2017 Quarter 4
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:
- Armstrong International
- Forrest Company
- X-L Machine Company
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 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 made investments in Sturgis and Three Rivers that will impact its logistics capabilities.
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
Back Office/Customer Care Center
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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.