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Avalon & Tahoe Manufacturing

STTF Funds Empower Avalon & Tahoe to Grow Boat Business

Nestled right in Isabella County’s backyard in Alma sits Avalon & Tahoe Manufacturing, producers of “the finest USA-manufactured pontoon boats.” A vertically integrated builder, it makes everything on its boats – from the pontoons and framing to the furniture. Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! has successfully assisted Avalon & Tahoe for several years with the process of competing for … [Read more...]

More About STTF Funds

Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! was awarded nearly $2.2 million to fund training for 49 employers in the region in 2018 through the Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF). Seven employers in Gratiot and Isabella counties were awarded STTF grants totally $217,516: The Cobbler Shop Shoes and Pedorthic Center Dayco Products LLC General Agency Company Michigan Agricultural Commodities Powell … [Read more...]

Collaboration Pays Off!

Bill’s Custom Fab, Inc. of Mt. Pleasant submitted an STTF grant application last fall but was denied due to the competitive nature of the grant process. Undeterred, the company continued to work with Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! and submitted another form of grant application to secure funding for much-needed training – an Industry Led Collaborative (ILC) – teaming up with Ithaca-based Burford … [Read more...]

Alma Service Center Renovations Underway

The Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! service center in Alma is undergoing renovations to better serve both employers and job seekers. A public open house is scheduled for Tuesday, June 5. Details will follow soon. Remember, we encourage area employers to use our facilities in all five counties for single company job fairs, application drop offs, interviewing, and pre-employment testing. The … [Read more...]

MTW Looks to Expand Location in 2018

MTW Industries is growing! The full-service steel fabrication shop currently has about 7,000 square feet of space on West Picard in Mt. Pleasant. Company officials are looking to find new space measuring 20,000-30,000 square feet somewhere in the area within the year. Hiring additional staff to keep up with the steady growth has the company working closely with Great Lakes Bay Michigan … [Read more...]