Last Friday, January 25th, Mayor McDaniel and I had the opportunity to visit AM General. AM General opened their Research & Development facility in Auburn Hills in October 2017, and they continue to grow in that location.
As a major defense industry company, they represent the diversity of the Auburn Hills’ economy in a segment that we certainly welcome and encourage growth. Friday’s meeting was a mix of industry people including those who are Officers in the military and government representatives who attended on behalf of their elected Senator or Congressperson, among many others. There was a great deal stressed on the importance of our elected officials, particularly at the federal level, to tout Michigan as a great state to invest in the defense industry.
As we all know, Michigan provides many reasons for companies to locate and expand here, not the least of which is due to its talented and educated workforce. Auburn Hills stands ready to welcome other defense industry businesses who might want to follow the lead of industry leaders such as, AM General. Thank you to AM General’s President and CEO Andy Hove, for welcoming us back to your place of business to learn more about the significance of the defense industry. We certainly appreciate you being here in Auburn Hills.
Thomas A. Tanghe, City Manager