Android Industries Expands in Detroit

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Android Industries announced it will expand in Detroit at its current location within the Focus: HOPE campus, leasing an additional 50,000 square feet of manufacturing floor space. This growth will make room for the possibility of $16.5 million in total capital investment and add 131 jobs in addition to retaining 100 jobs.

Android Industries – Detroit, LLC is a subsidiary of Android Industries, LLC, headquartered in Auburn Hills. The company provides assembled vehicle modules including front and rear suspensions, brake corners, front verticals and overheads to GM Detroit Hamtramck. The company is adding two new major platforms which led to this expansion.

The Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) assisted Android Industries by counseling the company about what incentives could result in organizational growth. DEGC facilitated a 12-year Person Property Tax Abatement that went on to be approved by the Detroit City Council. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation also approved a $500,000 Business Development Performance Based Grant.

This expansion is the result of a true collaborative effort. As Detroit becomes a place for businesses to develop and thrive, DEGC acts as a resource to ensure that starting and growing businesses are able to be strategic and successful.

Kenyetta Bridges

Business Development Manager

NEIdeas Applicants Come Together for an Evening of Celebration

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Approximately 200 businesses came together last month at the Book Cadillac in Detroit to celebrate their participation in the 2014 NEIdeas competition. NEIdeas is a program of the New Economy Initiative (NEI) and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan (CFSEM) that is operated with assistance from Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC).

NEIdeas celebrates existing businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park by offering support and rewarding those with the best ideas for growth. In total, NEIdeas has $500,000 in cash rewards for local businesses – $300,000 of which has already been awarded to 30 existing businesses. The recipients of two more $100,000 awards will be announced early this month.

The winning ideas were impactful, courageous and interesting; ideas that truly stood out and demonstrated strong growth potential. All of the business ideas submitted in 2014 ranged greatly in scope and complexity, and all brought creativity to the table and demonstrated the spirit of growth that’s alive and well in metro Detroit today.

While the event was the next step in DEGC’s ongoing technical assistance for those who won awards, it also was an opportunity to provide additional value and resources to all applicant businesses who were not selected as winners. This event was focused on connecting those businesses to capital, as well as other organizations that can better position them before they seek other funding sources.

One great aspect of NEIdeas is that it benefitted businesses at various points of their development. Even businesses that weren’t quite ready to pursue funding were connected to resources that will help them get ready to make that next step. Events like this one are helping to foster healthier businesses in metro Detroit, and DEGC was glad to be a part of it.

NEI, CFSEM, DEGC and all other supporters of NEIdeas were happy to provide valuable resources and connections to all of the businesses who applied for NEIdeas. We’re looking forward to watching these businesses continue to grow in 2015!

Spencer Olinek

Business Development Manager

D2D Buyer Ready Business: Pyratech Security Systems – Larry N. Teamer, President and CEO

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Pyratech Security Systems Inc. is a Detroit-based, full service security company. The organization offers all security-related services, with a primary focus on: uniformed security guards; private investigations; and security and fire detection system design, installation, service and monitoring. Pyratech has been in business 22 years, and its president and CEO, Larry N. Teamer, is a retired lieutenant from the Detroit Police Department’s SWAT Team.

What are some of the current projects you are working on in Detroit?

Currently we provide uniform service guards for the Detroit Public Library’s 22 branches, in addition to Bridgewater Interiors (a subsidiary of Johnson Controls), Fourteenth Avenue Cartage Company and the Detroit Housing Commission’s Woodbridge Senior Village. About 80 percent of the service we provide is our uniformed security officers.

Why did you select Detroit as your headquarters?

Detroit is my hometown; I was born and raised here. I worked in the Detroit Police Department and when I retired 23 years ago I wanted to use my training and expertise to go into the private sector. I bought four buildings on Livernois near Eight Mile Road and refurbished them. Later I bought an additional building. All five buildings are used for Pyratech’s offices and training. There’s no other place I would ever even consider starting my business.

How do you want your company to impact Detroit in the long term?

Long term we expect to train and hire more Detroit residents. We anticipate prospering as Detroit prospers, and I feel the city is returning to its former glory. Pyratech has been in the city through thick and thin and we plan to stay here. Truly, the security industry is a growing industry and we look forward to continually expanding here in the city.

What is the Pyratech Security Systems’ culture all about?

The Pyratech culture is all about providing quality security with integrity. Pyratech feels it is an extension of the Detroit Police Department in offering security and protection to Detroit and its residents. In fact, the majority of our management team are retired Detroit Police officers of various ranks. The training process our uniformed security guards undergo is a very rigorous, two-day process followed by regular on-site tests.

What companies have you collaborated with in Detroit as customers or suppliers?

We get uniforms from Enterprise Uniforms, we do our banking at First Independence Bank and our IT is provided by a Detroit-based IT vendor. Our CPA, Alan Young and Associates, and our tax attorney, Melvin Jefferson, are both based in Detroit. We do anything we can to utilize and partner with Detroit-based companies to aid in their success as they aid in ours.

When you can connect with another Detroit businesses, what benefits does that bring?

Pyratech does business with Detroit-based businesses as much as possible. The more Detroiters support fellow Detroiters, the better off we all are, including generating tax base for the city and employing residents who are unemployed. Hopefully as this happens more and more we all can prosper together.

Kenyetta Bridges

Business Development Manager

DEGC President and CEO Rodrick Miller Among North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers of 2015

Consultant Connect (CC), a consulting agency designed to bridge the gap between economic developers and site consultants, recently named Detroit Economic Growth Corporation President and CEO Rodrick Miller to its list of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers of 2015. Those who made the prestigious list were selected by their colleagues in the economic development industry, as well as members of the CC community of site selectors, for excellent practices, innovation and success in building the communities they serve.

Prior to joining DEGC as president and CEO in August 2014, Miller was founding president and CEO of the New Orleans Business Alliance, where he demonstrated strong leadership skills and ultimately attracted national retailers to the city. In total, Miller has more than a decade of economic development experience, which includes public-private partnerships and leading economic development agencies like DEGC.

As part of being named among North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers, Miller will be featured on CC’s podcast, From the Ground Up: North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers.

Tiffini D. Smith

Director of Communications