Lentine Group Invests In Detroit, Brings 200 Jobs To Wayne State Area
WARREN — The Warren-based Lentine Group, comprised of the communications services provider LeCom Inc., the dental insurance provider Golden Dental Plans, and the union member affinity Web site UnionCircle.com, will cut the ribbon marking the official opening of its newly renovated Detroit Center of Operations at 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14.
The 32,000-square-foot building located at 5671 Trumbull (at Elijah McCoy) near Wayne State University will house LeCom Communications, LeCom Utility Contractors, Golden Dental Plans Marketing and UnionCircle.com.
It will be the new home for 100 current employees as well as approximately 100 new hires with skills ranging from software engineering to voice, video and data service technicians.
“We are very happy to return to our Trumbull Avenue facility,” said Lentine Group founder and CEO Sam Lentine. “This move is reinvigorating our entire company and we look forward to the prospect of further expansion in the very near future.”
Joseph S. Lentine, president of LeCom Inc. and Golden Dental Plans, said the company is “pleased to be able to lend our support to the growing list of companies that are investing in the city’s turnaround. It also gives us a chance to renovate and make use of the building which my father, Sam Lentine, originally built in 1986 for the relocation to the city of L.C. Taylor Ambulance Service, a former Lentine Group company.”
According to Anthony Lentine, vice president of LeCom Inc. and Golden Dental Plans, approximately 100 employees have already relocated to the new building, 50 new employees have been hired by LeCom with plans to hire about 50 new employees to support the relatively new venture, UnionCircle.com.
He added that the current headquarters for the Lentine Group in Warren will remain in operation for bookkeeping services and that the opening of the Detroit Center of Operations for the four companies will not affect any of the offices, warehouses and network affiliate locations that currently house local operations.
Founded in 1980, LeCom Inc. has grown into a multi-million dollar company that performs contracting and installation services for communications and energy providers. It operates six offices and warehouses throughout metropolitan Detroit, including Port Huron and employs more than 200 highly skilled workers in its Communications and Utility Divisions.
The Communications Division’s 150 technicians provide manpower for one of the largest communications companies in America. Their skills include the installation and servicing of cable television, broadband Internet, telephone service and home security systems.
The Utility Division provides services in all phases of power line construction, hybrid fiber and coax network construction as well as maintenance and emergency restoration services for major regional electrical providers.
LeCom Utility Contractors Storm Restoration Team responds to large scale weather related power outages such as hurricanes and ice storms. The team is able to mobilize within 24 hours into a mile long caravan of men and equipment rolling down the highway to assist in power restoration services anywhere east of the Mississippi River including the Gulf States.
Overall, LeCom organizes its service into four teams: High Voltage, Low Voltage, Communication services and Storm Restoration. LeCom’s power utility employees are all members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Utility Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO.
For more information, go to www.lecomutility.com,
Established in 1984, Golden Dental Plans is one of Michigan’s largest managed care dental plan providers, designing customized dental plans for large and medium sized employee groups. With hundreds of independent dental offices located across Southeast Michigan, the Plan’s thousands of members realize cost effective group and individual dental coverage that dramatically reduces out of pocket expenses while still offering superior customer service. For more information, go to www.goldendentalplans.com.
UnionCircle.com is the first and only social networking site created exclusively to connect union members, retirees and their supporters through a single, confidential social media resource. It allows members to communicate directly with other members who have been invited to “join their circle” while integrating with other social media resources like Facebook and Twitter. For more information, go to www.unioncircle.com.