great Recession.  As you can imagine, this uptick in development has kept the City’s clerical, plan review, and field inspection staff very busy.

One of the many projects under construction within our community is the new $12 million, 108,000 square foot facility that’s being built by Dembs Development, Inc. for Martinrea.  The Canadian-based Tier One automotive supplier intends to consolidate its corporate sales and engineering offices, along with numerous testing labs into this new building.

The new Martinrea building is located between Opdyke Road and I-75, just south of the GKN building

Computer rendering – View of the finished building from I-75

Martinrea is a leader in the development and production of metal parts, assemblies and modules, fluid management systems, and complex aluminum products focused primarily on the automotive sector.  This facility is being built on the southern half of the former Showcase Cinema site.

The project is expected to be complete by September

Stay tuned for updates on the many construction projects occurring within the City in the months ahead.

Auburn Hills 2016 Developments Exceed $170 Million

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

For those who drive through Auburn Hills on a regular basis, they more than likely have noticed an increase in the number of bulldozers, cranes and construction crews working on a number of sites scattered throughout the City.  This year the Auburn Hills City Council approved an estimated $170,305,000.00 worth of new developments, redevelopments and business expansions.  The 22 projects include an assortment of residential, commercial and industrial developments.

Two projects that receive the most public interest are the H.U.B. (Home of Urban Bowling) that will be moving into the old Big Buck Brewery and the Auburn Hills Marketplace shopping center that will include Starbucks as its anchor store.


Two new senior housing developments Villa Montclair (88 detached single-family homes) and Blossom Park (160 unit senior living center) will help fulfill the goal of the City’s Age Friendly initiative by providing a more diverse housing stock for the City’s growing senior population.


Villa Montclair Clubhouse

The City continues to attract new businesses of all sizes from Renishaw’s new 20,070 square foot technology and research facility to Martinrea’s new 108,200 square foot technology and research facility.


Martinrea Ground Breaking Ceremony

Last but not least the City is excited to see construction activities taking place at Dutton Corporate Center located at the southeast corner of Lapper Road and Dutton Road, with the construction of the new Summit Place Kia of Auburn Hills automobile dealership.


Rendering of New Kia Dealership

We look forward to what 2017 has to bring.

A New Neighbor For GKN Driveline North America

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

If you think back to about 12 years ago, there was an old Showcase Cinema that had sat vacant along Opdyke Road.  A lot has changed in that area in the last few years.  First, we saw the development of GKN Driveline North America.  Now, they are getting a new neighbor.


On Monday, Martinrea International, Inc. broke ground with a special celebration for a new $21.5 million technical center ($12 million construction cost) at 2100 Opdyke Road.

Mayor Kevin McDaniel and CEO & President Pat D’Eramo

Mayor Kevin McDaniel and CEO & President Pat D’Eramo

The 108,000 square foot facility will allow Martinrea to combine its sales and engineering office with its testing labs into a single location.  The new building will also allow the company to expand its research and development activity.

We are thrilled to be welcoming Martinrea International, Inc. to the Auburn Hills community and look forward to celebrating their grand opening next summer.