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Thai Summit part of Prosperity Award winning group

Thai Summit America was part of a collaborative group to recently receive the Region 9 Prosperity Award from the State of Michigan. Region 9 includes Livingston, Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Monroe and Washtenaw counties.

Thai Summit received a $90,035 grant from the state’s Skilled Trades Training Fund to provide leadership training, die finishing training and on-the-job training. These funds leveraged additional investment of nearly $175,000 from Livingston County Michigan Works! and the company.

To help with recruiting, Livingston County Michigan Works! partnered with Action Associates in hosting a job fair in January 2014. The event attracted more than 100 applicants and resulted in more than 60 hires who were trained with funds managed by Livingston County Michigan Works!.

“Our relationship with Michigan Works!, the Livingston County Workforce Development Council and Action Associates has provided a strategic partnership where we are able to identify, hire and train our workforce for the future,” said Pat Casady, executive manager human resources at Thai Summit. “(It) provides a solid mechanism to asssit us in obtaining the right people for the right job and allowing us to train for future openings.”

Thai Summit America, a leader in the sheet metal stamping industry and a Tier 1 supplier to Ford, Chrysler and other OEMs, employs 390 corporate employees and 107 temporary employees. The company is in the midst of a major $50 million expansion of its Howell campus and projects to hire 130-150 in the next two years.

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