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May 2014
May 28, 2014

Warner Norcross Hosts I-69 Automotive Suppliers Forum

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP will host an evening panel discussion on emerging trends for automotive suppliers at the I-69 Automotive Suppliers Forum on Tuesday, July 15 in Owosso.

Building a stronger automotive industry requires a concerted effort, with state, regional and local authorities and the industry itself all playing important roles.  Nigel Francis, senior automotive adviser to the State of Michigan and senior vice president Automotive Industry Office of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, will offer the evening’s keynote presentation titled “Michigan’s Comprehensive Strategic Road Map to Promote, Retain and Grow the Automotive Industry in Michigan.”  The free event will cover topics including:
  • Michigan-led initiatives for automotive part suppliers
  • What you need to know about the OEM’s changing expectations
  • New contracting strategies
  • Finding and securing economic development incentives
“All one has to do is trace the automotive pipeline from Ontario through Michigan to Texas and into Mexico to understand and appreciate the importance of the I-69 corridor,” said Tom Manganello, a partner at Warner Norcross and co-chair of the firm’s Automotive Industry Group.  “It is one of two pipelines for the North American auto industry, and its suppliers and manufactures are absolutely a key asset of Michigan’s automotive infrastructure.  We are pleased to partner with the MEDC, MICHauto, Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership and Machine Tool & Gear to present a forum that will address many of the leading issues that Michigan suppliers face.”

Panel discussion presenters will explore ways for suppliers to access Michigan’s global-leading auto resources including cutting-edge R&D infrastructure, top talent, advance manufacturing capabilities, and technological and economic resources.  Speakers include:
  • Moderator: Kurt Brauer a partner at Warner and co-chair of the firm’s Economic Incentives Group, whose practice has helped client’s secure more than $1 billion via more than 50 types of federal and state incentive programs
  • Tom Manganello, a partner at Warner and co-chair of the firm’s Automotive Industry Group, whose practice focuses exclusively on advising and representing more than 200 automotive supply clients
  • Justin Horvath, president and ceo, Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership
  • John Aldrich, general manager at Machine Tool & Gear
  • Glenn Stevens, vice president MICHauto and strategic development, Detroit Regional Chamber
  • Nigel Francis, senior automotive adviser to the State of Michigan and senior vice president Automotive Industry Office of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation
The forum will be held at the Comstock Inn Conference Center at 300 E. Main St. in Owosso from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on July 15. Advance reservation is required. Register at: or contact Lori Tuttle Measure at or 616.752.2492.

The automotive attorneys at Warner Norcross represent only suppliers.  For more information on the Automotive Industry Group, visit
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