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2018 Quarter 4

Going PRO Talent Fund

Skilled Trades Training Fund

  • 107
  • $908,796

Formerly known as the State of Michigan’s Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF), the Going PRO Talent Fund provides funds to companies for short term, in-demand training. Training is not limited to “skilled trade” occupations; training has included welding, CNC operator, CNC programmer, robotics, IT training, electronic health records, and on-the-job training for individuals to be hired. Here are just a few Southwest Michigan companies earning awards at the end of 2018:

  • A & O Mold and Engineering
  • Abbott
  • American Axle & Manufacturing
  • Eimo Technologies, Inc.
  • Erbsloeh Aluminum Solutions
  • Kalamazoo X-Ray Sales
  • KSS Enterprises
  • Le Vannes, Inc.
  • National Flavors, Inc.
  • OptiMed Specialty Pharmacy
  • Parker Fluid Connectors, Brass
  • Senior Care Partners
  • Sigma Machine Inc.
  • Singh Automation
  • Weber Specialties Company
  • White Pigeon Paper Company
  • XL Machine Company, Inc.
  • Zoetis Inc.

Sturgis Molded Products 2018

Design-Based Manufacturing

  • 0
  • $3,000,000

Sturgis Molded Products, a plastic injection molding specialist in Sturgis, is investing $3 million in its facility and equipment to accommodate growth from a new product line.

2018 Quarter 3

Walther Farms

Agriculture/Food Processing

  • 12
  • $8,300,000

Walther Farms, a third-generation potato farm, is investing $8 million in the construction of a new 110,000-square-foot refrigerated warehouse in Mottville Township near Three Rivers. The expansion will create 12 new jobs.

Michigan Milk Producers Association

Agriculture/Food Processing

  • 11
  • $24,000,000

Michigan Milk Producers Association, a dairy farmer-owned cooperative and dairy producer serving more than 1,700 farmers in the Midwest, plans to add a new 7,500-square-foot processing area to its existing facility in Constantine. The project is expected to generate a total investment of $24 million and create 11 jobs.

2018 Quarter 2

XL Machine

Design-Based Manufacturing

  • 10
  • $3,000,000

XL Machine, a turnkey supplier of precision build-to-print components and assemblies, will expand its shipping area to accommodate increased product demand from Three Rivers.

Mendon Seed Growers

Agriculture/Food Processing

  • 6
  • $3,000,000

Mendon Seed Growers will establish a new location in Sturgis. The company received a $50,000 performance-based grant from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to create a full-service, turnkey seed production facility.

Banks Hardwoods

Design-Based Manufacturing

  • 0
  • $2,000,000

Due to increased production volume, Banks Hardwoods, a valued supplier of hardwoods in White Pigeon, expanded its warehousing space by 30,000 square feet.

2018 Quarter 1

American Axle & Manufacturing

Design-Based Manufacturing

  • 120
  • $143,320

American Axle & Manufacturing, a global leader in driveline, metal forming, powertrain and casting technologies for automotive, commercial and industrial markets will use a grant award from the Michigan Skilled Trades Training Fund to equip new employees with jobs skills at its Three Rivers location.

All That Jazz


  • 20
  • $3,000,000

All That Jazz, a custom embroidery company, announced the purchase of 360,000 square feet in the former Kirsch Building in Sturgis, where it will operate a warehousing and distribution operation.

Lawson Aviation

Design-Based Manufacturing

  • 2
  • $80,000

Lawson Aviation, specializing in the overhaul of Continental and Lycoming engines, purchased three acres in the city of Three Rivers Airport Industrial Park to build an addition to its growing business.

Michigan Tool Works

Design-Based Manufacturing

  • 0
  • Unknown

Michigan Tool Works has completed its purchase of Luttmann Precision Mold in Sturgis, acquiring the building, equipment and 30 employees.


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