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ED Update Newsletter 3rd Qtr 2016

Economic Dev Update 3rd qtr 2016.pdf 


Shellcast Wins Top Honors

October 19, 2016

Shellcast Wins Top Honors @ Investment Casting Institute Conference

Casting of the Year

The 63rd Investment Casting Institute’s conference was held in Columbus Ohio and Shellcast was awarded the top slot for a 

commercial casting in the annual contest. This year’s entry was a deep water diving helmet casting manufactured for an 

Eastern European company. The project involved a lengthy design evolution that required converting a problematic bronze 

casting design to a high strength but lighter weight 316 stainless steel casting. The ICI contest recognizes foundries that best 

demonstrate the benefits, design flexibility, and the problem solving potential of the investment casting process. 

This year’s recognition is the 2nd contest win for Shellcast in the past five years with three other entries placing in a top 10 


Innovator of the Year

One of the ICI’s newest awards recognizes technical accomplishments considered to be significant to the advancement of the 

investment casting process. Shellcast was chosen for its unique approach to shell room environmental control. The winning 

entry was for a rotary atomizer that uses high speed centrifugal force to induce large volumes of water vapor into the shell 

room allowing precise humidity control. Atomizers are commonly found in agricultural applications for chemical spraying and 

in some cases paired with robots in automotive paint systems. Shellcast’s approach allows controlled shell drying and has 

greatly enhanced process control. The system operates independently of the HVAC system using tap water with an installed 

cost 90% less than conventional steam-based systems. 


Shellcast, Inc is a certified small business located in Western Michigan and is now celebrating its 55th year in business. The 

company operates with systems that are registered to the ISO 9001: 2008 AS9100C quality standards with Nadcap 

accreditation for nondestructive testing.


Alcoa becomes Arconic

Major Muskegon County employer to get new name logo after scheduled split _ MLive.pdf

Webb Chemical Celebrates 53 years in Business

85-plus employees, 53 years: Muskegon Heights company by the numbers

(Emily Brouwer | MLive.com)

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, MI -- Webb Chemical Service Corp. prides itself on being part of the Muskegon Heights community. 

The family-owned chemical distribution company was founded in 1963.

Every other year, Webb welcomes the community for facility tours at 2708 Jarman St. in Muskegon Heights. 

An MLive reporter and photographer took the tour on Sept. 29. Here's what they learned: 

2: The number of locations that Webb Chemical operates. The one is Muskegon Heights is the corporate headquarters, and has most of the companies employees. There's additional warehousing in Fort Wayne, Ind. 

2: The number of years it takes to be a fully trained employee at Webb. "It's really important for us to find quality employees who are going to stick around," said Kolin Convertini, plant manager, during the tour. 

8: buildings at the Muskegon Heights site. 

15: railcars are onsite at any given time. Each railcar can carry up to 200,000 pounds of chemicals. 

23: acres at the Muskegon Heights headquarters on Jarman Street. 

85: employees between two locations. 

700: customers in the Great Lakes region. 

1,000: The number of chemical products Webb stores and ships. 

6,000: square feet added to the original Webb building in 2011-2012. It's now Building 3. 

80,000: square feet of warehouse storage space. 

280,000: gallons of organic and inorganic storage on site. 

200 million: pounds of chemicals go through the facility annually. 

Webb receives products through rail and trucking, packages and stores it in warehouses, and then ships it out in its specialized trucks. Products include pharmaceuticals, chemical manufacturing, metal finishing, compounding, water/waste water treatment, investment casting, agriculture, food and fuels. 

The company is a member of the National Association of Chemical Distributors and the Chemical Distribution Network.


Motion Dynamics Partners with Vance Street Capital LLC

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Vance Street Capital Partners with Motion Dynamics Management to Support Future Growth

Second investment from Vance Street Capital Fund II leverages the firm’s experience in high-precision manufacturing and medical components

LOS ANGELES--()--Vance Street Capital LLC, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm, today announced that it has partnered with Motion Dynamics Corporation, a leading provider of highly engineered precision wire-based components primarily for the medical device, industrial and aerospace markets. This is Vance Street’s second investment out of its second fund. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Fruitport, Michigan, Motion Dynamics is a leading manufacturer of wire-based micro-components and sub-assemblies, which are frequently found in micro-catheters, pacemakers and neuromodulation devices. The Company focuses on products that require fine and ultra-fine wire diameters, unique alloy types and shapes, and high precision / tight tolerances.

As part of the transaction, Chris Witham, President of Motion Dynamics, will continue to lead the business in his current role and has retained a material ownership position in the Company. “Vance Street’s long track record of supporting high-precision manufacturing businesses across the medical, A&D and industrial end markets makes them the perfect partner to help Motion Dynamics grow and continue to provide the highest level of products and services to our customers,” said Chris Witham. “We look forward to collaborating with the Vance Street team to provide even more manufacturing capabilities to our customers and prepare the business for its next stage of growth.”

“The Motion Dynamics opportunity is a perfect situation for Vance Street to support a world-class management team that has positioned the Company in attractive, high-growth end markets with a strong focus on providing customers the highest level of design and complex manufacturing services,” said John LeRosen, Principal at Vance Street. “Chris and his senior management team have built a unique Company and we are excited to help them take the business to the next level.”

“Partnering with passionate entrepreneurs such as Chris is a core focus at Vance Street and we look forward to supporting Motion Dynamics’ strong growth trajectory and continued success,” added Brian Martin, Partner at Vance Street.

Vedder Price LLP acted as legal advisor to Vance Street Capital. Charter Capital Partners and Miller, Johnson, Snell & Commiskey, PLC served as financial and legal advisors to Motion Dynamics. Vance Street Capital partnered with Lexington Partners, funds advised by Neuberger Berman, Northwestern Mutual, Private Advisors and Madison Capital, all of whom co-invested equity alongside Vance Street in support of the transaction. Senior debt was provided by Madison Capital Funding LLC and BMO Sponsor Finance, and mezzanine debt was provided by Neuberger Berman and Northwestern Mutual.

About Vance Street Capital LLC

Vance Street Capital is a Los Angeles-based private equity firm which invests in middle-market businesses in the medical, aerospace, defense and industrial sectors. For over two decades, Vance Street’s partners have worked with management, family owners and other co-investors to accelerate revenue growth, improve operations and acquire strategic assets for the companies in their investment portfolio. For more information please visit: www.vancestreetcapital.com.


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