NTH Consultants, Ltd. Announces Executive Promotions

NORTHVILLE, MI – NTH Consultants, Ltd. (NTH), a leading professional engineering consulting firm, today announced the promotions of two key leaders within the firm to support the firm’s growing public infrastructure and underground engineering initiatives.

Jason Edberg, P.E., who has provided his leadership to the firm’s operations for a number of years, and has been instrumental in creating a vision and charting the course for NTH’s Underground Engineering Division, has been promoted from Vice President to Senior Vice President. In this position, Jason will manage NTH’s portfolio of water, wastewater, and transportation clients and lead the firm’s public infrastructure initiatives, building upon recent high-profile project wins, such as the Gordie Howe International Bridge and Segment 3 of the I-75 Modernization Project.

Jason joined NTH in 2004 and was named Young Engineer of the Year in 2009 by the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers (Detroit) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (Michigan). Jason has more than 19 years of experience in heavy civil / structural design and project management, and during his time at NTH, he has taken the helm of several major infrastructure projects, garnering local, regional, and national awards.

Saju Sachidanandan, P.E. has been promoted to Vice President. In this position, Saju will lead the expanded Underground Engineering Division that began under Jason’s leadership and will oversee the infrastructure design, subsurface exploration, geo-structural, and construction support teams as well as laboratory operations for NTH. Saju has more than 18 years of experience in civil / structural engineering and will bring the high-level project delivery and operational skills he has developed with NTH to maintain the firm’s 50-year tradition of providing excellent service to our clients. Saju joined NTH in 2005 and has served in technical and project management roles in the design and construction of major civil infrastructure projects.

“NTH is committed to providing growth opportunities for our staff and has a history of rewarding hard work and strong leadership. Jason and Saju have proven that they have the depth of experience and the vision to help move NTH forward to where we want to be as a company,” said Jeff Jaros, Chief Operating Officer.

About NTH Consultants, Ltd.
NTH Consultants, Ltd. (NTH) has been providing professional engineering consulting services to the energy, urban renewal, water resources and infrastructure markets since 1968. From a small, Detroit-based, geotechnical engineering firm, our company has grown significantly providing a wide range of services in geotechnical engineering, environmental engineering, and facilities engineering. For more than 50 years, NTH has helped our clients address some of the most challenging and complex issues facing our environment today and provides innovative and creative approaches for each project it undertakes. NTH is constantly exploring new technologies and solutions that are safe, well-developed, and cost effective for its clients. NTH is headquartered in Northville, MI and serves its diverse client base from five offices throughout Michigan and Ohio.

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American Society of Employers (ASE) releases 2016 Starting Salaries for Co-op Students and Recent College Graduates

The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, today released the organization’s 2016 Starting Salaries for Co-op Students and Recent College Graduates survey. The annual survey provides a comprehensive look at current workforce conditions and reveals what co-op students and recent college graduates can expect in terms of job availability and compensation. Mary E. Corrado, president and CEO of ASE, says the 2016 survey reveals strong interest by employers to invest in students, as well as a high demand for graduates with technical and business-related degrees.

“In addition to providing updated salary information, this year’s survey reflects that the investment by Detroit area employers in co-op and internship programs remains strong,” Corrado said. “It also affirms the financial rewards available to new graduates with degrees in key engineering and business fields.”

170 companies responded to the 2016 Starting Salaries for Co-op Students and Recent College Graduates survey, which was distributed to 2200 employers in an online format in February. 75% of respondents are located in the metro Detroit region with an average of 590 employees (median employee count of 164); 48% are classified as automotive suppliers.

2016 Starting Salaries for Co-op Students and Recent College Graduates Survey Highlights:
• The “Labor Market” (62%) and “Performance of the Company” (50%) continue to be the two largest reasons for a change in hiring and recruiting practices for recent college graduates.
• There was a 5% overall increase from 2015 in organizations providing benefits to co-op students. Auto suppliers providing benefits to co-ops increased 9%.
• For college co-ops, the following benefits were provided at least 10% more often than in 2015: medical coverage, prescription drug coverage and dental coverage.
• There was a 10% increase in service industry companies who have hired recent college graduates in the past year, or plan to in 2016.
• Hiring of MBA students has increased since 2015. Hiring of MBA students with a technical undergraduate degree increased 12%; for MBA students with a non-technical B.A., the hiring increased 14%.

Hiring Trends:
• Nearly four out of five (79%) respondents say their company has hired, or plans to hire, a recent college graduate in 2016.
o Three out of five (60%) of those companies say hiring practices have remained the same in 2016 as 2015.
o Nearly two out of five (38%) of the companies who have hired or plan to hire a recent graduate in 2016 have increased their hiring efforts this year.
• Statistically, the top five in-state institutions the responding companies actively recruit from are: 1) University of Michigan; 2) Michigan State University; 3) Oakland University; 4) Wayne State University; 5) Kettering University.
• The top three most popular technical Bachelor-degree disciplines hired in the past year were: 1) Mechanical Engineering; 2) Electrical Engineering; 3) Computer Science.
• The top three most popular non-technical Bachelor-degree disciplines hired in the past year were: 1) Business Administration; 2) Accounting; 3) Human Resources/Labor Relations.
• Automotive suppliers have decreased their hiring of Bachelor-level mechanical engineers, resulting in a 16% decrease in hiring among automotive suppliers compared to a year ago.

