John Kennedy, IV, General Manager of Autocam Medical, was named the Grand Rapids Business Journal’s Newsmaker of the Year in the Manufacturing category.
Among the three finalists for the honor was Kevin Lobo Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Stryker.
Mr. Kennedy has been a driving force behind Autocam Medical’s participation in the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), a program that facilitates development of students pursuing careers in engineering and manufacturing. He has also helped propel development of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Laboratory (AMP Lab) located in Western Michigan University’s Grand Rapids campus.
“It is an honor to be ranked among business leaders that have helped spur the development of West Michigan,” noted Kennedy. “The growth of our area and our industry is also one of my key objectives. Our involvement in the AMP program and The AMP Lab will help raise the profile of advanced manufacturing in downtown Grand Rapids and draw more people into skilled trade careers. We also offer an apprentice program that provides students with the opportunity to become Certified CNC Machinists and earn their Journeyman’s card.”
Autocam Medical provides drill bits, drivers, taps, bone plates and screws. Decades of DFM and lean manufacturing experience in CNC milling, turning, mill/turn and cutter grinding offer OEMs a single-source solution.