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WIN unveils innovative data hub with free, real-time job market data for southeast Michigan

A high volume of job postings year after year in southeast Michigan means that employers are hiring, but without a skilled workforce, they cannot fill these jobs. To aid workforce and education partners in developing necessary training and education opportunities to fill these in-demand jobs with skilled workers, the Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan (WIN) created a comprehensive FREE, online Data Dashboard providing users access to real-time job market data such as employer demand, preferred credentials, labor force fluctuations, and more. By having access to this data, workforce partners can work collaboratively to create awareness about in-demand career pathways and help educate and train workers.

The WIN Data Dashboard allows users to select a customized region from counties including Genesee, Hillsdale, Jackson, Monroe, Oakland, Shiawassee, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, St. Clair, Washtenaw, and Wayne, as well as the City of Detroit. After selecting a region, users select one or more occupation groups from eleven major occupation groups and the WIN Data Dashboard uses this information to produce customized charts, graphs, numbers, and more, all showing job demand data for the user’s preferences and allowing users to download and share the data.

“The WIN Data Dashboard was created as a complimentary service and resource to organizations such as community colleges, Michigan Works! agencies, foundations, and corporations with an interest in providing critical skills development training opportunities to support the region’s in-demand jobs,” said Michele Economou Ureste, WIN’s Executive Director. “In addition to helping connect employers and workforce partners, WIN aims to assist in developing talent that will eliminate the skills gap and provide sustainable careers for Michigan residents.”

With over 611,000 jobs posted in the WIN region in 2017, there is a talent shortage for in-demand occupations in Michigan. The WIN Data Dashboard provides free labor market data resource to anyone interested, allowing all stakeholders to create opportunities to help train a ready workforce to meet the needs of employers.

“WIN’s data and research provides Michigan Works! Southeast and similar organizations with a comprehensive understanding of the region’s labor market,” said Bill Sleight, Director of Michigan Works! Southeast and WIN board member. “My organization uses this resource to help job seekers make informed career decisions so they can become the next generation of skilled workers in Michigan.”

The WIN Data Dashboard can be accessed at WINDataDashboard.org.

WIN also produces customized data and highly detailed reports such as its Cybersecurity Skills Gap Analysis report, the Connected and Automated Vehicles Skills Gap Analysis report, and other high-level research for employers and workforce organizations in Michigan. For more information about the Data Dashboard or to request custom data, please contact research@WINintelligence.org.

Bosch Group in Farmington Hills establishes SEG Automotive, independent company for hybrid tech


The starter motor and generator division of the Bosch Group in Farmington Hills has announced its completed transition to an independent company, SEG Automotive. The new company is owned by Zhengzhou Coal Mining Machinery Group Co., and has established its headquarters in Novi, which will employ 60 people.

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New apprenticeship program launches in Michigan, aims to boost employment


The Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan (WIN) in Detroit launched MIApprenticeship.org as part of the Advance Michigan Center for Apprenticeship Innovation (AMCAI) initiative — a $4 million U.S. Department of Labor grant aimed at fostering and strengthening the registered apprenticeship network in southeast Michigan.

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Michigan Strategic Fund continues support of TechTown, Automation Alley and state SmartZones

The Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) has approved funding extensions totaling more than $1.7 million for five grants across the state supporting entrepreneurial collaboration resources, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced. The grant extensions, supporting integral members of Michigan’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, represent the MEDC’s continued commitment to building entrepreneurship, innovation and economic growth across the entire state.
The approved programs receiving additional funding include:
·         TechTown’s Detroit Technology Exchange (DTX) Business Incubator ($250,000)
·         Automation Alley’s Business Incubator (7Cs) ($500,000)
·         Lawrence Technological University’s Gatekeeper Business Incubator ($100,000)
·         2015 Business Incubator-Gatekeeper ($574,338)
·         2016 Business Incubator-Gatekeeper ($299,961)
“Collaboration resources such as those available through Automation Alley, TechTown and SmartZones across Michigan are essential in providing our state’s entrepreneurs the necessary support needed to spark innovation and spur the business economy,” said Fred Molnar, vice president of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, MEDC, the state’s chief marketing and business attraction arm that administers programs and performs due diligence on behalf of the MSF. “The continued funding of these programs demonstrates their impact in not only building and growing startups in Michigan, but in attracting out-of-state talent.” 
TechTown, Detroit’s entrepreneurship hub working with businesses at all stages, helps startup, emerging and established companies develop, launch and grow. TechTown’s DTX program supports a startup accelerator for students, an entrepreneur-in-residence placement program and integrated ecosystem services. Since its inception, DTX has helped 33 new companies form, assisted 42 companies in expanding, created 165 new jobs, helped companies raise over $11.4 million in follow-on-funding and $88.7 million in new sales, and served 397 technology based companies.
Automation Alley is Michigan’s leading nonprofit technology and manufacturing business association. Its 7Cs program is aimed at accelerating the growth of small businesses and startups across Michigan, with a specific emphasis on advanced manufacturing startups. Since the beginning of the 7Cs program grant, Automation Alley has supported the formation of 14 new companies, created 51 new jobs, and assisted companies in raising over $14.7 million in follow-on-funding.  
The additional approved funding extensions include the Gatekeeper Business Incubator grant for Lawrence Technological University and the 2015 and 2016 Business Incubator Gatekeeper grants for the following SmartZones:
·         Ann Arbor SPARK East, Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti SmartZone
·         Central Michigan University Research Corporation, Mt. Pleasant SmartZone
·         Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP), Lansing Regional SmartZone
·         Macomb-Oakland University Incubator, Sterling Heights SmartZone
·         Muskegon Innovation Hub, Muskegon SmartZone
·         Midland Tomorrow Innovation Center, Midland SmartZone
·         Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMU Med), Kalamazoo SmartZone
·         Innovate Marquette Enterprise Corporation (IMQT), Marquette SmartZone
·         Lakeshore Advantage, Holland SmartZone
·         Lenawee Now, Adrian and Tecumseh SmartZone
·         Michigan Tech Enterprise Corporation (MTEC), Houghton and Hancock SmartZone
·         SSMart-Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste Marie SmartZone
Michigan SmartZones provide distinct geographical locations where technology-based firms, entrepreneurs and researchers receive access to business accelerator services, including business development mentoring, incubator and wet lab space, technology assessments, market analysis, product development and entrepreneurial training. The gatekeeper position is responsible for assisting companies in navigating the entrepreneurial ecosystem and accessing the various services and programs provided by SmartZones. Under the grants they’ve previously received, these SmartZones have helped 231 companies form, served 1,695 companies, created 730 jobs, retained 4,223 jobs, and assisted companies in raising over $286 million with an additional $125 million in sales.

"With its abundant resources and commitment to innovation, Michigan remains a fertile environment for entrepreneurs to realize their dreams and to start and grow a business,” said Marilyn Clark, CEO at MTEC SmartZone. “Today’s approval of additional funding reinforces that commitment, while acknowledging the tremendous impact entrepreneurs have on the state’s economic growth."
MEDC’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation initiative establishes Michigan as the place to create and grow a business by providing high-tech start-up companies with access to a variety of critical resources, such as funding and expert counsel, from ideation to maturation. For more on MEDC Entrepreneurship & Innovation, visit michiganbusiness.org.
For more on the MEDC and its initiatives, visit MichiganBusiness.org. For Michigan travel news, updates and information, visit michigan.org. Michigan residents interested in seeking employment with any of Michigan’s growing companies should check mitalent.org, where more than 98,000 jobs are currently available in a variety of industries.

LTU hosts game development marathon


About 30 software coders, artists and others with an interest in game development spent the weekend at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield during the second annual Game Jam on campus.

The event was part of Global Game Jam, a worldwide celebration of art and creativity in game development.

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Novi's Morrison Industries aims to hire 100 employees over two years

Morrison Industries, which makes steel shipping containers for the manufacturing industry and custom shipping racks for automakers, is growing, and opening a second manufacturing plant in Novi. 

Production at the 50,000-square-foot Morrison Industries North is on track to begin in January. The goal is to start production with 15 to 20 employees and aim for 100 employees "over the next 24 months," the company says. It'll be looking to hire in the following jobs: welder, fabricator, maintenance and general office staff.

"The central location in the metro area allows us to provide the most convenient access to our customers, with locations in both the northern and southern regions," the company says.

Morrison Industries, founded in 1979, is based in Morrison, Tennessee, and counts GM, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla, and Toyota as some of its clients.

