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Over $40 Million in Business Investment Coming to Oakland County, Creation of 349 Jobs

Post Date:06/20/2017 8:05 AM

Posted to theoaklandpress.com June 1, 2017
By Mark Cavitt

Business investment this year in Oakland County is on pace to surpass that of 2016.

This according to Irene Spanos, Oakland County’s community affairs and economic development director.

For the first four months of 2017, the county has helped facilitate $274 million in total public and private investment resulting in the creation of 3,369 jobs according to the Department of Economic Development and Community Affair’s April Impact Report.

During the first four months of 2016, the county helped facilitate $350 million in total investment resulting in the creation of 3,688 jobs.

For all of 2016, the county helped facilitate $810 million worth of total investment. Oakland County is on pace to facilitate about $822 million worth of investments in 2017.

Spanos added that the May and June total investment numbers are going to surpass those of 2016.

You can now add three more businesses to the 2017 investment mix that have been granted the go-ahead to expand in the county bringing $40.7 million in total investment and 349 new jobs.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation has given A.Raymond Corporate North America, Inc., (Rochester Hills), Comau, LLC., (Southfield, Royal Oak and Novi) and GEDIA Michigan, Inc., (Orion Township) funding assistance from the state through the Michigan Strategic Fund.

“These three projects benefit Oakland County in so many ways, enhancing our skilled and educated workforce while continuing to generate significant international investment,” said County Executive L. Brooks Patterson.

Spanos said the county has started off the year with some great projects.

“The county continues to the preferred location for Global Robotics companies’ North American location,” said Spanos. “We have become the Global epicenter of Robotics technology and that’s a good place for us to be in because it’s like Information Technology, it cuts across many industries. Next Generation Robotics Technology opens up a new world for us in economic development, there isn’t an industry around that doesn’t use automation technology to be competitive.”

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