Synergy on display at Macomb Business Awards

16602943_1312782952101043_4054351920554564864_nOne of the overall themes that emerged at the 5th Annual Macomb Business Awards is how interconnected Macomb County’s business community is. Successful partnerships are constantly being forged. This can be seen when two corporations do business together, when a business leverages the media or resources offered through a professional organization, and even when a customer benefits from the products being made by Macomb County companies.

In acknowledgment of one such successful partnership, the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development (MCPED) honored Macomb/St. Clair Michigan Works! with the Economic Development Partner of the Year award. MCPED Deputy Director Vicky Rad presented the award, stating how important workforce development is to Macomb County companies. Executive Director John Bierbusse accepted the award on behalf of his organization and credited their partnership with MCPED for extending Michigan Works’ reach into Macomb County’s business community.

A physical representation of MCPED’s partnership with Digital First Media was also on display via copies of Macomb Momentum placed at each seat. This was the second issue of a new publication that highlights Macomb County’s unique businesses in a vivid magazine used to promote the county to potential business investors. Digital First Media Publisher Jeannie Parent also spoke at the event, giving businesses tips for how to successfully partner with the local media to share their stories.

16684211_1312783542100984_7161971016275480028_nEach of the award winners thanked and acknowledged the networks of people that support them. Bob Binson accepted the Corporate Citizen award on behalf of Center Line-based Binson’s Medical Equipment and Supplies for their charitable community engagement. As Binson exited the stage after accepting the award, emcee Huel Perkins, anchor at Fox 2 Detroit, stopped him. Perkins shared that his 90-year-old mother was only able to attend her grandson’s high school graduation because they were able to get a special chair that helped her get up the stairs – a chair acquired at Binson’s.

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More partnerships were highlighted when MCPED Director John Paul Rea presented Dr. Jim Jacobs, Macomb Community College president, with the Beacon of Economic Development award. Jacobs pointed out that the college collaborates with this year’s keynote speaker, Richard Sheridan, founder, CEO and chief storyteller for Menlo Innovations, on the college’s Innovation Fund. He said many of the award winners have connections to the college as well.

“I accept this award, but I see this as part of all of us working together,” said Jacobs. He said we can leverage our strengths when we all work together.

A business is more than just a company engaged in commerce. It’s a team of employees, it’s a network of industry professionals, and it’s a partnership with the community.

To learn more about the Macomb Business Awards nominees, finalists and sponsors, visit MacombBusiness.com.

Caitlin Gerds-Habermas is an associate planner in Business Outreach and Communications for the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development.

Meet the 2017 MBA Efficiency Expert & Model of OneMacomb Nominees

Out of 52 total nominees, six companies will go home with an award at the Macomb Business Awards Feb. 14. The annual event honors companies who are defining and implementing best practices in Macomb County. The Efficiency Expert award will go to the company that best exemplifies the ability to increase cash flow through process and/or energy efficiency. The Model of OneMacomb award will be given to the business who has gone above and beyond to cultivate an environment where diversity and inclusion are valued. Buy your tickets by Feb. 8 to see who will go home the winners!

 

Efficiency Expert nominees:

 

ATCO Industries, Inc. (Sterling Heights)

Founded 36 years ago, ATCO is a leader in the quality control and warehousing segments of the automotive industry. They have grown to include additional services such as supplier development, logistics, manufacturing and technical services. Tremendous growth in the U.S. and Mexico has resulted in new jobs in Macomb County and two new buildings at their corporate campus in Sterling Heights. Rather than rely on minimum standards, ATCO has led the industry in innovation and technology. At great expense, the company has developed and patented a tablet-based technology to capture quality control data and report it to their customers in real time.

atcoindustries.com

 

JEM Tech Group (Clinton Township)

