Macomb County businesses, leaders awarded

By: Julie Snyder | C&G Newspapers | Published February 16, 2017

 Rachel Burke, director of marketing for Baker Industries in Macomb Township, accepts the Diversification Award from Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel during the fifth annual Macomb Business Awards ceremony at the Palazzo Grande Feb. 14.

Rachel Burke, director of marketing for Baker Industries in Macomb Township, accepts the Diversification Award from Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel during the fifth annual Macomb Business Awards ceremony at the Palazzo Grande Feb. 14.

Photo by Deb Jacques

MACOMB COUNTY — Business leaders from across the region attended the fifth annual Macomb Business Awards Feb. 14 at the Palazzo Grande in Shelby Township.

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel joined Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development Director John Paul Rea to recognize the award winners.

R&E Automated Systems in Macomb Township won the Champion of Workforce Development award.

R&E specializes in all areas of turnkey automation, including concept, design, prototyping, controls design and engineering, robotics and PLC programming, laser welding, joining, roller hemming and more. The company has a dedicated, state-certified training center that provides training to young professionals looking to get into the industry, existing professionals looking to expand their knowledge, and on-site training for its own employees. R&E has grown from 30 employees to more than 400 in the span of 10 years and continues to grow. The company recruits at local colleges and is very involved with local high schools and middle schools, helping them to grow their science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, programs.

Binson’s Medical Equipment and Supplies in Center Line won the Best Corporate Citizen award.

Binson’s is a family-owned-and-operated, full-service home medical equipment, medical supply and orthopedic company. Its customer base includes individuals, hospitals, doctor offices, nursing homes, health plans and other providers. Binson’s is committed to helping defeat the diseases that impact the families it serves on a daily basis.

Throughout the years, the company has raised and donated funds to many charities, including the Karmanos Cancer Institute and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. It has also played a big role in supporting the MDA Summer Camp and Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure by donating the medical supplies and wheelchairs needed for attendees to participate in these events.

Baker Industries in Macomb Township won the Diversification Leader award.

Privately owned by the Baker family, the company has been in business for 24 years as a supplier for automotive and aerospace industries. It began as a duplicating company and has evolved over the years to become a premier tooling and machining shop. Today, Baker has expanded to include machining, fabrication, injection molding, tooling, 3-D printing, project management and quality assurance. With the addition of a 3-D printer, it has entered new markets including medical, appliances, energy and defense.

JEM Tech Group in Clinton Township won the Efficiency Expert award.

JEM is dedicated to helping customers with information technology products and services to transform its mission-critical environments into energy-efficient areas. It provides corporations with efficiency studies to assess their baseline energy consumption, determine problem areas and provide recommendations. Improvements may include reorganizing room layouts, equipment upgrades or airflow management devices. JEM also provides hardware and software that analyzes power consumption down to each outlet. Knowing the number of power servers the customer is using can help determine what equipment can be better utilized or consolidated. JEM can help companies eliminate 30 percent in energy costs, resulting in significant savings.

Arts Academy in the Woods High School in Fraser won the Model of OneMacomb award.

Arts Academy in the Woods is a free public high school where students can major in the fine and performing arts while also fulfilling their academic requirements. It promotes racial, cultural and gender diversity, and this is reflected in the makeup of the student body. Arts Academy in the Woods begins each school year with a three-day diversity training for new students, which is led by current students. Here, students develop a cultural awareness and respect that will benefit them for a lifetime.

The United Shore Professional Baseball League, or USPBL, in Utica won the Startup Business to Watch award.

The USPBL is the first professional, independent baseball league in southeast Michigan. The league’s inaugural season in 2016 featured three teams: the Utica Unicorns, Eastside Diamond Hoppers and the Birmingham Bloomfield Beavers. The league attracted more than 225,000 fans during its first season at Jimmy John’s Field.

Starting the league was a big task that included working with city and county officials, securing corporate sponsors, constructing a state-of-the-art stadium, designing team logos and uniforms, hiring more than 400 employees, marketing and launching a baseball finishing school. The USPBL has significant plans for growth in the future, including a fourth team next season and additional stadiums in the future.

In addition, Rea also recognized Macomb/St. Clair Michigan Works! as the Economic Development Partner of the Year. The Beacon of Economic Development award was presented to Dr. Jim Jacobs, president of Macomb Community College.

The event was sponsored by Henry Ford Macomb Hospital and the Michigan Economic Development Corp., along with support from Advancing Macomb, Automation Alley and First State Bank.