Michigan Company Hiring Talent



Organization: Midland Research Institute for Value Chain Creation (MRIVCC)
Partner Organizations: 
Dow Chemical Company, Dow Corning Corporation, and Michigan State University
Location: Midland, Michigan
Focus: Supply Chain Talent

Converting raw materials into quality products requires the expertise of professionals trained in supply chain. Established in 2013, Michigan State University’s Midland Research Institute for Value Chain Creation (MRIVCC) seeks to advance American manufacturing by developing integrated solutions to improve the operations and competitiveness of all types of public and private supply chains, as well as developing management talent for the field. The Dow Chemical Company, Dow Corning Corporation, The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow Foundation, and The Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation were initial donors.


“Having the MSU Midland Institute in the region will facilitate advancements in sustainable value chain management including packaging technology, as well as provide valuable professional educational opportunities,” said Dave Kepler, former Dow Chemical Company Executive Vice President, Business Services and Chief Sustainability and Information Officer.

Through the institute, MSU conducts research in areas such as value chain optimization, data analytics, engineering, smart packaging, anti-counterfeiting, and water and food safety.

“We see the institute as having wide-ranging benefits for businesses and their employees across the region, in terms of economic development, career development, attracting and retaining top talent and positively impacting the overall quality of life in the region. Dow is committed to helping MSU succeed in this endeavor.”

MSU has started offering an online master of science in supply chain management degree through the Midland institute. Most of the course work is completed online, but there are four long weekends in Midland that will take place over two years. The first cohort of 19 masters students started in January 2015.


“There’s just tremendous demand for supply chain talent. By 2018, for every one individual trained in supply chain management, there will be six jobs,” said David Closs, Interim Director of MRIVCC and chair of MSU’s Department of Supply Chain Management

Photo Note: First MSU cohort of students at the Midland Research Institute for Value Chain Creation in Midland, Michigan