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Posted on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 by Alicia Wallace
The Arauco Grayling Particle Board Plant was headed for completion in early 2019 and was expected to be the most modern particleboard plant in North America and the largest of its more...
Posted on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 by Alicia Wallace
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World of Floors has been in Grayling for 23 years and is one of the two flooring companies in the area. Owner Tammy Whitley had some training in QuickBooks, but was more...
Posted on Friday, August 23, 2019 by Alicia Wallace
 
Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 by Alicia Wallace
Crane Rigging
IMM, Inc. was in need of training for Indoor Overhead Crane Rigging to enhanced staff skills to more efficiently and safely maneuver the larger and more varied fabrication projects they now more...
Posted on Thursday, July 25, 2019 by Alicia Wallace
 
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With assistance from Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium, six companies in Crawford County came together to discuss employee skills, leadership needs, and future succession plans. It was well-recognized that over the next more...
Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 by Alicia Wallace
 
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In September 2018, the AuSable Valley Animal Shelter began a strategic planning session, but were met with confusion and uncertainty on how to go about actually creating a strategic plan. Their more...
Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2019 by Alicia Wallace
 
Posted on Monday, June 24, 2019 by Alicia Wallace
Beginning in mid-August, Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium will be holding employer Information Sessions on the Going PRO Talent Fund. If you’re an employer in need of training assistance for existing and more...
Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2019 by Alicia Wallace
Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 by Alicia Wallace
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Metalfab Manufacturing was awarded $2,900 in Going Pro Talent Fund awards to train 3 of their existing employees in E2 MFG System training. Metalfab Controller Kyle Yoder explains, “As manufacturing moves to more...
Posted on Friday, March 29, 2019 by Alicia Wallace
 
Weyerhaeuser is continually looking for training opportunities to increase not only the skills of their workforce, but to run the mill at high efficiency and safety standards. Through an Industry Led more...
Posted on Monday, March 25, 2019 by Alicia Wallace
Traci Cook
The Grayling Chamber wanted to improve their Chamber events and have a better understanding and plan when targeting sponsors. They tended to always go after the same sponsors, but over time more...
Posted on Monday, March 25, 2019 by Alicia Wallace
 
Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 by Alicia Wallace
 
Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 by Alicia Wallace
Root Cause Analysis Training
Weyerhaeuser needed to train some of their mill employees in cause analysis to better prepare them to swiftly address plant problems and incidents. Like most high tech mills, Weyerhaeuser requires critical more...
Posted on Thursday, March 14, 2019 by Alicia Wallace
 
Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2019 by Alicia Wallace
When Lance first made contact with the BRN (Business Resource Network) Success Coach that his company offered, he wasn’t sure what to expect. He just knew he needed help with his more...
Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 by Alicia Wallace
When Paul’s wife had to go on medical leave unexpectedly, they found themselves suddenly without half of their income. While usually financially stable, this unexpected loss of income caused them to more...
Posted on Friday, February 1, 2019 by Alicia Wallace
Posted on Monday, January 7, 2019 by Alicia Wallace
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As AJD Forest Products worked on their succession plans for their company's future they needed to align people now who will be ready to move into higher positions as current employees more...
Posted on Monday, December 17, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
Posted on Monday, December 17, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
Doyle Inc. Roofing is a 29+ year Cheboygan, MI based business specializing in commercial roofing. Doyle utilizes the latest technology, trends and safety to remain competitive. Their goal is to grow more...
Posted on Monday, November 19, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
David Wenkel Accepts Certification
With help from Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium, Springs Window Fashions joined the Industry Led Collaborative (ILC) application for Lumber Grader Training. They were awarded $1,500 in training funds to train existing more...
Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Carmeuse Lime & Stone in Rogers City Michigan is the largest limestone quarry in the world. They work closely with Michigan Works! conducting Talent Tours, participating in National Manufacturer's Day, and more...
Posted on Friday, October 19, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
Rebecca Yuncker
Kirtland Community College partnered with Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium to develop a curriculum specifically for nonprofit organizations initiated by a nonprofit company in need of getting training on how to access more...
Posted on Friday, October 12, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
Sawmill Rural Business Center receives Non-Profit Training
The Sawmill Rural Business Center is a fledgling nonprofit geared toward assisting with small business development and economic development in Northern Michigan. During the many different events the Sawmill Business Center more...
Posted on Friday, October 12, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
Royal Shearer
Springs Window Fashions has benefited from several training programs through Michigan Works! during the past two years. In 2018, they received $3,000 as part of a STTF Collaborative Grant for Six more...
Posted on Friday, October 12, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
NEMROC Trainees 2
North Eastern Michigan Rehabilitation Opportunity Center (NEMROC), a private, non-profit organization, was started in 1968 with the need for vocational services for individuals with disabilities in their community. Since then, they’ve more...
Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
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H.B. Carbide Company, part of the Star Cutter Group, is a highly specialized custom tungsten carbide tool manufacturer predominantly servicing the aerospace and automotive industries. They are recognized as the leading more...
Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
David Wenkel Accepts Certification
When 56-yr old David Wenkel came to Michigan Works! he stated he was having a seven year string of bad luck. He had previously worked in the lumber industry for 35 more...
Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
Bliss Painting Techs
Bliss Painting of Alpena is a painting company that specializes in residential, commercial, and industrial wall coatings and coverings. They’ve been voted the #1 painter in Alpena for 5 years in more...
Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
David P., LINK CNC Trainee
LINK Industries has been a cutting tool manufacturer for over 65-years in Indian River, Cheboygan County. Since 2014, LINK has committed to an ambitious program to turn its northern Michigan facility more...
Posted on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
Posted on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
Choice Services at Job Fair
Choice Services Inc. is a federal contractor who provides food service workers to the military. They are based out of Grand Rapids, MI, but have a large presence at the air more...
Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
Christopher Olsen, Maintenance Technician at Alpena Grounds Services
Alpena Grounds is contracted through Alpena County to do the maintenance work for Alpena County Regional Airport, including snow removal, building maintenance, lawn care, oil changes, equipment repairs, and more. When more...
Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
Posted on Monday, July 30, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
Northern Industrial Wood was in need of an Administrative Assistant to help the General Manager with everyday activities, such as answer phones, accounts receivable and payable, placing orders, etc. They were more...
Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
Panel Processing's Heian Operator Laura Lonczkowski
Panel Processing's Heian Operator Laura Lonczkowski
Panel Processing, headquartered in Alpena, MI, is 100% employee owned and has been a fixture in both the Coldwater and Holland communities for many years. They are a wood processing company more...
Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
In business since 1983, H.B. Carbide is a recognized world-leader in the production of tungsten carbide blanks and preforms for cutting tools. As an employer in the manufacturing industry they are more...
Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
Cheryl Postma, AuSable Valley Animal Shelter Director
Like many area non-profits, the AuSable Valley Animal Shelter operates on privately funded donations and special events. They are a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization in need of accessing more dollars to pay more...
Posted on Friday, July 13, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
Jeff Stanifer, 1010 Network Administrator
Jeff Stanifer, 1010 Network Administrator
1010 Technology Center, Inc. is a privately owned data center located in Alpena, Michigan and is one of the only state-of-the-art data centers available in Northern Michigan.  Years went into the more...
Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Cutting Edge Computers of Gaylord offers in-house IT solutions from PC sales, repair, and network deployment to cloud computing back-up solutions. A family owned business, Cutting Edge has been serving Gaylord more...
Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Habitat for Humanity Northeast Michigan is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International; their vision is to create “a world where everyone has a decent place to live.” Habitat has helped more...
Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
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The City of Grayling, a recent Project Rising Tide location, is seeing a large growth in business and employment opportunities, which is leading to a need for more housing. With these more...
Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
Garrett Godfrey and Alayne Hansen
Shine Cleaning Services is a locally owned and operated full-service cleaning service specializing in commercial cleaning services in northern Michigan. The company recently expanded to serve residential customers as well. Like more...
Posted on Monday, June 4, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
2018 Gaylord Job Fair
Despite continued low MI unemployment rates, 2018 job seeker attendance was up 24% over 2017.   In March/April, Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium held four Job Fairs across northeast Michigan, in Mackinaw, Gaylord, more...
Posted on Monday, April 30, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
Northern Michigan Aggregates, Inc. manufacturers slag and natural aggregate products.  Aggregates are used for dense graded bases such as road shoulders and under cement concrete slabs, surfacing driveways, roads, and parking more...
Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
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Royal Shearer was working production at Springs Window Fashions and had all the signs he was meant to be in a higher position at the company. The only thing holding him more...
Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
Hayley Strohpaul
The Grayling Chamber of Commerce operates in the center of Grayling, offering a wide range of services to businesses and the community. They hold regular networking events and are involved heavily more...
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
Propane Plus, Inc. provides residential and commercial propane and MI Stop is a full service gas station, convenience store, deli, and truck stop. Both Propane Plus and MI Stop were struggling more...
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
2018 Mackinaw City Job Fair
On Saturday, March 17th, over 140 job seekers delayed their St. Patrick’s Day celebrations to first attend the Michigan Works! Straits Area Job Fair in Mackinaw City. With hopes of securing more...
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
Hiring, training and employment successes celebrated at annual Impact Awards
L-R: Collin Hoffmeyer (MW!), State Representative Daire Rendon, Alayne Hansen (MW!), Marisue Moreau - Director (MW!), Rina Bethany (Weyerhaeuser), Senator Darwin Booher, Tom Quinn - President (Kirtland Community College), Erine Adams (Kirtland)
LANSING (February 22, 2018)— State leadership and lawmakers came together this week to honor northeast Michigan leaders for their efforts to create jobs and develop talent in their communities. Legislators and statewide more...
Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
LANSING (February 22, 2018)— State leadership and lawmakers came together this week to honor northeast Michigan leaders for their efforts to create jobs and develop talent in their communities. Legislators and statewide more...
Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
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Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Photo credit Alpena Regional Airport
Alpena Grounds Services, Inc., has the very important job of maintaining the Alpena County Regional Airport, but they’ve struggled in the past with finding skilled employees to fill their open Maintenance more...
Posted on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
Posted on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
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Mayville Engineering Company's two manufacturing facilities have been in Vanderbilt for the last 50 years, and we have employed hundreds in the Northern Michigan region. The Vanderbilt facility is becoming the more...
Posted on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
IMM performs fabrication services including welding, cutting and forming of sheet metal, heavy plate and structural steel such as hot and cold rolled steels, stainless steel, aluminum and special alloy steels. more...
Posted on Thursday, February 1, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
Posted on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 by Alicia Wallace
Posted on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 by Alicia Wallace
Promise FM is a non-profit and strives to be good stewards of their resources, as they are funded by the donations and sponsorships of their listeners and business partners. Proud to more...
Posted on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 by Alicia Wallace
Cutting Edge Computers of Gaylord offers in-house IT solutions from PC sales, repair, and network deployment to cloud computing back-up solutions. A family owned business, Cutting Edge has been serving Gaylord more...
Posted on Monday, November 20, 2017 by Alicia Wallace
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Over the past several years, Sklarczyk Seed Farm has become one the premier agriculture businesses in Michigan. Not only is Sklarczyk an important business to the economy of northeast Michigan, they more...
Posted on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 by Alicia Wallace
 
Posted on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 by Alicia Wallace
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SunFrog, a key employer in Gaylord, has experienced rapid growth in both revenue and jobs over the past 3 years. Their impact on the local community and economy is strong, and more...
Posted on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 by Alicia Wallace
 
Trainee, Cory Heath
Trainee, Cory Heath
For over 40 years, 100% employee owned Panel Processing has been a fixture in the Coldwater community. They are a wood processing company servicing the retail store fixture market offering a more...
Posted on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Since 2002, IMM, Inc. has been contributing to the economic vitality of the Grayling community and surrounding area, gaining a reputation in Northern Michigan and throughout the country for quality, integrity more...
Posted on Monday, October 2, 2017 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Posted on Thursday, September 28, 2017 by Alicia Wallace
 
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The Grayling Weyerhaeuser Mill has been an active employer in the local community for 35 years, manufacturing OSB primarily used in residential construction. Committed to growth, they plan on investing over more...
Posted on Thursday, September 28, 2017 by Alicia Wallace