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EXPLORE ADVANCED MANUFACTURING

Mason County has a globally competitive manufacturing sector with emerging emphasis on LEAN technology to enhance environmental stewardship. Engaging with neighboring communities, such as Grand Rapids, Muskegon, and Holland, Mason County optimizes regional resources to energize the manufacturing landscape in our own community. Plentiful transportation options to nearby urban centers allow for distribution and procurement ease without the burdens of the urban landscape.

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EXPLORE ADVANCED MANUFACTURING

Mason County has a globally competitive manufacturing sector with emerging emphasis on LEAN technology to enhance environmental stewardship. Engaging with neighboring communities, such as Grand Rapids, Muskegon, and Holland, Mason County optimizes regional resources to energize the manufacturing landscape in our own community. Plentiful transportation options to nearby urban centers allow for distribution and procurement ease without the burdens of the urban landscape.

 



NOTABLE LUDINGTON MANUFACTURERS

Ludington is home to a wide variety of top regional, national and global manufacturers.  Learn more about the area companies here, by selecting the business name above and visiting their individual websites for more information about their operations and company history/establishment in the Ludington area.

At the Brill Company, we value the natural environment, and our business practices reflect that commitment. From environmentally sensitive sourcing and use of raw materials, to reclaiming 100% of our wood waste from production, we work everyday to build our products and to have minimal impact on the world around us…it’s been a part of our culture from the beginning.


Learn more at: brillcompany.com

The Carrom Company is a games manufacturer headquartered in Ludington, Michigan that has been making quality board and sports games and employing American workers for more than 100 years. What we do in Ludington is significant to the local economy, but even more important, we bring families together and we’ve been doing it for longer than a century.


Learn more at: carrom.com

Change Parts, Inc. is an industry leader in bottle handling change parts, cap handling change parts, change parts carts, timing screws, used packaging machinery, rebuilt packaging machinery and installation and design services. Our capabilities include stars and guides, bottle plates, centering bells, timing screw kits, cap chucks and cap chutes.


Learn more at: changeparts.com

Cone Drive is a globally integrated business with operations on three continents serving a wide range of precision motion control technology markets. The global trading brands of Cone Drive and H-Fang offer an extensive range of highly engineered precision motion control technology products, services, and bespoke engineered solutions that satisfy the most challenging requirements across the world.


Learn more at: conedrive.com

FloraCraft® serving the world from our Ludington, MI headquarters since 1946!  FloraCraft foam products are available in a variety of shapes and sheets.  We also offer Artesia® wet foam, natural straw products, and other craft and floral essential products. Dedicated to helping beginners and professionals achieve their best results, FloraCraft products are the foundation of every great project.

Operating from its headquarters in Ludington, Michigan, FloraCraft has facilities in California and Mexico, with approximately 260 employees.  From these locations, our product is shipped through out the United States, as well as countries around the globe.


Learn more at: Floracraft.com

Great Lakes Castings (GLC) foundry is a leading supplier of high quality, readily machinable gray iron castings. We work across the entire spectrum of market requirements for casting products and process quality.


Learn more at: greatlakescastings.com

Harsco Rail is a global supplier for railway track maintenance and construction. With a broad range of high quality equipment, cutting-edge technology, and worldwide support, Harsco Rail takes care of customers’ needs for virtually all major aspects of track maintenance and construction. Delivering innovation and performance, Harsco Rail meets the demands of the track every day.


Learn more at: Harscorail.com

Since 1966 Kaines has been producing steel wire products-including displays, refrigeration racks, office accessories and specialty wire forms-from our plant on the shores of Lake Michigan. While we have innovative production capabilities and a global customer base, our small town values let us provide service that is uniquely personalized, with response times and quality that are second to none


Learn more at: Kaineswestmichigan.com

Metalworks is a family-owned manufacturing company located in northern Michigan, right on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan.  We maintain two facilities with 175,000 sq feet of manufacturing space, and our 320 employees are dedicated to building reliable, MADE IN AMERICA quality office furniture.  Established in 1966, our company will celebrate 50 years of successful business in 2016.


Learn more at: Metalworks1.com

OxyChem is the world’s largest producer of calcium chloride, a specialty salt that contributes unique performance properties in a diverse range of applications. Our production facility in Ludington, Michigan utilizes the abundant supply of naturally occurring brine to produce a variety of liquid and solid calcium chloride products, each processed to meet specific application requirements.


Learn more at: oxycalciumchloride.com

ProAct Services Corporation specializes in providing innovative air and water treatment solutions customized to meet the requirements of specific environmental issues. With an emphasis in on-site water treatment, industrial degassing/vapor control, environmental remediation, and suspended solids removal, ProAct Services Corporation is committed to delivering exceptional service in a safe, responsive manner to ensure client satisfaction.


