Business incubator taking off in Dowagiac
DOWAGIAC, Mich. - When National Copper Products closed its doors in 2008, 170 people lost their jobs at one of Dowagiac’s largest manufacturers. Those jobs haven’t been replaced but a new use for the 600,000-square-foot building on Prairie Rhonde Street is slowly bringing back employment.
Bill Sheffer is an entrepreneur and one of 16 start-up businesses that operates in the building, now called The Business Center of Southwestern Michigan. After 30 years of foundry work making metal machine parts the old fashioned way he thought he would try something unique. “It started at my house about 4 years ago,” said Sheffer.