MCC to host information sessions about free advanced manufacturing training for eligible participants

MCC 1Macomb Community College will host information sessions about advanced manufacturing training programs available in several high-demand career pathways: controls technician, robot programmer, mechanical maintenance specialist and robotics technician. This is part of the PRISM (Prosperity Reaches into Southern Macomb) Project, funded by a grant from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, which focuses on workforce development, introducing students to information technology careers and engaging employers in sustainable workforce training programs.

Through this grant, the PRISM Project will provide advanced manufacturing training to a minimum of 100 adults. MCC will employ a comprehensive support services model that intensively engages with students throughout the entire process, beginning with recruitment and program selection, continuing through their course of training and extending through career coaching and job placement.

MCC President James O. Sawyer IV said that the PRISM Project is about “positioning residents for long-term success, helping them develop both foundational and technical skills to pursue sustainable career pathways versus short-term jobs. And, more broadly, it’s about enhancing community vitality, building a strong pipeline to address the skills gap, growing local business and industry, and fostering a stronger regional economy.”

In addition to workforce development efforts, the project will introduce 100 high school students to IT careers through PRISM IT academies this summer and will also work to identify opportunities for employers to be involved in sustaining workforce training programs.

“This new project is about providing a clear and more affordable pathway to industry certifications or associate degrees that are relevant to our region’s economy,” said David Egner, president and CEO of the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation. “The more local employers we can engage in helping to drive, shape and grow this project, the greater the impact it will have in connecting jobseekers with the opportunities available in these growing industries.”

MCCMCC’s advanced manufacturing training programs will be conducted January through July 2018 and will range from 13 to 19 weeks long. They will be available with either a Monday through Friday daytime schedule or an evening schedule that also includes a full-day commitment on Saturdays. The programs include both foundational skills and manufacturing training components.

Information sessions about these training programs will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Jan. 10 and Tuesday, Feb. 6 at the college’s M-TEC facility, 7900 Tank Ave., Warren, 48092. For those living south of 16 Mile Road in Macomb County who meet other eligibility factors, all or a significant portion of tuition may be covered by the college’s PRISM Project. Additional tuition assistance may be available to financially support other individuals interested in training who do not meet PRISM requirements. To register or for more information, call (586) 498-4100 or email

Caitlin Gerds-Habermas is an associate planner in business outreach and communications for the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development.


Perks of participating in Macomb Business Awards

DSC_0003The Macomb Business Awards is the perfect opportunity to network, exhibit your company’s expertise, and if you’re lucky, you may even get some national publicity. This was the case for Bakes and Kropp after winning an award in 2016.

Bakes and Kropp is a custom cabinetry company that designs and manufactures luxury kitchens, vanities, libraries and closets. Their high-end cabinetry is built in a 30,000-square-foot production facility in Mount Clemens and sold at three showrooms in the New York area as well as through a dealer in Plymouth, Michigan.

According to cofounder Paul Kropp, one of the benefits of being located in Macomb County is the area’s talented workforce and solid work ethic. Traditionally an area dominated by automotive manufacturing, Kropp says he sees the excitement employees have to work on something different. Also because of the auto industry, Macomb County also has no shortage of experienced metalworkers for Bakes and Kropp to reach out to when they have chrome plating or metal fabrication needs, enabling them to create truly unique wooden and metallic products.

At the end of 2015, Bakes and Kropp was nominated for the Macomb Business Awards in the category of Startup Business to Watch. As a growing business that had been operating for less than four years and had more than two full-time employees, they fit the qualifications for the category. The awards ceremony was held in February 2016.

Kropp said at the time, he wasn’t sure if his company would win because of the other great competing businesses, but when their name was called, he was thrilled.

“I enjoyed the whole process,” said Kropp. “The ceremony was well done, and it was a huge morale booster for the company.”

After receiving the award, the Bakes and Kropp was mentioned in several local newspaper articles and also listed on our website, Because of the nation’s interest in Macomb County during the presidential campaign, NBC was looking for a venue here to host a roundtable for NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt. They discovered Bakes and Kropp on our website and chose them to be the host site, and an employee even participated in the roundtable. Kropp said it was exciting to meet a celebrity and receive exposure on a national level.

While there is no guarantee your company will be mentioned in national news, you can count on a delicious breakfast, an inspirational guest speaker and the chance to take home an award. Time is running out to be a part of this year’s Macomb Business Awards. Today is the deadline for nominations. Simply go to our website to nominate your company.

Caitlin Gerds-Habermas is an associate planner in business outreach and communications for the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development.


Macomb County ready to incentivize your business growth

Summit Plastic Molding breaks ground in Bruce Township


It was a sunny November day, the best you could hope for, when Summit Plastic Molding held an outdoor groundbreaking ceremony in front of the crowd in attendance and the local media. The buzz was for a brand-new facility that would employ 80 people in Bruce Township. It was a day of celebration. For the company. For Bruce Township. And for the employees that will be able to provide for their families. It was a celebration that is the culmination of an effective partnership between the business and the team at the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development.

One of the most important business decisions a company will make is choosing where to locate. Our team of professionals here at the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development have the resources to guide a company through all steps of the process including incentivizing a company’s growth.

These services helped Summit Plastic Molding secure a 12-year tax abatement on their new facility, a 22.41-acre parcel on 33 Mile Road, east of Van Dyke. The overall investment, including new equipment, is expected to be close to $10 million with two additional industrial buildings planned for the future. To secure the abatement, our team assisted with the following:

  • Identified which local and state-level resources were appropriate for the development and fit the criteria of the project and industry.
  • Established an Industrial Development District with the local community for the development site which is a requirement to apply for an abatement.
  • Completed the necessary paperwork required to request an Industrial Facilities Tax Exemption (a tax abatement).
  • Presented with the company to the township board at their local meeting to secure required local approval for the abatement request.

As a result of these services, Summit Plastic Molding’s new 64,200-square-foot building will serve as the company’s new headquarters and manufacturing facility. The building will be a state-of-the-art facility that provides efficiencies in energy, logistics and automation.

The services our economic development team provided Summit Plastic Molding to aid their growth can be utilized to help your business grow as well. Summit Plastic Molding joins a growing list of companies that we have successfully been able to help incentivize growth for in Macomb this year. Others include Amazon, Cabela’s and Grupo Antolin Michigan Inc. You can see who and where we’ve helped on  our interactive GIS map!

If you’re a company thinking about growing or locating in Macomb, reach out to us. We can connect you to resources and programs that can support all aspects of your expansion. We look forward to celebrating your groundbreaking as well!

Posavetz, Nick IMG_0221Nick Posavetz is an economic development specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development and is focused on growing, retaining and attracting businesses to Macomb County. To learn about what resources are available for your business, reach out to him at