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Jackson manufacturing leader to meet with President Obama to plan how to help long-term unemployed


ACKSON, MI – A Jackson manufacturing leader will meet with President Barack Obama this weekend to plan how to help get the country’s long-term unemployed back to work.  Full Story

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The Factory of the Future


BRITAIN, like many other countries, has gone through a period of huge deindustrialisation. Nearly 9m people were employed in British manufacturing in 1966; by 2011 fewer than 3m were. Manufacturing’s share of the economy is around 10% today, half what it was in 1990. In different countries, from rustbelt America to rustic China, a chorus of voices is urging government to boost domestic industry so that it makes more stuff. The trouble is, according to a study published in Britain on October 30th, most policymakers don’t understand modern manufacturing, let alone how technology is transforming it. Read More.

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Salco Adds 3D Printing Services


Chamber member Salco Engineering and Manufacturing Co, now celebrating its 50th year in business, has added 3D printing to its impressive list of quick turnaround prototyping and design services. Salco can take your concept or CAD/SolidWorks design and print a 3-dimensional model for your company to analyze, giving you a reliable representation of your product. Catch and fix design flaws early in the development stage before you go into production! Using Salco’s state-of-the-art system, 3D models can be made within hours out of ABSplus, a special type of plastic that is durable enough to be used as working parts. For more info on Salco’s new 3D printing capabilities or for a printing quote for your specific custom needs, please contact Salco today!

Salco Engineering and Manufacturing Co., Inc. (www.salcoeng.com) is an innovative products manufacturer that has fulfilled the material handling requirements for automotive, food, medical, industrial, laboratory, and other industries since 1963. Centrally located in Jackson, Michigan, Salco Engineering is an ISO 9001/2000 certified company and a Tier 1 OEM Supplier that can handle any amount of custom business.

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Salco Manufacturing celebrates 50 years in business, credits innovation for staying power


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Ford Motor Company Seeking Solutions from Local Companies


The MEDC’s Pure Michigan Business Connect program is seeking Michigan companies that can provide solutions to Ford Motor Company and 31 of its Tier 1 partners. Ford and the MEDC will be hosting an invite-only matchmaking summit on March 21, 2013 in Dearborn. If your organization knows of any companies that might be qualified based on the procurement needs attached, please have them click the link below to apply for an opportunity to attend this summit. Ford and its partners will select which companies will be invited based on the responses received. All invitees will receive at least one 20-minute pre-arranged private meeting.

Link to Apply:  http://puremichiganb2b.com/b2b-web/#ford

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Full Spectrum Solutions passionate about doing business with fellow Michigan manufacturers


by Tarryl Jackson

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Dawson Food Products win JAMA Heritage Hall of Fame Award


JAMA Heritage Hall of Fame

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Full Spectrum Solutions win JAMA Manufacturer of the Year


JAMA Manufacturer of the Year

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Classic Turning, Inc. acquires Great Lakes Metal Finishing


Classic Turning, Inc. Announces Acquisition of Great Lakes Metal Finishing, Inc.

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Caster Concepts, Inc. Breaks Ground on New Addition


ALBION, Mich. (Dec. 13, 2012) - Caster Concepts, Inc., a premier manufacturer of heavy duty industrial casters and wheels, broke ground today on a 21,000 square foot addition to its current headquarters at 16000 E. Michigan Ave., in Albion, MI. Site work will begin immediately and as spring breaks construction will begin on the footings and the steel structure with completion expected in mid summer 2013.

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MACI expects to hire over 100 new people in 1st Quarter 2013


Jackson, MI -- Michigan Automotive Compressor, Inc. (MACI) currently has 100 job openings which need to be filled as soon as possible.  Between 2011 and early 2012, the company hired eighty people, but the need continues to grow.

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Innovation Center to Accelerate Manufacturing Across State


ANN ARBOR — The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences Tuesday announced a collaboration with the Michigan Economic Development Corp. to establish the first advanced manufacturing laboratory in what will be a national network to accelerate manufacturing by providing easy access to digital modeling and simulation tools.

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Caster Concepts Produces Wheels of Fortune for Jet Engines


Caster Concepts rolls out forty-ton solution for new 787 transport.

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Local Company Planning to Invest in New SmartZone Facility


JACKSON, MITechnique, Inc. is planning for the consolidation of its operations into a new $12 million facility to be built on a 14.3 acre site in the Jackson Technology Park SmartZoneSM. The project is expected to consolidate approximately 50 jobs from all three of the Technique facilities and create an additional 25 new jobs within the next five years. On Friday, October 26, 2012, the Blackman Charter Township Local Development Finance Authority (BLDFA) authorized execution of a Letter of Intent and authorization to negotiate a Purchase Agreement so due diligence can begin.

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Lambeau Field, home of Green Bay Packers, gets a lighting makeover by Jackson manufacturer


JACKSON, MI – Several hundred lights that will shine at the home of the Green Bay Packers are being manufactured and delivered from Jackson.