"We're not a stranger to growth and expansion," CEO Jacob Wilson says in a memo posted on Morrison Industries' website. "Over the last 25 years, our family-owned company has grown to be one of the most trusted names in auto-rack manufacturing. We are excited to better position ourselves to serve both current and new customers."

Tech248 update: ORBBEC builds 3D cameras for VR, AR, 3D printing, AI and more


Virtual and Augmented reality are becoming the hot new technologies on the scene. Troy-based ORBBEC makes computer-controlled 3D cameras that can see, hear and respond to people and their environments with unprecedented accuracy fitting in nicely with this trend. ORBBEC is the featured company in this Tech248 update.

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Vectorform's Vazzano talks VR, AI, IoT and digital transformation


Vectorform co-founder Jason Vazzano talks about his digital transformation company in Royal Oak that works with Amazon, Walt Disney and other big players to help them innovate, another of the Tech248 Member interviews conducted by Irene Spanos with Oakland County government.

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National program to connect 500 high school students with 35 advanced manufacturing companies

High school students from Oakland Schools’ four technical campuses and other local schools will tour 35 high-tech manufacturing locations in the county October 6 as part of National Manufacturing Day.

Students will see firsthand the state-of-the-art technologies used in today’s manufacturing and discuss the processes with the highly skilled professionals during facility tours scheduled throughout Oakland County during the morning-long event.

“The goal of our third annual Manufacturing Day in Oakland County is to inspire our young people to pursue careers in manufacturing and the skilled trades,” County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “There are a lot of great, in-demand jobs available in our region and this event helps introduce them to these opportunities. It’s an exciting day for all those who participate – the students, their teachers and the manufacturers who host the tours.”

Oakland County Manufacturing Day is organized by the Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs, in partnership with Oakland Schools, Oakland Community College, the Oakland County Business Roundtable’s Oakland NEXT committee and Oakland County Michigan Works! Event’s sponsors include Magna International, Lawrence Technological University, Kelly Services, FCA – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Automation Alley, Wenzel and Oakland Community College.

Nationally, the U.S. manufacturing sector supports more than 18.5 million jobs, according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The manufacturing sector accounts for 12 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product annually, according to NIST data.

Southfield-based automotive supplier Comau is hosting students at three locations in Oakland County. Mark Bologna, head of manufacturing at Comau-NAFTA, said the increase in automation and digital factories has made it critical to have a highly skilled manufacturing workforce and Manufacturing Day introduces a new generation of potential employees to the company.

“The opportunities in today’s manufacturing environment are exciting and varied, offering a wide variety of interesting challenges to people just entering the workforce,” Bologna said. “Manufacturing Day is a great opportunity for students looking at possible career choices to learn firsthand about Comau’s advanced technologies and types of jobs required to design, manufacture and launch automation systems within a digital environment.”

Other Oakland County manufacturers hosting students include AAM – Auburn Hills Manufacturing, ABB Inc., Atlas Copco Tools and Assembly Systems LLC, Automation & Modular Components, BEHCO-MRM, Berkley Machine Products, Brose North America, Cosma Body Assembly Michigan, DASI Solutions, DENSO, Encore Automation, Fata Automation Inc., Ferndale Laboratories Inc., Garden Fresh Gourmet, General Motors Global Propulsion Systems – Pontiac Engineering Center, GKN, Gonzalez Production Systems, Hirata Corporation of America, Hirotec America Inc., High-Tech Mold & Engineering, Inductoheat Inc., Kawasaki Robotics (USA) Inc., Lear Corp., Mahindra Automotive North America, Moeller Aerospace, Moeller Precision Tool, MPD Welding Inc., Roechling Automotive, Total Door and Wenzel America Ltd.

As with any event, volunteers play a key role, with two adults accompanying students to each tour site.

Paul Galbenski, dean of the Oakland Schools Technical Campus Northeast in Pontiac, said Manufacturing Day is an important component of career development and planning for high school students. There are four technical campuses: Clarkston, Pontiac, Royal Oak and Wixom. They provide students with both technical skills in a variety of fields and the required academic credits to graduate. The opportunity to bring education and industry together during Manufacturing Day is a win-win situation for everyone, he said.