JEM is dedicated to helping customers with information technology products and services to transform their mission-critical environments into energy-efficient areas. They provide corporations with efficiency studies to assess their baseline energy consumption, determine problem areas and provide recommendations. Improvements may include reorganizing room layouts, equipment upgrades or airflow management devices. JEM also provides hardware and software that analyzes power consumption down to each outlet. Knowing the amount of power servers the customer is using can help determine what equipment can be better utilized or consolidated. JEM can help companies eliminate 30 percent in energy costs, resulting in significant savings.

jemtechgroup.com

 

Model of OneMacomb nominees:

AGS Automotive Systems (Sterling Heights)

AGS specializes in value-added engineering, metal stamping, plating, painting and bumper system design and assembly for the automotive industry. After expanding in Sterling Heights, they needed to fill their rapidly growing workforce needs. AGS partnered with a local temporary staffing agency to employ Iraqi refugees who had settled in the area. Through teamwork, cooperation and developing an understanding of their employees’ needs and perspectives, the company was able to overcome the challenges of bringing together different cultures and languages in a fast-paced environment. AGS provides opportunities for growth and development, and the new employees have become outstanding leaders on the shop floor and in the business.

agsautomotive.com

 

Arts Academy in the Woods High School (Fraser)

Arts Academy in the Woods is a free public high school where students can major in the fine and performing arts while also fulfilling their academic requirements. They promote racial, cultural and gender diversity, and this is reflected in the makeup of their student body. Since their founding, hundreds of students who were uncomfortable fitting in at other schools have felt welcomed and accepted in this school community. Arts Academy in the Woods begins each school year with a three-day diversity training for new students which is led by current students. Here, students develop a cultural awareness and respect that will benefit them for a lifetime.

artsacad.net

 

McLaren Macomb (Mount Clemens)

A 288-bed acute care hospital, McLaren Macomb is one of Macomb County’s top employers. They provide a full range of services including cancer and cardiovascular care. Their diversity and inclusion efforts extend to employees, patients and their families and focus on engagement, recruiting and training. Accomplishments include reviewing and increasing HR outreach practices for hiring to key diverse professional groups, increasing career fair participation with organizations that target various ethnic groups and identifying diversity training modules for employees. McLaren Macomb has updated their translation services to a more robust system that has 57 languages in video and more than 210 languages available in audio.

mclaren.org/macomb

 

Play-Place for Autistic Children (Sterling Heights)

Play-Place is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inclusion, acceptance and support. They offer recreation, education, therapy, life skills, social development, respite relief, resource management and vocational training. Their goal is to become the world’s premier destination for autism relief. Play-Place provides many development and employment training opportunities for young adults affected by autism and special needs challenges through their WorkPlus program, vocational program and partnering with organizations like Warren Consolidated Schools and Lutz School to provide job coaches, resume building and interviewing experience. They also conduct bimonthly Parent Resource Nights where local experts provide workshops on a variety of topics.

autisticplayplace.org

 

Caitlin Gerds-Habermas is an associate planner in Business Outreach and Communications for the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development.

Diversification Leader nominees revealed for Macomb Business Awards

A lesson many successful Macomb County companies learned during the Great Recession is the necessity of diversifying products or services to reach new markets. The 5th Annual Macomb Business Awards Feb. 14 is honoring 16 area businesses that have done just that. Here are the nominees for 2017 Diversification Leader:

Advancing Macomb (Mount Clemens)

Advancing Macomb is a business and community leadership group representing 20 leading employers, three principal business organizations and the largest higher educational institution in Macomb County. The organization is committed to improving local communities by leveraging a unified civic leadership voice throughout the Detroit region. Their vision is to enhance the quality of life for Macomb County communities, add value to the lives of residents and create an enriching environment to live, learn, recreate, innovate and conduct business. By bringing together and collaborating with diverse organizations, Advancing Macomb is able to accomplish great efforts in the county.

advancingmacomb.com

 

Argentine Tango Detroit (Utica)

