Two suburban companies move to Detroit, hire workers downtown

Posted on September 7, 2012

Almost 250 workers are coming to Detroit as two suburban companies make major moves in the city.

The Warren-based Lentine Group said it is hiring 100 new workers and transferring another 100 employees from a Redford Township site into its renovated Detroit Center of Operations near Wayne State University.

Lentine Group is a family of companies that includes LeCom Inc., which does contracting and installation services for communications and energy providers. LeCom, a Comcast cable service provider, is moving 100 operations employees from Redford Township and hiring another 50 employees to work in the 32,000-square-foot building on Trumbull, according to a company statement. Those workers already have moved in, the firm said., a new social networking site created exclusively to connect union members, retirees and their supporters, will add 50 workers in Detroit, as well. And Golden Dental Plans will have three customer service representatives in the building.

“We are pleased to be able to lend our support to the growing list of companies that are investing in the city’s turnaround,” said Joseph S. Lentine, president of LeCom Inc. and Golden Dental Plans, in a statement.

Lentine’s father, Sam Lentine, originally constructed in 1986 the Detroit building that was renovated, Lentine said.

Sachse Construction, the Birmingham-based company that helped Dan Gilbert’s Quicken Loans Inc. build out its headquarters space in the downtown Compuware Building, is making its own move into the city.

The company will bring 45 employees to the 5,500 square feet of office space on the top floor of the Arts League Building — owned by Gilbert’s Rock Ventures — at 1528 Woodward after the building’s construction is complete in December, it said in a Thursday statement. Gilbert and his partners bought the Arts League Building in December 2011.

“It’s all happening in Detroit, and Sachse is in the middle of it,” said Todd Sachse, president of Sachse Construction. “We are betting on the growth and re-invention of Detroit over the next two decades.”

Founded in 1991, Sachse Construction offers commercial construction service nationwide. Sachse said the move will help his company continue that service.

“Strategically located between Grand Circus Park and Campus Martius, our headquarters will be in the heart of the downtown growth,” Sachse said. “This will allow us to capitalize on the opportunities that will be surrounding us.”

Michael Martinez, The Detroit News