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Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center Begins Presidential Transition

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Long-time President Mike Coast Retires after 21 Years in Role

PLYMOUTH, Mich. - eTradeWire -- Mike Coast, President of the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (The Center) for the past 21 years, has announced his retirement after 27 years with the organization. As President, Coast has been responsible for a statewide network of five offices, its innovation and growth strategies, and for building and managing relationships with Michigan's industry clients and state and federal governmental stakeholders.

"I want to congratulate Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center President Emeritus Mike Coast on his retirement after an extensive 27-year career at the organization," said Automation Alley Executive Director and CEO Tom Kelly, who also serves on the organization's Board of Directors. "Mike's passion for manufacturing left a palpable impression on everyone he met."

Coast now will begin transitioning the President's role to Ingrid Tighe. Previously, she served as Director of Economic Development for Oakland County where she led 200 staff members in four divisions focused on business development and international business attraction; community development and planning; and the county's workforce development and veteran services.

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"Moving forward, I would like to formally welcome incoming MMTC President Ingrid Tighe to continue this legacy of excellence," added Kelly. "Automation Alley looks forward to working with MMTC in our continued partnership to keep Michigan's manufacturing industry strong."

Prior to working at Oakland County, Tighe was the Executive Director of Birmingham (Mich.) Shopping District where she planned, organized, coordinated and directed programs and activities designed to promote and foster downtown Birmingham as a center for business, social, cultural and community activity. She also worked for the State of Michigan in economic development promoting business investment and job growth in Michigan working with the private sector, local economic developers, and government organizations, and in workforce development implementing programs, policy and statewide initiatives to improve veteran employment.

"Here in Michigan, it's no secret that manufacturing isn't just what we do – it's in our DNA. I couldn't be more excited to welcome Ingrid to this new role at the helm of the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center as she builds on the tremendous work that her predecessor Mike Coast has accomplished over the years," said Quentin L. Messer, Jr., CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. "As we continue to grow our partnership with her team and Automation Alley through our signature Industry 4.0 initiative, we will further build upon our state's rich manufacturing legacy and continue moving the world forward."

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Visit https://the-center.org.

Jeff Schultz

Source: Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center
Filed Under: Manufacturing

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