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Manufacturing Week - Networking & More
Sault Ste. Marie, MI - On Tuesday, October 3rd from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) hosted their Manufacturing Excellence Summit at the Soo Country Club. This event, focused on benefit- ting manufacturing in the region, brought in key speakers from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the Talent and Eco- nomic Development Department of Michigan,
Michigan Manufacturers Association and TN Michigan.
“This event is bringing in a wider array of attendees from the Twin Saults, sponsors and speakers. This year we were able to grow the event and offer 2+ hours of networking during Manufacturing Week.” reported Jeff Holt, EDC Director.
Sault Ste. Marie Mayor Tony Bosbous wel- comed the group reporting that, “We want to continue to strengthen manufacturing in the Sault and surrounding areas. For every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, another $1.89 is added to the economy.”
Talent & Economic Development Deputy Director of Marketing & Strategy Sammie Lukaskiewicz showcased Going PRO which is a program dedicated to elevating the perception of professional trades and showcase the oppor- tunities in a variety of rewarding careers.
Chuck Hadden, President of the Michigan Manufacturers Association, updated leaders on the upcoming ballot proposals and how they will affect manufacturing noting the November
now Tsubaki Nakashima (TN Michigan), they have grown since 1978 into a global leader of precision ball manufacturing.
Entities such as Osprey Technologies, Superior Coffee Roasting Co., TN Michigan, Diversity Enterprise Solutions, Superior Fabrication, Machine Tech Industries, Main Filter, and Moon 66, received resources and were able to network face-to-face with their peers. Vendors that participated were VAST Insurance and Risk Management, Michigan Economic Develop- ment Corporation, Northwest Michigan Pro- curement Technical Assistance Center, TN Michigan (formerly Hoover) showcased their products, Michigan Works is UPward, Smithers, Michigan Manufacturers Association
marijuana legislation, and challenges of hiring a trained workforce.
Lastly, Plant Manager Terry Adams recapped TN Michigan’s history and their growth in Sault Ste. Marie. “We are located in the Sault Industrial Park and no one knows what we do.” From Ultraspherics to Hoover Precision and
and Cloverland Electric Cooperative.
To sign up for our January Manufacturers Alliance meeting email Follow our Facebook page to stay tuned into what @SSMEDC has to offer. Learn about our
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