We Make It Here

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In collaboration with the Image Group, "We Make It Here" videos highlight various employees' career paths and their current positions within participating businesses. The videos will be utilized with students to highlight what local businesses do, the range of career options that exist locally, and the journey various individuals took to get to where they are today.


Video Document  We Make It Here: Gentex

Home to more than 3,500 employees, this Zeeland, Michigan company makes more than 90% of the world's automotive dimming mirrors.

Passionate People Featured:

Paul Flynn, Vice President, Operations
Dan Quintanilla, Manufacturing Group Leader
Markus Lenoir, Test & Measurement Project Engineer
Angelica Velez, Quality Warranty Manager


Video Document  We Make It Here: Primera Plastics

This Zeeland, Michigan company makes precision injection molded plastic components for automobiles and office furniture used by people around the world. This global company has customers in Japan, Germany, Mexico and Canada.

Passionate People Featured:

Noel Cuellar, President & Chief Executive Officer
Ivan Teeple, Senior Process Technician
Jeff Norr, Director of Engineering
Ed Lopez, 3rd Shift Supervisor


Video Document  We Make It Here: Metal Flow

This company produces 6 million sophisticated custom metal components and assemblies each week. Many of these parts are used in the automotive industry for applications such as safety restraints, fuel systems, and engine controls.

Passionate People Featured:

Kevin Brown, Vice President of Human Resources
Chelsea Brown, Project Manager
Chris McCleary, Journeyman Tool & Die Maker
Todd Boeve, Advanced Sales Engineer
Dave Prentice, Journeyman Toolmaker/Supervisor


Video Document  We Make It Here: Herman Miller

This Zeeland, Michigan based company works for a better world around you - with inventive designs, technologies and related services that improve the human experience wherever people work, heal, learn, and live.

Passionate People Featured:

Brian Walker, Chief Executive Officer & President
Michael Dura, Small & Medium Business Sales Consultant
Lillian Felix, Associate Product Manager
Adam Zapata, Operations Facilitator


Video Document  We Make It Here: Haworth

This company's success is rooted in a culture that embraces innovation, creation, collaboration and a commitment to clients worldwide to translate physical environments into real-life business goals. It's world headquarters are in Holland, Michigan, with operations in 126 countries.

Passionate People Featured:

Franco Bianchi, President & Chief Executive Officer
Kyle Seehase, Staffing and Diversity
Steffen Lipsky, Senior Industrial Designer
Frances Hogsten, Vice President of Global Sourcing


Video Document  We Make It Here: Johnson Controls

This company serves the building and automotive industries in more than 150 countries, aided by 165,000 employees worldwide. With 6 facilities in the greater Holland-Zeeland area, nearly 2,500 employees are part of the Power Solutions and Automotive Experience divisions.

Passionate People Featured:

Elizabeth Rolinski, Vice President of Engineering Operations
Andy Brown, Lead Process Technician
Chris Banks, Quality Technician
Jack Johnson, Manager - Advanced Manufacturing Hybrid Battery


Video Document  We Make It Here: City Governments of Holland and Zeeland

The cities of Holland and Zeeland provide services and create policies that affect our lives each and every day. Providing clean water, electricity, parks, recreation, shopping districts and a safe place to live are just some of the things that city employees focus their efforts on to make our community a great place to live, work and have fun!

Passionate People Featured:

Kurt Dykstra, Mayor, City of Holland
Angela Badron, Electric Production Services Supervisor, Holland Board of Public Works
Kevin Klynstra, Mayor, City of Zeeland
Officer Ko Magee, Zeeland Police Department
Abby deRoo, City of Zeeland Marketing Director

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