When we invest in energy infrastructure, we’re investing in the thousands of Michigan businesses that make up our energy supply chain.
Aaron’s Fabrication: A Quintessential Michigan Success Story
Aaron’s Fabrication, a family-owned business in Chesterfield, provides welding services. Aaron’s Fabrication employs six people and is committed to training the next generation of this highly skilled profession via apprenticeships.
For four years and going strong, Aaron’s Fabrication has been doing business with Michigan’s local energy companies. Metal fabrication and welding is critical in cutting, bending, and assembling metal structures and is also essential in constructing strong and supportive pipelines for transporting natural gas. Aaron’s Fabrication is able to provide essential welding services for local energy companies and engineered products to support gas reliability projects throughout the state.
A Supply Chain of Their Own
Job creation doesn’t stop at Aaron’s Fabrications’ doors. Besides contracts with Michigan energy companies, Aaron’s Fabrication does business with a drove of other Michigan-based businesses. For example, Aaron’s Fabrication gets all of its boxes from Continental Carton and Steel, and their welding materials come from South Park Welding Supplies in Marysville.
Protecting Local Businesses by Choosing Michigan
Sue Bersteinowicz, President and co-owner of Aaron’s Fabrications, explained why Michigan-first energy policies are so critical to Michigan’s economy and small businesses: “Making sure that Public Acts 341 and 342 are properly implemented is the next step needed to secure affordable and reliable energy, as well as produce jobs for our residents.”
Of course, Aaron’s Fabrication is just one company of many that serves as a supplier for Michigan’s energy industry. These often small, family-owned and -operated product and service providers make vital contributions to our energy industry and to the economic health of their local communities. It’s difficult to say exactly where the economic benefits stop in the supply chain because each supplier — and their employees — reinvest in their own communities, spend money, and pay taxes.
Choosing energy made in Michigan is more than choosing local energy suppliers; it’s about supporting the myriad of small Michigan businesses, local jobs, and communities that make up and benefit from the larger energy supply chain.