Truck Town Thunder


Truck Town Thunder has formed partnerships with the companies (or independent groups) shown below.  Partners of Truck Town Thunder always demonstrate a mutually beneficial relationship with the team.  Our partners receive recognition for being associated with a national award winning team, while the team may potentially form sponsor-based relationships with partners.  However, a beneficial partner does not always have to be a sponsor. Donating resources, time, and even potential mentors certainly makes a difference in the success of Truck Town. Keeping partners up-to-date with our progress using e-mails helps to promote the recognition of STEM education and FIRST.  The team is very grateful to those who make Truck Town Thunder’s endeavors a reality.


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General Motors has been a primary sponsor of our team for many years. We have been sponsored by several of their divisions including the Finance Staff, and, new this year, Global Product Development.  We are proud that GM has been such a dedicated sponsor. Thank you General Motors Foundation.


ARL Service is a custom machine builder located in Davisburg, Michigan.  We use over 32,000 square feet of state-of-the-art machine production space to engineer, design, program, build, and service custom low to high volume production machines.

Our mission is to provide our clients with outstanding superior machine build quality and on time production schedules.  Beyond the build, servicing custom machinery is also a top priority; we have many customers who depend on us to get them back up and running.

We use PLC and HMI interface programs that help reduce cycle time, monitor components and display machine issues, all of which contribute to a reduction in down time.

We welcome you to visit our website: to learn more about our process and our YouTube: arl service llc channel to see us in action.

At ARL Service we build the future today.

ABB is a global leader in power and automation technologies. Based in Zurich, Switzerland, the company employs 150,000 people and operates in approximately 100 countries. The firm’s shares are traded on the stock exchanges of Zurich, Stockholm and New York.

ABB’s North American operations are headquartered in Cary, North Carolina, and employ about 30,000 people in multiple manufacturing, service and other major facilities.

The company in its current form was created in 1988, and quickly established a presence in the US through acquisitions as well as organic growth.  Westinghouse, Combustion Engineering, Bailey Controls and many other highly respected firms joined the ABB family.  In the last few years, ABB has dramatically expanded its US operations with the acquisitions of Baldor (motors, mechanical power transmission), Thomas & Betts (low-voltage products), Ventyx (enterprise software) and PowerOne (solar inverters).

ABB’s success has been driven particularly by a strong focus on research and development. One of its seven global R&D centers is located on the campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh along with its Smart Grid Center of Excellence and the regional headquarters for ABB’s power-related businesses.

This focus on technology development has produced numerous breakthroughs and industry firsts, many in the United States, from the world’s largest drive at NASA’s National Transonic Facility Wind Tunnel in Virginia to the world’s largest battery energy storage system in Fairbanks, Alaska. ABB has even supplied robots featured in the Terminator and Iron Man films

Today, ABB stands as a global leader in power and automation, and the US represents its largest growth market.

Supplier to the automotive industry since 1993; Manufacturer of catalytic converters, diesel after-treatment devices and exhaust modules and systems with state of the art processes, a global footprint, and excellence in quality and reliability levels.

Katcon is a level 3 supplier for the diesel and gasoline, light and heavy duty EMISSIONS applications, on and off road, engine and power industries, with capacity and capabilities to service customer projects from concept to production using modern analysis and design tools globally.

In 2015, Katcon launched its new business unit, Advanced Materials which will design and manufacture lightweight composite components in order to help OEMs decrease mass and lower fuel consumption.

Our manufacturing model is based on installing capacity modules, integrating Modular Manufacturing, Modular Capacity, Just In Time (Zero WIP), Total Quality Systems, Flexible Labour, Horizontal Organisational Structure and Outsourcing Systems, to service typical OEM assembly plants.

With a highly motivated team of professionals, ready to take on new challenges, in more than 15 countries globally, the final outcome is a customer-focussed, successful, profitable and synergetic company.

Cross the Road Electronics

Cross The Road Electronics was founded by Mike Copioli and Omar Zrien in 2006. Our goal is to provide robust embedded solutions for various robotic and control applications. 

We have successfully designed products on multiple processor architectures while incorporating various I/O capabilities and communication protocols including CAN bus, Ethernet, I2C, SPI, and USB (host and device). Our designs are unique, durable and cost effective and have been used by customers worldwide.  Whether your needs involve software or hardware – our intent is to provide creative and durable solutions that meet the needs of our customer.

Esys is the one-stop for all of your company’s automotive manufacturing needs. We have the knowledge and experience to provide everything you need in nearly all areas of the manufacturing process.  Offering both Turnkey Automation Systems as well as Controls Engineering Services, we are highly specialized in vehicle final assembly applications in Body Assembly, Paint, Sub-Assembly, Trim, Chassis and Final Line Applications.

CEC Controls

CEC Controls Company, Inc. is a leader in Industrial and Process Control Systems Integration committed to providing the superior product you expect and the quality you deserve.

Our state-of-the-art facility, coupled with an experienced staff, helps to ensure that our products are on-time, defect free and continuously improving.

CEC Controls is a full service System Integration facility capable of assisting our customers from infancy through the implementation stages of a job.

Since 1953, the FCA Foundation, the charitable arm of FCA US LLC, has invested more $500 million in charitable organizations and initiatives that help empower people, and build strong, viable communities. The FCA Foundation invests in programs that generate meaningful and measurable societal impacts. Additionally, FCA US seeks opportunities to support communities through its Motor Citizens® volunteer program. This innovative program enables FCA US a number of employees to be anEngine for Change by investing their time and talents in community service projects.

The Automotive Group of Continental is one of the leading global automotive suppliers. With its three divisions – Chassis & Safety, Powertrain and Interior – it achieved sales of approximately €16 billion in 2010. We are proud that Continental has been such a dedicated sponsor.

Thank you Continental Automotive Group!


LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 9.1 billion in 2012 and roughly 17,500 employees in 31 countries. The company is currently represented at 52 production sites worldwide. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of plastics, rubber, intermediates and specialty chemicals.


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From website: Ortonville A&W has been owned by the Perris Family for more than 34 years. We pride ourselves on serving the best coney dog around and fresh made root beer. We offer drive-in service, and also have an outside dining area located next to Duck Creek.

The Mid-Michigan Robotics Alliance is a  nonprofit education organization formed by same-minded individuals and FIRST Robotics teams to promote the advancement and development of science, technology, and education in the Mid-Michigan area.







Treasured Roses is a family owned, small business located inside Dixieland Marketplace, Waterford that supplies cosplay accessories year round, specializing in anime wigs, masquerade masks, and neon accessories. Treasured Roses also carries antiques, vintage Christmas, carnival glass, and many more items.













Ace Hardware
Angelic Heart Hospice
Beer World
Belle Tire
BMM Industries
Brandon Chiropractic Center P.C.
Cindy’s Salon
China Fare, LLC
Common Scents Canine Center
Dr. R. C. Doeringer Family Dentist
Dryer Funeral Home
Edward Jones Investments
First Impressions Hair Salon
Independence Township Fire Department
Kerton Lumber
Josh Eckert

Mark A. Young Jewelers                                      All Sports Booster
Mazza Auto Parts                                                 Blackhawks Auto Repair
Mooneys Barber Shop                                        Kochan Carpentry
Muffler Man of Holly                                          Carolyn Jacobs
Omalley’s Galley
Ortonville Liquor Store
R&G Automotive
Renn Insurance Agency
Shaklee Products
Sumthing green Metal Recycling
Stephanie Preece
Tom’s Market
Country Creek Family Physicians
Tractor Supply
Village Pub – Guirey enterprises
Waterford Family Chiropractic