ATD is the heart and soul of the historical downtown Utica area. They bring together a diverse culture of like-minded people who love the sport of dancing. With U.S. champions for more than 15 years, ATD has been building an exceptional reputation in the state of Michigan. The studio has top specialists in many popular dance styles including salsa, ballroom, club-style Latin and swing dancing. They are considered the go-to place for training on all levels.

argentinetangodetroit.com

 

Baker Industries (Macomb Township)

Still privately owned by the Baker family, Baker Industries has been in business for 24 years as a tier one and tier two supplier for automotive and aerospace industries. They began as a duplicating company and have evolved over the years to become a premier tooling and machining shop. With the goal of encompassing all the capabilities that their customers could wish for in a supplier, today Baker has expanded to include machining, fabrication, injection molding, tooling, 3-D printing, project management and quality assurance. With the addition of a 3-D printer, they have entered new markets including medical, agriculture, appliances, energy and defense.

bakerindustriesinc.com

 

Bartec USA, LLC (Sterling Heights)

Headquartered in Sterling Heights since 2004, Bartec has been at the forefront of diagnostic repair tools for the tire service and repair industry. The company began as a small supplier of electronic equipment, but has expanded over the years to supply programming equipment for tire pressure monitoring systems to nearly all of the major automotive OEs. Bartec creates innovative diagnostic tool solutions for both OE dealerships and the aftermarket service industry alike. Today, Bartec tools feature advance programming capability, wireless data transfer and Wi-Fi updating. Through acquisition and organic growth, Bartec continues to increase their range of products.

bartecusa.com

 

Carlson-Dimond & Wright, Inc. (Chesterfield Township)

Carlson-Dimond & Wright is an industrial distributor and manufacturer of rotating equipment such as industrial motors, gearboxes, clutches, brakes, actuators, bearings and conveyors. Their customers are OEMs and consumers including power plants, aggregate companies and wastewater treatment plants. The company realized the potential to grow sales by entering the auto wash industry as an equipment and parts supplier. They created and produced a line specific to the needs of auto washes and built a website targeting this industry, autowashparts.com. They invested engineering hours to design and make improvements to commonly-purchased items and dedicated a sales engineer to lead this new successful sales initiative.

cdwdrives.com

 

CBJ Transportation (Clinton Township)

CBJ Transportation is a luxury transportation company headquartered in Clinton Township. Their growing fleet of large and small vehicles includes limo and shuttle buses as well as executive mini coaches. They are focused on providing clients with a safe, courteous, dependable and high-quality transportation experience. Before starting CBJ Transportation, owner Jarred Cloin had a valet business, CBJ Valet. Cloin instinctively sought to meet the growing needs of his valet business and existing clients by expanding into shuttle services. Since entering this new market, clients range from local businesses and politicians to Fortune 500 companies and the Secret Service.

cbjtransportation.com

 

College Park Industries (Warren)

College Park is the prosthetics manufacturer that developed the world’s first multi-axial foot with anatomical motion, the Trustep. They have developed products to address a variety of unique requirements, from a heel-height adjustable foot to a high-impact foot worn by Paralympic athletes. Sales have significantly increased recently due to the launch of eight new products and distribution into 20 new countries. A new state-of-the-art education facility will open at their research and development technical center in Mount Clemens. This will offer hands-on training and observation, providing continued education for practitioners and leading to additional staffing and growth at College Park.

college-park.com

 

Duggan Manufacturing (Shelby Township)

Duggan is a producer of prototype metal stampings and welded assemblies for the automotive industry.  They have been expanding services to include improved five-axis laser cutting and fiber optic-powered laser welding. They are also tapping into new markets through offering services to new industries, such as military, agriculture and aerospace, as well as reaching new geographical markets. They are working with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Pure Michigan and Automation Alley to expand exports to Mexico. They have also teamed up with their local Procurement Technical Assistance Center to learn how to access new opportunities through government programs for small business.

dugganmfg.com

 

