June 22, 2017
GLTAAC welcomes Kevin Rucinski to the team: Joining as Senior Project Manager, Kevin brings solid experience in manufacturing and management. He looks forward to working with GLTAAC clients to help improve their competitiveness. Read more about Kevin here.
June 15, 2017
A small Michigan consumer products company just completed a comprehensive rebranding campaign via the TAAF program. Working aggressively with 4 different consultants over the past year, this firm successfully redefined its business (even changing its name), refocused its market position, and redesigned all of its promotional materials (including its website). The company is now ready to grow as it introduces new products and rebuilds market share over the next few years. 
June 8, 2017
Michigan manufacturer starts TAAF with Certification project: A new GLTAAC client has started to implement their TAAF Adjustment Plan. For their first project, this precision machining firm is working with their MEP to attain ISO 9001:2015 compliance. Their next project will focus on a redesign of their website. 
May 31, 2017
Ohio MEP to work with new GLTAAC client on their first project: A new Ohio GLTAAC client will work with an Ohio MEP for their first TAAF co-funded projects. The projects will advance the automotive supplier’s new product development process and marketing strategy. GLTAAC will ‘split the bill’ for these projects, providing 50% co-funding to the manufacturer.
May 30, 2017
Website re-design to be first TAAF project for central Ohio firm: With their Adjustment Plan now approved, this Ohio steel parts manufacturer has begun spending their TAAF co-funding. Their first project will be a website redesign, using their preferred consultant who has a track record in helping manufacturers get the most out of their web presence. See more about the kinds of projects GLTAAC co-funds. 
May 15, 2017
Indiana firm to begin TAAF program: An Indiana mold maker was recently accepted into the TAAF program. The manufacturer, whose sales had been declining due to import competition from Mexico and Asia, will now begin to work with GLTAAC to develop their recovery plan. (See more about the TAAF application and planning process here.) 
April 19, 2017:
Indiana manufacturer off to a great start in TAAF program: With their Adjustment Plan just approved, this Indiana firm wasted no time starting to spend their TAAF matching funds. The firm began a comprehensive marketing project in April, with the goal of building their brand, improving their web site, and reaching new customers. 
March 22, 2017:
Ohio firm begins TAAF program with ISO certification project: An Ohio foundry will start implementing their TAAF Adjustment Plan this month. They will begin using their TAAF program matching funds for ISO Certification. Future projects will focus on Internet marketing, enhancing productivity, and staff training.
February 27, 2017:
Training and Internet Marketing to be first TAAF projects for Michigan firm: Now that their Adjustment Plan has been approved, a GLTAAC Michigan client will start spending their TAAF matching funds on an extensive website upgrade. Additionally, they’ll tackle worker skills training with the goal of enhancing productivity. 
January 10, 2017
Indiana firm’s first TAAF project will identify new target markets: With its Adjustment Plan recently approved, this La Porte area manufacturer is ready to start spending their TAAF matching funds. As identified in their plan, the manufacturer will begin with a marketing project to better understand existing customer needs and identify new target market segments. 
January 9, 2017
GLTAAC Director interviewed on Michigan Radio: GLTAAC Director, Scott Jacobs, recently discussed TAAF on Michigan Radio’s “Stateside/Next Idea” program.
- Listen to this short (11 minute) interview by going directly to the recording or to the link on the interview’s web page.
December 20, 2016
Central Ohio manufacturer begins its TAAF recovery plan: A steel products manufacturer has been accepted to the TAAF program. This Ohio firm had experienced slumping sales due to competition from low-cost Asian imports. They will now begin the second TAAF phase, working with GLTAAC staff to assess their business and develop an Adjustment Plan.
December 15, 2016
Indiana manufacturer’s quality and productivity directives supported by TAAF: GLTAAC worked with an Indiana client to split the bill for two significant projects. The firm used TAAF matching funds to help pay for installation and training of new quality control equipment. Additionally, the TAAF program co-funded worker training, with the goal of reducing the firm’s reject percentage. Combined, these projects represented a total investment of over $65K. 
December 12, 2016
Michigan medical supplies manufacturer begins TAAF program: After working with GLTAAC to develop their recovery strategy, this firm’s Adjustment Plan has been approved for the implementation phase of the TAAF program. The firm will start by using their TAAF matching funds to create an internet marketing plan.
