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Recognized as one of the fastest growing private companies by Inc. Magazine, Kremin offers precision machining, production manufacturing, prototyping and design support in the defense, aerospace, medical device, energy, transportation, dimensional stone and industrial markets. Spurred by a state transportation economic development grant and local funding, Kremin invested $2 million to build a 19,000-square-foot facility, purchase new machinery and add about 25 full-time employees.
A downtown Detroit green space and urban garden, Lafayette Greens was created by Compuware to beautify downtown Detroit in an innovative and hands-on manner. The space provides an opportunity for employees, as well as downtown neighbors and visitors, to learn about and enjoy gardening in an urban setting. The produce grown in the garden is donated to Gleaners Community Food Bank, Freedom House and other organizations and food distributors. Volunteers who work and help maintain the space are also able to take home food.
Capital Region International Airport is a public airport three miles northwest of Lansing, Michigan. The airport serves a population of over 6 million people and is an important asset that generates $1 billion every year to the area’s regional economy. Hundreds of thousands of travelers use the airport each year to connect to the world through major airlines. Recently, the airport was awarded a federal grant for infrastructure improvements. The grant will fund the airport’s repaving some runways, upgrading the runway lighting system and removing trees. Additionally, the airport has been designated as an International Port of Entry into the United States, with a Federal Inspection Station and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers on duty to process international passengers and cargo.
Launch MI Lab offers wet-lab and bench space, state-of-the-art equipment, professional analytical services as well as business expertise for biosciences companies. Housed in the Southwest Michigan Innovation Center, Launch MI Lab has the technology and skillset to accelerate research and lower the expenses of life sciences businesses. Launch MI Lab strives to set the national standard for laboratory support and analytical expertise for new and existing life sciences organizations and entrepreneurs.
Kiteboarding icons Matt and Keegan Myers, also known as “The Broneah Brothers,” fell in love with M-22, a highway in Northern Michigan associated with bays, beaches, bonfires, dunes, vineyards, cottages, and friends and family. In 2003, the brothers produced T-shirts and stickers with the M-22 road sign. The brand sparked a passion and sales blossomed. The product line has continued to expand with new apparel and accessories. M22.com and an M-22 company store opened in downtown Traverse City and the distribution of the growing M-22 product line has taken off.
When it came to choosing a North American location, Mahindra GenZe, India’s premier utility vehicle and farm equipment company, decided on the most important resource of all. The people of Michigan. With arguably the best engineering talent, not only in the U.S., but in the world, the choice was clear as to where their North American Technical Center and new manufacturing facility would be.
The Mastronardi family pioneered the North American greenhouse industry in the 1940s and now grows gourmet tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico under their SUNSET® brand. Recently, an extensive search for the next location of a major greenhouse led the company to Coldwater, Michigan, where they will produce and ship millions of pounds of tomatoes year round. With an emphasis on developing new commodities, Mastronardi/SUNSET® now also exports to Japan, the Caribbean and, most recently, Taiwan.
Using their great grandmother’s recipe and launched from a tiny kitchen in Michigan, McClure’s pickles has grown into a 20,000 square foot facility in Detroit. Supported by the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center and with funding from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, company productivity has increased and idle time has been reduced significantly. “And it all starts by getting the best, freshest produce available, right here in Michigan,” says co-founder Bob McClure.
The MSU Broad College of Business was recently recognized in national ranking as #1 in supply chain management education. Programs range from undergraduate and graduate degrees to executive education and corporate learning programs. The program creates a close-knit learning environment while teaching students to apply their new-found knowledge to the real world through practical, hands-on activities and projects. Professor David Closs, a Michigan State University supply chain expert, has been appointed to a newly formed state commission on transportation and logistics issues.
In 1985, Neal Krieger purchased Universal Farm Sales, changed the name to Michigan Valley Irrigation and moved the company from Carrolton to Vassar, Michigan. The company is a full-service agricultural irrigation company for specialty crops as well as irrigation for hay. The company also manages waste water and is equipped to design and install every aspect of a new irrigation project.
Begun at Wayne State University, MitoStem specializes in turning human adult cells into pluripotent cells that can be used to replace damaged tissue cells in that same individual. In July 2012, MitoStem won a $100,000 prize that will allow it to further develop its technology. More recently, MitoStem hired a new CEO and a new CFO to help the company raise $500 thousand in angel investor funding.
