DBusiness Daily Update: Oakland County Airport Open House, Air Show to Feature Female Skydiving Team, and More

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Oakland County International Airport’s 35th annual Open House and Air Show will feature The Misty Blue all-female skydiving team. // Courtesy The Misty Blues
Oakland County International Airport’s 35th annual Open House and Air Show will feature The Misty Blue all-female skydiving team. // Courtesy The Misty Blues

Our roundup of the latest news from metro Detroit and Michigan businesses as well as announcements from government agencies, including updates about the COVID-19 pandemic. To share a business or nonprofit story, please send us a message.

Oakland County Airport Open House, Air Show to Feature Female Skydiving Team

Oakland County International Airport in Waterford Township is hosting its 35th annual Open House and Air Show starting at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 14. Parking and admission are free.

On display will be various military vehicle and World War II aircraft such as the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Yankee Lady” and the Lake Erie Warbirds TBM Avenger Bomber. The air show (from 1:30-3 p.m.) will feature The Misty Blues, an all-female skydiving team.

Aircraft and helicopter rides will be available for $45 per person.

For more information, visit here and click on the Airport Open House and Air Show banner.

Niagara Bottling Establishing New Operations in Shelby Township

California-based beverage manufacturer Niagara Bottling is establishing a new facility in Shelby Township with support from the Michigan Strategic Fund.

The project is expected to generate a total capital investment of up to $103.6 million and create at least 50 jobs, supported by a $350,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Niagara chose Michigan for the project over competing sites in other states.

Niagara Bottling, founded in 1963, is headquartered in Diamond Bar, Calif., and operates more than 40 production facilities throughout the U.S. and Mexico. Niagara works with some of the largest beverage brands, retailers, grocers, clubs, and convenience stores in the U.S. It produces a variety of beverages, including sparkling, vitamin, and flavored waters, teas, sports drinks, ready-to-drink coffee, protein drinks, non-dairy milk products, and bottled water. The company employs more than 7,000 people worldwide.

To serve the Detroit region more effectively, Niagara plans to construct a new highly automated manufacturing facility in Shelby Township, utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and technology. The facility will be the company’s first location in Michigan. Shelby Township plans to make water and sewer infrastructure improvements in support of the project.

“Niagara Bottling has established strong business and community relationships throughout our numerous plant locations, and we look forward to continued growth and success at our new facility in Shelby Township, Michigan,” says Brian Hess, executive vice president at Niagara Bottling.

“We appreciate the Detroit region’s strong legacy of manufacturing, and highly attractive combination of location, infrastructure, logistics, and workforce. Niagara looks forward to having a positive and lasting impact in the Detroit region, while maintaining our company’s leadership in the areas of manufacturing, innovation, supply chain and overall environmental stewardship.”

The company will begin hiring in the coming months with the facility expected to become operational in spring 2023. Additionally, Niagara will offer job training opportunities and support career advancement for its employees.

“Our manufacturing talent is second to none, and once again was the difference maker in a leading North American company choosing to locate in the Detroit Region,” says Maureen Donohue Krauss, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Partnership. “We are excited to welcome Niagara Bottling to Michigan and the Detroit Region. We thank our partners at the state, county, and township for working together to attract another strong employer to our world-class manufacturing base.”

The Detroit Regional Partnership worked with the beverage manufacturer throughout its site selection process by connecting the company to sites, utilities, incentives, and local community partners. The Michigan Economic Development Corp.’s Michigan Business Development Program provided a $350,000 performance-based grant to support the project while Macomb County provided additional assistance and Shelby Township plans to make water and sewer infrastructure improvements.

“The Detroit Regional Partnership was an invaluable resource and partner in our site search efforts in Michigan and assisted our team in making community and utility connections throughout our evaluation process,” says Hess.

For information on careers with Niagara, visit here.

Fifth Third Bank Empowerment Mobile Returns to Southeast Michigan

Fifth Third Bank announced that its National Association’s Financial Empowerment Mobile, commonly known as the eBus, is returning to southeast Michigan after a COVID-19 pandemic hiatus. The eBus is resuming community visits including stops in Detroit, Eastpointe, Flint, Southfield, Pontiac, and Ypsilanti Aug. 9-25.

“We could not be more excited about the return of our eBus to our local neighborhoods where we can make a difference,” says David Girodat, regional president for Fifth Third Bank. “Our mission is to strengthen families and build a strong community with everything we do. This is essential to fulfilling that goal.”

The eBus will be available in the following locations throughout the month:

  • 9, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., SER Metro/SERCO, 18100 Meyers in Detroit.
  • 10, 1-3 p.m., Community Housing Network, 5102 Deerfield Ave. in Eastpointe.
  • 11, 4-7 p.m., Pontiac Community Foundation, 213 S. Shirley St. in Pontiac.
  • 12, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., SPARK-Ypsilanti, 215 Michigan Ave. in Ypsilanti.
  • 13, 7-9 p.m., Communities First, 1101 S. Saginaw in Flint.
  • 16, 1-7 p.m., The Black Legacy Advancement Coalition, 2440 Russell St. in Detroit.
  • 17, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County, 21705 Evergreen Rd. in Southfield.
  • 18, 3-7 p.m., Southfield Public Schools, 24661 Lahser Rd. in Southfield.
  • 19, 4-8 p.m., Life Remodeled, 2470 Collingwood St. in Detroit.
  • 20, noon-5 p.m., Redeem Detroit, 11111 Whittier Ave. in Detroit.
  • 22, 1-5:30 p.m., Heilmann Community Center, 19601 Crusade St. in Detroit.
  • 23, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., SER Metro Detroit, 9301 Michigan Ave. in Detroit.
  • 24 and 25, noon-6 p.m., KIPP Detroit, 19321 W. Chicago Blvd. in Detroit.

Anyone can board the Fifth Third Bank Financial Empowerment Mobile for the following services: assistance with viewing your credit report, financial decision tools, fraud awareness and prevention, bill payment demonstrations, home ownership seminars, and how to avoid foreclosure

“We’re excited to bring the eBus and join with community partners throughout southeast Michigan,” says Tawnya Rose, vice president of community and economic development for Fifth Third Bank, Eastern Michigan. “Being able to be in the community and bringing resources not just from us but also our partners is how we strengthen our community.”

ACG’s 2022 Automotive Update: Outlook, Trends, and Challenges Slated for Sept. 13

The Association of Corporate Growth (ACG Detroit) will be presenting its 2022 Automotive Update: Outlook, Trends, and Challenges from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Sept. 13 at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores.

The discussion, led by global auto experts from two of the top firms in the industry — Riveron and IHS Markit — will cover the outlook for the rest of 2022, trends being watched for 2023, and challenges that lie ahead for the sector.

Both members and non-members are welcome to attend. Registration for members is $100. Registration for non-members is $150. To register, visit here.

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