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Kinexus: Business Development Division

Advanced Manufacturing Solutions

Our local manufacturing industry is a huge source of pride for the team at Kinexus. Our manufacturers design, develop, and build things used around the world every day. Plus, manufacturing has a $1.2 billion impact on our regional economy. At Kinexus, we listen, we partner, and we invest, to ensure the sustainability and growth of our region’s most vital industry.

Manufacturing Forums

We believe in synergy. When we collaborate we achieve more than the sum of what we achieve alone. That’s why we convene manufactures on a regular basis to collectively tackle the challenges that keep them up at night. To learn more, or to join either the Southwest Michigan Manufacturing Forum, the Van Buren Manufacturing Alliance, or the Cass County Manufacturing Alliance, please contact Alex Grumbine.

Get SET: Manufacturing

Michigan’s manufacturing industry is booming. Manufacturers don’t have time to up skill new workers on a standard academic calendar. That’s why we partnered with industry leaders and Lake Michigan College to create Get SET: Manufacturing, a six-week training that gives employees the basic skills and knowledge they need to be productive on a CNC machine and to do basic welding. If you have training needs, or if you’d like to discuss other customized trainings, please contact Alex Grumbine.

Advanced Manufacturing Data

Click here for industry-specific data or contact Carpe Data to build a customized market report for your business.


  • Low cost and highly effective business classes and programs on marketing, financial management, and legal issues
  • One-on-one counseling, confidential and free of charge
  • Business plan development
  • A wide range of market research assistance
  • Financial analysis and industry benchmarking
  • Capital access
  • Access to a large number of Kinexus resource partners
  • Ongoing, long-term assistance and counseling


  • Job descriptions to attract the right candidate
  • Prescreened applicants
  • Resumes presorted according to your needs
  • Access to college students in relevant fields of study for project-based internships
  • Recruitment of quality candidates by our talent acquisition team


  • Incumbent Worker Training: LEAN manufacturing, quality systems, project management
  • Just-in-time, customized trainings focused on high-demand skills
  • Get SET: Manufacturing: CNC machinist training for pre-apprentices


  • Marketing and website development
  • Business planning
  • Peer-to-peer networking opportunities
  • Access to capital and other financial resources
  • Technology transfer
  • Labor market data, wage data, industry trend data reports

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BERRIEN COUNTY - KELLY SCHACK and DEREK KNUTH, 269-932-2503 (cell), 269.927.1064, ext. 1159 (office), 269-484-4267 (cell), 269.927.1064, ext. 1125 (office)

VAN BUREN COUNTY - PAGE EISBRENNER, 269-325-6610 (cell), 269.927.1064, ext. 1197 (office)

CASS COUNTY - DEREK KNUTH, 269-484-4267 (cell), 269.927.1064, ext. 1125 (office)

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    Ray Mays

    Business Development Highlight

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    Marie Eisbrenner

    Workforce Development Highlight

    "Kinexus has sped up the hiring process for our organization, allowing us to focus on the many other challenges which we face in the ever-changing healthcare environment." - Marie Eisbrenner, CEO, Pride Care more >>

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    Bret Witkowski

    Community Development Highlight

    “Our goal was to get the deconstruction done the right way; Kinexus’ eager and active team did it how it should be done from start to finish.” – Bret Witkowski, Berrien Co. Treasurer more >>

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