October 26, 2018

US Senator Gary Peters sought out the GTAMC during a busy day in Northern Michigan, to meet with several regional manufacturing companies and learn more about the their recent achievements and challenges. GTAMC Vice Chair Rob Summers called the meeting to order, shared background on our regional manufacturing sector  https://www.makegreatthings.org/information/ 

and the following offered their personal perspectives in an extensive, interactive session:

Electro Optics Technology (Director of HR, Robert Blake),

Grand Traverse Industries (CEO Steve Perdue),

Grand Traverse Tool (Owner/President Jeff Gothrup)

Wunsch Farms (Owner/CEO Isaiah Wunsch),

Britten & TC Chamber of Commerce (Board Chair Kevin Schlueter),

Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center/NMC (Director Rich Wolin),

GT Economic Development Corporation (Board member Dennis Arouca)

Vice Chairman GTAMC (Robert Summers)

Following the workshop, the group toured the TBAISD Career Technical Center’s recent $3.5million/ 10,000 sg ft expansion, which includes TC’s nationally recognized Manufacturing Technology  Academy, https://www.tbactc.org/programs/manufacturing-description.asp.

Senator Peters, a strong supporter of Career Tech education,  recently led the fight  for the bi-partisan S-3217/HR-2353, to  improve career development for Career Tech instructors, which was signed into law by the President in July 2018.

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