Livingston Regional Investment Award

Livingston Regional Investment Awards Ceremony

Joe Parker, C & B Machinery CEO, is being honored for his investment in Livingston County. The Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce, Ann Arbor SPARK, and PNC Bank are presenting this event to recognize and celebrate recent investments made in Livingston County. This is a must attend event for anyone interested in economic investment and job creation in Livingston County. Award recipients and panelists include Adam Merkel, Chef/Owner of Adam Merkel Restaurants-Cello Italian Restaurant, Diamonds Steak and Seafood and the Silver Pig, Frances Brougham, Owner of Buon Gusto Bistro, Joe Parker, CEO of C&B Machinery, Greg Sibley, President of Eberspaecher North America, Rick Todd, Superintendent of Pinckney Schools/Pinckney Cyber Training Institute, Robert Bretz, President of Tribar Manufacturing, Michael Perry, Chief Operating Officer/Minority Owner of Wellbridge of Pinckney, John O’Malley, President, St. Joseph Mercy Health Systems-Livingston and Jack Rick, MDOT, I96/23 Interchange project. This event is part of our ongoing Power Lunch Series and will feature lunch followed by the awards ceremony and a panel discussion with the award recipients. Our thanks to Cleary University and Michigan Works! for generously sponsoring this event. Thanks, also, to Grace and Porta Benefits for their executive sponsorship of the Power Lunch Series. Please register at brightoncoc.org no later than April 21.

Date: Friday April 28, 2017
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Cleary University Johnson Center, 3750 Cleary Drive, Howell 48843
Cost: $30 per person (Lunch Included)

The public is welcome!

Link to Register 

Joe Parker C & B Machinery Owner CEO

About C & B

C & B Machinery is a builder of high precision grinding machines based in Brighton, Michigan. Grinding machines, including all tooling, fixtures, controls and lubrication system is designed, manufactured and installed at the Brighton, MI, facility and fully supported after the sale by C & B Machinery's, qualified and trained, service and support staff.  C & B supplies machines for a global list of customers, with the majority of sales being in North America (NAFTA Region). We provide complete turnkey grinding cells for all U.S. automotive companies and their tier-one and two suppliers. Included in our customer base are also aerospace, bearing, heavy equipment, compressor and oil & gas industries. 

Cleary University Vehicle to a Better Future Event


The Cleary University Vehicle to a Better Future event supports student enrichment initiatives and connects the business community to our graduating seniors. This opportunity provides a “vehicle” to bring your investment to life in helping shape the next generation of aspiring business leaders. Specifically, proceeds raised from this event directly impact the academic, financial, and social experience of Cleary University students. Our goal is to BUILD GREAT and establish dynamic pathways to achieve student success.

In collaboration with our awesome partner Adam Genei, owner of the Detroit Steel Wheel Company, Mobsteel, and star of the new hit TV Series Detroit Steel, this special event showcases a unique collection of custom automobiles on display across our Livingston campus. We invite you to take this opportunity to meet and mingle with the Cleary University Class of 2017, visit the Livingston Campus, and see how Cleary is working to build a better future for the region.

EVENT DETAILS

Student Preview

9:30 am Arrival
10 am Hear from dynamic speakers, owner of Mobsteel and star of reality TV show Adam Genei, Founders Farm Students, and other community leaders
11 am Tour campus and preview car show
12:30 pm Lunch at Clancy’s Cafe
1 pm Departure

Campus Open to the public for Vehicle Viewing

3 pm – 9 pm

Fundraising Event

5 pm Signature Stroll
6 pm Cocktails and Mingle
6:30 pm Welcome and Dinner
7 pm Signature Moments and Honorees
8 pm Building Great

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

HOT ROD SPONSOR $20,000 • PRESENTING SPONSOR

Exclusive Dinner Sponsorship (Limit of 1)

  • Two tables of eight guests each for dinner
  • Recognition and sponsorship for one table of eight graduating Cleary University seniors
  • Eight tickets to a VIP reception hosted by President & Mrs. Boyers on Friday, May 5, 2017
  • Eight guests for pre-commencement event with commencement speaker, Ken Holland, Detroit Red Wings General Manager, on Saturday, May 6, 2017
  • Name and logo on save-the-date cards, event invitations, event program, social media activity, and event signage
  • Announcement from stage and podium opportunity
  • Press release to appropriate media
MUSCLE CAR SPONSOR $10,000

