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Oct 19

Aerospace Company D-M Tool and Fabrication Plans Addition to Sterling Heights Facility

Posted to Development News by Andrea Mantakounis

DM Tool and Fabrication Plans Addition to Sterling Heights Facility
An inside look at the D-M Tool and Fabrication Machine shop. Photo courtesy of

D-M Tool and Fabrication, Inc. Invests for Growth

D-M Tool and Fabrication, Inc. started its business in Sterling Heights in 1989. It currently employs 85 people in Sterling Heights at its location on 18 ½ Mile Road. Its manufactures items such as aluminum, invar (nickel alloy) and steel fabrications as well as manufacturing metal prototype tooling, molds, and offer custom painting and packaging, plate burning, and waterjet cutting. It manufactures all these for aerospace, automotive, and military industries. Some of its customers are Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman Corporations.

D-M Tool and Fabrication is investing $1.8 million for a 22,000 square foot addition since its current building has reached capacity. With this new addition, it will be able to bid on larger OEM aerospace projects with the new area being three feet higher than their existing building. This new addition to D-M Tool and Fabrication will bring 30 new jobs including 10 engineering jobs.

Opportunities in Aerospace Manufacturing in Macomb County

In 2016, Michigan was ranked at number eight for aerospace manufacturing attractiveness, according to Price Waterhouse Cooper. There are currently over 100 companies in Macomb County alone that are involved in the defense and commercial aerospace industries. Examples in Sterling Heights include KUKA Flexible Production Systems, Chardam Gear Co, Ultimate Hydroforming Inc., MB Aerospace, RAVE Computer, Threadcraft, AG Davis, Acument, Experi-Metal, and Fitzpatrick.

These companies are growing, which in turn means a growth in jobs and need for skilled employees, for both the present and future. There is a tremendous opportunity for the community to have a partnership with aerospace companies and the local schools, community colleges, and technical centers to train for these types of industries for long-term success.

Oct 24

Halloween Safety Tips

Posted to From the Chief's Desk by Andrea Mantakounis

Halloween Trick or Treaters
By Police Chief Berg and Fire Chief Martin 

Keep the scariest thing about Halloween the costumes by going over these safety tips from the Sterling Heights Police and Fire Departments with your kids before they trick or treat:

Trick or Treating 
  • Set a time limit for your children to be out on Halloween night (6 to 8 p.m. preferred) and review the route they will be taking within the neighborhood.
  • Adults and children should carry flashlights; the sun sets around 6:30 p.m. this time of year.
  • Children should accept treats only at the doorway; they should never enter a stranger's home.
  • Never invite children to enter your home.
  • Children should never accept rides from strangers.
  • Children should never take short cuts through backyards.
  • Children should travel in groups of 3-5 people.
  • Adults should escort children while they trick-or-treat.
  • Keep pets confined and away from the door, candy and decorations on Halloween night.
  • Children should always use sidewalks and not the streets for walking.
  • Remind children to look in all directions before crossing the street.
  • If you are driving, slow down and watch out for kids, they may dart across the street.
  • All fruit like candied apples, and homemade snacks like popcorn balls, should be discarded unless you know the source is safe.
  • An adult should carefully inspect all treats before the kids dig in. 
  • All costumes should be made of light-colored, fireproof, preferably reflectorized material. Reflective safety tape or glow sticks added to costumes and bags helps make your child more visible on a dark night.
  • Props such as toy guns or swords should be made of pliable material.
  • Realistic replica firearms should NEVER be used.
  • Masks should only be worn if they are properly fitted and provide unobstructed breathing and visibility.
  • Make sure to review "Stop, Drop and Roll" with your children in case their costume catches fire. 
  • When picking out a costume, stay away from long, trailing fabric. 
  • If your child is going to wear face paint, dab some paint of their forearm first to test for allergic reactions. Check for redness, swelling, itchiness or irritation. 
  • Dried cornstalks, flowers, crepe paper and straw are all highly flammable. Keep these items and other decorations away from open flames. 
  • Do not block exits in your home with decorations.
  • According to the National Fire Protection Association, decorations are the first thing to ignite in 900 reported home fires each year. Two of every fire of these fires were started by a candle.
  • Do not drape costumes or fabric over light bulbs which generate heat and can start a fire. 
  • Make sure temporary extension cords are secured to avoid becoming a tripping hazards. 
  • Do not overload electrical outlets when putting up decorations.