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Rec Boat Holdings Receives Statewide Recognition for Talent Development

CADILLAC, MI—Rec Boat Holdings in Cadillac has received a Michigan Works! Association Impact Award. The award recognizes significant economic accomplishments within our communities and showcases the impact of newly created jobs, transformational training, and effective talent pipeline development.

Networks Northwest and Northwest Michigan Works! nominated Rec Boat Holdings for the award after the company hosted an Industrial Sewing Training program that helped them retain nearly 40 incumbent workers. The training was organized by Michigan Works! and provided by Eastern Michigan University.

“The partnership with Michigan Works! helped us greatly,” said Kelly Cater, Director of Human Resources, Rec Boat Holdings. “Industrial Sewing is a lost art. It is difficult to find good employees with this skill set. We now have a pool to fill current and upcoming openings.”

The award was presented during a special recognition event April 27 in Lansing which was attended by several of the region’s state legislators.

"Michigan Works! is very active across northwest Michigan, working together with employers to find and train the workers they need to stay and grow here," said State Representative Phil Potvin (R-Cadillac). “Michigan is focused on helping meet the needs of our employers, and that partnership is producing results.”

Rec Boat Holdings manufactures Four Winns, Glastron, Scarab, and Wellcraft boats.

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