Boosting business in West Michigan

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In 2016, DTE Energy spent more than $1.3 billion with Michigan-based companies, far exceeding its commitment to the Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC) local supplier initiative and its pledge to create new jobs in the state.

“Our efforts to shift our purchases to local suppliers began during the economic downturn in 2010,” said DTE Chief Procurement Officer Anthony Tomczak.

“Over the past six years, we have increased our spending with Michigan suppliers from $475 million in 2010 to $1.3 billion in 2016, far exceeding our initial targets. This represents a cumulative increase of $2.6 billion that has created more than 13,000 new jobs for Michigan workers over the lifetime of the program.”

In the western region of the state, DTE spent $44 million with 97 companies, creating 222 jobs. Miller Pipeline is one of DTE’s suppliers that moved to Michigan as a result of DTE’s business and continues to grow.

The company, based out of Indiana, setup offices in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2010 to accommodate new gas construction work with DTE. The company’s annual revenue is approximately $500 million, with an annual growth rate of more than 10 percent year-over-year due, in large part, to the growing partnership and workload with DTE – not just in West Michigan – but throughout the state.

Since expanding, Miller has grown its Michigan presence to include five separate locations throughout the state and now employs more than 2,800 people company-wide.

“As a contractor, our primary goals are to provide a safe work environment for our employees, while continuing to build long-term partnerships with our clients,” said Miller’s Executive Vice President, Dale Anderson. “DTE’s continued investments in infrastructure will have a positive impact on our employees, our business partners and the residents of the community.”

Learn more about how DTE Energy is helping to rebuild Michigan’s economy through job creation and supplier investments.