Consul General of Macedonia (Southfield)

The Consulate General of the Republic of Macedonia in Detroit is the diplomatic office of the government of the Republic of Macedonia and is responsible for 14 federal states in the United States of America. Sparking creativity, creating training programs and joint planning are among several steps they have taken in the past three years to promote and maintain their diversified workspace. They work with the large Macedonian diaspora and businesses located in Macomb County. By promoting and working with highly-diversified organizations, they are able to have successful projects both with Macedonian diaspora and businesses and international organizations.

mfa.gov.mk/detroit

 

I.F. Metalworks (Roseville)

Established in 2002, I.F. Metalworks is a woman-owned machining and welding company that offers a diverse range of products including industrial tools and tooling for a variety of applications, commercial merchandising displays and top-quality architectural/ornamental metalwork. With 15 employees, they are always willing to take on students to teach them the art of welding. They have outgrown their facility once and are on the verge of doing it again. Their rapid growth is due to their reputation, delivery and service. I.F. Metalworks caters to automotive, defense, architectural, industrial and motion picture industries. In addition to training future welders, they also support the veteran community.

ifmetalworks.com

 

Michigan Business Consultants Training and Development LLC (Armada)

MBC provides talent management in areas of leadership development and training, executive and team coaching, strategic facilitation, and human resources consulting to manufacturing, education, government, retail and health care industries. Growing to offer multiple leadership development series for executive leaders, mid-level leaders and front line supervisors has met the changing demands of clients. MBC worked with more than 6,500 leaders in 2016, expanded their outreach to new markets and increased revenue. MBC has added leadership assessments, blended coaching and team leadership development to provide unique customized approaches for individuals and teams to meet their specific goals and strategic initiatives.

mbctraining.com

 

National Bronze Mfg. Co. (Roseville)

National began 105 years ago in a modified horse stable as a bronze casting foundry mainly pouring molten metal castings for the automobile industry. Today, the company is one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of bronze-based products. Looking beyond the automotive industry, National was able to reach a much larger and more diversified customer base by utilizing the growing trend of digital marketing. Further embracing technology trends, they have recently expanded into the world of B2B e-commerce with the launch of two cutting-edge e-commerce websites. National is able to offer millennial customers purchasing platforms they are familiar using in their personal lives.

nationalbronze.com

 

Paragon Technologies (Warren)

Paragon Technologies is a hydraulic, electronic, pneumatic, robotic, mechanical and servo motor repair job shop. They have diversified their repair and service lines to encompass the energy sector. In the past year, a newly-formed nuclear power plant actuator team has been established to drive expansion into this market. This has led to organic growth for the company and adds new industrial services to Macomb County. Customers include Siemens and Mitsubishi. Estimated growth for this new service line is 50 percent in 2017.

paragontech.com

 

SME (Shelby Township)

Whether developing a new site, redeveloping an existing brownfield site, constructing or rehabilitating infrastructure or acquiring, rehabilitating or managing existing facilities, SME can help. SME has historically provided top-notch environmental, materials testing and geotechnical engineering services. They have generated significant growth through expanding their range of services and serving new markets. For example, SME played an integral role in developing Jimmy John’s Field in Utica. They contributed during the earliest conceptual phases of the park all the way through to opening day, going beyond their traditional services to provide civil design, pavement and economic incentive services that were critical to the project’s success.

http://www.sme-usa.com

 

SRC Refrigeration (Sterling Heights)

SRC has more than 36 years of experience manufacturing and selling top-quality, energy-efficient walk-in coolers, walk-in freezers, combo units and cold rooms. They also design and build the highest quality coolers/freezers, beverage coolers, beer caves and refrigeration systems for restaurants, convenience stores, bars, funeral homes, schools, breweries and floral shops. With their highly-advanced manufacturing equipment and innovative processes, SRC can quote, design, build and ship special orders of custom-designed refrigerators, display cases and freezers faster than anyone in the industry. They have used their expertise in refrigeration units to build a new product called Motor City Growler, a portable craft beer pouring station.

