In brief

MCC celebrates apprenticeships

FLINT – Mott Community College (MCC) celebrated National Apprenticeship Week with Lt. Governor Brian Calley, Flint Mayor Karen Weaver and the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) on Nov. 18 in the Regional Technology Center on the main campus in Flint. “Michigan appreciates the value of apprenticeships and is committed to expanding opportunities for greater participation,” Calley said. “Apprenticeships are win-win scenarios for employers and employees, and we will use them and other tools in our tool box to build the nation’s premier talent pipeline.” As part of the celebration, representatives of the Local 85 Pipefitters & Plumbers were on hand for the signing of New Occupation Apprenticeship Standards. An industry panel discussed how apprenticeship programs serve the local economy and the increasing demand for skilled workers for the 21st Century marketplace locally and nationwide. – L.R.

MI companies land China contracts

LANSING – Gov. Rick Snyder today congratulated two Michigan companies for signing memorandums of understanding with Chinese companies that will foster stronger economic partnerships between Michigan and China. “These joint ventures are great examples of how the strength of the auto industry both in Michigan and the Chongqing region can create smart business opportunities and partners. We are proud of these two Michigan companies, Gage Products and Lorin Industries, for their continued growth and success in expanding into international markets,” said Snyder. “Michigan is committed to economic partnership with Chongqing, not only in the auto sector but in other industries as well.” Gage Products Company is a Ferndale-based supplier of chemical related products and processes, specializing in high performance solvent blends and custom test fuel blends. Lorin Industries, headquartered in Muskegon, has been a world leader in coil anodizing since 1943. Lorin’s technology provides a vast array of aluminum finishing options that gives architects, designers and manufacturing engineers many possibilities for interior and exterior design. – L.R.

487,000+ jobs created

LANSING – Gov. Rick Snyder issued the following statement after the announcement that 487,900 private-sector jobs have been created since December 2010. The state’s unemployment rate – now at 4.7 percent – remains below the national unemployment rate. “This month’s jobs report demonstrates the strength of Michigan’s economy as more private-sector jobs are created and more Michiganders join the labor force. Over the past six years, more than 487,000 jobs have been created, allowing our residents to feel more confident as they look for new career opportunities. “We should be proud of our comeback to this point, but our efforts to create more well-paying jobs need to continue. During my investment mission to China, we’re telling Michigan’s comeback story and making the case that there is no better place in the world for companies to expand and create jobs than in Michigan. We will continue to proudly tell the story of Michigan’s reinvention as we work to improve our economy for all Michiganders.” – L.R.

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