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.    


  • 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.


  • 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.


Qualified applicants should send a resume, cover letter and their salary history/requirements to 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

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C & B Machinery is hosting an Open House at our new Livingston County Location


Ribbon cutting ceremony for our new location followed by building tours and product demonstrations.

C & B Machinery has moved into a new facility recently. Now that all renovations and updates are complete, we would like to share our accomplishment with the community, our customers and our suppliers. The Open House will take place on Thursday, October 13th from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. at our new innovative facility located at 7771 Lochlin Dr. Brighton, MI 48116

The Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce and The Howell Area Chamber of Commerce will be present for the ribbon cutting ceremony. The ceremony is planned for2:15 p.m.. Congressman Mike Bishop will be in to tour our facility during the Open House. We will have product demonstrations and displays setup to showcase our technology advancements and capabilities. 
C & B Machinery CEO, Joe Parker, has been contributing to the Brighton/Howell communities for many years. This year, Joe and his wife Becky, have been named Grand Marshals for the Fantasy of Lights Parade in downtown Howell. 

A light lunch and drinks will be provided for visitors during the Open House. We hope to see many familiar faces and new ones as well!

C & B

Joe Parker, CEO and Becky Parker Named 2016 Grand Marshals

Fantasy of Lights Parade Grand Marshals Joe and Becky Parker have a heart for Howell

C & B Machinery CEO

Business owners and Howell investors Joe and Becky Parker are the 2016 Grand Marshals of the Fantasy of Lights Parade. The Fantasy of Lights is Friday, Nov. 25 in downtown Howell.

The Grand Marshals are selected based on their contributions to the city. The Parkers own the Heart of Howell and Frontal Lobe in downtown Howell, and are know for their generous charitable contributions to an array of organizations. With the Heart of Howell, the Parkers have made a substantial investment in downtown.  Joe Parker’s vision’s resulted in a multi-million dollar project that took three under-used-but-historic buildings, and combined them into one magnificent, multi-use facility. 

The idea for the investment started with the purchase of one building, but quickly escalated to three. Tenants include Your Peace of Mind on the top floor, SoulShine Yoga and the Loft on the second floor, Silverstone Jewelers and Encore 118 on the street level, and 2FOG’s Pub, owned by the Parkers and currently being expanded in the lower level. The Heart of Howell was recognized with an Architectural Investment Award at the 2015 Howell Area Chamber of Commerce annual dinner.

The Frontal Lobe, located next to the Dairy Queen is the first coworking facility in the county and was also developed by the Parkers.

“The Parkers are such an asset to the chamber and the entire community,” said Pat Convery, president of the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce. “Their family, including their two daughters and grandchildren are rooted and committed to this community and downtown Howell.”

The Parkers moved to Howell in 1989 and have raised their two daughters, Courtney and Brooke, here.  Joe Parker found himself investing in business and real estate in and around Howell, but it was when his daughters convinced him to invest in downtown that the Parkers truly devoted themselves to the city’s growth.

With Becky Parker’s absolute love of winter, the Fantasy of Lights Parade is one of her favorite holiday traditions. The Parkers are honored and thrilled to be the 2016 Grand Marshals, but are most excited to have their five grandchildren on the Grand Marshal float with them for the parade.

“They are going to absolutely love being in the parade,” said Joe Parker about his grandchildren. “Becky and I are so honored to be named the 2016 Grand Marshals.”

The 33rd annual Fantasy of Lights is hosted by the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Activities begin at 4 p.m., followed by the Fantasy 5K at 6 and the start of the parade at 7. Major sponsor of the Fantasy of Lights is Cobb-Hall Insurance. Supporting sponsors are Citizens Insurance and Blue Care Network of Michigan. Champion Automotive Group is the Fantasy 5K Platinum Sponsor. Other sponsors include LOC Federal Credit Union, Christmas Alley; and St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospital, Santa and Reindeer.

For more information about the Fantasy of Lights, visit or

Michelle Tokan

Howell Area Chamber of Commerce

Position Openings

We have completed our move to our new location in Brighton, MI. This cutting-edge facility allows us the room we needed to keep growing. With more work comes the need for more team members!

C & B Machinery is looking to hire! Our team is in need of a variety of positions Electrical Controls Engineer, Mechanical Engineer and Machine Repair & Maintenance Mechanic. 

Apply Below!

- The C & B Machinery Team

C & B Machinery @ IMTS 2016!

Double Disc Grinder Options Clampbore

Exhibitor Booth # N-7550

C & B Machinery will be an exhibitor at the 
International Manufacturing Technology Show 2016!

We will be displaying video of our latest projects to show our newest advancements in grinding technology. Our top-notch sales team will also be there to discuss any future grinding needs within your company.

