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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 17

Sterling Heights Fire Department Creates Survivor Coin Program

Posted to From the Chief's Desk by Andrea Mantakounis


By Fire Chief Martin

A unique bond is forged between a patient and a first responder. Strangers are thrown together in a moment of crisis with a life on the line. Each leaves an indelible mark on the other. 
Annually, the Sterling Heights Fire Department (SHFD) responds to over 100 cardiac arrest cases. Patient survival rates improve significantly where there is early recognition of the event, prompt intervention and transport by paramedics, and cardiac treatment administered by physicians at cardiac care hospital units. 


Sterling Heights is fortunate to have personnel and resources available to ensure that cardiac patients benefit from these live-saving factors. Statistics demonstrate that cardiac patients in Sterling Heights have better odds for surviving a cardiac arrest as compared to national averages. Reports for the average survival rate for cardiac arrest in Sterling Heights for the two-year period of 2014 and 2015 is 16% compared to the national average, for the same period of time, at 10%.


Successful outcomes are very rewarding for all involved, the emotional investment forged at the time is enduring. Unfortunately, all too often first responders and patients have no contact once patient care is transferred to the primary care physician. To bridge this gap, the SHFD is initiating a Survival Coin Program. Through a small token presented by the SHFD, the bond that started under emergency conditions is sealed through a personal connection between first responder and patient celebrating a life saved.

Hawala Receives His Survivor Coin

On September 24, Erik Hakala, accompanied by his family and friends, visited Sterling Heights Fire Station 1 to meet the personnel that responded to his emergency and saved his life in December 2015. Erik was invited to the Station to meet the crews and become the fourth recipient of the Sterling Heights Fire Department Survival Coin. Shown in the above group photo, from left to right are; Nick Geisz, Sue Geisz, Jennie McFadden, Cody Dawson, Grant Attenberger, Keith Hakala, Kathy Hakala, Erik Hakala, Melissa Hakala, Michael Hakala, Firefighter Ryan Sears, Lieutenant Darryl Curtis, Lieutenant Jeff Vergauwen, Battalion Chief Mark Docherty, Firefighter Stephen Stover and Police Officer Dale Schmaltz. There were some tears shared, but they were tears of joy that such a meeting could take place.