Top Michigan businesses, organizations and leaders were honored for their outstanding contributions to the state’s economic vitality at the fifth annual Business Success Celebration in Lansing yesterday.
Peter Walters, group vice president of Guardian Industries Corporation and member of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) Executive Committee, and Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of the MEDC presented 13 awards in eight areas of economic development excellence.
“This celebration recognizes the significant achievements of Michigan’s leading businesses and organizations,” Walters said.“These investments help strengthen the state’s economy and hopefully encourages other businesses to expand or locate in Michigan.”
The following is a list of the categories and organizations/individuals recognized in each area:
1. Partner of the Year 2001
· Pfizer Global Research and Development:Pfizer had the single largest investment in the nation in 2001. The company will invest $600-$800 million in a new research laboratory in Ann Arbor.
2. Largest Non-Manufacturing Investment by a Company for the Year 2001
· American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc., Detroit
3. Largest Non-Manufacturing Job Creation and Retention by a Company for the Year 2001
· Johnson Controls Technology Company, Inc., Salem Township
4. Largest Job Creation and Retention by a Manufacturing Company for the Year 2001
· Four Winns Boats, LLC, Cadillac
5. Outstanding Business Diversification
· Covisint, LLC, Southfield
6. Outstanding Contributions in Information Technology
· Picometrix, Incorporated, Ann Arbor
7. Outstanding Performance and Cooperative Efforts in Establishing a Michigan SmartZone
· Michigan Tech EnterPrise SmartZone, established by partners: Michigan Technological University, City of Hancock, and City of Houghton
8. Outstanding Investments and Company Location Efforts in a Michigan Renaissance Zone or the Year 2001
· City of Saginaw
9. Largest Single Company Investment in a Michigan Renaissance Zone for the Year 2001
· ACN Communication Services, Gwinn
10. Exemplary Success in Commercializing Technology and Promoting Entrepreneurship
· University of Michigan, Office of Technology Transfer
11.Innovation and Excellence in Providing Quality Workforce Development Assistance to Michigan Companies
· Macomb Community College, Warren
· North Central Michigan College, Petoskey
12.Continued Outstanding Commitment and Dedication to Economic Development
· James McLoskey, Tuscola County Economic Development Corporation
· David J. Schreiber, Oakland County Planning and Economic Development Services
13. Excellence in Economic Development Journalism
· Grand Rapids Business Journal, Grand Rapids
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.