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Business Roundtable Economic Development Committee Supports New International Trade Crossing

Public Date: 8/2/2011 12:00 AM
Contact: Bill Mullan, Media and Communications Officer
Phone Number: 248-858-1048

Pontiac, Michigan -- Economic Development Committee of the Oakland County Business Roundtable (OCBR) has passed a resolution in support of the New International Trade Crossing (NITC).

"The NITC will improve and increase commerce between Michigan and its largest trading partnerĀ - Canada," said Jim Clarke, committee chair.

OCBR's Transportation Committee Chair Al Kirluk agrees with Clarke. Earlier this year, he endorsed the NITC.

"I am confident that this will create job growth in our region," said Kirluk.

NITC will establish Michigan as a logistics hub for North American and world trade and create an immediate demand for 10,000 construction jobs in Michigan.

Additionally, more than 10,000 Michigan businessesĀ - large and smallĀ - depend on trade with Canada, according to the State of Michigan. Among those are Oakland County-based companies Chrysler, Lear Corporation and Meritor. Other Michigan companies impacted by trade with Canada that have locations in Oakland County include General Motors and Gordon Food Service. Plus, there are more than 80 Canadian firms with operations in Oakland County such as Sun Life Financial, Roots and Magna International which employee 3,800 people.

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson is pleased the OCBR committees are backing the NITC. "Oakland County has a firm record of embracing tomorrow's solutions for today's economy. The New International Trade Crossing will pave the way to a better future for international commerce in Michigan and the nation," said Patterson.

For media inquiries only, please contact Bill Mullan, Media and Communications Officer, at (248) 858-1048.