Manufacturing Day brings students into factories for a look around

 

Students from Detroit Randolph Career and Technical H.S. at the Henry Ford College  M-TEC Center
Students from Detroit Randolph Career and Technical H.S. at the Henry Ford College M-TEC Center

Manufacturing companies throughout the U.S. have unfilled jobs for skilled workers, and Manufacturing Day aims to tell that story to students and parents by opening up factories for a one-day visit. In Wayne County there were an approximate 820 students that visited 13 locations. DEGC’s business development staff played a significant role in partnering with local organizations and companies to organize the participation for nearly 650 of the students.

By 2025, nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will become available across the U.S., but 2 million may be left unfilled if the skilled labor shortage goes unchecked. Manufacturing Day helps build awareness of modern manufacturing, its rewarding careers and its role as an economic driver, among young people and the larger community.

Manufacturers in Metro Detroit, supported by the U.S. Department of Commerce Manufacturing Council, hosted government officials, business and community leaders, and 30 schoolchildren for a Manufacturing Day kickoff event at the Michigan Science Center. Throughout the day local manufacturers and training facilities welcomed middle and high school students at their sites to see firsthand the safe, high-tech and innovative work environments awaiting those who pursue manufacturing careers.

Among the participating organizations were the Ford Dearborn Plant, Magna Seating, Detroit Diesel, Detroit Chassis, DEGC, Detroit Manufacturing Systems, Focus: HOPE, General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant, Michigan Science Center, New Center Stamping, Shinola, Verndale Products, Plastic Omnium, Brose New Boston, Henry Ford M-Tec, Detroit Public Schools, SEMCA, Wayne RESA, and WIN – Workforce Intelligence Network.

Kenyetta Hairston Bridges
Business Development Manager

 

Family Fair Food Center Shines for its Customers

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Suhel Kizi is always looking for ways to improve the shopping experience for customers at his Family Fair Food Center in Lafayette Park, so when he heard about the Green Grocer Façade Improvement Program from DEGC’s Olga Stella at a Chaldean Chamber of Commerce meeting, he was intrigued. Several years after their meeting, the Family Fair Food Center shines inside and out.

The DEGC Green Grocer Project Façade Improvement Program enables Detroit grocery store owners or tenants to enhance the visual appearance of their stores – and improve the grocery sector overall in the city of Detroit – by offering 50/50 matching grants. The Program also provides matching grants for building and parking lot improvements.

“Today we have windows where cement walls used to be. All of the exterior signage in new, including a tall sign at the corner of our new parking lot,” Kizi said.

The 27,000-sq-ft interior selling space of the full-service grocery store was completely renovated, including new freezers, lighting, aisle markers, signage and shelving.

Kizi also operates Harbortown Market on East Jefferson, Azteca Supermercado on Central, and Holly Foods in Holly. The Harbortown Market also received a grant from the façade program.

“It’s a great program that does a good job to help people improve the grocery stores in Detroit,” Kizi said.

Mimi Pledl
Program Manager, Green Grocer Project