Candidate and Salary Trends:
• The top three knowledge/skill factors organizations consider when making hiring decisions, in order, are: 1) computer skills; 2) related coursework (i.e., to the work required in the job); 3) work experience/internships.
• As in 2015, the top three perceived shortcomings of recent college graduates are: 1) adaptability to the work environment (58%); 2) career expectations (55%); 3) compensation expectations (46%).
• Fewer companies are paying a premium for graduates from specific schools. Overall the percentage dropped from 6% in 2015 to 3% this year. But in Non-Auto Supplier organizations, the percentage dropped from 14% to 0%.
• However, more organizations are instead paying premiums for graduates with certain qualifications. 15% more service organizations, 18% more organizations with under 100 employees and 9% more Non-Auto Suppliers reported paying these premiums than what was reported in 2015. The overall increase was 5%.
• Of the six disciplines previously named (Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Business Administration, Accounting and Human Resources/Labor Relations), the highest starting salaries went to the engineering disciplines. The average starting salary for Mechanical Engineering was $60,574 and $59,096 for Electrical Engineering. Computer Science came in on average at $57,115; Accounting at $49,918; Business Administration at $48,483; and Human Resources/Labor Relations at $49,485.
• Pay rates for college co-ops and interns were separated by technical and non-technical roles; the average hourly rate for a college senior in a technical field is $17.36 an hour and $15.40 for a non-technical field; the average hourly rate for a college junior in a technical field is $16.09 an hour and $14.59 for a non-technical field.

To obtain a copy of the 2016 Starting Salaries for Co-op Students and Recent College Graduates survey, contact Kevin Marrs, Vice President at ASE, 248-223-8025 or kmarrs@aseonline.org.

About the American Society of Employers (ASE) – a Centennial Organization
The American Society of Employers (ASE) is a not-for-profit trade association providing people-management information and services to Michigan employers. Since 1902, member organizations have relied on ASE to be their single, cost-effective source for information and support, helping to grow their bottom line by enhancing the effectiveness of their people. Learn more about ASE at www.aseonline.org.

Kubica Corporation featured on TV show “World’s Greatest!…”

Novi, Mich., May 6, 2016 – Leading technology solutions provider, Kubica Corporation was recently featured on “World’s Greatest!…” for providing leading edge, system integration solutions in the manufacturing industry.

Kubica Corp’s wide variety of engineering and manufacturing services, along with their core technology line of software, PhizX, developed in 2005, allows them to create unique and innovative products for their clients. Their products and services are not the only elements that differentiates Kubica Corp, it’s their team of engineers. From day one, they are groomed to think and act like an entrepreneur. The engineers are placed directly in front of the client, eliminating the sales factor and providing great customer satisfaction and value for their customers. “We take our engineers who are highly skilled in electrical, controls, mechanical, industrial and software disciplines, put them in a highly collaborative environment and challenge them to solve difficult problems posed by clients,” said Dennis Kubica, Founder and CEO of Kubica Corp. As a result, Kubica has taken the core technology and added a customized layer to help solve factory quality and performance challenges.

One of the areas PhizX specializes in is bringing solutions for quality systems on the factory floor such as system scheduling. “Manufacturers in the automotive, agriculture and batch processing industries have seen improved manufacturing and operational efficiencies since deploying the system,” said Dennis. The PhizX software line has been developed out of custom solutions created to solve clients’ problems and bring value to any process that has bearing on quality and performance in a factory. Their core technology has proven ability to help in predicting equipment failures, managing and mapping system processes, measuring overall factory effectiveness (OFE) among many other solutions.

Also known for their Robotics Integration service, Kubica will take a specific manufacturer’s robot (including, but not limited to, ABB, Fanuc, Kawasaki, and MotoMan) and integrate it into a comprehensive system custom-developed to your specific engineering needs. They have provided Robotics Integration for a variety of systems, including: paint application, welding, material handling and machine interface. “Providing world-class solutions to each one of our customers is what we do,” said Dennis.

Moreover, the team at Kubica is working on solutions in the golf industry and recently just launched Kubica Golf, and indoor coaching and training golf facility focused on “Building Community Through the Pursuit of Excellence in Golf.”

“At Kubica Golf we are working with the latest and greatest golf measuring technologies in swing and ball flight,” says Dennis. By taking their artificial intelligence technology and merging that in with other technologies the team is able to come up with predictive solutions for a golfers swing and the result in ball flight. This is just another way Kubica is providing leading edge technology and innovation to their clients.

