PROPOSAL FOR WIDGETS & CO. TO MOVE TO FLINT, MI By Allan Burk Rebecca Hautala Joe Bean Bryan Ingham Jill Dehmel Prepared for: Richard Ranville, Jr. & Widgets & Co.
Opportunities • In the past year Widgets & Co. has seen rapid growth, this growth is expected to take place throughout the near future. • Therefore, the need to expand by constructing a new building and hiring new employees is obvious. • 50 of Widgets & Co. employees and their families will move to Flint to work in the new expansion. • Widgets & Co. will also hire 50 new employees to work at the expansion.
Widgets & Co. • Will have a substantial growth opportunity if they choose to move to Flint, MI. Benefits include: • Growing the business • Earning more revenue • Becoming more widely know
Summary • This report recommends that Widgets & Co. expand their business by moving to Flint, MI. Details are given as to what needs to be done to move the company: • possible locations are suggested, • costs to build, contractors, • molding machines, • travel and emigration issues, • schools, housing, utilities, phone and internet, • health care and transportation.
Expansion • This will take approximately 18 months to complete. The process includes: • coming to the US to inspect the Brownfield property • preparing the property • constructing the new building • obtaining the machinery • moving your employees and their families • getting settled in your new community
Development of Land Business Reestablishment
The property found best suited to the needs laid out by Mr. Rainville is: • property 100521BC as provided by the Genesee County Land Bank and Genesee County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority.
‘Buick City’ • The site formerly known as ‘Buick City’ has a lot size of: • 30,000,000 m². • length =1,800 m • width =1,650 m.
The lot use to house the General Motors production facility for the Buick line of cars. • The land has inbound and out bound rail ways • close to the major interstate, US highways, and Canada.
Cost of Clean Up • The property is registered as a “brownfield”. • A brownfield is a parcel of property where commercial, industrial, or agricultural use may have contaminated the site with a hazardous substance, • complicating redevelopment and reuse of the property.
. To help with the cleanup of a brownfield the • Genesee County/City of Flint Coalition Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund or BRLF was created. The BRLF facts are as follows:
The BRLF facts are as follows: • BRLF is a loan program—repayment is required • BRLF monies can only be used to pay for remediation/cleanup activities • Minimum $150,000 USD (1,025,000 CNY) Maximum $1 million USD (6,800,000 CNY) (Outside of core communities) • Minimum $150,000 USD (1,025,000 CNY)—Maximum $2 million USD (13,675,000 CNY) (Within the City of Flint) • May require up to a 20% match
Eligibility Facts: • All real property with environmental issues are eligible for the BRLF program • Eligible applicants include private, public, and non-profit organizations which are not responsible for or have not contributed to the contamination existing on the property at the time of application (Potential Responsible Party) • Borrowers must own the property at the time of cleanup • Borrowers must demonstrate the ability to re-pay
Financial Facts: • Repayment terms are flexible and negotiated on a project by project basis • Below market interest rate • No Penalty for early payoff • Funds can be used in combination with other financing sources • Disbursement of loan funds are through reimbursement process • Use of Brownfield Tax Increment Financing (TIF) can be used to repay loan
The Authority may also recommend the creation of a Local Site Remediation Fund to cover eligible expenses on other eligible properties. • The estimated cost of cleanup for property 100521BC is $3.2 million USD (21,900,000 CNY).
Distribution Network • Property 100521BC has a well defined shipping and distribution network established. • The property contains three miles of standard railroad divided up into 2 main sections. • The two main sections deposit into two rail yards on each end of the property. The main rail system of which the track joins to is ran by two very well respected companies, • CSX and Canadian National. • The CSX line will be responsible for intermodal rail transportation of raw and finished goods, • while the Canadian National line will deliver to and from Canada.
Over the Road Transport • The property is in very close proximity .25 km to US Interstate 75 for over the road transportation. • I-75 connects to several other interstates within Michigan including I-69, I-94, I-96 and US - 23. • I-75 runs north till it meets Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and Canadian border and ends at Hialeah, Florida. • I-69 runs east to the Canada and then southwest to Indianapolis, Indiana. • I-94 runs east to Canada where it joins I-69 and west to Billings, Montana. • I-96 runs east to Detroit, Michigan and to the west were it terminates in Muskegon, Michigan. • US-23 runs north to Mackinaw City, Michigan and south to Jacksonville, Florida.
