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Contents

4 First & Foremost. . . . . . . . . . . . 5 MMA at Work . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Key Conversations. . . . . . . . . . . 8 Inside MMA. . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Manufacturers Leading a Strong Michigan

Key Conversation with Holland Mayor Dykstra

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Health Care’s Impact on Hiring Decisions

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Holland Mayor Kurt Dykstra

Return on Investment . . . . . . .

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Health Care’s Impact On Hiring Decisions in 2014 and Beyond. . .

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Manufacturers Leading a Strong Michigan . . . . . . . . . .

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Support More Jobs and Stronger, Safer Communities for Michigan . . 12

20 Members @ Work. . . . . . . . . 22 Manufacturing Leaders Conference . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Support More Jobs and Stronger, Safer Communities for Michigan

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Read the MiMfg Magazine digital edition: www.mimfg.org > News & Info. On the Cover: Jack Finlayson is honored as the large tier winner of the John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Award for his exemplary contributions to his company, community and Michigan. Read about how he and other manufacturers are leading a stronger Michigan beginning on page 14. Chuck Hadden Publisher

Joy Wolf Editor/Layout

Elyse Kopietz Copy Editor

Brett Gerrish Copy Writer

MiMfg Magazine Vol. XXVII No. 3, May/June 2014 (ISSN 1936-8860),(USPS 024-973) is published bi-monthly for $18 per year by the MMA Service Corporation (MMASC), 620 S. Capitol Ave., Lansing MI 48933-2308. Periodicals postage paid at Lansing MI and additional offices. POSTMASTER: send address changes to MiMfg Magazine, P.O. Box 14247, Lansing, MI 48901-4247. Unless otherwise noted, photos by Marvin Hall Photography, Big Stock Photo and MMA Staff.

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Events Meet the newest member of MMA’s events team. Contact Sarah for assistance with registration for any of MMA’s upcoming events. pytel@mimfg.org • 517-487-8521

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Events

Find upcoming education and networking opportunities in our events section: > Events.

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Get involved in the decision making process and weigh in on legislation that may impact your business. Learn about MMA’s policy committee’s and see a list of upcoming meeting dates: > Government Affairs > Committees.

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Membership MMA’s membership team is happy to welcome Karen! She’s happy to assist any member looking to add employees to their membership record or make updates to contact information. coady@mimfg.org • 517-487-8542

Brett Gerrish

Communications Brett is responsible for sharing manufacturing news on MMA’s website and social media channels. If you have news you’d like promoted, contact Brett. gerrish@mimfg.org • 517-487-8533

Suzann Ruch

Government Affairs Members interested in participating in any of MMA’s policy committees are encouraged to contact Suzann. ruch@mimfg.org • 517-487-8552

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Quick Hits: Manufacturing Week Highlights on Page 14

It’s my favorite time of year! I have the honor and privilege of presenting 3 exemplary manufacturers with the 2014 John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Award.You can read more about these outstanding individuals beginning on page 14.

The coalition to ensure the elimination of Michigan’s Personal Property Tax is growing. Readers will find information about this effort and how it will impact Michigan businesses and communities on page 20.

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Reliable Funding for Local Government on Page 20 Manufacturing Leaders Event on Page 23

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As we turn to sunny and warm days, many Michiganians have travel on their mind. Take advantage of MMA’s travel discounts, including savings on hotel and car rental. This is a great savings program to pass along to your team. Contact MMA’s Mark Lee, at lee@mimfg.org, to share this benefit with your employees.

Chuck Hadden MMA President & CEO

Jacque Liebner

Vice President of Finance, Human Resources MMA and MMA Service Corporation liebner@mimfg.org

As a growing number of baby-boomers exit the workforce, manufacturers are looking to cultivate new leaders from within their organization. Register to attend the Manufacturing Leaders Conference in Holland on August 14 to gain insights and innovative ideas to develop and motivate your leadership team. See page 23 for details.

Mike Johnston

Vice President of Government Affairs MMA johnston@mimfg.org

Several pieces of historic legislation saw activity this spring, including the introduction of a three-bill package which creates comprehensive methods to encourage manufacturers to reuse industrial byproducts and streamline the beneficial use process. Members can stay informed on this issue and other key legislation impacting their competitiveness by subscribing to the weekly MMA Capitol Report e-newsletter.

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President of MMA Service Corporation janicki@mimfg.org

I’m pleased to announce our newest member discount program with Aramark Uniform Services. All MMA members get the best price whether you need 10, 50 or 100 uniforms. Find out more on page 24 or on our website under Services & Discounts > More Services. MMA’s buying power is working for you!

