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German American Trade Sep/Oct 2013
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S P O T L I G H T S
A
renaissance of the manufactur-
ing industry, re-shoring, and
increasing German investment –
Michigan has led the way of eco-
nomic growth in the Midwest with
the most new manufacturing jobs
of any state in recent years. In
this positive investment climate,
the German American Chamber
of Commerce of the Midwest
(GACC Midwest) is pleased to
announce the opening of a new
office in Detroit. This expansion of
GACC Midwest's operations to
support companies in their export
and investment plans comes at a
time in which the US is becoming
more and more attractive as an
investment location.
Prior to expanding its consulting
operations in Michigan, GACC
Midwest had received an increasing
number of inquiries from German
companies doing business in
Michigan, and especially but not
exclusively in the recovering US
automotive industry. The primary
role of the new office will be to
provide services to companies that
are in the process of expanding their
transatlantic trade and investment in
Michigan and the region. Over 360
German companies already have
operations in the state, with a total
of approximately 31,200 Michigan
residents employed by German
subsidiaries.
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The office will be managed by Dieter
H. Lehnert. German-born and raised
in America, Dieter brings significant
international experience with him,
having worked within the global
automotive industry for 35 years. He
started his career at GM in 1973 as
part of the cooperative education
program at General Motors Institute
(GMI). After graduating he remained
with GM (1978-84) before continuing
on with global Tier 1 suppliers
specializing in electrical and elec-
tronic applications. During the last
30 years Dieter has held senior
technical and commercial manage-
ment positions at Sheldahl, Thomas
& Betts, Alcoa (AFL), and Draexl-
maier. Many of his assignments
involved projects with major German
firms including several with Volks-
wagen, Mercedes Benz, BMW,
Siemens, Leoni, Robert Bosch, and
others. Most recently he worked with
STACI, a global provider of electronic
manufacturing services, where his
responsibilities included defining and
implementing corporate business
acquisition initiatives.
In his new role with GACC Midwest,
Dieter will leverage his experience to
advise companies with market
research, partner identification,
providing virtual offices in early
stages of market entry, site selection
for facilities, and other consulting
services traditionally provided by all
GACC office locations. He will also
actively work with the local GACC
Midwest - Michigan Chapter to
support companies already based in
Michigan.
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GACC Midwest Opens
New Office in Michigan
By Jasmin Welter, GACC
Dieter H. Lehnert
1. www.rgit-usa.org and www.germancompanies.us
New office as response to ongoing
German investment in Michigan
Contact details:
Dieter Lehnert
German American Chamber of
Commerce of the Midwest, Inc.
– Michigan Office
One Woodward Avenue, Suite 1900,
PO Box 33840
Detroit, Michigan 48232-0840
Tel.: (313) 596-0399
Mobile: (248) 990-4766
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