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Southfield City Centre Welcomes Clarience Technologies Global Headquarters

Southfield City Centre Welcomes Clarience Technologies Global Headquarters southfieldcc_3ik8d2

This fall, a bright new light will shine in the Southfield City Centre’s business community when Clarience Technologies welcomes employees to its new global headquarters on Civic Center Drive at Northwestern Highway. The parent company of Truck-Lite Co., LLC, DAVCO Technology, Road Ready, RIGID Industries and Lumitec, Clarience Technologies serves 68 countries with lighting products, visibility systems, telematics and other solutions, primarily for the transportation industry.

The new two-story, 50,000 square-foot building has room for about 150 employees and boasts several innovative design features to maximize the efficiency and purpose of the five subsidiary companies under the Clarience Technologies umbrella. “A lot of thought has been put into the layout,” says Beth English, vice president of marketing for Truck-Lite, a Clarience Technologies company.

In addition to a fitness center, cafe and lounges, the building features collaborative areas and open workspaces as well as a traditional office environment for employees. A customer care center in the lobby welcomes visitors with corporate-specific videos projected on glass walls and an artifact wall to display products. High tech monitors and state-of-the-art communications systems are spread throughout the building for easy and efficient connections with Clarience Technologies offices and subsidiary companies around the globe.

“A truck bay large enough to hold a full semi-tractor trailer is a great site for demonstrations and training, with an observation deck, all fully enclosed in the building,” says English.

But perhaps what is most innovative is the Road Ready Command Center, a central hub for fleet management. “Road Ready is one of the fastest-growing telematics businesses. The Road Ready Command Center will be a huge area that will display all of the fleets we have on the Road Ready system and will be managed from the headquarters building,” English explains. “There is a wall with a 30-foot screen to display the active fleets and is powered by an extensive IT support component.”

The Southfield City Centre: a deliberate choice

While many prospective sites in southeast Michigan were considered, the Southfield City Centre emerged as the winner due to its proximity to a strong talent pool to fill managerial, sales, engineering and technical positions for the growing electronics company, as well as the convenient location, pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly trail network, robust community-building business events and other attractive features typically enjoyed by a millennial workforce, according to English.

“One of the key draws for us to Southfield was the community and what it has to offer, as well as the adjacency to universities, which will provide a high-quality workforce. The Southfield City Centre parcel is a large space, and we want to be a good corporate citizen and part of what is going on locally,” English says.

The steel and concrete structure was built largely by local teams of suppliers and contractors, says English. In its design, the nearly 5-acre corner location has attractive brickwork, landscaping, lighting and seating, creating a beautiful space where employees and visitors will want to spend time, right on the Southfield City Centre Trail network.

A pedestrian plaza will be added by Clarience to link the headquarters to the City Centre Trail.  The Southfield City Centre will also contribute funding to this development, as well as to the installation of benches, trash receptacles, landscaping and lighting, according to Terry Croad, director of planning for the City of Southfield. The plaza was approved by the Southfield Public Arts Commission because it meets the standards of its art requirement and will contribute to the rich public arts aesthetic in the district.

“We’re excited to be located in this development hub that is accessible and close to many universities including Lawrence Tech,” says communications manager Andrew Liuzzo. “We look forward to establishing ourselves in the Southfield City Centre and adding value to what it already offers.”

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Maccabees Undergoes Renovation and Rebrands as The Century

Maccabees Undergoes Renovation and Rebrands as The Century southfieldcc_3ik8d2

A familiar office building in the Southfield City Centre will soon be known by a new name.

The Maccabees Center at 25800 Northwestern Hwy. and Civic Center Drive will rebrand and be revealed as The Century, a name selected through a unique form of focused crowdsourcing, says Thomas Litzler, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Livonia-based Schostak Brothers & Company, which owns the building.

“We came up with the name through employee focus groups and research,” says Litzler. The new name will accompany a new look, with an extensive remodeling project to several key areas of the building planned. “John Hawkinson [project manager] put together a menu of enhancements for us, and concurrent with that, a cross-section of employees came up with a variety of possible names.”

Suggestions included geographic locations, family names, and other more generic options.

“This name became an amalgamation of all of those,” Litzler says.

The Century is an especially fitting name, as Schostak will celebrate 100 years in business in 2020.

Planned renovations will leverage the 360,000-square foot building’s already desirable attributes, making the office center even more attractive to a wide variety of employees. A tenant lounge will offer space for people to gather for informal meetings or to watch television and enjoy snacks. A leasing center will feature a showroom and place for potential tenants to meet with leasing professionals. A fitness center and updated cafe will provide places for tenants to work out, refuel, and relax.

“The building currently has an outdoor courtyard green space with tables, and we will be improving that to create an all-weather deck with outdoor year-round furniture to get more use from the space,” says Litzler.