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PPT Reform Legislation Signed Staff Contact: Mike Johnston johnston@mimfg.org • 517-487-8554 Governor Rick Snyder signed the Local Reimbursement Reform legislation that will improve Michigan’s competitiveness, job creation and investment while creating a more stable source of local revenue on 3/28/14. The package of bills eliminates the Personal Property Tax (PPT), an unfair double taxation on small businesses and manufacturers, and creates a stable source of funding for essential services including police, fire, ambulance, jails and schools without increasing taxes paid by individual citizens.

Mike Johnston tax, energy, amicus, and technology issues johnston@mimfg.org

competitive with the other Great Lakes States that have already eliminated this tax.”

Beneficial Use Legislation Moves Closer to Completion Staff Contact: Andy Such such@mimfg.org • 517-487-8543

Legislation that encourages manufacturers to reuse industrial byproducts and streamline the beneficial use process was adopted by the House Committee on Natural Resources on 3/25/14. The three-bill package would allow manufacturers to reuse byproducts such as foundry sand, coal ash, concrete and asphalt pavement and paper mill residuals for road building, construction fill and developing new building products. “This is good environmental and economic policy,” said Andy Such, MMA director of environmental and regulatory policy. “This legislation Signing of the Local Reimbursement encourages the reuse of Reform legislation on 3/28/14. materials that would otherwise be disposed of as waste. It also reduces disposal costs, MMA commends Governor Snyder, extends the capacity of landfills, Lt. Governor Brian Calley, the members provides liability protection and of the Legislature who overwhelmingly promotes sustainability in business passed the bill package and the dozens practices.” of supporting organizations that have voiced the importance of comprehensive Health Care Mandate reforms to the state tax system. Vote Halted “This policy will modernize Michigan’s business tax and help create more Staff Contact: Delaney McKinley jobs and investment in Michigan,” mckinley@mimfg.org • 517-487-8530 said Chuck Hadden, MMA president A health care mandate that would and CEO. “The PPT has penalized have a detrimental impact on job investments in Michigan by taxing providers has been postponed equipment each and every year. The thanks to the strong objections of PPT paid by manufacturers and MMA and manufacturers. small businesses will now be more The legislation, House Bills 4875-4877, would prohibit health 6

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Andy Such environmental and regulatory issues such@mimfg.org

insurers and other service providers from including any health care service as a “covered benefit” if the cost-sharing requirements exceed certain levels. The bills had been scheduled for a vote in the House Health Policy Committee on 3/25/14 but were removed from the agenda. “Manufacturers sent a strong message to legislators about this costly and unnecessary legislation and were key to blocking this vote,” said Delaney McKinley, MMA director of human resource policy. “We will continue to stay vigilant against any action on legislation that will increase employer health care costs.”

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Protecting Manufacturers from Unwarranted Penalties Staff Contact: Andy Such such@mimfg.org • 517-487-8543 The MMA recently supported Rexair Inc.’s position in a case involving state agency abuse by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). This case is significant to business owners and manufacturers because it ensures that state agencies such as the DEQ cannot target a Michigan business and impose unwarranted penalties without paying the consequences. Indeed, frivolous actions taken by a state agency is bad for Michigan business. When businesses are required to defend meritless state agency claims, their business operations are needlessly disrupted and they are needlessly required to incur significant defense costs. This, in turn, drives up the cost of doing business in Michigan and causes Michigan’s economy to suffer.


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Subscribe to the MMA Capitol Report The MMA Capitol Report e-newsletter delivers concise reports of the week’s legislative, regulatory and judicial developments at the state and federal levels. The Report is distributed every Friday when the Legislature is in session. Contact MMA’s Karen Coady at 517-487-8542 or coady@mimfg.org to subscribe.

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Join an MMA Policy Committee Member companies can have direct input into MMA’s public policy positions. Give us your thoughts on issues and industry developments by sitting on an MMA Policy Committee. See the MMA website, www.mimfg.org > Government Affairs > Committees, for more information or contact MMA’s Suzann Ruch, at 517-487-8552 or ruch@mimfg.org, to sign up.

The authority of state agencies to enforce regulations and to impose penalties upon businesses must be kept in check by the courts. When a state agency abuses its authority, courts are free to punish the state agency. A court’s decision to impose such a punishment must be upheld. In this case, the court agreed that Rexair was the victim of abuse by the DEQ. The court therefore punished the DEQ by requiring it to reimburse Rexair for the monies it paid to defend the matter. Rexair should be able to rely upon the court’s decision. The MMA, along with the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, are fighting to ensure that the court’s award is upheld so that Rexair is adequately compensated for having to defend the baseless claims brought against it by the DEQ. Article contributed by Cynthia Filipovich, Clark Hill PLC, member of the MMA Lawyers Committee.

