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Tuesday, 12 May 2015 15:03

SW Michigan tribe-owned architecture and engineering firm enters JV with Milwaukee construction management company

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A subsidiary of the non-gaming economic development arm of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians in Southwest Michigan has entered into joint venture with a Wisconsin construction management firm.

Under the deal, Dowagiac-based Seven Generations Architecture and Engineering LLC (7GenA&E) and Greenfire Management Services LLC of Milwaukee will be better positioned to pursue federal government contracts for design and construction services on a national basis, the two parties said in a statement.

The two firms formed the joint venture because of their “similar core values and operating philosophies,” stated Greenfire president Kip Ritchie.

Greenfire is a wholly-owned construction management firm under the umbrella of Milwaukee-based Potawatomi Business Development Corp.

7GenA&E is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dowagiac-based Mno-Bmadsen, the economic development group Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. The tribe also owns and operates Four Winds Casinos.

Mno-Bmadsen acts similar to a private equity fund to acquire and operate a portfolio of companies Michigan or contiguous states that work in alternative energy, health care and medical devices, light manufacturing, green-related sectors, information technology, gaming suppliers, food production, government contracting and real estate.

In April, Mno-Bmadsen said that it had acquired D.A. Dodd Inc., an Indiana-based union mechanical contracting company that has an office in Benton Harbor. The group previously acquired Portage-based Accu-Mold LLC, a manufacturing and engineering firm.

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