Newton’s Road to Expand Under Networks Northwest

Two years ago, advanced manufacturer RJG Inc., in partnership with local nonprofit Newton’s Road, announced plans to supply a few 3D printers to Traverse City Area Public Schools. The project – enabling students to create and produce solid objects from virtual computer designs, using problem-solving and...

Local Manufacturers Wary of Trump, Clinton Trade Talk

Local manufacturers generally are prospering in a national economy that has been expanding, albeit more slowly than many would like, for nearly seven years. Bank loans are easier to get, while demand for the region’s durable goods and agricultural products is rising. And manufacturing employment is...

Manufacturing Day Aims to Change Students’ Perceptions

Last year, Traverse City East Middle School assistant principal Marcus Mead took a group of eighth graders out of classrooms and into the plants of local manufacturers. It was an eye-opening experience for the students, Mead said, and one he expects will draw even greater participation...

Making It In Northern Michigan: Grand Traverse Industries

By Al Parker Grand Traverse Industries, a 41-year-old Traverse City business that provides employment, training and services to persons with disabilities, is now producing an item that improves the smile of forgetful travelers. The Smilesaver disposable toothbrush comes loaded with a dose of minty toothpaste right in...

Making It In Northern Michigan: Dynatect

Like a lot of manufacturing companies, Dynatect Lead Screws International specializes in one major product that dominates its production line. “We make ball screws,” explained General Manager George Hamzik. “We fill a pretty particular niche. A majority of our work is for machine tools. We’re not...

The Robot Generation: Faster, Better, Stronger

Robotics has come a long way, from the anthropomorphic designs popular in science fiction (think C-3PO from Star Wars or the robot in Lost in Space) to today’s various industrial processes. And while the robots used in manufacturing may not suggest a humanoid shape, their...

Manufacturing Roundtable

Northern Michigan manufacturing is going through some growing pains – in a good way. Business is up, jobs are on the rise, and moods are high. At the same time, a shortage of skilled labor, a retirement bubble and limited training opportunities are challenging the...

Manufacturing A Workforce: $20 Million In Training Dollars

A $20 million pot of state grants to help manufacturers and other industries train workers in needed skills is opening up October 1. Terry Berden, CEO of Great Lakes Stainless in Traverse City, knows its value. The Traverse City fabricating company was awarded $10,500 in a previous...