New GLTAAC client ready to begin using matching funds: Now that its Adjustment Plan has been approved, a Michigan machining manufacturer will use its TAAF matching funds to support a variety of critical business improvements. The plan, prepared by GLTAAC in collaboration with the client, identifies which strategic projects to tackle, as well as an implementation timeline. 
November 16, 2016
GLTAAC wins EDA grant competition – will continue as TAAF center: Initially selected as a TAAF center in 1983, the U.S. Economic Development Administration recently chose GLTAAC to continue to serve import-challenged manufacturers in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio via the TAAF program. Read more here.
October 24, 2016
Three clients complete TAAF, receiving a combined $215K in co-funding: Three GLTAAC clients graduated from the TAAF program this month (one each in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio). While participating in the program, these clients completed a total of 12 business improvement projects. These firms received a combined $215K in TAAF matching funds, resulting in $430K spent to tackle crucial initiatives (and representing over 3,400 hours of outside consulting assistance). Learn more about the kinds of projects the TAAF program co-funds here.
GLTAAC client starts 7th skills training project: A metrology firm in Indiana just began a training project which will be 50% funded by the TAAF program. The training class will be conducted by an instructor from the machine manufacturer. This is the 7th in a series of hands-on training projects designed to improve the firm’s worker skills and productivity. 
October 20, 2016
Michigan firm continues re-branding effort: A GLTAAC consumer-goods client recently began two marketing projects as part of their overall growth strategy. One project will specifically address re-branding, while another will enhance a newly-created website. Both projects were identified as priorities in the firm’s TAAF Adjustment Plan.
September 23, 2016
Ohio electronics firm begins 2 projects via TAAF: This Dayton-area GLTAAC client is using TAAF co-funding for custom programming to upgrade a key component of its primary product. A second project is helping the manufacturer improve its management team’s skills via a 3-month leadership training program. Both projects were identified in the company’s Adjustment Plan, and are 50% funded by the TAAF program. 
September 19, 2016
TAAF co-funded research identifies diversification path for Michigan manufacturer: A Michigan GLTAAC client recently concluded an extensive market research project as part of their TAAF Adjustment Plan. This ‘deep dive’ examined seven new market segments in detail and ultimately selected four segments with immediate growth potential. In addition, targeted sales materials were created to kick-start the firm’s selling efforts. The TAAF program split the bill with the company for this intense market research effort. 
September 14, 2016
Ohio automotive supplier to enter TAAF program: After being hit hard by import competition from China, this family-run manufacturer turned to GLTAAC for help. GLTAAC submitted the firm’s petition (the first step in the TAAF process), which was recently approved. Now the manufacturer is working with GLTAAC in the next step of the TAAF process — development of their Adjustment Plan. 
September 1, 2016
Indiana manufacturer qualifies for TAAF program: With sales suffering from import competition, this firm turned to GLTAAC for help. The manufacturer’s TAAF petition is now approved, which moves them to the next phase of the process – creating the Adjustment Plan. Although GLTAAC does the “heavy lifting,” authoring the plan is a collaborative effort with the firm. After the Adjustment Plan is approved, TAAF co-funding will be available to help the manufacturer invest in critical projects designed to meet their specific needs.
August 29, 2016
TAAF program application successful for Michigan firm: Now that their TAAF petition (application) has been approved, GLTAAC will begin working with a Michigan manufacturer to prepare their Adjustment Plan. The plan will determine how TAAF co-funding can help the medical supplies manufacturer build on their strengths so their TAAF matching funds can make the most of market opportunities.
July 13, 2016
Precision machine shop hires MEP for sales improvement project: A Michigan GLTAAC client just kicked off a sales development initiative with the state’s MEP (the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center) using the TAAF program to pay for 50% of the cost. This is the company’s second project with MMTC supported by the program. It includes market research, sales and market planning, rep search, and sales management mentoring. This is the firm’s 4th cost-shared TAAF project overall. 
July 1, 2016
GLTAAC Director, Scott Jacobs, was recently interviewed for the “Business Today” series, which is produced by the City of Farmington Hills Economic Development Corporation (MI), and hosted by its Director, Khalfani Stevens. Watch the entire video here, or skip to Scott’s discussion of the TAAF Process.
