DBusiness Daily Update: Hyzon Motors Sells Trucks to Subsidiary of German Auto Insurance Provider, and More

Hyzon Motors, which operates in Troy, announced the sale of 18 fuel cell electric trucks to Hylane GmbH, a subsidiary of one of Germany’s largest car insurers. // Courtesy of Hyzon Motors

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Hyzon Motors sells trucks to a subsidiary of a German car insurer

Hyzon Motors Inc., a fuel cell electric vehicle company operating in Troy, today announced that it will supply its fuel cell electric trucks to Hylane GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of DEVK Versicherung, one of Germany’s largest car insurers.

Hylane has purchased 18 Hyzon vehicles, with deliveries expected to begin in late 2022.

As part of Hylane’s sustainable mobility model, fleet owners can deploy Hyzon vehicles in their operations through a rental agreement with Hylane. Additionally, customers are expected to pay only for miles driven while Hylane expects to cover maintenance or downtime costs. Through this pay-as-you-go approach, Hylane hopes to minimize risk to customers while accelerating the pace at which zero-emission vehicles replace diesel.

Hylane has already confirmed leases for the first vehicles and is in talks with many leading transport companies interested in transitioning their fleets to zero emission options. Germany is expected to be one of the world’s leading markets for zero-emission commercial vehicle technologies in the coming years.

Germany recently announced its support for a total ban on sales of combustion-engined cars from 2035, and there are already significant national incentives in place to switch heavy-duty vehicles to diesel.

To support its focus on climate-friendly transport solutions, Hylane is aligning key elements within the value chain, including energy producers, refueling infrastructure providers and government subsidy programs. Through the coordinated management of these resources, Hylane aims to offer sustainable and flexible mobility management to its customers.

“Hyzon’s singular mission is to decarbonize transportation through zero-emission hydrogen vehicles,” said Craig Knight, co-founder and CEO of Hyzon. “Through Hylane’s sustainable mobility program, customers across Germany can experience first-hand the vehicle performance, driver satisfaction and emission reductions of Hyzon’s fuel cell electric trucks.”

“Hyzon recognizes that, as with any new technology, customers must have the ability to use our fuel cell electric vehicle in their regular operations. Based on past experience, we are confident that once fleet owners experience our vehicles, they will be motivated to accelerate their transition to zero emissions. Having a strong partner in the German market has the opportunity to fuel significant long-term growth for Hyzon.

Plante Moran named to FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list

Plante Moran, an accounting, tax, advisory and wealth management firm in Troy, has been appointed to Fortune the magazine’s list of “100 Best Companies to Work For” for the 24th consecutive year. The company ranked 30 on the list.

One of the nation’s largest accounting and business advisory firms, Plante Moran, says it takes a people-focused environment that prioritizes work-life balance, health mental health, diversity, equity and inclusion – a formula she says has been particularly important in attracting and retaining top talent in today’s job market.

“We continue to see the benefits of investing in programs and policies that can be tailored to each staff member and give people the opportunity to grow personally and professionally,” says Jim Proppe, managing partner at Plante Moran. “We want to maintain and improve our culture of ‘the whole person comes to work’, especially during difficult times, in order to attract and retain the best professionals who provide excellent service to our clients. »

To attract and retain talent in a labor market where workers are increasingly demanding more flexibility and a supportive corporate culture, Plante Moran has created and enhanced programs that reaffirm its commitment to well-being and performance. of its staff.

Although the company has had workplace flexibility programs in place for decades, it enhanced those offerings last year to meet the changing needs of its workforce, including through its flexible leave and location policies. work for your day. These policies allow staff to take time off as needed without having to save time or worry about the availability of paid time off and choose the optimal work environment for the day based on their daily goals and objectives.

Plante Moran says that its corporate culture is often its main recruiting and retention tool. Whether it’s paying the food service delivery tab, shipping ice cream to staff members around the world, or offering “thank you” bonuses to team members for their efforts extraordinary during the pandemic, the company is looking to find new ways to show staff that they are appreciated and valued.