srcrefrigeration.com

 

TransNav Technologies (New Baltimore)

Headquartered in New Baltimore and with production facilities and strategic partnerships around the world, TransNav is a family-owned plastic injection molding firm. This multi-nationally focused engineering, development and manufacturing organization has worked across many industries on nearly every continent. Constant innovation, a technology-based approach and a can-do attitude have cemented TransNav’s reputation as a reliable business partner. This firm has been molding plastics since 1981 and has since transitioned from a pure play automotive firm to commercial products used by the public, such as the plastic shopping carts seen at Target.

transnav.com

 

Read our past blogs to learn more about Corporate Citizen and Champion of Workforce Development nominees. Tickets for Macomb Business Awards are available online until Feb. 8.

 

Caitlin Gerds-Habermas is an associate planner in Business Outreach and Communications for the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development.

Corporate Citizens compete to take home Macomb Business award

 

The Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development’s 5th Annual Macomb Business Awards is quickly approaching! The awards breakfast will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at Palazzo Grande in Shelby Township.

Nominations in six award categories have been collected and reviewed by a panel of judges. Last week, we let out a sneak peek at the amazing companies vying for Champion of Workforce Development.

Competing for the Corporate Citizen award are 14 Macomb County companies who excel at engaging the local community through service and financial support. Be sure to purchase your ticket to see who will take home the award.

Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick, Inc. (Shelby Township)

AEW is a leading design firm that provides civil engineering, architecture, geographic information systems, consulting and surveying services to municipal, institutional and private clients. They are committed to the enduring strength of our communities through innovation, value and engineering excellence. In 2016, AEW supported more than 65 community events, charitable foundations, food pantries and service clubs. They are also dues-paying members of more than 30 professional organizations, chambers of commerce and service organizations. AEW’s team of employees and managers hold food pantry drives, support Selfridge Air National Guard Base families at Christmas and donate hundreds of hours annually to performing community service.

aewinc.com

 

Bay Rama Inc.  (New Baltimore)

The Bay Rama Committee was formed in 1964. They have approximately 75 board and committee members and more than 100 active volunteers. Their purpose is to better the Anchor Bay community and make an economic impact. Their main fundraiser is the annual Bay-Rama Fishfly Festival, and they also sponsor the New Baltimore Christmas Tree Lighting in December. Bay Rama supports many local groups including New Baltimore Recreation, MacDonald Library, New Baltimore Lions and more. They have awarded more than $80,000 in scholarships to Anchor Bay graduates and donated more than $2 million to Walter and Mary Burke Park and Festival Park.

bay-rama.com

 

Binson’s Medical Equipment and Supplies (Center Line)

Binson’s is a family owned and operated full-service home medical equipment, medical supply and orthopedic company. Their customer base includes individuals, hospitals, doctor offices, nursing homes, health plans and other providers. They are committed to helping defeat the diseases that impact the families they serve on a daily basis. Throughout the years, they have raised and donated funds to many charities including the Karmanos Cancer Institute and Muscular Dystrophy Association. They also played a big role in supporting the MDA Summer Camp and Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure by donating the medical supplies and wheelchairs needed for attendees to participate at these events.

binsons.com

 

Brose Jefferson (Warren)

Brose Jefferson is a manufacturing location of the Brose Group, the fifth largest family-owned automotive supplier. It manufactures door modules and latch mini-modules for several major OEMs such as Ford and Chrysler. Brose partners with Macomb Community College to identify displaced workers with an interest in mechatronics and has donated funds to assist students working toward a mechatronic certificate. They have also donated to the Macomb Community College Foundation to provide meals and bus tickets to students with financial needs. Brose meets with students to educate them about careers in manufacturing through events at the Michigan Technical Education Center and Macomb County’s Manufacturing Day.

brose.com

 

