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Thomas James Moran

Thomas Moran

CEO and Founder, Moran Iron Works, Inc.

Current Focus

• Enhance Manufacturing in Michigan
• Educate and Prepare Workforce
• Develop Communities and Improve Infrastructure
• Engage Society to the Benefits and Rewards of a Manufacturing Career

Education and Background

Tom Moran was born and raised in Onaway, Michigan. He started his own business, Moran Iron Works, after high school graduation in 1978. Today his company specializes in large modular metal fabrication for the power industry and employs over 130 people at four locations in Onaway, Cheboygan and Rogers City, Michigan.

Moran Iron Works received "Michigan's 50 Top Companies to Watch" designation from the Lowe Foundation in 2012. Tom was recently awarded Business Champion of the year 2013 from the Great Start Coalition, Business of the Year 2013 from the Cheboygan and Onaway Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development Project of the Year from Northern Lakes Economic Alliance and recognized as a Patriotic Employer from the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey.  


Tom also shares his creative passion by creating ornamental sculptures and teaching ornamental welding. He shares his metal creations by donating most of his sculptures to non-profit organizations, museums and educational facilities for fundraising opportunities or public display. Tom and his wife Marilyn live in Onaway, and enjoy travel and adventures in the great outdoors.

Brief Position Summary

The current strength and direction of our Michigan comeback is a direct result of Governor Snyder’s positive initiatives, the tenacity and heartiness of Michigan residents, and progressive MEDC programs. I am inspired to serve the Governor, the MEDC and the State of Michigan residents to continue the relentless positive action.