Detroit Workshop Offers Assistance to Manufacturers Interested in Becoming Suppliers to Nuclear Industry

May 12, 2009

DETROIT, May 12 /PRNewswire/ — On June 4, The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) will conduct a regional manufacturing outreach workshop at the MGM Grand. The one-day workshop is designed to help companies learn how to supply products and services to the nuclear industry. Top industry leaders in reactor design, engineering, construction and procurement will lead interactive briefings throughout the day. These companies, which are suppliers to the nuclear utility industry, will be seeking vendors to support their business needs.

Participants will have the opportunity to communicate directly with procurement personnel from some of the leading firms in the nuclear industry, including AREVA, Babcock & Wilcox, Bechtel, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, Sargent & Lundy, Westinghouse and others.

“The nuclear industry is poised for resurgence in plant construction, with more than two dozen new-plant license applications pending,” said Anthony F. Earley Jr., chairman and CEO of DTE Energy, which is a local co-sponsor of the workshop. “And with 104 plants currently in operation nationwide, suppliers are needed to support the existing fleet on a long-term basis.”

Earley said the potential construction of a new generation of nuclear power plants presents an excellent opportunity for Michigan-based manufacturers to refocus their capabilities. “The engineering, design and manufacturing talent in Michigan is outstanding and it is positioned today to take advantage of new opportunities at a time when their traditional customers in the automotive sector are scaling back,” he said.

In addition to DTE Energy, local co-sponsors of this workshop include the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Minority Business Development Council, American Arab Chamber of Commerce, Asian-Pacific American Chamber of Commerce, CASEnergy-Michigan, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, Michigan Business and Professional Organization, Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth; American Nuclear Society, Michigan Chapter; Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, Monroe County Industrial Development Corporation, Monroe Economic Development Corporation, Wayne County Department of Environment, Wayne County Economic Development Growth Engine, Traverse City Chamber of Commerce, Engineering Society of Detroit and the Michigan Manufacturers Association. National co-sponsors include the National Association of Manufacturers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the U.S. Department of Energy.

The workshop begins with a general session from 8 a.m. to noon, during which Michigan Speaker of the House Andy Dillon, (D-Redford) will serve as the opening keynote speaker. Focused breakout sessions will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. A Procurement Expo will run from 4:30 to 6 p.m. For detailed conference information and registration, please visit: http://www.nei.org/newsandevents/conferencesandmeetings/mowo.

Detroit Edison is an investor-owned electric utility serving 2.2 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a subsidiary of DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE), a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Information about DTE Energy is available at www.dteenergy.com.


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