CJ Barrymore’s Entertainment (Clinton Township)

There is a variety of family entertainment to be found at CJ Barrymore’s including bumper cars, laser tag, dining options, arcade, racecar tracks, rock wall, bumper boats and the new rollercoaster. Wanting everyone to have fun, CJ Barrymore’s proudly hosts free parties for the terminally ill and sponsors the annual Children’s Hospital Cancer Survivor Day. They are a proud member of the Chippewa Valley Coalition for Youth and Families and have provided a Leadership Scholarship to Chippewa Valley High School for the past 30 years. They also purchase products and utilize vendors from local companies, ensuring that the money they spend benefits the community.

cjbarrymores.com

 

Godlan, Inc. (Clinton Township)

Godlan is a leading professional manufacturing services company that implements integrated technology solutions, helping manufacturers streamline operations, communicate better, innovate faster, sell more and ensure the health of their business. Godlan has been in business since 1984 and has two locations with more than 50 employees. They are dedicated to charitable giving and to fostering a culture of giving throughout the organization. For the past five years, Godlan provided each employee with a donation to the charity of their choice. Through this program, approximately $500,000 has been contributed to charities, including the Macomb Charitable Foundation.

godlan.com

 

Jefferson Yacht Club (St. Clair Shores)

Founded in 1957, the Jefferson Yacht Club is a private club that provides dining for their members and their guests as well as an in-ground pool, tiki bar and outdoor pavilion. Located in the center of the Nautical Mile, the Jefferson Yacht Club supports community events such as AquaFreeze, Restaurant Week and the Memorial Parade. Through events like their annual Turkey Bowling Night, they contribute monetary donations and frozen turkeys to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, collect food for the Macomb Food Bank and contribute toward the St. Clair Shores Cops for Kids program. They support many charities and provide their facility for fundraising efforts.

jeffersonyachtclub.com

 

Kevin Koresky Attorney at Law (St. Clair Shores)

Kevin Koresky has been a respected attorney at law for more than two decades. With a newly-launched website, it is easy for clients to see they have the right to be properly represented. Koresky takes each case personally; you will never be just a case number with him. This can be seen through the way he takes the time to answer small questions to reassure a client, the way he fights for an innocent client and how he treats a simple will with the utmost respect. He has a passion for helping people and makes sure his cases are handled properly, respectfully and timely.

koreskylaw.com

 

Key Safety Systems (Sterling Heights)

With corporate headquarters in Sterling Heights, KSS has been offering top automotive safety equipment for nearly 40 years. They make airbags, seat belts and other safety technologies. KSS was interested in becoming more involved in local community activities, so they became a repeat supporter of the Sterling Heights Initiative for Neighborhood Excellence (SHINE) program. SHINE relies heavily on volunteers to assist homeowners with fairly substantial tasks to clean up or renovate their property.

keysafetyinc.com

 

Michigan First Credit Union (Eastpointe)

Founded in 1926 as the Detroit Teachers Credit Union, the Michigan First Credit Union was renamed in 2001 to reflect the diversity of their growing membership. In 2015, they opened their state-of-the-art Gratiot Financial Store in Eastpointe, reviving a main intersection in the community. Each year, time, resources and thousands of dollars are donated to the local community through scholarship programs, student branches, free educational seminars and hosting blood drives and shred days. In the last year, Michigan First Credit Union has participated in, sponsored or donated to Gleaners Food Bank, the Recreation Authority of Roseville and Eastpointe, Hope Center Macomb, Cruisin’ Gratiot and more.

michiganfirst.com

 

Michigan Youth Appreciation Foundation (Warren)

