Six years ago, in the heart of the Great Recession, DTE Energy committed to help rebuild Michigan’s economy by bringing dollars and jobs back into the state.  Since making that commitment, DTE has shifted more than $2.6 billion dollars of spending back into the state, creating and supporting 13,000 jobs and blowing away the company’s initial goals.

“We work day-in and day-out to provide affordable, reliable service to our customers and it’s even more rewarding when we deliver on this promise while investing in Michigan-based businesses,” said DTE Chief Procurement Officer Anthony Tomczak. “Working with our suppliers every step of the way allows both DTE and our partners to achieve great things. The collective efforts bring new businesses and jobs to the communities where we live and serve, while strengthening the vitality of our communities.”

Ideal Contracting, one of DTE’s Michigan-based suppliers, recently added 75 new employees to support the work the company is performing at DTE’s Monroe, Trenton and St. Clair Power Plants. As a result of the increased work, Ideal Contracting now employs more than 100 full-time staff and an average of 250 skilled tradespeople.

“Working with DTE’s leadership has helped Ideal Group companies grow and expand our footprint in the industry,” said Loren Venegas, president, Ideal Group. “In addition to the Ideal Contracting expansion, DTE work is fueling expansion and growth for four other Ideal companies, growing our manufacturing and industrial materials management services at our Detroit Headquarters. DTE is also a great community-minded customer.  We often find our companies working on the same community initiatives (Detroit Cristo Rey High School, FIRST LEGO League at Harms Elementary and Holy Redeemer, Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision’s green infrastructure program) in Southwest Detroit.  We are grateful for the DTE opportunities.  The new jobs help many families and lift the region.”

DTE also is committed to developing a diverse, inclusive supply base. The company’s  Supplier Diversity program is part of its overall business strategy to help the company – and the businesses that support it – succeed in an increasingly competitive environment.  DTE provides minority, women-owned and veteran-owned firms with advocacy, training, mentoring and business opportunities and development experiences. The company is also putting its’ dollars to work. Last year, DTE spent more than $410 million with certified diversity suppliers, representing nearly 20 percent of the company’s overall spend.

DTE’s efforts are being recognized. This past year, DTE received several prestigious honors for its supplier diversity program which included:

“Our Supplier Diversity program has contributed to progress toward both aspects of our aspiration:  to be the best-operated energy company in North America and a force for growth and prosperity in the communities where we live and serve,” Tomczak said. “Connecting with the diverse range of talents in our business community has enabled us to serve our customers better through lower costs, improved reliability and enhanced customer service. It has also enabled us to develop local minority and women suppliers, providing economic growth for our region.”