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Manufacturing Week
- Networking & More
Sault Ste. Marie, MI - October 2017 the Eco- nomic Development Corporation (EDC) host- ed their second Manufacturing Day at the Crow’s Nest on the campus of Lake Superior State University. The event was created with a focus on benefitting manufacturing in the region but also included business owners, stu- dents and entrepreneurs from both sides of the river. Sponsors of the event included Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Michi- gan Certified Development Corporation, Cloverland Electric Cooperative and Spectrum Business Enterprise Solutions.
“We were very happy with another successful event during National Manufacturers Week. Many thanks to our guest speakers, and to
Mayor Tony Bosbous for their presentations. We look forward to next year’s event attracting even more area manufacturers.” reported Jeff Holt, EDC Director.
Sault Ste. Marie Mayor Tony Bosbous wel- comed the group reporting that, “Manufactur- ing is a large employer our region, employing just over 1,000 community members with over 21 million in wages. The support for manufac- turing can be seen here today as this event has grown 25% just in the last year. It is great to see our partners participate, including the Chippe- wa Co. EDC. Collaboration is key.”
Michigan Department of Talent & Econom- ic Development’s Deputy Director, Marketing & Strategy Sammie Lukaskiewicz noted, “This
event not only celebrates manufacturing, but emphasizes the importance of business and edu- cation working together for a skilled workforce today. We need to make students and parents aware of the opportunities for good jobs, but also the pathways to the proper training, while ensuring schools have the resources they need to provide effective programs for the communities they serve."
75 attendees including entities such as Carmeuse Lime & Stone, MCM Marine, Nor- pro, Precision Edge, and Superior Fabrication received resources and were able to network face-to-face with their peers. Michigan Manu- facturers Association (MMA), Michigan Eco- nomic Development Corporation (MEDC),
Cloverland Electric’s Energy Optimization, and MIWorks were available before and after the event and reiterated that they made valuable connections in our area.
Future plans for the EDC include hosting an Industry Day in March and a Pure Michigan Business Connect in April. To sign up for our January Manufacturers Alliance lunch please contact Follow our Facebook page to stay tuned into what @SSMEDC has to offer. Visit our website at
Callie Graves of Carmeuse Lime & Stone expains company operations.
David Goudreau owner of Northern Wings repair discusses barriers to finding talent.
EUPISD Superintendent Dan Reattoir briefing attendees on upcoming changes to CTE
LSSU President Dr. Mitchell looks forward to CTE partnerships

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