About Kubica Corp
Founded in 1995, Kubica Corp is a full service Controls System Integrator that manages projects from start to finish. We craft solutions that are particular to specific customer needs, operating in the Automotive, Industrial, Pharmaceutical, Agriculture and Chemical Industries. We specialize in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Software Engineering and Control Engineering, and offer numerous services. Our drive to be the “Best Engineering Team in the World” differentiates us in the market place. Visit our website at www.KubicaCorp.com for additional information.

About Kubica Golf
Kubica Golf is a state-of-the-art, year-round, indoor training and coaching facility focused on building community through the pursuit of excellence in golf. Whether you are a new golfer or looking to brush up on your game, spend time with family and friends, train in the off season or get golf ready for the upcoming season, we have something just for you. Our programs offer you the unique ability to practice and play with a community of like-minded golfers or train one-one-one with a Certified PGA Coach. The facility features leading edge technology including: Trackman 4 Radar Technology, E6 Course Simulator, Swing Catalyst Studio, High speed video analysis, and a full chipping and putting area. Visit our website at www.KubicaGolf.com for additional information.

NTH Consultants Webinar

The US EPA’s new coal combustion residuals (CCRs or coal ash) final rule is intended to be a comprehensive set of requirements for the management and disposal CCRs in surface impoundments and landfills. In addition to a brief overview on the CCR final rule, this webinar will provide some practical implementation strategies for managing CCRs consistent with updated beneficial use or disposal regulations going forward.

Register here: http://www.nthconsultants.com/ccr-regulations.html

NTH Consultants, Ltd. Wins ACEC Eminent Conceptor Award

NTH Consultants, Ltd. (NTH) today announced that its work on the redevelopment of Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan has been recognized with the ACEC/Michigan’s highest honor, the Eminent Conceptor Award for Engineering, presented during the recent ACEC/Michigan’s 50th Anniversary Awards Gala.

ACEC/Michigan recognizes special engineering and surveying accomplishments through its annual Engineering & Surveying Excellence Awards. The statewide competition identifies engineering achievements that demonstrate a high degree of client satisfaction through innovative, cost-effective solutions.

NTH received its ACEC award for the Cobo Arena Expansion Project that began in 2010 when the Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority (DRCFA) assumed the ambitious transformation of the existing Cobo Arena facility. The signature element in the transformation was the construction of a new three-story atrium opening to the Detroit River and the conversion of Cobo Arena into a glass-enclosed banquet and event space. DRCFA chose NTH for the planning, work sequencing, and evaluation of structural integrity.

During the redevelopment of Cobo Arena, NTH utilized the shell-like geometry of the original structure, performed detailed analyses for each stage of demolition and reconstruction, and worked with the contractors, Homrich, Inc. and Midwest Steel, Inc., to safely sequence the work, thereby eliminating the need for internal temporary bracing. This transformation of an underutilized component of Detroit’s past stands as a testament to the fortitude of its people, the community, and the professionals dedicated to its rebirth.

ACEC also recognized NTH with a 2015 Merit Award for its work in averting future sinkholes during its work on the Oakland Macomb Interceptor Drain Project.
About NTH Consultants, Ltd.

For more than 45 years, NTH has been confronted with some of the most challenging and complex issues facing our environment today and provides innovative and creative approaches for each project it undertakes. NTH is constantly exploring new technologies and solutions that are safe, well developed, and cost effective for its clients. NTH is headquartered in Northville, MI and serves its diverse client base from five offices throughout Michigan and Ohio.

Cequent Performance Products Hiring in Plymouth

Cequent Performance Products, the industry leader in automotive trailer and towing accessories, has multiple job openings at its headquarters in Plymouth, Michigan.

The company recently renovated its world headquarters and is searching for innovative and collaborative individuals to join the team.

About Cequent™ Performance Products, Inc.
Cequent Performance Products, Inc. is the industry’s largest manufacturer of towing and trailer aftermarket products. Each product is engineered and tested to meet and often exceed the industry’s highest standards. Product focuses include vehicle specific trailer hitches, electric trailer brake controls, fifth wheel hitches, gooseneck hitches, weight distribution systems, cargo management, custom designed and standard electrical harnesses, trailer jacks, couplers and more. Brand names include: Bargman®, Bulldog®, Draw-Tite®, Fulton®, Hidden Hitch®, Pro Series™, Reese®, ROLA®, Tekonsha®, Tow Ready® and Wesbar®. Cequent is a subsidiary of TriMas Corporation. For more information, visit www.CequentGroup.com.

About TriMas
Headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, TriMas Corporation (NASDAQ: TRS) provides engineered and applied products for growing markets worldwide. TriMas is organized into six reportable segments: Packaging, Energy, Aerospace & Defense, Engineered Components,
Cequent APEA and Cequent Americas. TriMas has approximately 5,500 employees at more than 60 facilities in 17 countries. For more information, visit www.trimascorp.com.