Learn more at: Proact-usa.com

Formerly known as Whitehall industries, UACJ acquired the Ludington operation in early 2016.  UACJ aims to establish a firm base from which to proactively promote sales of these products to its customers in automotive aluminum structural materials and various aluminum components, by acquiring SRS, a leading company in North America.


Learn more at: uacj.co

Understanding Manufacturing in the Region:

Established large employers and manufacturing entities in Mason County continue to thrive due to their ability to recognize market shifts and adjust to an ever-changing global economy. Forward thinking industry leaders and government officials, collaborating with the Chamber of Commerce and numerous regional economic development entities, have allowed the manufacturing industry to continue to provide positive impact and continual growth for all work classifications in the region.

The Manufacturing Cluster accounts for 18% of all business in Mason County, and accounts for over 2,000 full-time employment positions. Manufacturing is the driving force behind the thriving year round economy in our county, a highly sought after achievement for any Michigan coastal community. Mason County is a shining example of adaptation in an evolving manufacturing climate across the Midwest, and offers the perfect environment for your business venture.

The Mason County Region is situated in West Michigan along the Lake Michigan shoreline with easy access to the major metropolitan areas in Michigan and the Midwest Region.  Driving distances to the larger metro areas are as follows:

Grand Rapids 1hr 28min  |  Traverse City 1hr 50 min  |  Chicago 3hr 47min  |  Detroit 3hr 36 min

Looking to land your Advanced Manufacturing business in Mason County?  Mason County has one of the deepest history’s of manufacturing in West Michigan, building strong roots during the lumber boom of the late 1800s and weathering the economic depressions throughout the years because of the strong will, innovation and networking of our advanced manufacturing community.

Close proximity to Water (Deep Water Port) Rail, and Class A Highways all make for an ideal position (geographically) to land your business within the Mason County Region.

We have one of the strongest support networks in the region with key partners like: Mason County Growth Alliance, Mason County Manufacturers Association, Chamber of Commerce;

West Shore Community College – Specialized Trainings, Open Entry/Open Exit programming, Workforce Development Assistance

Involvement with Regional Initiatives: Talent 2025 Involvement – Bringing together Business Community, Education, and Community Leaders

 


Manufacturing Volume in the Mason County Region

The Advanced Manufacturing workforce and physical brick and mortar infrastructure is throughout the county, with a concentration in the Ludington City Area and immediately surrounding areas.  Thanks to the various industry parks and other key industrial infrastructure, advanced manufacturing in this region thrives.  Find more data like this below and browse our data library for stats, reports and other various information on our local capacity.

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Opportunities to locate your advanced Manufacturing business venture within Mason County has never been easier…

Getting involved with the Mason County Growth Alliance provides your business venture with onsite local experts that are ready and willing to work hard for you and your business.  Our team of dedicated professionals can pull specific market research and data that you require to make educated and informed decisions.

FILL THE NEEDS: Market research has provided us with opportunities of needs within this immediate region.

WORKFORCE IS READY: With workforce development and training programs through West Shore Community College and other regional initiatives, the region has a workforce that can be ready for your business.

DEVELOPMENT READY: We are ready for infrastructure build-up and sustainability.  Our utility infrastructure can handle almost any size manufacturing venture looking to locate here.

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Whitehall Industries

Employing over 480 people, Whitehall Industries began in 1974 manufacturing precision components for the copier industry. In 2001, they established a precision aluminum extrusion operation, which extrudes aluminum profiles with tolerances tighter than industry standards. Over thirty years later, they have grown to be an industry leader in the manufacturing of Automotive Sunroof Tracks.

  • Whitehall Industries is one of the lead manufacturers providing a variety of components for Tesla Motors
  • Awarded the 2014 GM Supplier Quality Excellence Award or their work with General Motors.

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In 2016, Metalworks celebrates 50 successful years in business in Mason County. A family-owned manufacturer of contract office furniture, Metalwork’s storage, collaborative, and work space products are distributed nationwide and across the globe.

They maintain two facilities with 175,000 sq feet of manufacturing space, and their 320 employees are dedicated to building reliable, quality office furniture MADE IN AMERICA.

Metal works is committed to environmental diligence in all phases of its operations and activities. As a global socially responsible corporate citizen, they pledge to their employees, customers and community that they will strive to protect the environment and natural resources related to all of their operations.

Awards and Certifications:

  • GSA Evergreen Award
  • SCS Indoor AdvantageTM Gold
  • Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence
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