Michigan Youth Appreciation Foundation was formed to inspire youth to do the most good, stay in school, graduate college and become future leaders, hopefully in Michigan. Since 1991, more than 1,500 college scholarships have been awarded to deserving students to continue their education. Michigan Youth Appreciation Foundation works with a dozen colleges and universities to talk to kids about opportunities available to them. They also host workshops on anti-bullying, fighting crime, healthy eating and entrepreneurship. Metro Detroit Youth Day is their major event which has grown to include more than 35,000 youths, 360 organizations, 240 corporate sponsors and 1,700 volunteers.

metrodetroityouthday.org

 

Motown Soup (Utica)

“Good for you, good for the community,” is Motown Soup’s slogan. Begun 12 years ago, the business is 100 percent volunteer led, and all profits are given back to the community. During an average week, up to 100 volunteers produce soup and baked goods mixes which they label, package and sell. Profits from 2015 were given to Macomb County nonprofits such as MCREST, Hope Center, Lighthouse Outreach, Habitat Macomb and Samaritan House. Motown Soup not only helps through their outreach, but they also touch the lives of their volunteers who are mostly retired – giving them new meaning in life as they help the soup project.

motownsoup.com

 

My Deal Graphics (St. Clair Shores)

Founded in St. Clair Shores 20 years ago, My Deal Graphics offers the highest quality products at the lowest costs. A locally-owned small business, My Deal Graphics works with many of the sports teams, school districts and businesses in Macomb County. Owner Steve Salerno has worked hard to build relationships with these organizations and to provide them with the needed apparel for their businesses or teams. Salerno’s employees are creative and innovative in their approach to helping businesses. As My Deal Graphics has grown, they have given back to the community through donations at local events and to the local sports teams.
mydealgraphics.com

 

Relevar Home Care (Mount Clemens)

Relevar is a private home care company with a corporate office in Mount Clemens and caregivers spanning several counties. Relevar improves and enhances the day-to-day lives of its clients on a daily basis by providing trustworthy, compassionate and professional care. Last year, they were recognized by the Mount Clemens Beautification Committee due to the pride they put into their building’s yard and landscape. Relevar constantly keeps a recruiter on staff, promoting local employment. They also partner with Lutz School for Work Experience where they provide real-life work experiences and training to students with special needs, promoting the transition from school to community life.

relevar.com

 

Caitlin Gerds-Habermas is an associate planner in Business Outreach and Communications for the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development.

Impact of Macomb County suppliers on display at NAIAS

With $7.37 billion worth of automotive investment in the last six years, Macomb County has established itself as the ideal place for businesses to thrive. Major automotive suppliers have chosen to locate their businesses here, invest in state-of-the-art facilities and employ thousands of workers. Their innovative technologies and products are leading the industry and are on display at the 2017 North American International Auto Show.

Axalta Coating Systems in Mount Clemens is a global supplier of liquid and powder coatings. They develop, manufacture and sell brilliant automotive basecoat colors and topcoats as well as corrosion protection electrocoats. They serve customers ranging from small businesses to global OEMs. In 2014 and 2015, Axalta received General Motors’ Supplier of the Year award for going above and beyond GM’s requirements, providing customers with the most innovative technologies and the industry’s best quality.

DSC_1616.JPGAs market leaders, this is the third year Axalta has chosen the automotive color of the year. After analyzing global preferences, Axalta determined the 2017 color of the year to be gallant gray – a sleek alternative to standard silver containing shades of both blue and green. Axalta invited students from Roseville High School to paint pedal cars in gallant gray which will be given away throughout the year.

“These students are getting great experience learning how to work with aftermarket paint and prepare these vehicles for a paint job,” Axalta Marketing Manager John Wray told the Detroit Free Press last week.

Gallant gray will also make an appearance at the Charity Preview, of which Axalta is the presenting sponsor for the second year in a row. The ribbon cutting will feature a gallant gray ribbon and gray accents will be incorporated into the entire event. The Charity Preview will be held this Friday at Cobo Center. Last year, this lavish event raised more than $5.2 million for children’s charities, and there is no reason to doubt this year won’t be even more generous.