Parking lot improvements, upgraded HVAC for improved tenant comfort, and a new drop-off dry cleaning service will round out the building’s renovations.

The Century will also feature a bikeshare station, as part of the popular Zagster bikeshare program that connects amenities throughout the Southfield City Centre and provides easy access to heart-healthy activity along the shared-use pathways of the City Centre Trail.

“The bikeshare is a convenient way to get around and to close places without having to drive. People can easily get to the Town Center or to food trucks that are here often,” Litzler says. “It’s a convenient, novel way to get around and get some exercise, too.”

Work has already started on the building, and is scheduled to be completed during the first quarter of 2020. With a new name, and new amenities, The Century will provide tenants and potential tenants with even more reasons to enjoy working in the City Centre, Litzler says.

“With prominent visibility, very easy access to all Detroit markets–from downtown to the western suburbs and Troy–and plenty of free parking and a protected underground deck, The Century really is a full-service building.”

Cybernoor Corporation moves in on Northwestern Highway

Cybernoor Corporation moves in on Northwestern Highway southfieldcc_3ik8d2

When Ahmed Alomari decided to expand Cybernoor, the global software support and solutions corporation he leads, he knew that a Midwest location made the most sense for clients located across various time zones.

“With Detroit regenerating, and with business incentives, Michigan seemed to be a good location,” says Alomari, Cybernoor Corporation president and CEO. “We searched for office space and knew we wanted to acquire a building. Southfield seemed to be a good location for an up-and-coming business.”

In October 2017, Alomari and his colleagues selected a building on Northwestern Highway, between Southfield Road and Evergreen Road. They knew they wanted extensive renovation, a prospect that requires permits and approvals that, in most cities, can take months. But Alomari says the whole process was smooth and simple, thanks in large part to support from the City of Southfield.

“We were new to the permitting process, but once the City learned what we wanted to do, they expedited everything for us, and made things happen in days that normally take months,” he says. Cybernoor purchased their building on October 16, and the bulk of the renovations were completed before the end of December.

As a One Stop Ready community, the City of Southfield is focused on economic development by following a set of best practice guidelines to provide cohesive support to businesses that invest in the community. Cybernoor’s positive experience illustrates the depth of resources available through Oakland County’s One Stop Ready designation.

As a small- to mid-sized business, Cybernoor management made a conscious choice to join  Southfield, because it believes in the value of variety and diversity for a robust business climate. When other similar-sized companies have chosen to locate in other suburban Detroit areas, Cybernoor selected Southfield, and Alomari says this was a smart choice.

He was correct. The City of Southfield is an engaged Redevelopment Ready Community, as designated by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Because Southfield has invested time and effort into building a community-driven approach to development, prospective businesses can expect to benefit from effective, forward-thinking strategies designed to help the entire community prosper.

As Alomari continues to settle Cybernoor into its new home on Northwestern Highway, he will be looking to grow the Southfield location by hiring sales executives, a marketing manager, an office administrator, as well as technical staff. Alomari says he also plans to work with local schools and universities to seek out interns and offer training opportunities to help build a talent pipeline.

Overall, Cybernoor is looking to join an active and growing business community.

“We’re looking for good networking opportunities with other small- and medium-sized businesses, and to connect with other software and IT companies in Southfield,” says Alomari.

For companies that have yet to locate in Southfield, Alomari wants to share the message that the City of Southfield actively works to make new companies feel welcome and valued. A streamlined permit process, coupled with consistent and rigorous due diligence helped Cybernoor make the best choices when hiring contractors.

“In general, dealing with city permits can be a pain, but in this case Southfield was welcoming,” Alomari says. “This can really help other small businesses who are moving in and investing in the city.”

Gastronomy offers modern American food, made from scratch

Gastronomy offers modern American food, made from scratch 150 150 southfieldcc_3ik8d2


Gastronomy, a modern American bistro located on Towne Square in the Southfield City Centre, has opened to great reviews – and even boasts a five-star rating on Gastronomy offers food made from scratch, with one hundred percent American ingredients. Everything – right down to the olive oil, salt, and coffee – is sourced in the U.S. You can view its menus here. read more

Southfield-based 1-800-LAW-FIRM, PLLC Relocates to State-of-the-Art Headquarters

Southfield-based 1-800-LAW-FIRM, PLLC Relocates to State-of-the-Art Headquarters 150 150 southfieldcc_3ik8d2

1-800-LAW-FIRM, PLLC is pleased to announce the relocation and expansion of its Southfield headquarters. The new 25,000 square foot offices, located at 26700 Lahser Road in the former Loan Giant Building, were needed to better accommodate the firm’s growing practice and its team of 40 attorneys and staff members and to provide easy highway access to its clients. The announcement was made by the firm’s founder and CEO, Ari Kresch. read more