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Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (MMTC) provides Michigan’s small and medium sized manufacturers with operational assessment, process improvement training, mentoring services, website technical assistance and market diversification tactics. MMTC is the Michigan affiliate of federal Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership through the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Headquartered in Plymouth, the MMTC has five affiliate offices located in Flint, Grand Rapids, Marquette, Saginaw, and Traverse City to serve Michigan manufacturers.
Working for Southeast Michigan

MMTC’s vision is to be the principal source of high performance business and technical assistance for Michigan’s small to mid-sized manufacturers and the partner of choice for the economic development community. MMTC’s impact goes beyond the factory floor to create a ripple effect of positive sustainable impact on business, its workforce, and the community.

Since 1991, MMTC’s full-time consulting staff has provided training and implementation assistance to a wide variety of industry sectors. Their expertise is provided on a fee for service basis and we frequently assist businesses in applying for federal and state funds to supplement fees.

Federal and Regional Partners
MMTC is an integral part of Michigan’s statewide manufacturing strategy and is a partner with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, as well as with other economic development organizations across Southeast Michigan. MMTC operates as part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership that has over 400 locations nationwide, providing access to industry-driven best processes and practices.

They often work directly with community colleges to meet the needs of local manufacturers.
MMTC delivers solutions that bring bottom-line results. We are measured by the success of our clients.

Understanding A Glance at Michigan Roofing

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

Do you want to make your home beautiful and comfortable? Choosing the right roofing materials for your home will give you the aforesaid dual benefits in terms of appearance and asylum. It is considered that roofing materials are important in energy conversion, comfort, and the appearance of your home. Most people do not  realize that Michigan is one of the most aggressive areas when it comes to roofing technology. Part of the reason may be the temperature and weather extremes in Michigan. If something works in Michigan roofing, it works everywhere else. That may be why Michigan was the site for the first rubber roof installation way back in 1980. That roof is still going strong nearly 30 years later, and rubber roofs are becoming more popular all over the United States.

One of the best sources of information for roofs in Michigan is the MRCA or Michigan Roofing Contractors Association. This groups includes numerous chapters which are the ARCWM, Associated Roofing Contractors of Western Michigan; the Flint PRO, Professional Roofing Organization; JLWRCA, Jackson, Livingston, Washtenaw Roofing Contractors Association; LRCA, Lansing Roofing Contractors Association; RIPF, Roofing Industry Promotion Fund; SVRCA, Saginaw Valley Roofing Contractor Association; and the SMRCA, Southeastern Michigan Roofing Contractors Association. The MRCA lists the relevant contractors and consultants, has information on roofing, and holds yearly meetings to keep its members updated on the latest techniques and technologies.

Michigan is one of the leading areas when it comes to the use of metal roofing materials. This includes not only the older tin barn style, but the newer styles that mimic the look of other materials. Michigan’s cold, snow filled winters and hot summers test not only the shrinking and expanding ability of metal roofs, but their ability to shed water and snow. But never walk barefoot on it. Hansons is a Michigan roofing company that prides itself on treating customers as family. Hansons not only honors the manufacturer warranties on all its product, they add their own additional warranties. Hansons’s extra warranties include a 10 year guarantee all the way up to a 30 year fully transferable guarantee.

Green roofing is becoming a more popular subject, and Michigan State University leads the way in this research. The idea is growing plants on a roof to replace the plants destroyed by the building’s footprint. Soil, plants and even trees are elements of green roofing. Research continues to determine the benefit to the environment, to a roof and a structure, and any negative impact it may have on a structure. When looking for a roofing company, make sure that it is a member of a professional contractors organization. Because such contractors are under a lot of pressure to make their organizations look good, they will most likely have higher standards in terms of work ethics and roofing quality. Make sure that they have a good work history: look at the their websites to access past jobs that they have previously undertaken, or ask for the list by e-mailing for more information.