D2D creates PRO-business climate for construction companies

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Cranes and scaffolds are going up in places all over Detroit and DEGC’s D2D program is connecting developers with Detroit-based construction companies on multi-million dollar projects. About 40 construction-related companies recently attended one of DEGC’s PRO sessions where two companies described their expansion or renovation projects at manufacturing and research facilities around Holbrook and I-75.

The meetings are good for both buyers and suppliers. Developers or general contractors find more options for getting the work done that they need. “They have to be qualified and experienced, because we have quality standards we have to meet,” said Chris Son, director of marketing communications for American Axle Manufacturing. “And I’m sure we have plenty of contractors in Detroit who can meet them.”

For suppliers – the sessions provide direct access to potential customers. “We can work with D2D to find out what we can supply the general contractors they bring to us,” said Steve Anderson, director of interior solutions at Rickman Enterprise Group. “We are a Detroit-based business and we can perform a lot of the work that general contractors need.”

PRO sessions have been very effective in highlighting opportunities for Detroit-based businesses. In just over a dozen sessions more than 150 contracting companies heard presentations from at least 30 development projects that represent close to $240 million in investments.

Brian Watkins
D2D Program Manager

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