“In this job market, we know that giving our team flexibility, independence, and recognition for all the great work they do maximizes job satisfaction,” Proppe says. “Being recognized by FORTUNE as one of the best companies to work for confirms that we are doing the right thing for our team and their families, which, in turn, benefits our customers.”

84 Lumber to fill immediate vacancies in the Detroit area with a hiring event on April 14

84 Lumber, a Private Building Materials Supplier Based in Eighty Four, Pennsylvania, is Hiring for 10 Immediate Openings at Its New Commerce Township Site

Metro Detroit is the latest addition to the company’s stores’ U.S. footprint as they continue to expand nationally, and the organization is looking to fill positions for the new store to support a market growing. Interested job seekers can interview for open positions at a hiring event on April 14, 2022, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Detroit location at 4158 Pioneer Dr., Commerce Township.

“At 84 Lumber, we are at the forefront of the continued increase in residential construction across the country and are excited to support builders and help meet construction demands in the Detroit market,” said Phil Garuccio, divisional vice president at 84 Lumber.

“Greater demand for our products means a need for more motivated and dedicated employees who want to take advantage of the phenomenal growth opportunity in our industry. If you have a strong work ethic and are hungry for something new, you might be the perfect fit for us.

Attendees of the hiring event will take part in job interviews, learn more about 84 Lumber’s corporate culture, and get more details on the signing bonuses offered. Some participants may receive a job offer on site. Open positions include:

  • Management Trainees (MTs), who enter an intensive, one-on-one, on-the-job training program that teaches them about the business and sets them on the path to becoming a future leader within the company . The starting salary for management trainees is $40,000 to $45,000 per year. MTs also receive an $840 login bonus.
  • Forklifts/sorting associates. Candidates need no prior experience and perform essential functions behind the scenes – from managing supply shipments to operating forklifts and other equipment. The starting salary is $15 per hour. These associates also receive an $840 signing bonus.

“As a family business, 84 Lumber is committed to helping our employees build long-term careers with us. We are proud to say that 95% of our store managers have started our management trainee program,” says Garuccio.

“We believe a wide variety of candidates can find a home with the company and open doors for themselves – someone with no construction experience but eager to learn, military veterans ready to open their next chapter, or anyone one simply ready to make a fresh start.We will give each of them the tools to grow.

Candidates interested in participating in the hiring event must pre-register online and complete the form. Registrants will then receive an email from 84 Lumber with the link to apply for the desired position. To save time, Garuccio strongly encourages applicants to apply online before showing up for the event.

An on-site pre-employment drug screening will be available to candidates during the hiring event. Applicants moving forward through the process will also be required to pass a background check prior to hiring.

JobFairGiant.com Hosting Metro Detroit Career Expo on April 28

JobFairGiant.com is hosting a Metro Detroit Career Expo from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Marriott Hotel (3600 Centerpointe Parkway) in Pontiac on April 28.

Employers can interview job seekers registered to attend the Career Expo in designated private interview areas for employers and job seekers or accept resumes and job applications .

The event is open to employers and job seekers in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne, Pontiac and Flint counties.

Multiple job openings are available in Wayne County, Ann Arbor and Flint areas, Western Wayne County, Port Huron, Livingston County, Lansing, Macomb County, and Port Huron County. Oakland.

To register as an employer or job seeker, go here.

Autism Awareness Fundraiser scheduled for April 30

Change the World for You, a nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness for children with autism, is hosting its first black-tie fundraiser at 7 p.m. on April 30 at Regency Hall (25245 W. Seven Mile Road) in Detroit.

Oakland County resident Tiffany Jackson founded the organization when her daughter, Daijah, was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

In addition to awareness, dollars are needed with emotional guidance.

Additional information and fundraising tickets are available here.

James R. Rhodes