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Men and women from RACER Trust and recipients of awards at a RACER business event

RACER Trust presented AUCH Construction with the second RACER’s Edge Award for redevelopment excellence at the 2019 National Brownfields Training Conference. (L-R) Bruce Rasher, RACER Redevelopment Manager; Patricia Spitzley, RACER Deputy Redevelopment Manager and Director of Government Relations; RACER Trustee Elliott P. Laws; AUCH Construction President and CEO Vince DeLeonardis; Pontiac (MI) Mayor Dr. Deirdre Waterman; AUCH Construction project manager Jacob Munchiando; and RACER Transaction Manager Steven Black.

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    GM Pact Signed, Work Begins to Bring 1,100 Jobs
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    Ontario Council Signs GM Site Development Pact
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    Ohio Company To Buy Former GM Plant, Bring 1,100 Jobs to Area
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  • Sep 24, 2012

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  • Sep 28, 2012

    Marketplace Highlights RACER Mission
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  • Oct 19, 2012

    Event showcases Massena to Canadian companies
    The Watertown Daily Times reports on regional efforts to market industrial properties in the Massena area, including a former GM property now owned by the RACER Trust. Click here.
  • Oct 31, 2012

    Former GM Assembly Plant in Pontiac Sold for New Industrial Development
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  • Oct 31, 2012

    RACER sells Fiero Assembly plant in Pontiac to Lapeer-based company
    The Detroit Free Press reports on RACER's sale of the former Fiero Assembly plant to North American Dismantling Corp., which will lead to 30-50 new jobs at the site. You can read the full story here.
  • Nov 28, 2012

    Redeveloping Former GM Sites for New Job-Creating Uses
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  • Nov 28, 2012

    Plans 'On Track' for Sale of Former GM Plant
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  • Dec 28, 2012

    RACER Trust Completes Sale of Former GM Facility in Ohio to Major Development Company
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