Macomb County Business Award Videos
Meet the recipients of the 2018 Macomb County Business Awards
Champion of Workforce Development - Utilizing innovative practices for hiring, training and retaining employees.
More than half of nurses who leave Ascension Health hospitals are leaving in the first two years of employment. In an effort to address this problem, Ascension Health has developed a two-week comprehensive orientation program called the Regional Onboarding Center for all new nurses within the St. John Providence Health System, which includes St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. The purpose of the program, housed at the SJP Corporate Services Building in Warren, is to create an orientation process that integrates experiential learning and deliberate practice to develop more competent and confident nurses in less time while increasing satisfaction, increasing retention and improving patient outcomes.
Corporate Citizen - Offering meaningful community engagement through service and financial support.
First State Bank is a locally-owned and operated community bank headquartered in St. Clair Shores. With $676 million in assets, it has 11 local branch offices. Through the years, First State Bank has been an ardent supporter of service organizations and community events. In celebration of its centennial anniversary last year, First State Bank awarded $5,000 donations to local people and organizations who changed lives in Macomb County. In addition, employees were given $100 each to donate to a charity of their choice as well as a day off to volunteer. During the anniversary week, staff members were each given a $600 budget to perform random acts of kindness throughout the community.
Diversification Leader - Generating new business by expanding products/services provided or tapping new markets.
For 44 years, RCO Engineering has made Macomb its home, bringing customers' ideas to the market from concept through production. Family-owned, RCO designs, builds, tests and produces components and prototypes for the world's leading automotive, aerospace and defense industry brands. In recent years, RCO diversified by becoming a low-volume parts provider to meet global demand and added 150,000 square feet to its campus. RCO is a proven provider of plastic, sheet metal, composite, foam and soft trim tooling and parts. It also provides staffing services for long-term technical positions at several OEMs and Tier-1s. RCO is soon to become the first North American supplier with an FAA certified 3D-printing process for production aerospace components.
Model of OneMacomb - Cultivating an environment where diversity and inclusion are valued.
AGS Automotive has more than 60 years of experience in the automotive parts industry. It is a full-service supplier with more than 450 employees at three locations in Sterling Heights. In 2013, AGS partnered with Michigan Staffing and Macomb Community College on hiring and training initiatives and established a diverse workforce that includes Iraqi refugees. AGS believes in promoting within, and since many employees do not speak English, AGS translates documents, offers English as a Second Language classes on-site and has hired a full-time translator to work in the Human Resource Department. AGS also partners with the Judson Center's disability services program which helps adults with intellectual and physical disabilities find independence and inclusion in the community by providing meaningful employment.
Startup Business to Watch - Growing startup that has been operating for less than four years and has more than two full-time employees.
Rose-A-Lee Technologies was formed in 2013 by sisters Patricia Lopez and Jennifer Howard and is EDWOSB and ISO 9001 certified. Rose-A-Lee provides expert engineering and prototype manufacturing for a range of industries including defense, automation, automotive and consumer goods. In 2016, Rose-A-Lee purchased two vertical mills and a CNC lathe to keep up with orders as a Prime and Tier 1 supplier to the US government. At the end of 2017, the company quadrupled its footprint and now occupies 20,000 square feet in Sterling Heights. They recently hired three new employees and anticipate a need for an additional five to keep up with recent contracts.
Meet the finalists of the 2017 Macomb County Business Awards