By Michelle Rasmussen

Business Services Director, Michigan Works! West Central

BIG RAPIDS — Reed City hiring and employment successes were among those celebrated recently by the Michigan Works! Association at its 2nd annual Prosperity Awards held in Lansing.

Michigan Works! West Central worked with Reed City Tool, one of the local honorees, to identify and hire qualified journeymen and mold makers by re-starting its apprenticeship program. Brian Mund, a Reed City Tool employee trained under the apprenticeship program, also was honored at the Lansing awards ceremony.

“This apprenticeship program is important to us as a company, and it’s important to our employees,” said Ron Marek of Reed City Tool.

Ferris State University also collaborated with the employer on the curriculum for the registered apprenticeship training, while Michigan Works! assisted the company in completing grant applications to secure the necessary training funds.

“Reed City Tool is helping put Michigan back to work, one job at a time,” said State Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart. “Michigan Works! and Ferris State University are remarkable resources our region can be proud of, and they’re delivering real results.”

The Prosperity Awards are an opportunity for state leaders to recognize the work of job makers and local workers successfully paired through Michigan Works'! demand-driven approach to talent development. Dozens of honorees from across the state received awards presented by their local lawmakers and state workforce development officials.

Award winners included job makers, workers, Michigan Works! Agencies and partners from across the state.

“Northern and Mid-Michigan’s economy is stronger because of the demand-driven approach Michigan Works! takes with employers like Reed City Tool,” said state Rep. Phil Potvin, R-Cadillac. “Employers and collaborations like these have us on the comeback trail.”

“Michigan Works! is on the front lines meeting the talent demands of employers, responding to the unique needs of each community and engaging community leaders to influence change,” said Paul Griffith, Michigan Works! West Central executive director.