SAGINAW — Saginaw Future Inc. celebrated its 21st annual awards luncheon Friday. More than 400 business and community leaders attended the event at the Horizons Conference Center.
SFI recognized 35 economic development projects from 2012 that led to nearly $241 million invested in Saginaw County. Along with the Economic Excellence Awards, Merrill Technologies Group was selected as the Saginaw Future Procurement Technical Assistance Center Contractor of the Year for the second year in a row.
“Business leadership and quality companies located in Saginaw County and the Great Lakes Bay Region are Driving the Future,” said SFI Chairman Richard J. Garber. “In 2012, over 1,000 jobs were created and retained due to their commitment.” Saginaw County and the Great Lakes Bay Region saw the continued resurgence of the auto industry with major investments by Nexteer Automotive and GM – Saginaw Metal Casting Operations. Advanced Manufacturing had impressive gains with12 projects and the Health Services and Medical Device sectors announced major investments by the CMU College of Medicine, Covenant HealthCare, Dow Corning HIMS and more. Six service oriented companies added to the diversification of our local economy, included a major investment by Morley Companies, along with new renewable energy projects and agribusiness.
Said Saginaw Future President JoAnn Crary: “The successful projects announced in 2012 are the direct result of collaboration and pursuit of growth for Saginaw County and the Region. The Economic Excellence Awards feature the companies investing in our community, which are supported by economic organizations, workforce development, local leadership and the state.”
The Annual Awards Luncheon featured speaker was Laurent Bresson, president and COO for Nexteer Automotive. Bresson highlighted Nexteer’s turnaround and its commitment to community.
Established in 1992, Saginaw Future is a public-private alliance of local businesses, the County of Saginaw, City of Saginaw, 14 local municipalities and the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce. SFI’s strategic partners also include education, labor and government. Since its beginning, SFI has remained dedicated to fostering quality job creation through expansion of local industry and attraction of new business projects to the community. More at www.SaginawFuture.com