This short case is one of the eight in a series of cases written for the Next Great Companies in Michigan project, which profiles great places to work in Michigan. Cascade Engineering is a Michigan-based firm that develops and manufactures injection molded products for the automotive, solid waste and industrial markets. Its main product is trash containers. The company’s leaders, however, proclaim that their priorities are #1 people, #2 planet, #3 profits. This case profiles Cascade’s success as a steward of the environment, a generous employer, and a financially-sustainable organization that provides jobs across Michigan.
Cascade Engineering: Finding the Sweet Spot
by: Lynn Wooten
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