LITCHFIELD — Journeyman tool maker, Jason Stych, recently made his dream of opening his own tool and machining shop (Basis Machining) a reality, thanks to the Economic Development Partnership of Hillsdale County’s USDA Rural Development Loan Program.
After securing a business loan from County National Bank, Stych applied for the USDA loan and was accepted.
Susan Smith, executive director of the EDP, said Stych is one of three businesses in the community utilizing the loan program. The other two are Hillsdale Health and Wellness and the South Lake Party Store.
With a strong background in tool making and machining, Stych sought a facility to use his expertise to provide all types of innovative machining services, CNC programming, process engineering solutions and build analysis integrity.
Stych opened the doors of his new business, Basis Machining at 8980 Anderson Road in Litchfield, five months ago. Since then, he has been filling contracts and working with local businesses.
“Additional equipment will really help me to win more work by expanding my machining capabilities,” he said. “Manufacturers in the Litchfield Industrial Park have stopped in to offer their assistance in my start up.
“It’s been a great experience, and I look forward to serving a wide base of customers,” he added.
He is also working with Region 9 Michigan Works! to bring on an apprentice.
Smith said the loan program is working out good for the three businesses who are utilizing it.
The funding can be used for a wide variety of things including, infrastructure, land, facilities, expansion, startup and more.
For more information on the EDP’s USDA loan program, contact Smith at (517) 437-3200 or (517) 260-2544