Boeing reaches out to expand supplier base in Metro Detroit

Boeing is looking for a few good suppliers in Metro Detroit, sending a corporate envoy to the Velocity building in Sterling Heights earlier this week to let the business community know it wants to do business in southeast Michigan.

"It could be a few or it could be in the high double digits," says Raul Alvarvo, a small business representative for Boeing. "We're looking for some good suppliers."

The Detroit Regional Chamber's Connection Point program hosted the visit and is helping direct qualified small, disadvantaged, and veteran-owned suppliers from across the state to explore partnership opportunities. Macomb County was a logical landing space because of its concentration of defense and manufacturing companies.

"Macomb County has made no secret about its proficiency in defense," says Trevor Pawl, director of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Connection Point program. "It's a great cluster in our state."

Boeing is looking for suppliers in the defense, commercial and global research areas. It is looking for companies that will take advantage of subcontracting opportunities, develop new technologies and facilitate collaborations with Boeing.

Source: Trevor Pawl, director of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Connection Point program and Raul Alvarvo, a small business representative for Boeing
Writer: Jon Zemke

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