Sterling Heights workplaces ranked top employer, fastest growing business

Two Sterling Heights organizations have taken out top spots in employer surveys and short lists over the last month. Utica Community Schools (UCS) has been recognized as one of the best workplaces in Michigan, and The Macomb Group has been listed as one of the region's top 50 fastest growing companies.

An independent survey of staff saw UCS named among the top 39 places in Michigan to work by Forbes Magazine in August, the only Michigan public school district to be listed as a top employer. The district has approximately 4,000 employees, including full time instructional and support staff, continuing education, and part time employees serving such areas as athletics coaches and lunchroom supervisors.

“The success of Utica Community Schools has always grown from the dedicated and talented individuals who commit to serve our students and families,” says UCS superintendent Christine Johns. 

“We are a district of high expectations and a clear sense of purpose to make a difference in the lives of every UCS student.”
According to Forbes Magazine, the 35-question survey asked staff members to rate their willingness to recommend their own employer to friends and family, as well as how they feel about the other employers in their respective industries. Employees were asked to give their opinions on a series of statements surrounding work-related topics such as working conditions, salary, potential for development and company image.

Meanwhile The Macomb Group was recognized in Crain's Fast 50, an annual survey of the fastest-growing companies on metro Detroit's business scene, where it ranked number 37. The company is a wholesale distributor of pipe, valves, and fittings for the Midwest region with a headquarters in Sterling Heights and 16 branches located throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina.

The Macomb Group’s revenue rose from $180 million in 2015 to $250 million in 2018, largely due to external growth and acquisitions into the North Carolina and Indiana markets.
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