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Large and small companies look to keep business local

T he power giant Consumers Energy brought more than 100 different businesses together today to help put an emphasis on local industry.


T

he power giant
Consumers Energy brought more than 100 different businesses together today to help put an emphasis on local industry.


T

he goal is to have
Michigan companies to do business within the state, which could lead to jobs and economic growth.


"

We are supporting each other

and

it is helping economic development in small communit

ies

as well as our larger citie

s," Marilyn Kapp, Moran Iron Works Public Relations Director said.


C

ompanies like
Moran Ironworks in Onaway is an active member of Michigan's business-to-business network, which helps put small companies into the purchasing pipeline of the state's business giants.


S

ince they've joined the network

,

it has led them to millions of dollars in local contracts

.


"K

eeping the dollars in
Michigan has helped us as a company hire more people," Kapp noted.


T

hat local mentality is something that is starting to grow on many of the state's larger industries



and now they are looking to the north for new opportunities.


"

The northern part of the state is full of great resources

,

but a lot of people just don't know what's up here

," Dan Malone, Consumers Energy Senior Vice President said.


O

ne of the largest supporting businesses that has made a commitment to this statewide initiative is
Consumers Energy.


T

hey made a one billion dollar pledge to purchase
Michigan made goods and services over a five year span. So far, they have already met 70 percent of their commitment to smaller businesses around the state.

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