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DTE Energy has spent $1.7 billion with Michigan-based businesses in 2018 while creating and sustaining more than 8,000 jobs.

DTE Energy sources more than 70 percent of its services and products from in-state suppliers. According to DTE Chief Procurement Officer Tony Tomczak, they prioritize partnerships with in-state suppliers because it helps build stronger communities, expand the local economy and create new opportunities for business owners. He added that they were able to accomplish it without sacrificing affordability and quality indicating the competitiveness of the state economy.

Linda Turner, client relations manager of Detroit-based construction services firm W-3 Construction, shared their experience with DTE. She said their business with DTE helped them grow, hire more local skilled workers and bring in additional full-time Michigan workers.

In 2018, DTE spent $471 million with diverse suppliers and won 11 supplier diversity achievement awards. The company’s approach to supplier diversity is based on mentoring and outreach. It is a founding member of Pure Michigan Business Connect initiative which encourages businesses to buy from local vendors and provide them with in-state business opportunities.