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Pure Michigan Business Success Stories

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    Below are the Success Stories we are currently featuring.

  • Biogenic Reagents

    James Mennell, CEO

    While looking to expand his business of sustainably producing and selling activated carbon, Biogenic Reagents CEO James Mennell saw the potential in the Upper Peninsula’s Marquette County and set up the firm’s first commercial-scale reactor. Mennell wanted to take advantage of the increasing demand for activated carbon and was able to start operations with the help of a $2 million dollar loan from the state that has since created 40 jobs. Attracted by the growth potential of the business, Biogenic has been able to get additional capital of over $30 million from public and private sources to build up their technology.

  • Crooked Tree Golf Club

    Bernie Friedrich, Senior VP of Golf and Resort Sales

    It’s not easy making a good thing even better, but the Crooked Tree Golf Club’s redesign delivered by taking even more advantage of the breathtaking views of Little Traverse Bay and Lake Michigan and offering better playability. Bernie Friedrich, Senior Vice President of Golf and Retail said of the changes, "With the new finishing holes like that, they will complement the beautiful views from the rest of the golf holes." Perched on the bluffs high above Bay Harbor, the par-71 course was sculpted from centuries old hardwood stands and is one of the more unique golf courses in the Petoskey, Michigan, area.

  • Duo Security

    Dug Song, Co-Founder and CEO, Duo Security

    Providing advanced security solutions for organizations of all sizes is the mission of Duo Security. Due to significant growth over the past year, the company moved to a more central downtown area of Ann Arbor. Duo plans to add to its incredible team of talented employees, thanks to a recent series C funding round of $30M. Duo will continue to grow and expand the company, opening an office on the West Coast and also in London, to address the EMEA market and provide support to their existing customers in those locations. The company also will leverage the funding to address the emerging security challenges faced by organizations everywhere who struggle to secure their users against breaches in a modern IT environment.

  • Grandpapa's Snacks

    Michael Robin, President and Michael Robin Jr., Vice President

    Michigan snack manufacturer makes the world his market. Forty-five years ago, H. Michael Robin began his career in Detroit as a driver for a food distribution company. Yet, it was his inner drive that led him to strike out on his own to both manufacture and distribute canister snacks to markets including the Middle East, the Caribbean and South America. The results are a $15-million-a-year business, and with help from the Michigan Small Business Technology and Development Center, a 140,000-square-foot factory that Robin Distributors now calls home. It’s more food for thought for doing business in Pure Michigan.

  • Niowave

    Terry Grimm, Founder

    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.

  • OpTech

    Ronia Kruse, President & CEO

    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.

  • Stardock

    Brad Wardell - President/CEO, Angela Marshall – COO

    Founded in 1991 by technology expert and CEO Brad Wardell, Stardock is a developer and publisher of PC games and desktop software located in Plymouth, Michigan. When asked about expanding his business in Michigan, the CEO stated, “We think Michigan is well placed to become a hub for technology companies thanks to new programs from the state to make Michigan more competitive to do business in. We look forward to continuing our strong growth with additional development projects over the next couple of years." Michigan's aggressive film incentive package also applies to the gaming industry, making it one of only two states to offer enticements to the rapidly-growing industry.