We would like to recognize the many supporters who have contributed to the production of Second Shift. We want to thank you all again for making it possible to tell the story of how our region collaborated to keep GM. We are deeply grateful for your support and friendship.

A few words from our sponsors:


“As Mid-Michigan’s principal workforce development institution, Lansing Community College is proud to sponsor ‘Second Shift,’ which details the story of the remarkable collaboration that solidified the capital city’s economic stability. The documentary is a must-see for anyone who cares about urban areas, especially those hit hard by manufacturing losses. It is a story about self-determination, grit and community pride.” – Brent Knight, President, Lansing Community College


“MotorCities National Heritage Area is a non-profit affiliate of the National Park Service, dedicated to preserving and promoting the automotive and labor heritage of southeast Michigan. It is in that spirit that we support this project as documentation of the significant history of Lansing and its relationship with GM. This project captures the spirit of the community that built these cars and the cars which built this community.” – Brian Yopp, Director of Operations and Community Liaison, MotorCities National Heritage Area


“The Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau is proud to partner with the Keep GM documentary project to showcase the Greater Lansing area as a desirable and welcoming destination for visitors and businesses.” – Jack A. Schripsema, President/CEO, Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau


“At the Capital Region Community Foundation, we believe economic development is essential for the success of our region. Good jobs build a good community, benefitting us all.” – Capital Region Community Foundation


“In the mid-1990s the Lansing region was faced with the fact that its aging auto manufacturing facilities were scheduled to be closed. It was a defining moment. Thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in investment were at stake. Clearly it was a crisis, and the story of how the Lansing region came together to convince GM to stay is important to preserve, celebrate and replicate.” – David and Christine Hollister, Hollister Solutions


“This documentary not only will provide a record of a significant collaborative effort providing a major economic boost for Lansing but it can also be used to share a way of problem solving with other cities, and even other states and the nation. I’m excited to be able to support this effort.” – Charles Blackman, Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University, and Trustee Emeritus, Olivet College


“Neogen is pleased to support the Keep GM documentary in hopes that it will serve as a reminder of the great things that can be accomplished when partisanship can be put aside. Our company does not derive revenues from the local area, but it is the worldwide headquarters of a leading food safety company where we host customers and researchers from around the world. The financial vibrance of the area fostered by the GM story is important to our 800 worldwide employees. Hopefully the documentary will rekindle cooperation and enthusiasm with current and future area leaders.” – Jim Herbert, Chief Executive Officer, Neogen


“C2AE supported this project so that the story could be told of how public and private entities can work together to achieve success that changed the Greater Lansing region forever. We are proud and honored to have one of our firm leaders, Mr. Ray Tadgerson, play a key role in the Keep GM Campaign.” – Bill Kimble, Chief Executive Officer, C2AE


“This Model Works serves a valuable lesson for today’s city and business leaders of how to seize a collaborative moment for the benefit of the community. Saving GM for Lansing set the table for many subsequent successes, like the adaptive re-use of the Prudden Wheel Automotive site into premier living and working spaces. Thank you Mayor Hollister and everyone involved in making the model work for Lansing.” – Harry H. Hepler, President, H Inc.

Additional supporters include:

  • MessageMakers
  • Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art
  • Tadgerson Consulting
  • Loomis, Ewert, Parsley, Davis & Gotting
  • National Electrical Contractors Association
  • IBEW Local 665
  • Sparrow Health System
  • Capitol National Bank
  • Dean Transportation
  • Mike Flintoff, CPA
  • Jack and Sue Davis
  • Jerry and Kathy Hollister
  • Mark Hooper
  • Young Chevrolet Cadillac
  • Motor Wheel Lofts, LLC
  • Historical Society of Greater Lansing
  • Don LeDuc and Susan Coley
  • Terry N Terry
  • H&H inc.
  • R. E. Olds Transportation Museum
  • Doty Mechanical
  • Kim, Shaun & Cale Mullenix
  • Jeff Crippen
  • James B. Fry
  • Todd, Valorie, Max and Kate Hollister