Lt. Gov. Brian Calley leading 21 businesses on trade mission to Mexico

Friday, Feb. 17, 2017

LANSING, Mich. – Lt. Gov. Brian Calley will lead a three-day trade mission to Mexico focusing on attracting job-creating investments and exploring new sales opportunities for Michigan companies. The mission will depart on Sunday, Feb. 19 and return on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

“We are on quite a roll with so many new investments made and jobs created in recent years,” Calley said. “We will use this opportunity to capitalize on that momentum, tell the Michigan comeback story and attract even more investment and jobs."

During the trip, Calley will meet with automotive and aerospace companies during Automotive Meetings Queretaro, a supply chain-oriented business forum that brings together prospective automotive suppliers with major Mexican OEMS and Tier 1 suppliers.  He also will meet with executives from TREMEC Corporation and Rassini Brakes, two Mexican companies with operations in Michigan.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation will concurrently lead executives from 21 Michigan companies to Mexico to participate in the automotive forum in Queretaro. The companies will meet with prospective partners, distributors and buyers to increase export opportunities from Michigan to Mexico. The participating companies are:

  1. AFC-Holcroft (Wixom) – Manufacturer of industrial furnace equipment
  2. AMBE Engineering, LLC (Northville) – Manufacturer of electrical and chassis components; also has experience with casting, mold injection, and forging
  3. Automated Logistics Systems (Jackson) – Provider of freight and logistics services
  4. Burr Oak Tool Inc. (Sturgis) – Supplier of machinery, tools and expertise to manufacturers of heat exchanges and the tube processing industry
  5. Chrysan Industries (Plymouth) – Global manufacturer of automotive lubricants and specialty chemicals
  6. Duggan MFG (Shelby Township) – ISO certified inspection and weld validation lab
  7. Extol (Zeeland) – Provider of plastics products
  8. Gehring (Farmington Hills) – Leader in advanced honing technology and offers a full-service machine tool operation
  9. Hatch Stamping (Chelsea) – World leaders in the manufacture of metal stamping and high engineering assemblies for the automotive industry
  10. Haviland Products Company (Grand Rapids) – Supplier of commodity chemistry, surface finishing and specialty chemistry, and contract manufacturing
  11. KC Jones Plating Co. (Warren) – Provider of metal finishing
  12. Kingsford Broach and Tool Inc. (Kingsford) – Manufacturer of full-service drills and tools
  13. Koops (Holland) – Provider of factory automation systems
  14. MIC Customs Solutions (Southfield) – Provider of customs and trade compliance software solutions
  15. Paskon (Southfield) – Provider of technology solutions
  16. Peterson Spring (Southfield) – Supplier of engineered metal products
  17. RSVP International (Kalamazoo) – Provider of logistics solutions
  18. Robovent (Sterling Heights) – Provider of environmental and air quality equipment
  19. Superior Business Solutions (Kalamazoo) – Provider of business solutions for telecommunications companies
  20. Transmatic (Holland) – Manufacturer of stamped metal parts
  21. Viking Products Inc. (Grand Rapids) – Manufacturer of cold formed parts, tubular components, large castings and more

This is the third time MEDC has taken Michigan companies to the Queretaro Automotive Meetings. Companies that participated in 2015 reported more than $24.8 million in exports to Mexico since the event.

The trip marks Lt. Gov. Calley’s second mission to Mexico since taking office in 2011.

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