Wednesday, April 19, 2006
MEDC Help Brighton Firm Win Major Government Contract
MEDC President and CEO James C. Epolito tonight presented Brighton-based Lowry Computer Products Inc. with the Government Contracting Award at the 2nd annual “Michigan Celebrates Small Business” event, the state’s premier awards ceremony for entrepreneurs and small business leaders yesterday at Kellogg Center in East Lansing. The event honoring 60 of Michigan’s small business leaders attracted more than 700 business owners and managers.
“Lowry Computer Products is a company that represents the high-tech future of our state’s economy,” Epolito said. “Many small businesses grow into big businesses, and Lowry is on a growth track that will lead to even more jobs for Michigan workers in the years to come.”
Lowry provides Fortune 1000 companies with wireless, bar code, RFID (radio frequency identification) and data collection solutions. Last year the company won contracts to supply the U.S. Department of Defense with RFID tags. Lowry has 175 employees including 70 in Michigan, 50 at its manufacturing plant in White Bear Lake, Minn. and 55 sales and service around the country. The company, co-owned by Michael Lowry and Steve Lowry, has been in continuous operation since 1974 and had revenues last year of $45 million. It is offering training classes at its recently opened RFID Center in Brighton.
Epolito noted that the MEDC has a wide array of tools and services available to help smaller Michigan companies grow and prosper. In addition to assistance with government contracting, they include:
Help in resolving problems with state government and cutting red tape through the Michigan Business Ombudsman Office.
Customized business retention services provided by the MEDC’s account managers, the majority of which are made to small businesses.
Business counseling, training and technology support to pre-ventures and small businesses from Michigan’s network of Small Business and Technology Development Centers (SBTDCs).
Support to a network of Procurement Technology Assistance Centers (PTACs) throughout the state with highly skilled professionals helping businesses acquire federal and state government contracts and identify international product or service markets for exporting.
"Lowry has provided leading-edge technology solutions to local, state and federal branches of government and the Department of Defense for more than fifteen years, fulfilling close to $15 million in government contracts, so it is truly an honor to receive this prestigious award in recognition of our efforts," said Mike Lowry, President and CEO of Lowry. “We also appreciate the support that the MEDC offered through the PTAC at Schoolcraft College, which provided our government sales staff with specialized training, contacts in other government organizations, and procurement assistance.”
Michigan Celebrates Small Business is co-sponsored by five of the state’s major organizations and agencies that support entrepreneurs in Michigan: the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center, Small Business Association of Michigan, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Edward Lowe Foundation.
More information about the Edward Lowe Foundation's list of “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch” is available online at https://edwardlowe.org/companiestowatch/index.ctw?state=Michigan
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a partnership between the state and local communities, promotes smart economic growth by developing strategies and providing services to create and retain good jobs and a high quality of life. For more information on MEDC initiatives and programs, visit the Web site at www.TheMEDC.org.
# # #