Oct. 21, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Energy and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation are "looking North" today with a Pure Michigan Business Connect vendor summit being held in
"We're pleased to be meeting today with more than 100 different
businesses, many from northern
, attending the summit as part of Consumers Energy's
commitment to increase our purchase of goods and services from
, the company's senior vice president of distribution and customer operations.
Launched in 2011, Pure Michigan Business Connect is a public-private alliance of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, state agencies and major
companies and organizations that connects in-state companies to business resources.
Companies can find new ways to raise capital, get access to professional business services at little or no cost, connect with each other through a new business-to-business network, and identify potential supplier opportunities, while developing resources to improve their supply chains.
"Consumers Energy helped build the foundation for Pure Michigan Business Connect and we commend the company for its commitment to growing its business with
suppliers," said MEDC President and CEO
Michael A. Finney
. "Today's supplier summit, with more than 400 procurement needs from Consumers,
Moran Iron Works
, and Henkels and McCoy, will mean significant growth opportunities for
-based Pumford Construction is one example of a
company that's added jobs as a result of being awarded contracts from Consumers Energy as part of Pure Michigan Business Connect.
Pumford was hired by Consumers Energy as the primary contractor for new LEED-designed service centers in
), as well as a new office for the Five Channels hydroelectric facility (
Separately, Consumers Energy this year has invested
in new fleet purchases with 15 Michigan businesses, providing vehicles, equipment, trailers, and upfitting services. The companies include: Red Holman GMC; Fitzgibbons Fleet Fabricators; Wolverine Freightliner; Wolverine Truck Sales; Cannon Equipment; Knapheide Truck Equipment; VIP Truck Sales; Vermeer of
; JDE distributing; AIS Equipment; Carleton Equipment; Eastman Fire Protection Equipment; SLH metal Products; Michigan CAT; Automotive Services.
Consumers Energy recently increased to
its commitment to purchase
-made goods and services over five years, from 2011-2016. To-date the Company has accomplished
of this commitment.
Consumers Energy's commitment to increase its business contracts with
companies is in addition to the
annually it now spends in the state. These investments are in customer service, electric and natural gas operations, energy efficiency, renewable energy and environmental stewardship.
Companies interested in learning more about Pure Michigan Business Connect are encouraged to visit the Michigan Economic Development Corporation's website,
or Consumers Energy at
largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.6 million of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
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