MIOSHA Director Gets Member Feedback on Appeals Process

Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) should restructure their appeals process when Martha Yoder, director of MIOSHA, met with members of the MMA Employment & Workforce Policy Committee on 3/28/14. “I am pleased to have this opportunity to share MIOSHA’s current projects

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under the Reinventing Performance in Michigan (RPM) initiative and to receive valuable input from MMA members,” said Yoder. See page 26-27 for upcoming MMA Policy Committee meetings and start connecting with agency leaders on issues critical to your business.

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Support Pro-Manufacturing Candidates

Your Manufacturing Voice The MMA-PAC has been the leading champion for electing pro-manufacturing candidates in Lansing for decades. The success of a pro-manufacturing policy agenda depends on the election of pro-manufacturing officials. The most effective tool in electing business-minded policymakers is a strong MMA-PAC.

Staff Contact: Delaney McKinley mckinley@mimfg.org • 517-487-8530

With personal contributions from all MMA members, the MMA-PAC is a powerful tool in electing pro-manufacturing candidates.

MMA members had the opportunity to share their input as to how the

Call to Action Every MMA member should be involved in electing pro-manufacturing candidates. Every company’s future depends on the decisions made every day in the Michigan Legislature. Don’t let the many anti-manufacturing interests at the Capitol win on Election Day. Contribute to the MMA-PAC regularly to help build a better Michigan.

MIOSHA Director Yoder met with MMA members on 3/28/14

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Key &A Q Conversations MMA Interview with Holland Mayor Kurt Dykstra

Q: During the news conference

Q: What would you tell a fellow

regarding the elimination of the Personal Property Tax, you hailed the legislation as a “win-win.” Please explain.

mayor of a small- to medium-sized city who may be “on the fence” on this issue?

Mayor Dykstra: I’d tell them to investigate the issue with an open mind. I do not think you can find another law with as much broad and diverse support — from Republicans and Democrats and both business and government associations. That kind of agreement does not happen often and is worth paying attention to.

Mayor Dykstra: Nobody likes the

Personal Property Tax (PPT) — and that includes local government. We understand that it discourages job-creating investments and puts Michigan at a disadvantage compared to our neighbors (and chief competitors). However, it has been part of the Michigan tax “fabric” for over a century and, like pulling a thread undoes a sweater, simply removing it would decimate the funding for services — like police, fire, parks, etc. — provided by our communities. So, the trick always has been finding replacement revenue as part of removing PPT. This legislation does just that — and does it without raising taxes. That, in my mind, is a textbook “win-win” result.

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Kurt Dykstra Mayor of Holland

11Elected as Holland’s 40th Mayor in November 2009 11Chief elected official in the City of Holland and one of nine members of the City Council 11Attorney at the Grand Rapidsbased law firm of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP

Q: With such a strong manufacturing

base in the Holland community, how will the elimination of the PPT continue to make Holland an ideal location for business investment? Mayor Dykstra: Holland has a history of excellent job retention and growth (currently among the fastest in the 8

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state). We also are heavily invested in high-tech, advanced manufacturing which almost always requires expensive equipment. Removing PPT removes an impediment to future business investment, resulting in more jobs. At the same time, we will have the needed resources to provide the key services that globalminded businesses expect from a local government.

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Q: Manufacturers are strong

community contributors. How has manufacturing benefited the Holland community?

Mayor Dykstra: First and foremost, manufacturing drives the Holland economy. It creates good-paying jobs that support Holland-area families who will spend those dollars largely in our community. Our manufacturers are huge purchasers of other services in our community — including hotels, restaurants, construction, retail and professional services. Of course, our manufacturing companies are among our most philanthropic and generous to local festivals and non-profit organizations. We’ve seen what happens to a community when manufacturing suffers; we’ve seen what happens to a community when manufacturing thrives. The latter is a whole lot better.

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For more information about Mayor Dykstra’s interview, contact MMA’s Elyse Kopietz at 517-487-8553 or kopietz@mimfg.org. Read the full interview on the MMA website: www.mimfg.org.


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Health Care’s Impact On Hiring Decisions in 2014 and Beyond By Janis Petrini

For almost six years, health care has been one of the most highly debated topics among politicians, the news media and the general public. Even after the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed by President Obama in 2010, the debate raged on as some people trumpeted its positives, some highlighted its negatives, and many felt uncertain of its real impact. Employers, especially those with small businesses, generally fell into the uncertain category as they waited to see the ACA’s effects. Now that we’ve entered 2014 and have seen many of the ACA’s elements implemented, there’s still a general feeling of confusion among small businesses that make up more than 99 percent of U.S. employers. However, one thing is clear, health care reform is impacting how small businesses think about and approach hiring. A study from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Harris Interactive found that 71 percent of the small business executives surveyed said the ACA “would make them less likely to hire employees.”

