Category Archives: Product Development

TAAF Program Featured in Michigan Manufacturers Association’s MiMfg Magazine

In July 2020, the Michigan Manufacturers Association profiled the TAAF program in their monthly MiMfg Magazine. As a result the article, titled Federal Program Helps Michigan Manufacturers Beat Import Competition, reached nearly 1,700 member companies across Michigan. Joe Dobrowolski, President of Superior Fabrication (also an MMA member), explains his experience with GLTAAC and TAAF: “Superior Fabrication Co., LLC engaged Great

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SPOT Imaging diversifies with help from GLTAAC

“The persons administering GLTAAC at the University of Michigan are amazing.  The talent they offer in support of the program is the best I have seen.  They have a wide pool of proven resources.  Through using their recommendations we are a better, smoother running operation.”   – Linda Merlo, COO, Spot Imaging

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Additive Manufacturing Brings Hype and Great Potential

Of the technological innovations transforming manufacturing, additive manufacturing may be the most discussed. Publications from technical industry magazines to Harvard Business Review have discussed its potential, and called out its hype. The Great Lakes TAAC is hearing more about additive manufacturing from our firms, and it’s a technology whose impact more small manufacturers should consider. Additive manufacturing (AM) has been

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Neither Imports nor Ashes Can Hold Back Champion Bus

In the past five years, Champion Bus has seen a brilliant turnaround, from being pummeled by imports, the great recession and a devastating fire, to emerging as one of the bus industry’s top performers and most respected brands. In 2009, the atmosphere at Champion Bus could be described as “tense”, with management in a “determined to survive” mode as a

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