Macomb Business Award Videos
Meet the finalists of the 2019 Macomb Business Awards
Champion of Work/Life Integration - Offering innovative benefits that enable employees to balance work responsibilities with personal passions.
Recipient: Godlan is a leading professional manufacturing services company that has been implementing integrated technology solutions since 1984. With two locations and more than 60 employees currently, it successfully implements hundreds of enterprise manufacturing systems and performs countless data conversions while simultaneously committing to quality of life for each of its team members. Over 70 percent of its employees work from a home-based location and enjoy flexible schedules. It offers competitive salary and benefits packages that includes a generous PTO plan featuring both vacation and wellness days. It also utilizes a variety of initiatives to keep employees engaged and promote balance. One of its biggest efforts is a yearly survey it facilitates that provides all employees with the opportunity to offer anonymous improvement suggestions. Feedback is turned into a full summary that includes an action plan for positive changes which is presented by the president to the entire company. There is also an award and recognition program in place that rewards high achievers and recognizes employees who exemplify Godlan’s core values. As a result of all its efforts, Godlan proudly features an average employee tenure of nine years and continuous, steady growth.
Corporate Citizen - Providing meaningful support to our community through service and/or philanthropy.
Recipient: CARE of Southeastern Michigan strengthens resiliency in people and their communities through prevention, education, and services that improve the quality of life. CARE is a nonprofit organization with a 42-year history of serving the residents of Macomb County. Each year, the organization impacts the lives of 40,000 people in southeast Michigan by providing person-centered care that ensures each individual’s unique needs are met and their defined success is achieved. In the last three years, CARE has grown exponentially, more than doubling its size and service delivery within the community. Much of growth this has been the addition of the new programs to address the growing opioid epidemic. It has also expanded its partnerships with local hospitals, criminal justice centers, schools, coalitions and district and circuit courts to provide prevention programming and treatment services. CARE is in the process of opening Macomb County’s first Recovery Community Center to empower people impacted by addiction as they embark upon their recovery journey. With this commitment comes offerings tailored to specific communities and populations, acknowledging the uniqueness of Macomb County residents.
Hidden Gem - Uncovering a unique Made-in-Macomb product or place that more people should know about!
Recipient: Great Lakes Pickling Company is a family owned and operated pickle making business right out of Macomb County. Each batch uses farm fresh cucumbers, spices and pure Michigan water that gives them an incredible flavor with 42 percent less salt than that found in typical jars using traditional recipes. From its facility in Shelby Township, the company has been hand preparing and packing its unique pickles for a little more than five years. It currently employs four part-time employees but plans to grow its team and secure a facility of its own in the next 18 months to meet demands both in local stores and on Amazon. Great Lakes Pickling Company is also helping enhance the Macomb County supply chain by working with local farmers to source the freshest, all-natural produce, herbs and spices used to make its unique pickles. What started as an endeavor by founder Beverly Patterson to find a delicious, low-sodium option for her husband to enjoy, has started a pickle revolution that continues to expand in the local area and beyond.
Manufacturer of the Year - In recognition of a manufacturer of any size that is achieving success through its efforts to diversify its customer base, retain employees and/or implement new technologies or efficiencies.
Recipient: Drake Enterprises, Inc. was founded in 1952 by Benny Stemple and today is run by his two grandsons, Nathan and Keith Stemple. The company is a manufacturer of high-quality machined parts for major OEMs in the heavy truck, agriculture and automotive markets. The company specializes in torque transferring products such as gear shift levers and transmission components for the heavy-duty truck and automotive markets. The main facility in Clinton Township boasts 80,000 square feet and its second, 40,000 square foot facility is in the process of being completed. The added space will accommodate new and future business, including the three customers and seven new jobs Drake added to its portfolio, just within the last year. In addition to its business expansion, the company also added new technologies and streamlined processes by implementing five automation robots and a new enterprise planning system. Drake has a strong team that supports its efforts to grow and in return the company provides its diverse employees with essential training and opportunities to grow.
Model of OneMacomb - Cultivating an environment where diversity is valued as evidenced by inclusive practices.
Recipient: For 25 years, PACE of Southeast Michigan has been caring for low-income, chronically ill seniors by helping them remain independent and engaged in the community. It opened a center in Warren in 2015 when a study showed that Macomb County had a high concentration of seniors who could benefit from its services. By December 2017, the Warren center was at full capacity. Knowing there were more seniors to be served, it opened a center in Sterling Heights in 2019. PACE has prioritized cultivating a culture of diversity and inclusivity that respects those it serves. The average age of its participants is 74 years old. Of those participants 72 percent are female and 28 percent are male. They are a mix of ethnicities – 60 percent African-American/Black, 25 percent Caucasian, two percent other races/ethnicities and the remainder not identified. Diversity is also showcased within its staff – 65 percent are African- American/Black, 30 percent are Caucasian, and five percent are Asian or multiple races. The majority of its team, 83 percent to be exact, is female. To find new talent and grow its network, PACE collaborates with Macomb Community College to recruit staff and is part of the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Trailblazer of Future Talent - Creating partnerships that provide opportunities for the next generation of our workforce to explore and experience career possibilities.
Recipient: L&L Products is a technology-driven, business-to-business company that has been family-owned and operated for more than 60 years. It offers unique expertise in static sealing, acoustics, vibration reduction, structural reinforcements, and composite components for a variety of industries and applications. What started as a two-man gig from one of the founder’s homes in Romeo has grown to an international business with more than 1,300 global employees, 15 global locations and eight manufacturing facilities. L&L actively creates opportunities for residents near its headquarters to gain experience in the workforce. It has established an apprenticeship program through Macomb Community College that supports knowledge transfer between the current and future workforce. L&L also identifies and develops future talent through participation at career fairs as well as hosting school tours and multiple Manufacturing Day events. It has a summer internship program that welcomes students from many universities and gives them experience in a variety of areas. New for 2019 interns is a mentorship component that provides interns with exposure to different departments at L&L by having a mentor in a different department. The L&L Educational Foundation awards around 120 grants annually to help individuals attain professional and personal success.
Meet the recipients of the 2018 Macomb 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