Williams International was founded in Commerce Township and expanded to nearby Pontiac. Oakland County is a unique blend of a thriving technology industry, bustling city life, comfortable suburbs, and wide-open spaces.
Moody's Investors Service and Standard & Poor's recently gave a Oakland County a AAA bond rating, the highest rating possible. Only 19 of America's other 3,043 counties received this high a rating.
Oakland County is the third most affluent county (in per-capita income) in the United States. Taxes are low; at 4.9 mils, Oakland County has the lowest county tax rate in Michigan.
Housing options in Oakland County provide a variety of settings and lifestyles. Urban areas offer classic architecture homes and townhouses in older, well-established communities. Areas close to Williams International are enjoying housing growth and provide buyers an opportunity to build their dream home. There are also large areas of rural space within 40 minutes of Commerce Township and Pontiac that provide wide-open space and country living.
Thirteen universities are located in Oakland County: Baker College, Central Michigan University College of Extended Learning, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Lawrence Technological University, Michigan State University Graduate Degree Programs, Oakland Community College, Oakland University, Rochester College (Michigan Christian College), Walsh College of Accountancy, William Tyndale College, Wayne State University (Farmington Hills campus), St. Mary's College, and University of Phoenix (Southfield campus). Also, Madonna University, Eastern Michigan University, University of Detroit-Mercy, and University of Michigan campuses are within an hour's drive.
Oakland County is also home to America's number one indoor entertainment venue, The Palace of Auburn Hills, and the number one outdoor music venue, DTE Energy Theatre.
Oakland County offers many outdoor activities and opportunities. With more than 75 public and private golf courses, there are more golf holes-per-capita in Oakland County than in any other county in the U.S.
Living in Oakland County brings you closer to some of the best hunting, fishing, hiking, and camping available in the U.S. Proximity to the Great Lakes, the abundance of wooded areas and wildlife throughout Michigan, and the beauty of the four seasons are all here for everyone to enjoy. The county's 450 inland lakes provide excellent fishing, boating, swimming, and water skiing. Miles of hiking and biking trails, great camping sites, and tranquil settings are all part of the over 88,000 acres of parkland. Three downhill ski facilities, miles and miles of groomed cross-country trails, ice skating, tobogganing, and an abundance of snowmobiling access, make the county a winter wonderland.
Southeastern Michigan is one of the few metropolitan areas in the U.S. that support four major sport teams. The Detroit Pistons (Little Caesar's Arena), Detroit Tigers (Comerica Park), Detroit Lions (Ford Field), and Detroit Red Wings (Little Caesar's Arena) are less than an hour's drive away. Major college sports (University of Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor and Michigan State Spartans in East Lansing) are also just an hour to an hour-and-a-half away. Southeastern Michigan is serviced by three major airports: Oakland County International Airport, Detroit Metro Airport, and Bishop International Airport. Over 20 general aviation airports are within a 40-statute-mile radius of Commerce Township. For every taste, Oakland County provides a superb quality of life.
Corporate Citizenship – Pontiac, Michigan
Our Commitment to Oakland County
Lighthouse of Oakland County
Through the generous donations of team members and corporate matching, we are able to help our Oakland county neighbors in need by feeding hungry families, keeping home-board seniors warm during the winter, and providing housing for homeless mothers with children.
Through the generous donations of team members and corporate matching, we are able to support the Oakland families in need with emergency housing assistance and food assistance.
Oakland County Scholarships for Success
Williams is proud to participate in Oakland County Scholarships for Success. These scholarships are awarded to students in career technical education programs and are awarded based on their personal goals, academic achievement in technical fields, internships, work experience and need.
Our Commitment to Pontiac
Pontiac School District STEM Programming
Williams International has partnered with the Cranbrook Educational Community to provide immersive STEM programming for Middle and High School students in Pontiac. With the educational expertise provided by Cranbrook, this partnership creates the foundation of STEM based experiences that lend to the development of scientist, engineers and technicians of the future via a multifaceted approach of creative, interactive and sustainable programs. Williams International is committed to developing and supporting the young residents of Pontiac and we are proud to bestow the grant funding to educate and prepare students for higher education and career opportunities in STEM related field.
Pontiac Jobs Pipeline Scholarships for Pontiac Students
The Williams International Jobs Pipeline Scholarships are specifically geared to support Pontiac residents as they prepare to become part of the technically savvy workforce and provide the needed skills for the Pontiac business community. These scholarships create the bridge between higher levels of education and good-paying STEM careers for students.
Our Commitment to Team Members
Williams Gives Back
Williams International is committed to supporting the communities in which it operates and supporting charitable organizations that are important to our team members. To assist employees in supporting their charitable causes, Williams International awards randomly selected team members with funds to donate to the charity that is near and dear to them. Supporting the charitable organizations that resonate with our team members is important to the culture of Williams International, we take care of our employees so the efforts of our employees can take care of our customers.