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

In Issue 2015 September, Manufacturing By Al Parker Making It In Northern Michigan: Hayes Manufacturing It’s not unusual to find a family-run business in the region. But there are very few that have more family members involved in the day-to-day operation of the company than Hayes Manufacturing in Fife Lake. And three-fourths of the company is owned and operated… Read More

  Check out this two page article from Traverse City Record-Eagle “the BIZ” section See Page One See Page Two… Read More