Exclusive Reception Sponsorship

  • Two tables of eight guests each for dinner
  • Recognition and sponsorship for one table of eight graduating Cleary University seniors
  • Six tickets to a VIP reception hosted by President & Mrs. Boyers on Friday, May 5, 2017
  • Six guests for pre-commencement event with commencement speaker, Ken Holland, Detroit Red Wings General Manager, on Saturday, May 6, 2017
  • Name and logo on event invitations, event program, social media activity, and event signage
  • Announcement from stage
  • Press release to appropriate media
NEW! STUDENT VEHICLE PREVIEW DAY SPONSOR $7,500

Exclusive Preview Day Sponsorship • Thursday, May 4, 2017

This sponsorship enables aspiring high school students to attend an exclusive preview day event at Cleary University. Includes transportation, speakers, and luncheon.

  • One table for eight guests for Student Preview Day luncheon
  • Recognition at Student Preview Day Event
  • Two tables for eight guests each for dinner
  • Two tickets to a VIP reception hosted by President & Mrs. Boyers on Friday, May 5, 2017
  • Four guests for pre-commencement event with commencement speaker, Ken Holland, Detroit Red Wings General Manager, on Saturday, May 6, 2017
  • Name and logo on event invitations, event program, social media activity, and event signage
  • Press release to appropriate media
CLASSIC CAR SPONSOR $5,000
  • One table for eight guests for dinner
  • Four tickets to a VIP reception hosted by President & Mrs. Boyers on Friday, May 5, 2017
  • Four guests for pre-commencement event with commencement speaker, Ken Holland, Detroit Red Wings General Manager, on Saturday, May 6, 2017
  • Name and logo on event invitations, event program, and event signage
VINTAGE CAR SPONSOR $2,500
  • One table for eight guests for dinner
  • Two tickets to a VIP reception hosted by President & Mrs. Boyers on Friday, May 5, 2017
  • Two guests for pre-commencement event with commencement speaker, Ken Holland, Detroit Red Wings General Manager, on Saturday, May 6, 2017
  • Name and logo on event invitations, event program, and event signage
ROADSTER SPONSOR $1,000
  • One table for eight guests for dinner
  • Name and logo on event invitations, event program, and event signage
FUEL SPONSOR $500
  • Sponsorship of Cleary University graduating seniors to attend
  • Recognition in event program
  • Recognition on student dinner tables
INDIVIDUAL TICKETS

$100

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

C & B is featuring a remanufactured Besly DH4-30!

Hurry! Machine is Subject to Prior Sale!

Besly DH-4-30

Running, Used Equipment Being Sold As-Is! 

besly double disc grinder electrical panel operator station remanufactured equipment
besly dh4-30 double disc grinder operator station
Oscillating tooling fixture quick change over flexibility
besly double disc grinder spindle belt cover used equipment

Quality Machine with Updated Controls

Positioning servo system, ballscrew wheel feed system, Emerson Motion controls system in a 2-door electrical enclosure! So many great features to this piece of equipment!
 
The machine offers quick change over from good part to good part, a wide range of parts can be ground on this one machine. Ideal for companies that require great flexibility from their machines!
 
 
Contact Us Today!
 
sales@cbmachinery.com  -  1 (248) 264-9800

C & B Supports The Cleary University Launch Preview

Cleary Launch Preview

Cleary University Launch Preview for

Vehicle To A Better Future

February 16, 2017 from 6 - 9 p.m.

The Lingenfelter Collection

7819 Lochlin Drive, Brighton, MI 48116

Take a strolling tour of nearly 200 unique cars. This preview celebration of our annual Vehicle to a Better Future event thanks our supporters and connects the business community to the event. All proceeds support the Lingenfelter Collection and Cleary University student initiatives.

Tickets $20 each

To purchase, visit CLEARY.EDU/vehicle

Light refreshments will be served

C & B Machinery will be in attendance and we urge our customers, suppliers and friends to attend as well!

  • The C & B Machinery Team

C & B Introduces Our New Model Clamp Bore Grinding Machine

We are in the process of building our new single spindle model of our clamp bore grinding machine. A single spindle clamp bore is ideal for grinding parts that have tight tolerances, require bore-to-face perpendicularity, unequal stock removal and for plants with limited floor space! C & B Clamp Bore machines are available with tooling changeover options that allow you to perform part changeovers quickly and easily. The in-process gauging unit is available with a quick-change, error-proof adjustment as well. The cup grinding wheel arbor has the option to be pre-mounted to allow for a quick change with no tools required.