Staff Size Matters The primary reason for companies being less likely to hire is that many parts of the health care law are tied to the number of employees a company has. The most common breakdowns, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, are 1-24 employees, 25-49 employees and 50+ employees. Of all the aspects of health care reform that are linked to staff size, small business owners need to be especially aware of two specific areas.

Employee Health Coverage Employers who have 49 or fewer full-time employees are not required to offer health insurance. However, those who do want to offer their staff health coverage can do so through the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP). Currently, the SHOP Marketplace is only available for businesses with 1-49 employees but in 2016 it will be opened to companies with up to 100 employees. Due to some program difficulties, the federally run SHOP exchange, which was slated to have already been opened, has been delayed a year. According to The Huffington Post, small businesses that planned to acquire their insurance through the marketplace can instead sign up through an insurance broker or health insurance company. And while small business employees were originally going to be able to choose from any plan available on the exchange, for 2014, the employer will have to select the coverage for everyone. Beginning in 2014, there are two additional changes to employer-provided health coverage that were highlighted on HealthCare.Gov’s website under “Small Businesses.” Insurance

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companies can no longer deny your business coverage due to the health status or pre-existing conditions of any of your employees or their dependents. They also cannot raise premiums for employees with higher-than-average medical costs or those who are women. These two new rules do not apply, however, to grandfathered plans.

Health Care Tax Credit Employers who fall below the 25-employee mark, with employees making an average of $50,000 a year or less, and provide health insurance to their staff, may be eligible for a small business health care tax credit. Beginning this year, small businesses could be reimbursed for as much as 50 percent of their contributions toward employee premiums. The health coverage must be through the SHOP Marketplace and there are salary restrictions. Because of the delay of the SHOP exchange, businesses that want to apply for the credit can submit their application when they file their taxes for 2014. As small business owners plan for the future and create a strategy to grow their businesses, employee-count is a key factor to consider. And, due to increasing connections between health care coverage requirements and company size, this factor will require even more scrutiny this year and in the years to come. Whether businesses will choose to slow their growth, accept more health coverage responsibilities or utilize temporary/ contract workers who aren’t factored into their employee counts remains to be seen. For more information on workplace and workforce trends see the Express Employment Professionals website: www.expresspros.com.

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Janis Petrini, of Express Employement Professionals, has a track record of more than 17 years of hands-on experience in strategic planning, business unit development and project and people management. She can be reached at 616-281-0611.


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Manufacturers Leading a Strong Michigan

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anufacturing is the backbone of our state and manufacturers are its heartbeat. Whether it is automobiles built in southeast Michigan, wood manufacturers and the mining and mineral industries of Northern Michigan, furniture manufacturers and plastic producers in West Michigan or the growing statewide food and beverage manufacturers, Michigan’s growth is tied to manufacturing’s success. Michigan is driven by the innovation and creative spirit of manufacturers. Because of this, the second week of May each year is set aside to celebrate Michigan Manufacturing Week. The celebration kicks off Tuesday, 5/13/14 with the 2014 CEO & Executive Forum at the University Club of Michigan State University in Lansing. Business leaders, issue experts and government officials will celebrate where manufacturing has brought Michigan and where it will continue to drive Michigan in the future. Forum keynote Rich Wells, vice president of operations for Dow Chemical Company, will share insight into how MMA and our member companies are working together to keep Michigan competitive and develop the regulatory frameworks necessary to retain Michigan’s incredible job-producing employers.

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Three outstanding manufacturing leaders are honored at the Forum as the John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Award is presented. The annual award showcases the best of Michigan’s manufacturing industry and acknowledges the individuals who promote a positive image of manufacturing, give back to their local communities, create new opportunities for current and future generations, and support a more competitive Michigan through policy and legislative advocacy. The 2014 Award winners are spotlighted on pages 16-18: • Large Tier Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Jack Finlayson, Gerdau Special Steel North America • Small Tier Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Patrick H. Curry, Fullerton Tool • Special Achievement for Commitment and Innovation to Talent Development Geoff O’Brien, Proper Group International Inc.