June 20, 2016
New GLTAAC client off to a great start: This Indiana injection molding company will begin the TAAF program by using matching funds to implement an inbound marketing effort with the goal of increasing sales. This project is one of several initiatives identified their Adjustment Plan. GLTAAC collaborated with the firm to develop the plan, which will serve as a guide for business improvements over the next 3 to 5 years.
June 13, 2016
Next steps now clear for Ohio firm: A custom manufacturer used TAAF co-funding to develop a succession plan. The company is now systematically transferring leadership to the next generation of owners. 
June 6, 2016
Ohio precision machining firm completes preventive maintenance project: This client used TAAF matching funds to inspect and establish controls for their electrical system. The project uncovered – and corrected – several hazards, increasing safety for the firm and its employees. 
May 31, 2016
GLTAAC client puts emphasis on marketing: This Ohio equipment manufacturer recently began a long-term project to implement a comprehensive marketing plan. The firm’s goal is not only to expand its domestic market, but also to address global demand and increase exports. 
May 10, 2016
Indiana manufacturer begins quality system project: TAAF funds will help this firm implement a quality inspection system. The project addresses a need in the manufacturer’s Adjustment Plan to improve quality, productivity, and reduce operating costs.
April 15, 2016
TAAF to help 19th century Michigan firm compete in the 21st century- GLTAAC submitted a petition this month for a 120+ year-old Michigan manufacturer. The firm will use TAAF matching funds to build on their heritage by broadening their market and increasing productivity.
March 1, 2016
GLTAAC and Ohio client finalize recovery plan – GLTAAC has submitted an Adjustment Plan for a southwestern Ohio electronics manufacturer. The firm will use TAAF co-funding to make enterprise-wide efficiency improvements as well as to support product development and product launch efforts.
February 12, 2016
TAAF client begins in-depth market research – A Western Michigan manufacturer began an intensive market research project this month as part of their TAAF recovery plan. The company will use TAAF matching funds to identify additional markets for a new product. The research results will help the firm determine which segments have the highest potential, enabling the company to make Go/No-Go decisions for each segment and develop marketing plans for the best prospects.
January 28, 2016
Michigan manufacturer enters program – GLTAAC submitted a TAAF petition this month for a southern Michigan precision turning shop. The firm will work with GLTAAC to develop and implement an action plan using program co-funding to improve its global competitiveness.
January 15, 2016
Michiana client achieves ISO 9001 certification – after completing a 6-month documentation, prep and training project last year, this small Indiana machining firm just passed its registration audit (also done through the TAAF program). Quality certification is a key component of the company’s recovery plan, as it will expand its sales opportunities and enable it to keep major customers. 
December 10, 2015
Sales the first focus for new GLTAAC client – The newest GLTAAC client wasted no time in getting started on their recovery plan. This Michigan 5-axis machine shop was ready to go as soon as their Adjustment Plan was approved. They immediately started with a sales coaching project, and then will move on to address improvements in training, efficiency, and quality. 
December 1, 2015
New website helps GLTAAC client expand their market – A Michigan manufacturer recently had a great start in the TAAF program. Their first project used program matching funds to develop a new website. This is only the first step in their TAAF Adjustment Plan, which initially addresses new sales, and then will focus on productivity and cost management. 
October 12, 2015
TAAF client completes program with new web presence: A Michigan precision machining firm just completed a Web Marketing project co-funded by GLTAAC. This $16,000 project took the firm’s website marketability to the next level by upgrading their website and beginning campaigns in blog marketing, social media marketing, and a rhythm of regular newsletters. This client joined the program five years ago and, with this final capstone project, has profitably used all of its available program funding. 
September 17, 2015
Manufacturing Trade Deficit on Track for Worst Year Ever: Through the first 7 months of 2015, the U.S. trade deficit in manufactured goods was on pace to exceed $830 billion for the year. Manufacturing imports totaled $1,123 billion in January – July, up 1% compared to like-2014. Manufacturing exports for the same period were just $658 billion, which was down 5%.