Part tolerances for the parts that will be ran on these machines:

SIZE TOLERANCE

± 0.03 mm

FLATNESS

0.025 mm

PARALLELISM

0.050 mm

SQUARENESS

0.050 mm

FINISH

0.5 Ra

Typically, these gears would be double disc ground. The bore-to-face perpendicularity cannot be altered by the double disc grind process, it holds the tolerance from the previous operation. With clamp bore grinding bore-to-face requirements can be met.

Close up of clamp bore tooling

The C & B single spindle clamp bore model # CBV4-1F-1S, has a robot load the part unto the tooling chuck, the 4-inch cup wheel comes down and grinds one side of the part based on the reading being picked up by the in-process gauge. The cup wheel retracts, the part is flipped over and then the wheel in-feeds to grind to size based on the in-process gauge reading. Once the part is finished the robot picks it up and places a new part on the chuck. The cycle time for one finished part is estimated to be 30 seconds. 

  • The C & B Machinery Team

A Machine Retool Could Save You Time & Money

C & B has completed hundreds of retools in our 35+ year history on all types of grinding machines. A retool is a great way to utilize your existing capital to run a new line of parts. Have grinding machines in storage or machines that are running parts for an expiring program? You could use those machines to run parts for a new or existing program! Don’t have any machines to submit for retooling? Not a problem, C & B has a large inventory of used disc grinding machines that we can tool to run your parts. A retooled machine will save you thousands over buying new! A retool will also require less lead time than a new machine build. Compared to the cost of purchasing a new machine, retooling your existing machine could save you over 75%! During a retool advancements can be made to the load/unload automation to increase dependability. C & B can also complete upgrades to the grinder that will lessen machine wear over time and increase up time!

The above machine was retooled for the General Motors Bay City plant. This double disc grinding machine is setup to grind connecting rods. C & B replaced all part details with new to allow the machine to run a different program of connecting rods. Advancements were made to the load/unload automation during this retool to make the components more efficient and reliable. 

 

Contact us today and we can discuss if a retool is right for you!

 

-The C & B Machinery Team

About C & B

C & B Machinery is a builder of high precision grinding machines based in Brighton, Michigan. Grinding machines, including all tooling, fixtures, controls and lubrication system is designed, manufactured and installed at the Brighton, MI, facility and fully supported after the sale by C & B Machinery's, qualified and trained, service and support staff.  C & B supplies machines for a global list of customers, with the majority of sales being in North America (NAFTA Region). We provide complete turnkey grinding cells for all U.S. automotive companies and their tier-one and two suppliers. Included in our customer base are also aerospace, bearing, heavy equipment, compressor and oil & gas industries. 

C & B is Preparing for Shipment of our Rotary Plunge Double Disc Grinders!

C & B just moved to this larger facility 5 months ago and we are already running out of space! Shipment of 4 new C & B designed and built rotary plunge style double disc grinding machines will be happening very soon! These machines were custom built for Ford Motor Company and are going into one of their Mexico plants. The machines have a C & B load/unload gantry that takes parts from the ASI automation unit through the grind cycle and back to the automation unit.

Ready to ship these machines to make room for the next jobs coming down the pipeline! 

C & B Machinery Recognized for Economic Success in Livingston County

EDCLC and Ann Arbor SPARK Recognize Livingston County Economic Successes

"BRIGHTON, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Economic progress and successes were celebrated at the Economic Development Council of Livingston County’s (EDCLC) annual meeting, co-hosted by Ann Arbor SPARK. The organizations also honored organizations and businesses that demonstrated outstanding business leadership in the last year, and made significant investments in Livingston County. Pinckney Community Schools was honored as Talent Innovator of the Year for its Cyber Range, and Tribar Manufacturing and the Flint Mass Transportation Authority (MTA) were awarded Economic Development Partners of the Year.

"Along with our colleagues at EDCLC, Ann Arbor SPARK is committed to working with state and local partners to grow the region's economy, and our collaborative efforts are yielding impressive results," said Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK. "From talent to incentives to transportation initiatives, this thoughtful and robust approach to attracting and retaining growing businesses is creating jobs and investment - from all over the world - in Livingston County. In a fiercely competitive global market, the assets in our region are a definite advantage."

Several companies that achieved significant growth in the last year were also honored. The companies were:

  • Armor Protective Packaging, which consolidated its out-of-state operations to its headquarters in Howell.
  • C&B Machinery, which invested $2.95 million in relocating to Green Oak Township as a way to accommodate its planned future growth.
  • Chem-Trend, which recently announced a $7.7 million investment in expanding its research and development facility in the City of Howell.
  • Grupo Antolin Interiors, for expanding its facility in Howell Township, and investing $44.9 million in the region.
  • Medical Comfort Specialists, for investing $3.25 million in expanding its Fowlerville facility by 10,000 sq ft.
  • Tribar Manufacturing, for hiring 100 new full-time employees to accommodate its growth.