“Our students win as they are able to visualize how the technical training they are receiving from us opens doors for them to career options in manufacturing and skilled trades,” Galbenski said. “It’s a win for our business and industry partners as they have potential future employees in their facilities to show them the multitude of high wage, high demand and high skills careers available in Michigan and around the globe.”

In addition to the tours, students will participate in an interactive presentation on in-demand skills and advanced manufacturing jobs throughout Metro Detroit by representatives from Troy-based Kelly Services. Topics include the value of building a professional network, how to leverage social media to find employment and the importance of gaining new skills throughout their working lives to adapt to the rapid pace of change in the workplace.

National Manufacturing Day is increasing positive perceptions of manufacturing with students. According to a survey of 1,400 Manufacturing Day 2016 participants from across the country, sponsored by the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte:
  • 90 percent thought the Manufacturing Day activities were interesting and engaging
  • 84 percent said that they were now more aware of manufacturing jobs in their communities
  • 81 percent thought manufacturing provides careers that are interesting and rewarding
  • 62 percent were more motivated to pursue a career in manufacturing
For more information on Oakland County Manufacturing Day, visit OakGov.com/MFGDay. Other websites include ManufactureMyFuture.comMfgDay.com and MITradeSchool.org.

On social media, connect to the event using #MfgDay17 and #MfgOak.

Tech248 member MatchRX revolutionizing surplus prescription drug industry


Check out this cool Tech248 member company MatchRX a private web-based inter-pharmacy marketplace to buy and sell small quantities of non-controlled, non-expired overstocked prescription drugs and drugs in short supply to satisfy a specific patient need or declared public health emergency.

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Automation Alley Swiss tenant company APAG Cosyst opens office in Madison Heights

With assistance from Automation Alley, Michigan’s leading technology and manufacturing business association, another international company is setting up shop in Southeast Michigan. APAG Cosyst of Switzerland has moved out of Automation Alley’s International Business Center in Troy, Mich. and into a facility in Madison Heights, Mich. The company is expected to hire 13 employees for the new location, which will serve as a customer support office. In addition to the Madison Heights office, the company is also seeking a location for a manufacturing site that will eventually house 150 employees.
“We are pleased to see another one of our international tenant companies find a home in Southeast Michigan,” said Noel Nevshehir, Automation Alley’s director of International Business Services. “By attracting foreign companies to our region, introducing them to potential business partners and assisting in site selection, we are driving local economic growth and helping to create new jobs in our region.”
APAG Cosyst, manufacturers and designers of electronic applications for Tier 1 and industrial customers worldwide, came to Automation Alley looking to grow their business in North America, specifically in Michigan.
“We were recently awarded a design program with a major automotive company and saw an opportunity to grow our U.S. design team quickly, which will require more people and space to accommodate them,” said Dan McGregor, APAG Cosyst vice president of sales. “APAG CoSyst LLC is extraordinarily thankful for all the support from the Automation Alley team and specifically from the International Business Center. We have enjoyed, and will continue to enjoy, all the perks of being an Automaton Alley member."
Automation Alley’s International Business Center, located inside Automation Alley Headquarters in Troy, Mich. provides up to 90 days of soft landing space for international companies to use as a home base while exploring opportunities to do business in Southeast Michigan.
Since 2011, Automation Alley has assisted 20 foreign companies in establishing their operations in Southeast Michigan, which has created 694 well-paying, high-value jobs for the region.
Automation Alley’s 3,200-square-foot International Business Center includes three meeting rooms with communications technology, three private offices, an open office area and convenient access to Automation Alley’s International Business Services staff.
In addition to temporary office space, tenants of the International Business Center receive assistance with site selection and introductions to potential business partners, clients and employees to jump-start their business. 
For more information about Automation Alley’s International Business Center, contact Automation Alley at 800-427-5100 or info@automationalley.com.

Farmington Hills manufacturer teams with OU to turn water into electricity

A Farmington Hills-based company believes it has a developed a game-changing product for the clean energy industry. And a unique partnership with Oakland University has helped convince them and many others that they've done just that.

It's called the Oscillo Drive, a device developed and patented by Wave Water Works, LLC. Basically, the Oscillo Drive is placed in water and uses the motion of waves to convert mechanical energy into electrical energy. The device produces energy, which is then moved to a generator, converting that energy into electrical energy. It is quiet, renewable, and sheds no pollution.