Assuming this trend continues for August – December, manufacturing imports will reach $1.969 trillion for the full year, while exports will hit $1.136 trillion, for a trade deficit of $833 billion. The manufacturing trade deficit in 2014 was $754 billion, the highest level ever in nominal terms.
Unless things improve, 2015 will be a record in real terms, as well. The highest manufacturing trade deficit ever was in 2007. It was $810 billion that year, measured in 2015 dollars.
It should be noted that conditions are NOT likely improve. In fact, the most current data available are only through July, and in early August, China lowered its exchange rate against the dollar. This effectively made Chinese imports to the U.S. less expensive, while increasing the cost of our exports to China. This will almost certainly accelerate our trade deficit in manufactured goods. (China is responsible for about half of our entire manufacturing trade deficit.) August trade numbers are not scheduled to be released until October 6th.
GLTAAC can help manufacturers struggling against import competition – read more here about How TAAF Works.
September 8, 2015
New participant to use TAAF funds for diversification: GLTAAC submitted a petition for a plastic injection molder in western Indiana. This precision molder plans to use program funding for a website upgrade to help them diversify to reduce their dependence on the automotive industry. In addition, the GLTAAC planning process will help identify other needed uses for TAAF funding.
September 1, 2015
TAAF helping firm rebound from a drop in OEM orders: A manufacturer of high-precision, large-diameter parts for off-road heavy vehicle industries began the TAAF qualification process in August 2015. GLTAAC prepared and submitted the petition for this southwest Michigan firm. The manufacturer looks forward to the TAAF planning process, and assistance with projects, as they rebound from drastic downturns in orders from their large, OEM customers.
August 18, 2015
Healthcare electronics manufacturer: A southwest Ohio electronics manufacturer was accepted into the TAAF program this week. GLTAAC compiled and submitted their application in mid-July. The company serves the heathcare market and has been losing business to low cost Korean imports. It is scheduled to begin the TAAF planning process in September.
August 15, 2015
Indiana manufacturer in TAAF planning process: In mid-August, GLTAAC conducted an assessment visit at the site of a newly-certified northern Indiana food industry machinery manufacturer that has been hurt by imports. This visit yielded information and insights that will help GLTAAC produce an adjustment plan to guide the firm’s use of program funding.
August 12, 2015
New website project focuses on increasing sales: A Michigan manufacturer is using TAAF funds for a detailed website user experience project, including analysis of how customers use an online product configurator. TAAF is providing matching funds for the $24K project which directly supports the objectives in the client’s Adjustment Plan. 
July 6, 2015
Leadership and Coaching Grows Firm’s Capabilities – A northern Indiana manufacturer completed a one year coaching and leadership development project. Working regularly with an experienced coach and trainer, key managers completed detailed assessments, set performance goals and received guidance throughout the year. The participants improved management practices, work more closely as a team, and elevated communication across the business. 
June 22, 2015
2014 was the best year ever for TAAF program grad
After almost 6 years of working with GLTAAC, this southwest Ohio producer of capital equipment is now done with the TAAF program. The company started lean manufacturing, developed and implemented a new marketing and sales plan, upgraded their ERP system, and undertook additional worker training with GLTAAC support.
Per the President, “We have had significant growth directly related to the strategic plan and projects we did through the program. We were running at a loss when we started [the TAAF program] during the recession. But now, after more than 40 years in business, we had a record year last year.” The company posted 2014 sales of over $25 million and currently has more than 150 employees. 
June 11, 2015
Washington Post article highlights the TAAF program: Here’s how the government tries to save businesses before free trade destroys them.
June 2, 2015
Market Research and Planning – Last month, a Michigan manufacturer of cooling systems embarked on a project, co-funded by the TAAF program, to conduct market research and develop a marketing plan to help achieve growth in adjacent markets. The consultant who won this competitively bid project was MMTC (Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center), a non-profit entity. 
May 28, 2015
Improving through lean training – GLTAAC is helping a northwest Indiana firm with funding for lean manufacturing training via the Purdue University Technical Assistance Program (Purdue TAP). The program will cover a series of five key training topics as the firm begins its lean journey.
