Determination, positivity and leadership results in new job and quick advancement for Tyrone!

American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc. (AAM) announced that they would be investing more than $100 million in their manufacturing facility in Three Rivers, and adding up to 500 new jobs.

In collaboration with the Human Resources team at AAM, the Michigan Works! Business Services Team came up with a customized approach to assist AAM with their expansion, including a unique job fair that drew over 400 job seekers; the provision of a dedicated computer lab at Michigan Works! to host pre-employment testing proctored by AAM staff on a daily basis including extended hours to accommodate demand; and collaboration with Southwest Michigan First and Kalamazoo's Ministerial Alliance on an "AAM Pilot Project" designed to connect skilled workers from diverse backgrounds with AAM's need for employees ready to hit the ground running and help grow with the company.

Tyrone was a participant in the AAM Pilot Project.  An extremely talented production worker with a great personality and an aptitude for advanced manufacturing, Tyrone found himself unemployed due to a lay-off. Through his participation in the project, Tyrone demonstrated not only a high level of skill and proficiency in all assessments and testing, but determination, positivity, and leadership.  He began work at AAM soon thereafter. 

After only a few months into the job, Tyrone was promoted to a position as a Job Setter.  A few months later, he applied for a production supervisor position at the Three Rivers plant and in just over a year on the job. His demonstrated excellence performance on the job led to Tyrone's promotion to the supervisory position.