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Ben Wood

MMTC-West Business Development Specialist

616-771-0557 woodb@rightplace.org

As a member of the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center-West team, Ben is responsible for working with small to medium sized manufacturers in West Michigan, focusing on Mason, Lake, Osceola, Oceana, Newaygo, Mecosta, Muskegon, Montcalm, Ionia, and Northern Kent Counties.  He helps them assess their opportunities for continuous improvement and growth. Ben builds partner collaborations with regional economic development offices, manufacturing organizations, workforce development organizations, and a network of subcontractors to provide the best overall solution to the company.

Past Experience

Before coming to The Right Place, Ben worked as the General Manager of Aquest Machining for three years. He has also held the position of General Manager at Belding Tool and at Fastenal.

Community Involvement

  • Montcalm/Ionia County United Way board member
  • Executive boards member for Leadership Montcalm
  • Rocket football, little baseball, and youth basketball coach

Certifications and Awards

  • OSHA 10 certified
  • Multiple Salesman of the Year awards


Bachelor of Business Administration | Western Michigan University

Favorite part about living in West Michigan

Ben’s favorite part about living in West Michigan are the four seasons and the collaborative spirit amongst manufacturers.

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