MAC Trailer Looks To Hire 200 – MAC Trailer, an Alliance area producer of hauling trailers, has plans to expand its workforce at plants in Alliance and in Salem. MAC Trailer’s local plant is located on Commerce Street just north of Alliance. The company manufactures trailers for dumping, transferring and tank storage. The current workforce at the local plant is 375 employees, according to David Wade, human resource manager for MAC Trailer. The company also has a service division on Commerce Street that employs about 40. MAC Trailer was originally founded in 1993 in the Alliance area as a repair facility for wrecked trailers. “We are looking at a staff of 600 between Salem and Alliance and our service division,” Wade related. “We are building for what is referred to as the tractor-trailer transfer industry.” Wade said that they will be hiring welders and fabricators and are looking to fill a couple engineering positions. Tom Pukys, president of the Alliance Area Development Foundation, said that MAC Trailer is an example of the many businesses in the Alliance area that are picking up. Morgan Engineering, Trilogy Plastics, Winkle Industries and Steel Equipment Specialists were cited as other companies increasing business. To read more about MAC Trailer expanding its work force, click here for this The Repository article.
Canton City Schools Cited In Case Study – Compiled by several national organizations and sponsored by AT&T, Building a Grad Nation is a major yearly report chronicling the nation’s progress and challenge in ending the high school dropout epidemic. Featured among the nation’s successes this year is a case study on the Canton City Schools. Building a Grad Nation had this to say about Canton: “The gains Canton has made over the past decade are real…Canton schools are the story of a small, mid-western district that recognized its weaknesses, reorganized around existing strengths and new ideas, and built on a community’s commitment to its students. Canton has made important progress and has already shown the innovation and initiative that suggest it can continue to chart a course toward more improvement.” The case study examines advances at McKinley and Timken High Schools, including the development of Early College High School, Career Technical Education, and the district’s alternative education programs. To learn more about this case study, click on this Stark Education Partnership article.
Stark County Community Promotes Entrepreneurship for Second Year – From March 22, 2011 through April 19, 2011, the Small Business Development Center located at Kent State University at Stark and the Stark Development Board are sponsoring the Stark County Entrepreneur Experience. The Entrepreneur Experience is a series of seven events which highlight entrepreneurship as an economic development engine for growth in the economy. This is the second year that entrepreneurship has been promoted in the community. Among the speakers who have related their experiences are Andre Thornton, President and CEO of ASW Global, and Ross Sanders, CEO of Bizdom U in Detroit. All the events are being held at the University Center at Kent State University Stark. To learn more about the events in detail and to review the contributing and participating sponsors, click on the Canton SBDC Website.