Fractured and broken bones don’t fix themselves. Fortunately, there are companies like nanoMAG, LLC. This Michigan biomaterials engineering firm is developing a new class of materials for orthopaedic implants that are double the strength of commercial bioabsorbable polymer and fortified with elements essential to the body. “We have benefited greatly from collaboration with local universities, MichBio and seed money from the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition,” said Steve LeBeau, President and CEO of nanoMAG. It’s a perfect example of how strong businesses can grow in Pure Michigan.
Laser technology is moving fast in Michigan. Looking to create the "Holy Grail" of lasers, the U.S. Navy turned to Lansing-based Niowave, Inc. to help develop their next generation of weaponry. Aided by a tax incentive package that allowed them to expand their facility and add more employees, Niowave is perfectly positioned to develop a free electron laser that's powerful enough to knock missiles out of the sky from miles away. It's just another example of how reaching new heights in high tech is Pure Michigan.
Defense is on the rise in the Upper Peninsula. From its simple beginnings in a pole barn 12 years ago, Northern Wings Repair, Inc. has excelled in aerospace and military manufacturing. This Native American, veteran-owned company developed its customer base through Michigan’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and is now an AS9100-certified aerospace manufacturer and stocking distributor for commercial and military aircraft. As for the next 12 years, it’s safe to say the sky’s the limit in Pure Michigan.
Technology that specializes in control systems to make alternative fuel vehicles run smoother and more sustainably is the focus of New Eagle. Owners Rich and Mickey Swortzel launched New Eagle in 2008. New Eagle is continuing its growth streak in Ann Arbor thanks to new partnerships with other automotive firms. The company recently achieved certification on General Motor’s 8.0-liter block engine, with up to 350 horsepower, that is modified for dedicated liquid propane. This certification has positioned New Eagle as a leader in the market and has allowed New Eagle to grow its expertise in engine systems through additional staff and facilities.
Using the home turf advantage, Ronia Kruse, President and CEO of OpTech, started the company with a vision to make Michigan a center for cyber security and to provide hundreds of high-quality jobs to retain students here in the state. She says about Michigan, ”This state has an outstanding educational system that graduates thousands of highly qualified students with Information Technology skills, and for years they have been promptly hired away by companies from other states.” Today, OpTech is an award-winning company with an outstanding track record in cyber security that has offices across the U.S. with key clients that include Fortune 500 companies and Government Agencies.
Forged from Detroit’s deep pool of artists, innovators and technical talent, the PIXO Group is developing a new mobile app – 1-To-1 Fan – that allows fans to follow sports stars through social channels and engaging with other fans. The project was awarded an incentive of $61,000 on $174,635 of projected in-state expenditures and expects to create 11 new Michigan hires.
Founded in 1991, Plymouth Technology is a dynamic, privately owned water treatment company. In 2010, Amanda Richie, President and CEO of Plymouth Technology, was named AT&T Innovator of the Year in the Detroit area. She was also named to the 2011 “40 under 40” class by Crain’s Detroit Business. Record sales in 2010 and 2011 have helped the company expand from eight employees to 31, including 15 chemists working on R&D at its 10,000-square-foot Rochester Hills SmartZone headquarters.
The Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority (DWCPA) was established to promote Detroit as a distribution hub and foster economic growth in the city of Detroit, Wayne County and the state of Michigan. Each year, the Port of Detroit sees more than 17 million tons of cargo at 29 private and public sector terminal facilities across the region. The Port Authority opened the $22 million Port Detroit Public Dock and Terminal on July 18, 2011, to attract Great Lakes cruise ships, and possibly to begin passenger ferry service between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario.
Founded in 1980 by William Siegmund, CWS-V, Pure Water Works is a Michigan company created on the philosophy of changing the quality of life with quality water. Located in Traverse City, Michigan, Pure Water Works has pioneered standards and new developments for the water industry. The company sells, rents, assembles and services complete lines of water treatment equipment, including UltraPure™ Cleanroom systems and utilizes scientific analysis with a state certified lab and a well-trained staff with a combined 70 years of work in the field.
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