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2017 Quarter 4

Skilled Trades Training Funds


  • 399
  • $1,450,706

The state of Michigan created the Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF) program in 2014 to assist employers in training, developing and retaining their current and yet-to-be-hired employees. The program is delivered through collaboration between economic development, educational, and Michigan Works! agencies. Here’s just a few Southwest Michigan companies earning awards (included in jobs and investment totals) at the end of 2017:

  • Abbott
  • Armstrong International
  • Forrest Company
  • X-L Machine Company

Armstrong International

Design-Based Manufacturing

  • 5
  • $7,700,000

Armstrong International is investing in its Three Rivers location where it will create a new learning center, renovate an R&D lab and upgrade machinery to keep this fifth-generation family-owned company providing products that reduce emissions and improve energy efficiency for its customers all over the world.

2017 Quarter 3

Xcel Painting, LLC

Design-Based Manufacturing

  • 50
  • $1,750,000

Xcel Painting, LLC announced it will expand and bring 50 jobs to the village of White Pigeon. The company is a spin-off of Indiana-based Global Composites, a manufacturer of nose caps, rear caps and nose cones for the RV industry.

Clark Logic


  • 5
  • $1,000,000

Clark Logic made investments in Sturgis and Three Rivers that will impact its logistics capabilities.

Atlantic Packaging

Design-Based Manufacturing

  • 0
  • $200,000

Atlantic Packaging, a leading source of packaging equipment, materials, engineering and technical resources, acquired a site in Sturgis in anticipation of future expansion needs.

2017 Quarter 2

GT Independence

Back Office/Customer Care Center

  • 50
  • $200,000

GT Independence, a back office customer care company, will expand into 5,000 square feet in the new Moso Village development in Sturgis.

2017 Quarter 1

International Paper

Design-Based Manufacturing

  • 25 new jobs
  • Investment Unknown

International Paper, one of the world’s leading producers of fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper, will expand its operations in Three Rivers.

2016 Quarter 4

W.E. Slitt & Sheet Company

Design-Based Manufacturing

  • 5 new jobs
  • $499,795 invested

W.E. Slitt & Sheet Company has chosen to add 19,000 square feet to its existing location for expanded warehousing in Three Rivers.

Kadant Johnson LLC

Design-Based Manufacturing

  • 0 new jobs
  • $1,100,000 invested

Kadant Johnson LLC, a Three Rivers-based manufacturer of precision rotary sealing devices, recently invested in a large volume, multi-tasking Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine to increase its manufacturing capacity, expand its capability, improve its production efficiency, and provide increased customer responsiveness.

2016 Quarter 3

Precision Wire Forms

Design-Based Manufacturing

  • 16 new jobs
  • $2,800,000 invested

Precision Wire Forms, an industry leading manufacturer of wire forms, tube forms and assemblies, is investing in new equipment to enhance its current capabilities in Three Rivers.

American Axle & Manufacturing


  • 0 new jobs
  • $339,500 invested

American Axle Manufacturing in Three Rivers was awarded $339,500 in grant funding from the Skilled Trades Training Fund to train 300 team members.


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