May 13, 2015
E-Commerce Upgrade – GLTAAC is helping a northern Indiana supplier to the RV industry improve its marketing reach to further bolster its improving sales. This client just started a 3-month long, $49,800 project that will be funded 50% by GLTAAC. The project will update and overhaul the firm’s multiple websites and place them on a more robust platform that can handle the firm’s increasing e-commerce sales volumes. 
May 11, 2015
New precision machine shop in Michigan enters program.
The U.S. Economic Development Administration approved the TAAF Petition of a southeast Michigan company today, certifying the firm as trade-impacted and making them eligible to move forward with the program. The company will be starting the planning phase of the program later this month.
Over the past two years, this precision machining firm has suffered a 50% drop in sales, due in large part to extremely strong competition in their market niche, especially from Japan. A major thrust of their TAAF projects will be rebuilding this lost business, as well as improving productivity and reducing variable costs.
May 1, 2015
MAC Leads with Lean Training at Edison Community College
Over the past 3 months, Manufactured Assemblies Corp. (MAC) in Dayton, OH pumped up their lean expertise by sending seven members of the management team and nine front-line employees to lean leadership training at Edison Community College. Tuition fees for the training were co-funded by the TAAF program. The MAC team wanted to go beyond the lean best practices they have learned over the years through several iterations of lean-training, six-sigma black belt and green belt training initiatives. The purpose of the program this spring was to improve and invigorate lean thinking and communication throughout the company. According to Ken Haupt, Corporate Quality Manager, “We know that being a lean enterprise is more than Kaizen events and other tools. The real value in lean is when a culture of continuous improvement is embraced and supported everywhere.”
April 2, 2015
Web success – Three months after a website overhaul that was co-funded by the TAAF program, website traffic is up 60% and sales are up 34% for an Indiana client firm that manufactures test equipment. Management attributes the traffic increase directly to the newly-designed website and the search engine optimization that was included. The firm President says, “We are encouraged with the results. The new website has already drawn inquiries from Europe and Mexico, markets we’ve had difficulty reaching in the past.” 
February 18, 2015
Quick start – In December, 2014 GLTAAC welcomed into the program a mid-Michigan manufacturer of machinery for the automotive industry. A key part of the firm’s plan to compete with imports is to develop new products. GLTAAC began co-funding the work of two outside design firms to accelerate the development of its key new product initiative. 
January 18, 2015
Marketing planning – GLTAAC is supporting a western Michigan defense/aerospace supplier in its desire to diversify. We helped the firm to competitively bid the job of performing market research and developing a marketing plan to guide diversification efforts. This $16K project, co-funded by the TAAF program, is expected to complete mid-year. 
July 9, 2014
An Ohio manufacturer used GLTAAC funds to implement lean practices, becoming more competitive and growing its workforce.
Growing in Vandalia, with Help from Michigan, from the Dayton Daily News via Bloomberg Businessweek
January 5, 2013
An Indiana investment casting firm leveraged resources from the GLTAAC program to drive innovation. LaPorte firm casts net for innovation assistance, from The Times of NW Indiana
November 14, 2012
A Government Program that Actually Helps Entrepreneurs, from Inc. Magazine
January 27, 2012
President Obama visited Michigan to discuss a new insourcing jobs initiative, offering remarks to a Michigan audience that were pertinent for GLTAAC’s three state region. In the 3 minute video clip, the President shares these important remarks: (min. 1:30) “I want congress to … start rewarding companies who are hiring here and investing here and creating good jobs here in Michigan and here in the United States of America.”
Read full press release here.
September 22, 2011
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April 30, 2011
Bilstein of America, based in Hamilton, Ohio, is in the TAAF program due to trade issues related to their product – high-end shock absorbers. With GLTAAC assistance, they recently completed a lean and leadership initiative named “Transformation Eagle”. This project is an example of the type of improvements trade-impacted manufacturers are conducting with a wide-variety of different private sector consultants through the program. View Bilstein’s video, created to congratulate their own employees.
The results have been significant.
- OEE (Operational Equipment Effectiveness) in the focus area increased 42%
- “Hot Jobs” reduced by 67%
- Communication and Respect, a new metric increased from 65% to 87%
- Increased space utilization in logistics areas by 18%
- Inventory location accuracy improved from 65% to 96%
- Pick cycle time reduced by 52%
March 3, 2008
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