Recent innovations made at C & B:

  • A 42 inch abrasive connecting rod grinder that can grind two non-coplanar rods at the same time!
    See a video of the whole cell in action here!
  • An extremely flexible re-engineered 23 inch abrasive horizontal double disc grinder. Tooled with our swing arm style tooling, this grinder is able to setup to grind a variety of parts with a wide range of part sizes.
  • A high production rotary double disc grinder capable of grinding up to 3,600 parts per hour at 100% efficiency. This grinding machine was equipped with u-notch rotary carrier style tooling.
    See a video clip of this machine running parts click here!

The C & B Machinery team is always looking to solve a grinding dilemma!
IMTS is a great way to showcase everything we can offer.
IMTS will take place at McCormick Place, Chicago - September 12-17, 2016.

We hope to see you there!

C & B Machinery is Moving!

Street View C & B Machinery Lochlin Building


C & B Machinery is expanding! The new facility will allow for increased capacity, more space for new/stock machine builds and our in-house scraping service. The C & B Machinery Team is also growing, and we couldn't be more excited!

7771 Lochlin Dr, Brighton, MI 48116

-Click the map for directions-

Operations will begin at the new location on July 18th, 2016.


-The C & B Machinery Team

CEO Joins Local Chamber Board

Joe Parker - CEO of C & B MachineryWe want to congratulate our CEO Joe Parker for his recent appointment to the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors! The original press release can be found HERE on the Howell Chamber of Commerce website.

Sandie Cortez of First Impression Print & Marketing, was named the chamber’s 2016 Chairman of the Board at the chamber’s Annual Meeting, immediately preceding the Annual Dinner.

Cortez takes over the reins of the chamber from Ron Long of First National Bank, who becomes past chair. Other members of the chamber’s Executive Board are Glynis McBain of Your Peace of Mind, vice chair; Trevor Brooks, The UPS Store and Laurex Realty, treasurer; and Jeff Rey of Express Employment, secretary.

The rest of the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce Board was announced: Renee Chodkowski, The Great Foodini; Lynn Elberson of Howell Western Wear; Brynt Ellis of Saint Joseph Mercy Livingston; Jodi Hoag of the Tanger Outlet Center; Candy Jones-Guerin of WebWorld Advantage; Michael Jonna of Jonna’s Market; Devanir Moraes of Chem-Trend Limited Partnership; Joe Parker of C & B Machinery, Heart of Howell and 2FOGs Pub; Jesse Parsley of Edward Jones; and Prasad Puttagunta of Asahi Kasei Plastics North America.

Board members Jessica Brooks of Crystal Gardens – Livingston, and The Dress Shop; Candye Hinton of the Hinton Real Estate Group; Steve LaCommare of the Kizer Law Firm; and Debra VanHevele of Comerica Bank are leaving the board and were recognized for their service.

Bob Dymond of R&D Screw Products and Don Cortez of First Impression Print & Marketing were recognized for serving on the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation board.

2015 Gear Expo

2015 Gear Expo Guest Pass - C & B Machinery

There’s no better way to make purchasing decisions for your company than to see the product first-hand and talk face-to-face with a knowledgeable supplier. Discovering new advances and witnessing them in action, then comparing them with other products and services will ensure you pick the best solutions for your company.

You can get the convenience and value of that personalized experience by attending Gear Expo 2015, October 20-22, in Detroit, MI. It’s worth your time to attend this event—even if you’re just curious to see what’s going on in the market and what your competitors are up to.

Gear Expo offers:

  • High-level education designed specifically for professionals who work in industries such as off-highway, industrial applications, automotive, oil and gas, defense, aerospace, agriculture, and construction.
  • Networking opportunities with colleagues involved in design, manufacturing, application engineering, and gear buying and manufacturing.
  • A large Expo floor where you can visit me at 1301.

2015 Gear Expo - C & B Machinery LogoWhen registering, use my Gear Expo guest pass code, GE15CBM, for a complimentary pass from C & B Machinery.

I look forward to seeing you and your industry colleagues at the newly renovated Cobo Center. To learn more, visit

Joe Parker…Livingston County Trailblazer!

Joe Parker - CEO of C & B MachineryPower Lunch: Livingston County Trailblazers featuring Michele Bouhana of Michele’s Salon and Day Spa, Mike Murphy, Livingston County Undersheriff and Joe Parker of C&B Machinery and Heart of Howell.  These three individuals have made a huge impact on Livingston County. Learn what drives them to success.GBACOC’s Power Lunches are designed to bring to our business community updates on economic and political issues trending locally and statewide.  We feature business and governmental “movers and shakers” who will provide insight into their leadership perspectives and corporate impact on our local business climate.  Please RSVP to by May 8 if you plan to join us. Chamber members, guests and the media are encouraged to attend!

Time:  11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location:  Oak Pointe Country Club, 4500 Club Drive, Brighton 48116

Cost:  $20 members; $25 guests