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Midland Advanced Manufacturing Success Celebrated

Friday, September 22, 2000

Kathleen McMahon
(517) 335-4590

Michigan Economic Development Corporation Honors Area Organization Michigan Economic Development Corporation officials commended Midland’s Vantek for their successful commercialization of technology developed at Saginaw Valley State University at the Michigan Investment and Commercialization Success Celebration.At the ceremony, awards were distributed in four areas of commercialization success: venture capital, advanced manufacturing, life sciences and information technology.Twenty-nine organizations from throughout the state were honored. “Vantek exemplifies the benefits of transferring technology developed at our universities to successful commercialization efforts,” said Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.“Commercialization success is key to helping the state develop into a national leader in the technology-driven economy.”Vantek was recognized in the advanced manufacturing category.This company is the sole worldwide provider of vandous formate.This company was formed as a result of research collaboration between Omni-Tech International, Ltd. and Saginaw Valley State University’s Applied Technology Research Center that developed a lab-scale production process for canadous formate, a chemical used in nuclear plant decontaminations. “This award proves Vantek’s commercialization leadership.We hope their success will help to encourage further partnerships between Michigan universities and businesses,” Rothwell said.