Laws and Taxes • There are several laws of which must be followed before moving the business to Flint, MI. • The business must: • File your business name with a local county clerk's office or the Bureau of Commercial Services, Corporation Division • Apply for an Employee identification number (EIN) with the Internal Revenue Service • Submit the business structure to the United States Government • Business Licenses / Tax Permits - from your city or county clerk or revenue department. Many jurisdictions require a trader's license or tax certificate in order to operate. • Building Permit - from your city or county building and planning department. This permit is generally required if you are constructing or modifying your place of business. • Health Permit - from your city or county health department. • Occupational Permit - from your city or county building and planning development department. This permit is required for home-based business in some jurisdictions. • Signage Permit - from your city or county building and planning department. Some jurisdictions require a permit before you can erect a sign for your business. • Alarm Permit - from you city or county police or fire department. If you have installed a burglar or fire alarm, you will likely need an alarm permit. • Zoning Permit - from your city or county building and planning department. This permit is generally required if you are developing land for specific commercial use.
Permits • Occupational Permit - from your city or county building and planning development department. This permit is required for home-based business in some jurisdictions. • Signage Permit - from your city or county building and planning department. Some jurisdictions require a permit before you can erect a sign for your business. • Alarm Permit - from you city or county police or fire department. If you have installed a burglar or fire alarm, you will likely need an alarm permit. • Zoning Permit - from your city or county building and planning department. This permit is generally required if you are developing land for specific commercial use.
New Construction Contractors
Rhoads & Johnson(Provided by www.rhoadsjohnson.com) • Rhoads & Johnson are innovative industrial, commercial and institutional designers/construction managers. • They also specialize in industrial process and equipment installation. • The longevity of their company, which was established in 1902, has allowed them to gain knowledge and expertise in the various project types, which is why they are one of the premier design-build firms in Michigan.
In 1999 Rhoads & Johnson completed a 120,000 square foot (11,150 square meters) foam fabrication and manufacturing facility in Fenton, MI for the Creative Foam Corporation. Creative Foam Corporation
In 1999, Rhoads & Johnson completed a 60,000 square foot (5,574 square meter) automation equipment and manufacturing facility in Fenton, Michigan for Atlas Technologies. Atlas Technologies
Wolverine Building Group • Wolverine Building Group is a diverse construction company, consisting of four divisions, each with their own focused specialties in the construction industry. • The four divisions are • Wolverine Building, Inc. • Wolverine Construction Management • FrylingConstruction Company • Wolverine North America
The SignComp project was developed by Robert Grooter’s Development Team and Design/Built by Wolverine Building Group.The new pre-engineered building includes a 5,000 square foot (465 square meter) office area and another 45,000 square feet (4,200 square meters) of warehouse for the manufacturing of frames and extrusion systems. SignCompProject
Wolverine Building, Inc. and Robert Grooters Development Company completed a state-of-the-art facility for Advance Packaging, a local manufacturer of corrugated containers. Advance Packaging was operating out of three different buildings throughout the Grand Rapids area. Construction of the new 400,000 square foot facility was a decision to trim costs by consolidating their operation. Advance Packaging
The Widget Maker Injection Molding Machine
(Provided by www.mhiinj.com) Mitsubishi • The exclusive North American manufacturer of leading Mitsubishi Injection Molding Machines, MHI Injection Molding Machinery, Inc. offers complete quality sales, service and support. • Their technical center centrally located outside of Chicago in Bensenville, Illinois, is available for machine demonstrations and/or mold/material trials.
Mitsubishi • The more than 40 years of experience can be seen in today's Mitsubishi Injection Molding machines. • They include leading edge technology and superior performance • Which belong in plastics molding facilities where precision, energy-savings and maximum productivity are critical to the success of your business.
Let’s go. Relocation
Visas • In order to visit the U.S. a visa must be obtained. • During your first visit to the United States, you will need a Business Visa. • A Business Visitor Visa will allow your company’s management team to survey the potential business site and/or lease the premises.
