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Local Business Receives Statewide Recognition for Talent Development

GD Systems in Traverse City has received a Michigan Works! Association Impact Award for their efforts to create jobs and develop talent in the community. Networks Northwest and Northwest Michigan Works! nominated the business for the award after they used a variety of programs offered through Michigan Works! to hire and train employees.

GD Systems is the parent company of Overhead Door Company of Grand Traverse and Garage Door Services Inc. Michigan Works! assisted the company with job postings, direct referrals from networking events, exposure through Employer of the Day opportunities, and On-the-Job Training contracts. The training included employee Sue Sawusch who was also recognized at the Impact Awards event.

“Northwest Michigan Works! has been a valuable resource,” said Kyle Hartley, CEO of GD Systems. “We work exclusively with Michigan Works!. We tried other options and have never had the results that we receive from Michigan Works!. Their team is top notch.”

The awards were presented during a special recognition event February 21 in Lansing which was attended by local legislators.

“The Impact Awards showcase just how Michigan Works! connects business to qualified workers. I offer my heartfelt congratulations to GD Systems and Sue on their mutual success,” said State Representative Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg).

The Impact Awards, hosted by Michigan Works! Association, honor the finest achievements in workforce development statewide, from the creation of new jobs to the accomplishments of hardworking citizens.

During the annual event, lawmakers present tributes to award winners, employers, workers, Michigan Works! Agencies, and partners, who share their stories and the role Michigan Works! played in their success.

Michigan Works! Association is a non-profit membership organization that provides services and support to Michigan’s talent eco-system. For over 30 years, the Association has been a go-to resource in federal, state and local workforce initiatives. The Association’s work ensures top-quality services and support for Michigan’s talent pipeline. For more information, please visit 

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- Mark Heydlauff, Charlevoix City Manager