Magna is another impressive supplier with a presence at the auto show. Magna Seating is a foam seating production facility in Shelby Township employing 150 people. They are innovators and leaders in the development and manufacturing of high-quality seating systems, mechanism and hardware solutions, specialty mechanism solutions, seat structures and foam and trim products for the global automotive industry.

In 2015, Magna Seating won a Macomb Business Award for energy efficiency. The company has invested in LED lighting, e-waste recycling and a variable-speed drive air compressor to make their processes and 60,000-square-foot facility as efficient as possible.

The technologies and products suppliers like Axalta and Magna are designing and manufacturing have a global impact that reaches far beyond Macomb County’s borders. Yesterday, Macomb County Executive Mark A. Hackel got a close look at the innovation happening at these companies, and you can too by attending the NAIAS.

Caitlin Gerds-Habermas is an associate planner in Business Outreach and Communications for the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development.

Truck of the Year finalist has Macomb County ties

The North American International Auto Show kicks off next week, and some of the highly-anticipated reveals will include the winners of the North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year awards. While Car and Truck of the Year awards have been given out for more than 20 years, Utility Vehicle of the Year is a new award added this year due to the increased demand for SUVs.

2017-NAIAS-website-carousel-newest.jpgMacomb County has had a direct connection to several of the past award winners. In 2014, the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray designed at the General Motors Technical Center in Warren won Car of the Year. In 2013, the Cadillac ATS also designed at the Tech Center won, and that same year, the Ram 1500 built at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Warren Truck Assembly Plant won Truck of the Year. This year, the Ford F-Series Super Duty is the contender with Macomb County ties.

The 2017 Super Duty features a new fully-boxed frame made from over 95 percent high-strength steel, conventional and gooseneck towing, and seven cameras for enhanced visibility. This full-size pickup truck incorporates military-grade aluminum alloy, resulting in a vehicle that is 350 pounds lighter. According to Ford’s website, “no other gas-powered full-size pickup delivers as much torque for jobs calling for rugged pulling power.”

And the engine that is capable of such impressive torque is made right here in Macomb County at the Ford Romeo Engine Plant. Romeo Engine opened in 1973 and is one of several Ford facilities located throughout Macomb County. The plant is more than 2 million square feet and employs 527 people.

ford-f-series_super_duty-2017-1280-0eThe North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year awards honor innovation, design, safety, performance, technology, driver satisfaction and value. The winners are determined by a group 60 professional automotive journalists who serve as judges. The process of selecting finalists began last June and included three rounds of voting. Winners will be announced Monday, Jan. 9.

Caitlin Gerds-Habermas is an associate planner in Business Outreach and Communications for the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Macomb Business Awards nominations are in, tickets on sale now

Online nominations for a Macomb Business Award opened in November.  By the deadline of Dec. 9, a total of 53 companies and organizations were nominated.

Ranging from companies just getting started on their journey to success to long-standing institutions with deep roots in the community, each nomination provided a description of how the nominee fit into one of six categories:

  • Champion of Workforce Development
  • Corporate Citizen
  • Diversification Leader
  • Efficiency Expert
  • Model of OneMacomb
  • Startup Business to Watch

Next, the nominations will be reviewed by our panel of judges.  For 2017, we thank the following for agreeing to review and score each nomination:

  • David E. Corba, Dean of Business and Information Technology for Macomb Community College
  • Gene Lovell, President of First State Bank
  • Jeannie Parent, Publisher for Digital First Media
  • John Paul Rea, Director of Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development

mba-ticket-salesThe results of the judges’ scores will be revealed at the 5th Annual Macomb Business Awards between 8 and 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14.  Sponsors of this increasingly popular event include MEDC, Advancing Macomb and First State Bank.  Tickets for the breakfast are $30 and are available for purchase at www.MacombBusiness.com/bizawards.

Zardis, Maria IMG_0089Maria Zardis is the program manager of the Business Outreach and Communications Group for the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development.