Cybersecurity company to establish new location in Sparta

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Project expected to generate total capital investment of more than $600,000, create 27 high-tech jobs

LANSING, Mich. – GRIMM, an engineering and consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. that researches, develops, and advises on cybersecurity, is establishing a research lab in the village of Sparta, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced today. The facility will be the company’s first Michigan location.

The project is expected to generate a total capital investment of $621,312 and create 27 high-paying, high-tech jobs. Michigan was chosen over a competing site in Washington, D.C.

“GRIMM is helping to diversify Michigan’s economy and further establish Michigan as a leading state in cybersecurity job growth,” said Jeff Mason, CEO of the MEDC, which administers incentives and programs on behalf of MSF. 

“The decision by GRIMM to locate a new research lab here also reinforces Michigan’s leadership position in the development of autonomous vehicle technologies. It is thanks to many public and private partners that this project is taking place, and we are pleased to support that collaboration.”

Led by former military officers and industry experts, GRIMM provides tailored cybersecurity research, development, testing, training, and consulting services. The company is forecasting aggressive growth over the next three years and is looking to expand its workforce across the United States.

GRIMM plans to open a research lab in the village of Sparta that will provide a secure and effective facility to conduct security assessments and drive research that will explore security for next-generation vehicles. As a result of the expansion, the company has been awarded a $216,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. 

“Downtown Sparta was the ideal location for our cybersecurity research lab,” said Brian DeMuth, CEO, GRIMM. “West Michigan’s low cost of doing business, combined with its talented pool of technology workers will make our company more competitive. We are thankful for the support and guidance of organizations like The Right Place and MEDC as we pursue our accelerated growth plans.”

The Right Place has offered staff time and resources to help with finding candidates for the new positions. For information on career opportunities with GRIMM, visit

“GRIMM’s decision to open its first cybersecurity research lab in West Michigan speaks to the strength of our region’s technology hub,” said Jennifer Wangler, Business Development Manager, The Right Place, Inc.

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