A video highlighting the economic successes in Livingston County is available online: https://youtu.be/VpGQglKgYJs.

Pinckney Community Schools was honored for being awarded grant money from the State of Michigan to establish a Cyber Range Hub at Pinckney High School. A Cyber Range Hub is a facility that contains a computing and networking infrastructure to provide certification courses, cybersecurity training exercises, and product hardening/testing through a direct connection to the Michigan Cyber Range. The Michigan Cyber Range is hosted and facilitated by Merit Network in partnership with the State of Michigan and with the sponsorship of DTE Energy.

Tribar Manufacturing and the MTA were honored for their partnership, which led to a growing relationship between the MTA and other Livingston County businesses. MTA is bringing talent from the Flint area to Livingston County, helping to fulfill the demand for talent in the region.

About Ann Arbor SPARK

Ann Arbor SPARK, a non-profit organization, is advancing the region by encouraging and supporting business acceleration, attraction and retention. The organization identifies and meets the needs of business at every stage, from start-ups to large organizations. Ann Arbor SPARK collaborates with business, academic, government, and community investor partners including the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Washtenaw Community College, Washtenaw County, Livingston County, Washtenaw County etcs/Michigan Works!, the City of Ann Arbor, Bank of Ann Arbor and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. For more information, please call (734) 761-9317 or visit www.AnnArborUSA.org.

View source version on businesswire.com:http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20161111005465/en/ "

  • Original article located here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20161111005465/en/

Job Posting

Electrical Controls Detailer

C & B Machinery, a Brighton based company that designs, manufactures, and builds grinding machines, is seeking a controls detailer that is hard working, eager to learn, and has good communication skills.  This position would offer the potential for expanding into system design and logic programming.

Job Functions:

  • Work closely with engineers to create complete drawing packages for projects.
  • Control system detailing including wiring diagrams, panel and operator station layouts, fluid power diagrams, material stock lists.
  • Utilize AutoCAD software for creating diagrams and layouts.
  • Utilize Microsoft Word and Excel for creating documentation and manuals.
  • Follow applicable standards and automotive customer specifications.    

Qualifications:

  • Proficient with AutoCAD and Microsoft Office software.
  • Ability to follow wiring diagrams / schematics.
  • Ability to follow fluid power diagrams.
  • Basic knowledge of PLC/CNC control system layouts.
  • Ability to maintain good housekeeping and organization.
  • Ability to work well with a team.

Benefits:

  • Our company offers their employees an exceptional environment to work in and the chance to work alongside other great professionals.
  • The company understands the value of their employees; therefore, this position offers a competitive compensation package in addition to an astounding benefits package which you will be able to partake in.
  • Within our benefits package we offer Health, Dental, Prescription (currently no employee contribution required), Paid Time Off, Paid Holidays, Tuition Reimbursement and a 100% matched 401k Program.

 

To Apply:

Qualified applicants should send a resume, cover letter and their salary history/requirements. Please be sure to provide a current phone number.

OR

Qualified applicants should send a resume, cover letter and their salary history/requirements to jobs@cbmachinery.com. Please be sure to provide a current phone number.

 

Applicants only! Staffing agencies and recruiters please do not contact. We are an equal opportunity employer!

C & B Machinery CEO Joe Parker, thrives in Livingston community

(Photo: Gillis Benedict/Livingston Daily)

(Photo: Gillis Benedict/Livingston Daily)

Howell businessman Joe Parker thriving in community

Latest move caps nearly 30 years of investments in Livingston County

Joe Parker never went to college, but he always worked extremely hard. And he doesn't stop until he gets the job done.

It's paid off.

The Howell resident owns C & B Machinery, which sells disc-grinding machines all over the world. He owns Heart of Howell, a three-story downtown business hub, and the trendy 2FOG's Pub in its basement and several other Livingston County businesses besides.

"I didn't have the money and I didn't have the education, but I had the time," Parker said of his humble beginnings. "I had good mechanical aptitude (and) had tools.

"I was too dumb and young to know I couldn't do something," he added.

Since moving to Howell in 1989, Parker and his family - doing business as Howell Land Development, Howell Investments and Allen Parker Investments - have turned three commercial buildings on the northeast corner of Grand River Avenue and Walnut Street into the Heart of Howell, opened 2FOG's Pub and helped launch Frontal Lobe, a second business hub. Frontal Lobe is now owned by Bada Bing, a firm with ties to his family. 