As Michigan continues on the path toward modernizing its tax system, many questions still surround the role of the Personal Property Tax (PPT) reform. The panel discussion PPT Policy & Politics: What It Means for You provides attendees with information on Highlights Online the reforms being put in place and how they set Michigan up Read the recap: for a competitive future. www.mimfg.org Panelists include Bill Rustem, director of strategy for Governor Check out pictures: Rick Snyder, Holland Mayor Kurt www.facebook.com/MIManufacturers Dykstra (see interview on page 8), Patrick H. Curry, president Relive special presentations: of Fullerton Tool, and Howard Edelson, campaign manager for www.youtube.com/MIManufacturers Michigan Citizens For Strong And Safe Communities. Get event follow-ups:

Check Out Page 16 Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Award Large Tier Winner Jack Finlayson Page 17 Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Award Small Tier Winner Patrick H Curry Page 18 Special Achievement for Commitment and Innovation to Talent Development Geoff O’Brien Page 19 Co-Legislators of the Year House Speaker Jase Bolger Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville Advocates of the Year Senator John Proos Representative Frank Foster

The celebration continues at MMA Headquarters for the Legislative & Executive Reception, where guests have the chance to connect with legislators from their district and across Michigan as well as their peers in the manufacturing industry. Part of the event includes the presentation of the 2013 MMA Legislator and Advocate of the Year Awards (see page 19 for more). See the MMA website, www.mimfg.org, and Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ MIManufacturers, for photos of both events, as well as other Michigan Manufacturing Week highlights.

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2014 John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Award Large Tier Winner

Jack Finlayson Gerdau Special Steel North America

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ack Finlayson, president of Gerdau’s North American special steel division, is described by those who know him as a man who finds opportunity where others would see defeat. Finlayson arrived in Michigan in August 2007, during a period when many were leaving the state and manufacturing was among the industries hit the hardest. “Those were tentative times, for sure, but it was also an exciting time,” said Finlayson. Like many businesses, the facilities in Jackson and Monroe that now carry the Gerdau name faced difficult times during the recession. The Jackson plant idled operations for nearly nine months and safety was a key concern. Rather than throw in the towel, Finlayson’s clear vision of the future and confidence in his team aided in securing the futures of both plants. “It’s about continuously looking for ways to innovate,” said Finlayson. “Whether it is one facility or a statewide manufacturing industry, you have to always encourage new ideas and different ways of thinking in order to succeed.” More than 1,860 employees work under Finlayson’s leadership. His commitment to their safety led to both Monroe and Jackson mills going one year without a lost time accident — incredible when Finlayson’s employees log more than 4.1 million hours of work annually. Gerdau recently invested $155.6 million to modernize the Monroe mill, a decision Finlayson was an integral part of. This investment will increase the safety measures for the facility while doubling the capacity of the mill. It also provides new job and investment opportunities as current and future workers discover the possibilities of beginning and furthering their manufacturing careers. “We are seeing a ‘wow’ reaction from students when they come into

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11MMA Member Company since July 2013. 11Employs 545 Michigan workers in Jackson, Lansing and Monroe. 11For more information, see www.gerdau.com. our facilities,” said Finlayson. “They see the machines, the technology and the products being made and they want to be a part of it. It’s our responsibility to provide them with the pathway to get here.” That social responsibility extends beyond the classroom and into the community. His hands-on leadership style has inspired those around him to seek out methods for giving back to the community. “Manufacturers are not just workers in a facility — these are people with strong ties to their communities and they all want to give back so that Michigan can be its very best,” said Finlayson. Whether the Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, United Way, the American Cancer Society or other non-profit organizations, Finlayson’s support for the state he calls home earned Gerdau the 2014 Corporate Citizen of the Year Award, the Michigan Clean Corporate

Citizen Award and Worldsteel’s Safety and Health Excellence Recognition Award. “Getting involved and being engaged becomes contagious,” said Finlayson. “The more you do it, the more you want to do it and that inspires others to do their part.” Finlayson has been recognized by his peers as someone who understands that true success is measured by building the community bonds that provide opportunities for future generations. It is this dedication to Michigan’s bright future that earns him the 2014 John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Award. “It truly is an honor and much appreciated,” said Finlayson. “But this is an award for the people I’m surrounded by at Gerdau and in the community. Gerdau is a company built around a long-term vision for the future. We plan for the future decade by decade. You have to ask yourself ‘what is the plan for the next hundred years?’”

