LANSING — The Lansing Economic Area Partnership’s senior vice president of business development, Ray De Winkle, will embark on a trip to Europe as part of Gov. Rick Snyder’s European Mission.

The Governor will be visiting many European companies to encourage their expansion, relocation or investment in Michigan.

In addition to participating in the Governor’s mission, De Winkle will be meeting, on behalf of the Lansing region, with over 30 prospects and global parent companies of local companies. De Winkle worked closely with local partners and communities to identify companies within the Lansing region that have headquarters offices or parent companies abroad. He will be visiting many of these companies, including Jackson National Life’s parent company, Prudential, while in London, and ELMET’s headquarters while in Austria. LEAP worked with ELMET late last year to help bring 13 jobs and $1.1 million in investment to a South Lansing site.

“It is vital to our region that LEAP aggressively insert ourselves into the forefront of working with global companies on behalf of our region. Ray is concentrating on international business now more than ever, including advanced manufacturing companies. We are honored to be alongside the Governor as he meets companies, including several involved with Greater Lansing,” said LEAP President and CEO, Bob Trezise.

Follow De Winkle’s journey through the LEAP blog on our Web site,


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