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Caster Concepts Debuts Interactive Catalog


 

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Casters Help Prevent Injuries in Dangerous Work Environments


Caster Concepts and Lifeline have worked together to develop a custom-designed wheel specific for use in Lifeline's fall arresting systems.

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Construction and Zoning Reference Web Page Available


The "Build It Jackson" web page is now available. This web page is designed to simplify access to various State and Local construction and zoning information through web links. This web page is a product of the County of Jackson Economic Strategic Planning Committee; comprised of representatives from the private and public sector working to streamline the building permit and zoning process. You are welcome to copy this web page to your web page.

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Jackson manufacturer Full Spectrum Solutions' subsidiary expanding operations, looking to create more jobs in area


JACKSON, MI – Full Spectrum Solutions' subsidiary EverLast Lighting is expanding its operations to create at least 10 jobs, do more in-house manufacturing and partner with more Michigan-based manufacturers.

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Melling Tool Co. Creating New Jobs


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Pentar Stamping Hires Local to Increase Energy Efficiency


 

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Employees Work in Air Conditioning at Pentar Stamping


 

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Jackson FIRST Robotics Team Semi-Finalists


 

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Manufacturer Returns to US from Mexico Thanks to Local Manufacturer


 

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Pentar Spaming, Inc Credited in University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry Paper


 

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Jackson, Michigan Training Program Recognized as National Leader


(Jackson, MI) – The Office of United States Secretary of Labor announced on Tuesday that The Academy for Manufacturing Careers (AMC), a partner organization of the Jackson Area Manufacturers Association and The Enterprise Group of Jackson, Inc. has been selected as a 21st Century Registered Apprenticeship Trailblazer and Innovator.

The recognition is based upon an Apprenticeship program’s past innovations, strategies and partnerships in delivering premier training initiatives and their impact on Registered Apprenticeship programs for the 21st Century.

Scott Halstead, Vice President, Aerospace Business Unit at Advance Turning & Mfg., Inc. and Chairman of the Board of Review for the Academy for Manufacturing Careers said, “We are humbled with the receipt of this award. It truly reflects the dedication and hard work of the Academy staff and is a reminder that the Academy is focused on doing the right things. While millions will leave the work force in the next 10 years, it is our hope that we can prepare their replacements with skills not taught in the conventional educational system. The Academy has worked with the youth of our community for several years and has provided opportunities in the classrooms, at camps and in our member’s manufacturing facilities, to instill interest in manufacturing and the abundant career opportunities that it provides which in the end has led to the feeding system of the apprenticeship programs. We are reminded daily of the lack of a skilled work force in our country as well as our local community and this award simply reminds us of the Academy’s foundation and focus to help prepare our future workforce regardless of age.”

Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis has invited representatives from the Academy for Manufacturing Careers and the Jackson Area Manufacturers Association to join her in Washington, D.C. on August 1, 2012 to receive the award and commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the signing of the National Apprenticeship Act.

The Boards, volunteers and staff of all The Enterprise Group partner organizations recognize the importance of a quality workforce and are continually striving to develop programs that meet the need of business and industry into the 21st century. Since the inception of the program nearly nine years ago 51 apprentices have graduated and there are currently 108 individuals enrolled in the apprenticeship program. In addition, over 600 youth and 5,000 adults have received training through the Academy

For more information about the award or the Academy for Manufacturing Careers, please contact Annette Norris, Director at 517-782-8269 or visit www.academy4mfgcareers.org.

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Orbitform’s Hot New Riveting Process


Orbitform recently developed a unique riveting process, Hot Upset.  This rivet/forming solution uses force and heat to form rivets or part tenons, providing greater strength, increased hole-fill, improved resistance to push-pull forces, and an overall tighter joint, due to material contraction during cooling.

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Caster Concepts Supports Manufacturing Experience for Albion Children


ALBION, Mich. (July 10, 2012) - The Greater Albion College Access Network, in collaboration with Albion Public Schools, and The Manufacturing Education Fund at the Albion Community Foundation, is pleased to announce that it has awarded 16 scholarships for the 2012 summer “I Can Make It!” Math and Science Camp.

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Caster Concepts Acquires LARCASTER/Owl Welding


ALBION, Mich. - Caster Concepts, Inc. located in Albion, MI and the manufacturer of heavy duty industrial casters and wheels announced this morning that it has acquired the assets and select liabilities of LARCASTER/Owl Welding located in Selkirk, Manitoba. The deal was effective June 15, 2012.

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GaragePals.com Donates Garage Storage Cabinet to Students of Hot Rod U


GaragePals.com, a Jackson, MI based manufacturer of diamond plate aluminum garage storage cabinets and garage storage accessories, donated one of its 6 Foot Garage Storage Cabinets to the students of Hot Rod U.  GaragePals.com heard about the Hot Rod U project and thought the storage cabinet would be a perfect addition to the work site, where the students are rebuilding a custom hot rod.
          
The storage cabinet was delivered to the students at Hot Rod U this past Saturday, January 21, 2012 by one of the GaragePals.com crew members.  As soon as the cabinet arrived, the students installed the storage cabinet shelves at the appropriate heights and began organizing gear in the cabinet.

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