Mason County, Michigan
Monthly Update: November 2017
House of Flavors Expanding in Ludington, Creating 30 Jobs
LANSING, Mich. - House of Flavors is expanding in Ludington with support from the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced today. The expansion is expected to create 30 jobs.
"House of Flavors plays a vital role in Michigan's agriculture market, providing jobs and supporting local agriculture businesses," said Jeff Mason CEO of MEDC, the state's chief marketing and business attraction arm that administers programs and performs due diligence on behalf of the MSF.
"We're pleased to support this longstanding Michigan company as it expands in Ludington and continues to elevate the profile and profitability of our state's dairy industry," Mason said.
House of Flavors, Inc. has been a popular landmark in downtown Ludington for nearly a century. Since starting in the early 1900s as a full-service dairy operation, the company has evolved into one of the largest private label packaged ice cream and frozen dessert manufacturers in the country and the largest in the state of Michigan.
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ReThink West Michigan: Ludington
On Wednesday, November 22, the Growth Alliance and Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce will be teaming up with partners across West Michigan to put on ReThink West Michigan. This casual networking event connects West Michigan employers with professionals who are back home for the holiday season in an attempt to recruit home-grown talent back to our area. This event will be paired with the Chamber's Business After Hours, and will also provide the opportunity for advocates of Ludington & Mason County to network with prospective recruits and promote the benefits of living in the area, all while learning more about the talent needs of local industry.

ReThink West Michigan: Ludington
Date: Wednesday, November 22
Time: 5:00 PM -7:00 PM
Location: Stearns Hotel Ballroom

To learn more about this event and how to participate as an employer or a job seeker, visit or contact Brandy Solberg at 231-835-0324.

Participating Employers Include:

Skills 4 Success: Ethical Citizenship
What are the employability skills that students need in order to graduate from high school college- and career-ready? That is the question that the Growth Alliance, in partnership with a collaborative of local leadership from business and education, has been wrestling with for the past several months. As a result, this collective is investigating a model framework coming out of the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District called the Skills 4 Success. Over the next several months, MCGA will highlight the seven components of the Skills 4 Success framework. This month's highlight: Ethical Citizenship.

It has been said "All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten." In kindergarten we learn to play nice in the sandbox, we learn to consider how our actions impact others, and we start to learn independence and how to take care of ourselves. In essence, the principal of Ethical Citizenship is an extension of these ideals throughout the rest of the education experience and into the workplace. While it is true that employers want a highly skilled and educated workforce, it is also important that graduates understand the significance of acting with integrity, honesty, respect, and discernment in the workplace if they are going to be a contributing member of any organization. Further, with growing rates of burnout across all professions, increased attention is being directed to the ability to self-care. By intentionally defining and reinforcing the importance of Ethical Citizenship for students throughout their educational experience, we help to ensure our graduates will demonstrate these values in college and in the workplace.

The Skills 4 Success framework is a mechanism for employing common terminology around these broadly accepted ideals in business and education in the hopes of clearly defining expectations for the next generation as they prepare to enter the workforce. For a more in-depth look at Flexibility & Adaptability and the other Skills 4 Success, click here.

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About the Mason County Growth Alliance:
The Mason County Growth Alliance was created in 2006 to support economic growth and community development in Mason County. Its mission is to nurture a more dynamic economy to support a vibrant quality of life in the community. The Growth Alliance believes its efforts must be devoted to building on its business base, encouraging entrepreneurship, and capitalizing on the local community assets.
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