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2014 John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Award Small Tier Winner

Patrick H. Curry Fullerton Tool

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uring the last decade, numerous manufacturers struggled to keep their businesses afloat. As with any difficult time, certain individuals separated themselves from the rest and led a manufacturing resurgence that has seen the industry increase jobs by 22 percent since 2009. Patrick Curry, president of Saginawbased Fullerton® Tool Company, was one such individual. His ability to develop partnerships across diverse businesses and economic sectors led to the development of many significant talent initiatives. “Manufacturing is the pulse of America,” said Curry. “Manufacturing drives the country and it drives Michigan communities. Strong manufacturing keeps jobs here and revitalizes the areas that have been hurt.” The City of Saginaw is one of many areas in the state still recovering from the struggles of the past decade. Curry’s dedication to the community and surrounding areas has been essential to the city’s continued turnaround. As a leader, Curry has received the 2013 Michigan’s Economic Bright Spot Award from Saginaw Future for his contributions to Saginaw’s economy. Described by his peers as an innovator, this third-generation manufacturer continues to market manufacturing as an exciting, high-tech industry. His efforts are already beginning to change the minds of young people who never considered the opportunities available to them in manufacturing. “Manufacturers are not, generally, good marketers,” said Curry. “We’re competing on a global scale. That’s exciting for us and it should be exciting for young people. It comes down to answering ‘how do you make manufacturing cool?’ For manufacturers that shouldn’t be hard. We do incredible things each day.”

11MMA Member Company since March 2010. 11Employs 155 Michigan workers in Saginaw. 11For more information, see www.fullertontool.com. Under his leadership, the Great Lakes Bay Manufacturers Association (GLBMA) and other stakeholders came together to create the Accelerated CNC Machinists Program at Delta College and the Saginaw Career Complex. These organizations help current and future manufacturers develop the skills necessary to enter the workforce. Local students regularly visit Fullerton Tool for tours and job shadowing opportunities. “When students see the parts we make — how it connects to final products that they see every day — that interests them,” said Curry. “The technology they can use in manufacturing is exciting. Today’s students can be part of developing tomorrow’s next great product. The challenge comes from getting them in the door.” With 155 employees and a growing reputation, Fullerton Tool is experiencing strong momentum. Curry understands, however, that success can only continue if companies are positioned for the long-term. Fundamental to long-term success is manufacturing’s ability to diversify and protect itself from any one

industry being hurt by difficult times. Fullerton Tool has achieved this by ensuring that even their number one customer accounts for only 3 percent of their overall sales. “If the last decade showed us anything, it’s that you never know what obstacles lay ahead,” said Curry. “Fullerton Tool and the City of Saginaw are enjoying more and more good days every year. We’re expanding and growing. New jobs are being created and new investment opportunities exist. That’s due to diversification and smart planning.” Curry continues to be an advocate for manufacturing and understands that, while there are no quick fixes to the industry’s top challenges, each manufacturer must make their voice heard. This common-sense approach and deep dedication to the industry have earned him the 2014 John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Award. “Manufacturers have to work to solve manufacturing’s issues,” said Curry. “If we don’t involve ourselves, nobody else will rise up to help. We must lead the process.”

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2014 John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Award

Special Achievement for Commitment and Innovation to Talent Development

Geoff O’Brien Proper Group International Inc.

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eoff O’Brien understands that the development of new talent is among the highest priorities facing manufacturing over the next decade. O’Brien, president of Warren-based Proper Group International Inc., is connecting with other manufacturers to feature the high-tech, innovative career opportunities available to the next generation. “We currently have four different generations working in our facility and sometimes that can be a nightmare,” said O’Brien. “Each generation has its own view of manufacturing.” More than half of Michigan’s current manufacturing workforce will reach retirement age within the next ten years. The talent issue must be addressed. “The U.S. tool industry suffers from more than a $3 billion capacity gap,” said O’Brien. “That’s a clear indicator of our problem and it’s not just tooling — it’s all manufacturers. The talent is out there. We just haven’t been connecting with them. You have to work a lot harder to keep workers interested and we haven’t done that.” O’Brien views Michigan’s talent solution as a mix of collaboration and innovation. One method for keeping workers interested is showing them a clear path toward better jobs and greater responsibility. “Skilled trades programs in many high schools are gone,” said O’Brien. “We’re working to build them back, but much of attracting talent is going to be internal. Apprenticeship programs are very important. They offer hands-on opportunities that aren’t available anywhere else.” Proper Group, under O’Brien’s leadership, has taken many routes

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11MMA Member Company since March 1989. in a strategic approach to attracting talent. By partnering with veteran networks, universities, community colleges, high schools, state-based training programs such as the Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT2) program and Proper Group’s development of an expansive apprenticeship program, O’Brien is striking at the talent problem from all sides. “It’s always fun to see the shock and interest in their eyes when students see the cleanliness, the innovations, the technology that goes into what we do,” said O’Brien of the programs helping students connect manufacturing processes with their real-world application. “It’s not what they imagined it would be. It’s better.” His unique take on talent initiatives allows O’Brien to go above and beyond what is expected of a manufacturer. His focus is not only on today’s bottom line but the potential rewards

11Employs 240 Michigan workers in Warren. 11For more information, see www.propergroupintl.com. of a thriving workforce tomorrow. His willingness to pave the way for others to follow has earned him the 2014 John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Special Achievement Award for Commitment and Innovation to Talent Development. “Celebrations like Michigan Manufacturing Week show that interest in manufacturing is still there,” said O’Brien. “It took us a while to understand the needs of the next generation, but once we did we embraced it. Today’s students want exciting jobs that serve a purpose. Manufacturing does that. Working in manufacturing is not just a job, it’s an incredible career.”

