• Inner Top Announcements


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.

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.


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