Each applicant for a Business Visitor Visa must submit these forms and documentation as explained below: • An application, Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-156, completed and signed • A passport valid for travel to the United States is needed, with a validity date at least six months beyond the applicant's intended period of stay in the United States. • One (1) 2x2 photograph • Supplemental Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-157 provides additional information about your travel plans. Submission of this completed form is required for all male applicants between 16-45 years of age. • It is also required for all applicants from state sponsors of terrorism age 16 and over, irrespective of gender, without exception. • Four countries are now designated as state sponsors of terrorism, including Cuba, Syria, Sudan, and Iran.
Vital Education Schools
Flint Community Schools (K-12) • The school year for students in elementary, middle, and high school generally begins the second week in September and ends in the second week of June. • The area colleges vary slightly as when each school’s semester or quarter begins.
Available in ALL the Flint Community Schools • The “English Plus”/Bilingual Program offers special academic support services for English Language Learners. • These services are: English As A Second Language (ESL) instruction by certified ESL/Bilingual teachers. • Bilingual support in Chinese is provided by bilingual paraprofessionals.
Academic support in core academic subjects such as: • reading, • writing, • mathematics, • science • social studies • Are conducted by paraprofessionals and Title I staff.
The Flint area has many colleges that are high quality, accessible, and affordable. Many offer Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees. Colleges
The following is a list of colleges that you may contact to suite your needs: • Baker College G1050 W Bristol Rd. Flint Township, MI 48507 (810) 766-400 • Davenport University 4318 Miller Rd. Ste A Flint, MI 485071267 (810) 732-9977 • Eastern Michigan University (on Mott Community College Campus) 1401 E Court St. Flint, MI 48503 (810) 762-0303 • Ferris State University (on Mott Community College Campus) 1401 E Court St. Flint, MI 48503 (810) 762-0461 • Kettering University 1700 University Ave. Flint, MI 48504 (810) 762-9500 • Mott Community College 1401 E Court St. Flint, MI 48503 (810) 762-0200 • Spring Arbor University 4458 Oakbridge Dr. Flint, MI 48532(810) 733-7740 • University of Michigan Flint 353 E Kearsley St. Flint, MI 48501 (810) 762-3000
A little place to live Apartments
The following apartment complexes are just some that have flexible lease options ranging from monthly to 6-12 month leases. • Georgian Court Apartments 501 Lyon St. Flint, MI 48503 (810) 233-4211 • Maple Park Terraces 5410 Maple Park Dr. Flint, MI 48507 (888) 788-0698 • River Forest Apartments 3500 Rue Foret Flint, MI 48532 (866) 766-7950 • Stonehenge Gates Apartments 1171 Ramsgate Rd. Flint, MI 48532 (866) 526-6354
A bigger place to live. Purchasing a Home
House Hunting • With the tax credits and low interest rates, there is no better time than now to purchase real estate in the City of Flint or surrounding areas. • Selecting a qualified realtor will be able to assist in selecting a home, determining whatsaffordable, help with loan application, and making recommendations.
A list of quality area realtors is as follows: • American Associates 1453 N. Elms Rd. Flint, MI 48532 (810) 733-3333 • Century 21 2849 Miller Rd. Flint, MI 48507 (810) 768- 2100 • Le Valley Real Estate 1210 S. Elms Rd. Flint, MI 48532 (810)230-3900 • RemaxSelect 1320 W. Hill Rd. Flint, MI 48507 (810) 238-8888
When you need a ride. Public Transportation
Public Transportation • Over the course of the year, more than 6-million people use public transportation in Genesee County alone for: • work, • school, • medical runs, • errands, and • recreation. The MTA-Mass Transportation Authority offers routes that are designed to travel to major traffic areas leading to major businesses, shopping centers, colleges and hospitals. You may call or visit the website for routes, fare and pass prices, and general information at: • Mass Transportation Authority • 1401 S. Dort Highway Flint, MI 48503 • (810) 767-0100 • Mtaflint.org
Contact info: • The MTA-Mass Transportation Authority offers routes that are designed to travel to major traffic areas leading to major businesses, shopping centers, colleges and hospitals. • You may call or visit the website for routes, fare and pass prices, and general information at: • Mass Transportation Authority 1401 S. Dort Highway Flint, MI 48503 (810) 767-0100 Mtaflint.org
Have some fun. Things to See and Do in Flint
See and Do • The Flint area has many fun things to do as a family or getting together with friends. • Of all of the attractions Flint has to offer, here are just a few of some of the best options Group One Management recommends: