Whitmer announces 74 new Detroit jobs as National Garment Nonprofit ISAIC expands


August 22, 2022

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Governor Whitmer announces 74 new jobs coming to Detroit NOTNational Garment Nonprofit ISAIC expands

ISAIC has partnered with Carhartt to develop industrial sewing crafts in Michigan and innovate for advanced manufacturing in the sewn goods industry.

LANSING, Mich. – Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer joined the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to announce that the national non-profit association for sewing trades ISAIC is expanding its operations in Detroit to meet increased demand for an existing customer. EThe project is expected to generate a total capital investment of $550,000 and create up to 74 jobs, supported by a $259,000 Jobs Ready Michigan grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund. Michigan was chosen for the project over competing sites in New York and Missouri.

“This expansion of ISAIC, a national nonprofit sewing trades organization that regularly partners with Carhartt, will create 74 well-paying manufacturing jobs in Detroit and build on our economic momentum,” said Governor Whitmer. “I will work with anyone to invest in our hardworking employees and innovative businesses so they can thrive. Right now Michigan’s economy is growing. Unemployment is low, we have added 133,000 jobs in the last 12 months and we continue to build on our manufacturing heritage. Our future is bright, and investments like this by ISAIC will help us continue to move our state forward.

ISAIC, founded in 2017 as the Industrial Sewing and Innovation Center in Detroit, is a national, nonprofit institute for the sewing trades. The organization was developed by a group of industry stakeholders recognizing an opportunity to change the way the industry operates. The group focuses on training in a way that prepares individuals for advancement in the industry while supporting the industry with highly skilled employees.

The organization has identified new opportunities with a current customer and plans to expand its facilities to Detroit, where he will add machinery and equipment. The R&D aspect of the project will involve the creation of technology capable of meeting the cutting and sewing needs of customers on demand. This technology can help reduce overall production costs while meeting changing customer needs within 24 hours. The project builds on MEDC’s efforts to strengthen Michigan’s advanced manufacturing industry and create jobs for future generations of Michiganders.

“The MEDC has been at the forefront of promoting not only our state’s existing industries such as automotive and mobility, but also supporting emerging sectors in the advanced manufacturing of products, including apparel. . Additionally, it will help support our continued collaboration with the Advanced Robotic Manufacturing Institute,” said Jen Guarino, CEO of ISAIC. “We are grateful for MEDC’s support of ISAIC and our impact on our community.”

ISAIC offers an apprenticeship program and has partnered with Carhartt and others to develop industrial sewing trades in Michigan and innovate for advanced manufacturing in the sewn goods industry. ISAIC also partners with local nonprofit organizations to provide comprehensive services to its employees and target outreach to underrepresented populations, and provides opportunities for growth and promotion to its employees. The project will bring 74 jobs to Detroit residents with future pathways into an industry that has been identified as a local priority.

“We are happy to celebrate ISAIC’s continued growth and look forward to working together to grow, create jobs and provide better opportunities for Detroit residents,said Michele Wildman, Executive Vice President of Economic Development Incentives at MEDC. “We are grateful to the Governor and lawmakers for the continued support of the Jobs Ready Michigan program. We are proud to partner with DEGC, the City of Detroit and ISAIC builds on Detroit’s manufacturing heritage and spirit of innovation and creates a thriving fashion hub in the Motor City.

The Detroit Economic Growth Corporation will continue to provide time and assistance to the organization and will connect ISAIC to its workforce development system to access talent. For more information on careers with ISAIC, visit https://isaic.org/job-board.

“As proud partners of ISAIC, we are thrilled with this investment and its contribution to advancing economic opportunity in the city of Detroit’s growing fashion and apparel sector,” said DEGC President and CEO Kevin Johnson. “We look forward to continuing our efforts to provide Detroiters with access to jobs.”

MEDC has a rich history of supporting ISAIC over the years as it continues to integrate high-tech solutions into Detroit’s burgeoning fashion industry. In 2019, ISAIC began working with the Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC) program to help create a sustainable, community-based ecosystem for apparel manufacturing with an innovative approach to facility design, application of technology, and advanced career path development.

When the COVID-19 pandemic began in Michigan in 2020, ISAIC has pivoted its training and garment manufacturing efforts to isolation gowns and masks to address the shortage of personal protective equipment. With the help of $150,000 from PMBC Emergency Access and Retooling Grant Programmore than 550,000 disposable masks and 500,000 isolation gowns have been produced.

To learn more about ISAIC’s ongoing commitment to growing and thriving in Michigan, visit here.


Michael O. Stutler