BY MARK URBAN Traverse city — Many employers seem to be looking for skilledmanufacturing workers with experience. The problem: A lot of those workers aren’t seeking employment. Emily Challender, purchasing manager at Hayes Manufacturing in Fife Lake, said it’s been the “same problem for the last 20 years” when it comes to finding enough employees, not… Read More


FMLean featured Hayes Manufacturing in their new website for Lean teachings and information.  Check out their site and learn how to relentlessly eliminate waste in your processes.   Welcome to FMLean Our aim is that this not-for-profit information hub – and the events which accompany it – provide an insight into a systematic and sustained… Read More


Change helps ignite manufacturing industry GTAMC hosts fourth annual summit BY MARK URBAN murban@record-eagle.com Mar 11, 2018 Chuck Werner, far right, of the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, talks during the Digital Movement breakout session at the fourth annual Northern Michigan Manufacturing Summit. Werner was followed to the podium by (from left) Jim Chan from RJG,… Read More


‘Igniting’ is the theme of this fourth annual event TRAVERSE CITY — Even the most established of businesses could use an extra spark. “Igniting” the local manufacturing base is the theme for the fourth annual Northern Michigan Manufacturing Summit on Tuesday, March 6 from 7:30-11:30 a.m. at The Hagerty Center. The event is hosted by… Read More


Customer Reviews: “Great product, prompt with shipping orders, great people to work with” Customer – Anderson Industrial Engines “The sales rep was polite, knowledgeable and the order was an ease to process” Customer – Industrial Floor Cleaners “The part was easy to find on your website, and the lady i talked to on the phone… Read More


Coming off our ten-year celebration at Traverse City’s Right Brain Brewery, the Northern Michigan Lean Learning Consortium (LLC) has more momentum than ever! They are stretching across 13 northern counties with 54 member companies, connecting them with more than 900 diverse organizations across the state through their partnership with the Michigan Lean Consortium. Lean enthusiasts… Read More


Hayes Manufacturing success story Feature company spotlight Hayes Manufacturing, a third generation family-owned business located in Fife Lake knew they wanted to expand their power transmission products business internationally. However, after more than 60 years solely focused on domestic growth, they were unsure where to begin. After learning about the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s International… Read More


Hayes Manufacturing has worked very hard to achieve one piece flow in our Manufacturing process.  This was accomplished in large part by the use of Cellular Flow in our facility.  We have created nine manufacturing cells and two shipping flows to accommodate our range of products.  Our lean journey started with changing our facility from… Read More


NEWS (By Midwest Energy News) Penny Challender, (front row, second from left) credits retired engineers for helping her manufacturing company find opportunities for energy savings. For small Michigan companies, a welcome assist on energy efficiency WRITTEN BYAndy BalaskovitzMay 3, 2016 PHOTO BY Gary Howe for Midwest Energy News For Michigan companies looking for an economic boost,… Read More


Planning for Northern Michigan’s Manufacturing Future BY BETSY WILLIAMS, SALES AND TRAINING SPECIALIST There have been many conversations around building a new image for the present and future of regional manufacturing and its diverse career opportunities. These conversations included manufactures, educators, and local government agencies. So, where to start? As the Northern Lower Regional office… Read More