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2013 Legislators and Advocates of the Year

Manufacturers Honor Exemplary Legislative Leaders House Speaker Jase Bolger 2013 Co-Legislator of the Year House Speaker Jase Bolger has been an essential part of breaking down the regulatory constraints on Michigan’s economy. He has worked tirelessly to modify Michigan’s tax code and eliminate the uncompetitive Personal Property Tax (PPT). His role in the passage of the original 2012 (PPT) legislation was essential in creating the bi-partisan, broadbased support for the 2014 package from public safety groups, local communities, schools and the business community. His leadership on key issues has elevated Michigan’s competitiveness in the region and allowed us to compete on a global scale.

Senator John Proos Senate Advocate of the Year Senator John Proos has been a key partner in MMA’s effort to create a sustainable pipeline of manufacturing talent. He authored legislation providing Michigan’s next generation workforce with the hands-on learning opportunities necessary for them to graduate careerready. By allowing students to explore manufacturing through career and technical education (CTE) classes, Senator Proos has helped ensure advanced manufacturing careers thrive in the 21st century.

Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville 2013 Co-Legislator of the Year Senator Randy Richardville has been an advocate of the manufacturing community throughout his career in both the House and Senate. As Senate Majority Leader, he has championed the legislative efforts to eliminate the PPT and create a business environment conducive to success. His leadership allowed the original PPT legislation to move through the Senate efficiently, a standard the 2014 Senate repeated. His service to manufacturers and the communities that surround them ensures the next generation will be handed a Michigan of which they can be proud.

Representative Frank Foster House Advocate of the Year As chairman of the House Commerce Committee, Representative Frank Foster was vital to legislation reforming Michigan’s employer-financed unemployment system. Thanks to his oversight, reforms cracking down on unemployment fraud passed and the integrity of Michigan’s unemployment system is strong. He also has championed legislation improving Michigan’s business climate while helping state manufacturers create more than 100,000 jobs since December 2009.

At the 2014 Legislative & Executive Reception MMA will honor legislative leaders responsible for maintaining Michigan’s bright future through four of the most crucially important years of its history. These leaders have helped pave the way for Michigan manufacturers to again lead the nation in job creation — increasing manufacturing jobs by more than 22 percent since 2009. At the annual Legislative & Executive Reception manufacturing executives have the opportunity to network with lawmakers and state regulators.

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Stronger Michigan

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Support More Jobs and Stronger, Safer Communities for Michigan On 3/28/14, Governor Rick Snyder signed the Local Reimbursement Reform legislation that will create a more stable source of local revenue ending the unfair, double taxation — known as the Personal Property Tax (PPT) — that has punished small businesses for making capital investments for more than a century. The legislation received near unanimous support in both the House and the Senate, highlighting the strong bi-partisan support and broad recognition to reform the antiquated PPT to help increase Michigan’s competitiveness with other states and remove an onerous tax. The reform, which has been strongly supported by public safety, education, small businesses and communities, will allow more business investment and create more jobs while making local communities more financially stable at the same time. This action will only become permanent if Michigan voters mark YES on the ballot proposal in August 2014.This ballot proposal does not raise taxes. “This proposal is about making Michigan’s small businesses and manufacturers more competitive and strengthening communities across Michigan,” said Chuck Hadden, MMA president and CEO. “All of Michigan will benefit from the elimination of this unfair double taxation on small businesses.” For years, local governments have struggled with unstable funding needed to provide services and businesses have struggled with an uncompetitive tax on equipment. This proposal ends the unfair double tax on small businesses while also creating a more stable funding system for local community

Officials led by Dearborn Mayor Jack O’Reilly at the Michigan Citizens for Strong and Safe Communities kick-off event at Dearborn’s Fire Station #1. services, including police, fire, ambulances, schools, jails, roads, libraries and more. This important change will not only modernize Michigan tax policy but it will also help create up to 15,000 jobs and increase business investment by $450 million, according to the Anderson Economic Group. Most important, this proposal doesn’t increase tax rates. The state constitution requires Michigan voters to approve certain changes in local taxes. This proposal is an opportunity for voters to approve those changes made by the Legislature — a referendum on their work. Without a “yes” vote, the changes — and the resulting benefits for local communities and businesses — won’t take effect.