"And the amazing thing is, the damn thing works," says Wave Water Works project director and general manager Chuck Keys.

Another seemingly amazing part of the story is that the Oscillo Drive had been sitting on the shelf for three decades before its inventor, Phil Padula, president and CEO of Wave Water Works, hired Keys in 2013 to bring the product to market. Keys has been talking to interested parties as near as Macomb County and as far as Israel and India.

The Oscillo Drive is going into production this winter and the company will have projects in the water the following spring.

The company enrolled in the Oakland University INC business incubator program last year, gaining access to important equipment and help from engineering faculty and 43 students. Keys estimates that Wave Water Works received $1.5 million in professional engineering services as a result of the partnership.

"We needed to be able to test the device," he says. "We knew it worked but we needed to be able to measure it. At OU, we were able to run it through a battery of tests."

Wave Water Works is also readying an Oscillo Drive that works in rivers. A desalination device is also nearing production.

Got a development news story to share? Email MJ Galbraith here or send him a tweet @mikegalbraith.

Delphi Partners with Innoviz Technologies on advanced LiDAR solutions for autonomous vehicles


Delphi Automotive, a global technology company that operates its North American headquarters in Troy, has announced a commercial partnership agreement with Innoviz Technologies, an Israeli company developing LiDAR technology for the mass commercialization of autonomous vehicles.

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DASI Solutions celebrates inaugural graduation

DASI Solutions is elated to announce the graduation of its first cohort to participate in the recently launched Pre-Apprenticeship program on August 24. In addition to the Industrial Design Technician Apprenticeship Program, DASI Solutions has now launched a Pre-Apprenticeship program in response to the skilled trades gap that has been effecting both the manufacturing and engineering industries across the region. This program is designed to enhance general skills & knowledge of its participants in order to prepare them for jobs in the engineering and manufacturing industries.

This program was rolled out to Metro Detroit area individuals who are eager to start a career in the growing & rewarding field of 3D CAD Design, and all training classes are being held at Focus: HOPE in Detroit. Structured as a bootcamp style, this program offers not only CAD training, but also other life skills, education & OSHA training. In addition to the internationally recognized SOLIDWORKS Certifications, participants of the program will have the ability to obtain other certifications, including:
  • NIMS (National Institute of Metalworking Skills)
  • Customer Service
  • OSHA Hazardous Situation – MIOSHA
The program runs for a total of 6 weeks, whereas the students will attend classes Monday – Friday for a total of 192 hours. In suit with DASI’s Industrial Design Technician Apprenticeship Program, this program is grant funded for all individuals, falling under the American Apprenticeship Initiative Grant. 

Following graduation day, on August 25, there will be employer interviews held at FOCUS: Hope, where the graduates will be hoping to find permanent employment. Interviews will be held in 2 hour increments and will be structured on an individual basis for each employer.

"This pre-apprenticeship program is a key component to help the supply and demand ratio for designers. We've been increasing demand for years; we needed an increase in supply” stated Adam Majkowski, Apprenticeship Specialist at DASI Solutions.

For more information about DASI’s upcoming cohorts of the pre-apprenticeship program, or if you are interested in participating in one of the employer interviews, please contact Annette Norris at annette@dasi-solutions.com

About DASI Solutions: Founded in 1995, DASI Solutions assists Emerging Sector companies in the implementation of 3D CAD and other collaborative technologies used in the product development process by the Designing Engineer. DASI Solutions offers sales, technical support and training for the SOLIDWORKS software product portfolio, as well as 3D Printing services for additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping. The company, which has its headquarters in Pontiac, MI, has facilities throughout Michigan, Indiana, Arizona and California. For more information on the company, visit www.dasisolutions.com, or contact Richard or David Darbyshire, brothers and Co-Owners, at 248-333-2996. 

Autoliv ASP leases space for new facility in Southfield


Autoliv ASP, Inc., announced it is leasing space to construct a 180,000-square-foot facility in Southfield. The company plans to invest $22.6 million and create 384 jobs there in the next five years, according to a release by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The new facility will enable the consolidation of four locations of the Autoliv Electronics America division. It will be across the street from the current location at 26545 American Drive, Southfield.

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