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Planning and Economic Development

Macomb County Manufacturing Day gives 2,400 students behind-the-scenes access to local industry

-Posted on October 4, 2019


Nearly 2,400 students from 28 local high schools today boarded buses and visited one of 60 host sites taking part in Macomb County’s Manufacturing Day. The annual event, which is coordinated by Macomb County Planning and Economic Development and the Macomb Intermediate School District (MISD), provides opportunities for students to tour area advanced manufacturing facilities and meet people who make things.

"I look forward to this day every year," said County Executive Mark A. Hackel. "Let's face it, it is kind of a privilege to be able to tour these amazing places and get a behind-the-scenes look at what makes manufacturing such an interesting industry. My favorite part is witnessing the interaction between the employers and the students. You can see the enthusiasm for the work they do is contagious.”

Hackel joined Dakota High School in Macomb Township during a tour of Triumph Geared and Mechanical Solutions - Macomb, which is part of an international organization serving the aerospace industry through the design, engineering, manufacturing, repairing and overhauling of a broad portfolio of aircraft structures, components, accessories, subassemblies and systems. Students on the tour saw engineers turning a customer blueprint into a machinable product - the transformation of raw material into finished goods.




“Triumph Geared and Mechanical Solutions – Macomb has participated in our local Manufacturing Day since its inception,” said David Chisholm, director, Triumph Operating System. “We recognize the value of introducing students to the multitude of career possibilities in our fast-paced, technically advanced manufacturing environment.  Our employees take great pride in showcasing our knowledge and products to the next generation of machinists, engineers and support personnel.”

All students participating in Manufacturing Day received a 90-120 minute guided tour and some combination of the following:

  • Overview of the employer by company leadership, who provide information about what they do, who they hire and opportunities for career growth that they offer
  • Smaller sub-tours that highlight different work areas and careers
  • Opportunities for students to talk with employees and see the product life cycle in action 
  • Opportunities for students to see and touch the machinery, tools and products that are a part of the industrial workplace

These experiences help the students better understand what a career in advanced manufacturing might look like. The tours also provided benefits for the host sites in that they get the chance to promote their companies and interact with the next generation of talent. Several participating companies have even hired previous Manufacturing Day attendees that were interested in the field.

“We are proud to partner with our 21 local school districts, the Macomb County Executive’s Office and businesses throughout Macomb County to provide real-world learning experiences for our students,” said Michael DeVault, superintendent of the MISD. “We are extremely grateful for our business leaders and their commitment to our students. Macomb County’s business community has a great reputation for supporting education and helping to grow the economy.”




Since 2014, more than 12,000 students have participated in Macomb County’s Manufacturing Day through the support of an active planning committee and the generosity of host sites and sponsors. Sponsors include:

Engineered Plastics
Fisher Dynamics
Fori Automation
L & L Products

Big Supporter   
Avon Machining
HTI Cybernetics
Michigan Works!
RCO Engineering
Romeo Rim
Triumph Group
UHY Certified Public Accountants

Host sites include:

AGS Automotive

AIM Computer Solutions, Inc.

Alba tooling & engineering Inc.

American Axle & Manufacturing Metal Forming Fraser

Ascent Aerospace

Avon Machining

Brose, Jefferson


CIE USA / Century Plastics

College Park Industries

Complete Prototype Services, Inc.

Diversified Manufacturing and Assembly

Dominion Technologies Group

Dominion Technologies Group

Drake Enterprises, Inc.


Experi-Metal Inc.

FCA - Sterling Heights Assembly Plan

FCA US - Sterling Stamping Plant

Fisher Dynamics

Flexngate Forming Technologies

Flex-N-Gate Shelby

Ford Motor Company - Romeo Engine Plant

Fori Automation

Futuramic Tool & Engineering

Global Advanced Products, LLC

Hyatt Place Detroit/Utica


JB Cutting Inc.

K&K Stamping Co.

Kimastle Corporation

KUKA Systems


L&L Products

Lanzen, Inc.

Luckmarr Plastics



Magna Shelby Foam Systems

Mayco International

MFC Netform

Mitsubishi Chemical Performance Polymers

MNP Corporation

MPT Sterling Heights

National Bronze Mfg. Co.

Orlandi Gear Company

Paragon Technologies




Proper Group International

PTI Engineered Plastics

RCO Engineering, Inc.

Romeo RIM, Inc.

Schaller Group

Shiloh Industries

Summit Plastic Molding, Inc.

Synergy Prototype Stamping LLC

Synergy Prototype Stamping LLC

Synergy Prototype Stamping, LLC

Tarus Products, Inc.

Telsonic Ultrasonics



Weldaloy Products Company

Whitlam Group



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