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Stay informed on tax and other issues that impact manufacturers by joining an MMA Policy Committee or activating your free subscription to any of MMA’s member-exclusive e-publications: www.mimfg.org.

Voting YES on the ballot on August 5, 2014, accomplishes two major goals for Michigan: It keeps in place the Legislature’s work to end the unfair double tax on personal property that businesses in many other states do not have to pay. It creates a stable, reliable funding system for communities in Michigan to pay for police, fire, ambulances, jails, schools, libraries, roads and other community services. Take action to ensure Michigan continues to be an ideal place for business investment and our communities receive a reliable and stable source of funding. Visit www.strongandsafecommunities.com to sign up to receive updates on efforts to build a stronger, safer Michigan.

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Full Spectrum Solutions CEO Named Small Business Person of the Year Michael Nevins, CEO of Jackson’s Full Spectrum Solutions, will be recognized as one of the recipients of the Small Business Person of the Year award by the U.S. Small Business Administration in Washington, D.C. during May’s National Small Business Week. Full Spectrum Solutions is a national leader in manufacturing energy-efficient lighting and Nevins is the only Michigan-based manufacturer. “This award is a tremendous example of the work being done by manufacturers across Michigan,” said Chuck Hadden, MMA president and CEO. “The innovative ideas driven by Michael Nevins and Full

General Motors Announces $449 Million Investment

Michael Nevins, CEO of Full Spectrum Solutions in Jackson, was honored as a John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Award Small Tier Finalist in 2012. Spectrum Solutions are moving our state’s economy forward and strengthening the state’s role as a national manufacturing hub.”

General Motors will invest $449 million on process upgrades at its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly and Brownstown Battery Assembly plants. The investment in the DetroitHamtramck facility, the world’s only automotive plant mass producing extended range electric vehicles, brings GM’s total investment in the plant to more than $1 billion over the last five years. “The continuing dedication of General Motors to the communities and families of Michigan is incredible,” said Chuck Hadden, MMA president and CEO. “Because of its commitment to our state’s future, GM is positioning Michigan to remain America’s manufacturing hub for decades to come.”

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You Make It Look Easy Those around you marvel at the manufacturing business you’ve built. But from the cockpit, the view’s vastly different. A dashboard lit with production inefficiencies. Risk as you rely on your pilots to fly in high-speed formation toward growth objectives. Ultimately, it is you who must steer the business to a perfect landing. Doeren Mayhew helps manufacturers like you navigate through price fluctuations, raw material shortages, labor issues, profit-draining waste and competitive challenges. So, when you’re ready to take off again, we can help you achieve your mission with precision.

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Proos Manufacturing announced plans to invest $5.7 million in their Grand Rapids locations, while adding 50 new jobs in an expansion designed to increase their workforce by more than 50 percent. The company’s growth will allow production to become more efficient as customer demand continues to increase. Named Automotive Supplier of the Year at the 2014 Michigan International Auto Show, Proos specializes in metal stampings for the automotive, industrial and office furniture industries.

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Manufacturing Leaders Conference in August:

Cultivate Leaders from Within Join your fellow manufacturing executives and leaders for the Manufacturing Leaders Conference, a must-attend networking and educational event. Cultivate leaders from within by gaining new strategies, innovative ideas and tactics. Identify the leaders within your organization, find the best ways to motivate them and develop your strategic leadership plan.

Flexible Financing Options Keeping your facility competitive and productive takes a lot of money. And, sometimes that money needs to be borrowed. When you’re looking to finance working capital, purchase new equipment, or renovate your facility, consider MSUFCU as a financial resource. This special half-day program is based on the results of MMA’s 2014 Events Survey and focuses on the business and operational issues MMA members identified as being the most critical to their business. Attendees of the Manufacturing Leaders Conference will hear from several experts and have plenty of opportunity to learn from their peers. Space is limited — act now to reserve your seat. Register online at www.mimfg.org or contact MMA’s Sarah Pytel at pytel@mimfg.org or 517-487-8521. If your company is interested in getting in front of manufacturing leaders, there are a variety of sponsorship opportunities available for this event. Contact MMA’s Mark Lee at lee@mimfg.org or 517-487-8532.

MSUFCU business loans* offer: • Credit limits up to $5 million • Competitive, fixed or variable rates • Variety of terms • No prepayment penalties • No application fee Get the financing you need to ensure your growth. Contact MSUFCU today.

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Businesses and environmental professionals can receive assistance complying with their environmental requirements by attending the DEQ’s premier compliance assistance event, the Michigan Environmental Compliance Conference on 5/29/14 in Traverse City, 6/5/14 in Grand Rapids or 6/10/14 in Livonia: www.michigan.gov/deqworkshops.

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