This August, Parker moved C & B, the fruit of his labor since 1981, from Livonia to Green Oak Township, capping nearly three decades of investments in the county.

Parker, his wife, Becky, and their two daughters, Courtney and Brooke, celebrated C & B's grand opening with friends, employees and local officials earlier this month. U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop, R-Rochester Hill, attended the event.

Parker's accomplishments have not gone unnoticed. He and Becky in September were named grand marshals of the Fantasy of Lights Parade.

"Howell and Livingston County are fortunate that Joe and his family are making such major investments in our community," said Pat Convery, president of the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce. "Re-purposing three under-used, historic buildings and turning them into Heart of Howell, a thriving mixed-used development, is one of Joe’s  most visible investments with enormous impact on our downtown."

A Howell dynasty in the making

In 1978, a friend spotted Parker's strong work ethic and made him a business offer he just couldn't refuse. He sent Parker and his wife to Corbin, Kentucky, the birthplace of Col. Sanders, to open and operate a pizza and steak sandwich shop.

After three years in the South and with Col. Sanders-style success nowhere in sight, the Parkers switched gears and returned home to Michigan with a daughter in tow so that Joe Parker could focus on a lifelong passion, repairing industrial machines.

Parker turned his passion into C & B and, in Livonia, launched the manufacturing company to design and build disc-grinding machines for Ford Motor Co., General Motors, Harley-Davidson and other manufacturers. The Parkers named the manufacturing company after their two daughters, Courtney and Brooke.

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Joe Parker, center, talks with son-in-law Fabrizio Tarara, vice president of C & B Machinery, about the controlling of a pinion grinder designed by the firm Parker formed. (Photo: Gillis Benedict/Livingston Daily)

Joe Parker, center, talks with son-in-law Fabrizio Tarara, vice president of C & B Machinery, about the controlling of a pinion grinder designed by the firm Parker formed. (Photo: Gillis Benedict/Livingston Daily)

"We've worked for our children all of our lives," Parker said. "Our goal was to have a good quality of life for our children."

As C & B prospered, Parker moved to Howell and launched Allen Parker Investments in 1989, Howell Investments in 1993 and Rockford Service & Support in Rockford, Illinois, in 1999. He started Howell Land Development in 2005.

C & B now ships the machines to India, Mexico, Canada, Europe and other parts of the world. The accounting firm Ernst & Young gave Parker its Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2008 in the Central Great Lakes region.

The Heart of Howell opened for business in 2011 and 2FOG's in 2015.

"I have an incredible amount of respect for Joe Parker and his family for all of the investment they have done and Livingston County," said Pam McConeghy, president and CEO of the Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce. "They truly are remarkable, and I am extremely happy to have the new investment of C & B Machinery in Brighton.

"It is a great addition to our business community," she added. "We at the chamber of commerce wish them the very best with all endeavors."

His family ties

Parker's oldest, Courtney Tarara, manages Heart of Howell projects and is involved with other family businesses.

"I think what he has done with his life is amazing," Tarara said. "He came from absolutely nothing and got where he is with basically blood, sweat, tears (and) his guts.

"He's very loyal and passionate and hard working. Nothing was handed to him," she added.

Parker's youngest, Brooke Sredzinski, runs Allen Parker Investments and Howell Land Development.

Sredzinski also keeps the accounting books for C & B and 2FOG's Pub.

Howell Land Development has purchased a number of properties in Howell since launching in 2005, including the buildings that Parker converted into the Heart of Howell, which was filled to capacity earlier this year.

"I'm proud of him," Sredzinski said. "I'm proud he's my dad. He's a hard worker. He's dedicated. When he sets his mind to do something, he gives it his all, that's for sure.

"One of his admirable qualities is that he's a straight shooter, he's always honest," she added. "I think that's hard to find nowadays."

Parker plans on staying in Howell for the long term for several reasons. One, his daughters and their families live down the block. Two, he can see deer in his back yard. Three, he has a short commute to work, and Livingston has a rich talent pool of employees.

He credits his wife for his success. The Parkers have been married for 44 years.

"My wife, Becky, was the best thing I ever did," he said. "Being married to a quality person and having children, that was my first stroke of luck."

-Livingston Daily business reporter Noe Hernandez

Link to article: http://www.livingstondaily.com/story/news/2016/10/31/joe-parker-thriving-howell/92452518/