Pontiac Experiencing a ‘Rebirth’ as Companies See New Potential Arising

Posted on February 15, 2018

Like many rustbelt cities, Pontiac has had its fortunes rise, crash and, with the hard work of residents, business owners, community organizations and financial investments, bounce back in a way that is meaningful and, hopefully, sustainable.

In the past few years, Pontiac has enjoyed a revival of sorts in terms of company growth, retail expansion, and renewed tourism. With any revival, there are smaller ups and downs to the process, and the loss of a few high-profile additions has challenged Pontiac in the short term. But many observers agree that Pontiac is moving toward the tipping point toward a long-term renaissance.

Businesses are among the many cheerleaders that see Pontiac’s potential. There’s new investment, such as longtime Pontiac construction management firm George W. Auch Co. building a new facility for its company, the first new-from-the-ground-up project in Pontiac in a long time.

Then there are the newcomers. There’s Williams International Co. LLC, an aerospace defense contractor, that is moving to Pontiac from Commerce Township.

And Troy-based United Shore will be moving its headquarter to Pontiac in summer 2018, gaining 600,000 square feet of office space and a nearly 60-acre campus.

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