Livingston Regional Job Fair to be held April 16th

At the 2014 Livingston Regional Job Fair local job seekers will have the opportunity to connect with over 50 area companies who are looking to hire. The event will be open from 11am-3pm on Wednesday, April 16th at Crystal Gardens Banquet Center in Howell located at 5768 East Grand River Avenue in Genoa Township. In …

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Eberspaecher Invests $122 Million, Creates 545 Jobs in Michigan

Eberspaecher, a global Tier 1 leader in the development and manufacturing of exhaust system technology, announced today a significant expansion in Michigan beginning in late 2014 extending through 2019. This expansion includes investment of $122 million USD and 545 new jobs. The company is purchasing land in Michigan to expand its facilities in order to …

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Mary Sue Coleman Receives Leadership Award

Mary Sue Coleman, President of the University of Michigan, was awarded the Institutional Leadership Award by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), for her extraordinary efforts in promoting economic development.  The honor was presented during IEDC’s Federal Economic Development Forum, March 23-25 in Alexandria, VA. “The Institutional Leadership Award celebrates a leader of a community …

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CEO Podcast: Scott Griffith, President of ERA Realty

Scott Griffith is the president of ERA Griffith Realty in Livingston County. Scott is a fifth generation Livingston County resident and has been a business owner for over 30 years. He is also a member of the Ann Arbor SPARK Executive Committee. In his conversation with Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, Scott discusses the advantages …

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XanEdu Expands in Ann Arbor with $1M Investment and 50 Jobs; Ann Arbor SPARK Connects Company to Incentives, Talent

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – MARCH 19, 2014 – ANN ARBOR, MICH. — With support from Ann Arbor SPARK, XanEdu, Inc.  is expanding its operations, investing more than $1 million in Ann Arbor and planning to hire over 50 people. As part of the expansion, XanEdu is consolidating its Michigan and Kentucky operations into its current …

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Want to grow? Work locally, but think globally

By Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK Last year, Michigan set a record. Nearly $60 billion in goods were exported from Michigan — a 3 percent increase from 2012. Every billion dollars of exports supports around 5,000 U.S. jobs, giving us a significant reason to focus our attention on these export markets. Livingston …

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Auto Testing Center Drives Michigan Development Plans

Article originally published on IndustryWeek.com It’s never a good idea for a region, especially one in Michigan, to be looking in its rear view mirror and see the competition catching up. That’s how Southeast Michigan was feeling as it was watching Silicon Valley build up its auto IT innovation sector. “We didn’t want to be …

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Thomson Plastics Opens Howell Township Manufacturing Facility, Plans to Create 46 New Jobs and Invest Nearly $4 million

With support from Ann Arbor SPARK, Thomson Plastics, Inc. is expanding to Michigan, with a new manufacturing operation in Howell Township. As part of establishing its facility in Howell Township – its first in Michigan – Thomson Plastics plans to create 46 new jobs and invest nearly $4 million over two years. “Thomson Plastics’ decision …

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CEO Podcast: Marisa Smith, Founder and CEO of The Whole Brain Group

Marisa Smith, a University of Michigan graduate, founded The Whole Brain Group in 2002. The web design and digital marketing firm has thrived in Ann Arbor since then, and this impressive growth landed the company one of Ann Arbor SPARK’s FastTrack Awards in 2012. In her conversation with Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor …

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TD Ameritrade Expands to Ann Arbor, Will Invest $3 Million and Create 50 New Jobs

TD Ameritrade plans to open a new technology center focused on advanced technology and innovation in the City of Ann Arbor. This project is expected to generate up to $3 million in total capital investment and create up to 50 new jobs. “TD Ameritrade’s new Advanced Technology Group in Ann Arbor shows the power of …

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CEO Podcast: Les Alexander, Navitas Advanced Solutions Group

Les Alexander, formerly of T/J Technologies and A123 Systems, works as the general manager of Navitas Advanced Solutions Group. Navitas is a leading provider of energy-enabled system solutions, energy storage products, and power electronics for commercial, industrial and government agency customers. In his conversation with Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, Les discusses the company’s recent expansion …

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AlertWatch Inc. Receives FDA Clearance to Sell Software to Hospitals

AlertWatch Inc., a University of Michigan startup, has just received FDA clearance to sell its patient monitoring software to hospitals. This software helps anesthesiologists monitor patients in the operating room through the use of aggregate data from monitors, lab results, and medical histories. This software was originally developed at U-M’s Venture Accelerator, and the company …

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Four Livingston County Companies Received a Total of Over $235,000 in Skilled Trades Training Funds

Four Livingston County companies are among more than 90 companies statewide that have received training funds from the state’s Workforce Development Agency as part of the new Skilled Trades Training Fund program.  Area companies awarded grants include CRW Plastics USA, Inc., ($95,000); Thai Summit America Corporation ($90,035), Total Security Solutions, Inc. ($17,936) and Brighton NC …

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Chassix Grows in Livingston County with Assistance from Livingston County Michigan Works!

Chassix, formerly known as Diversified Machine, Inc. (DMI) and SMW, LLC (SMW), is increasing its employment base at its facility in Howell, Michigan, with assistance from local workforce development initiatives. Faced with new business opportunities, Chassix connected with local economic development organizations, such as Ann Arbor SPARK and Livingston County Michigan Works! (LCMW) to explore …

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InterClean Equipment and Molecular Imaging to Invest and Add Jobs in the Ann Arbor Region

The Ann Arbor SPARK Business Development team worked closely with two local companies that have recently secured incentives to support business growth and expansion in the Ann Arbor region: Molecular Imaging and InterClean Equipment. Molecular Imaging, located in Pittsfield Township, is a high tech company that provides a range of services collectively focused on the …

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Don Hicks, Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcast

Don Hicks is the founder, president and CEO of LLamasoft. LLamasoft provides software and expertise to help large organizations design and improve their supply chain network operations. LLamasoft has experienced impressive growth since the company was founded in 2003 in Ann Arbor. They are now a six-year recipient of Ann Arbor SPARK’s FastTrack Award. In order to …

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Barracuda Networks Posts Successful IPO, Continues to Thrive in Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor SPARK would like to congratulate Barracuda Networks on posting a successful IPO yesterday. Barracuda’s public debut brought in an impressive $75 million, and by the time the closing bell rang, shares were at $21.50. The cloud-based security and storage company recently reaffirmed its commitment to the Ann Arbor region, expanding into the former Borders …

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Ann Arbor SPARK Attracts Foreign Direct Investment at Inaugural SelectUSA Investment Summit

Ann Arbor SPARK officials networked with representatives from more than 60 international markets to promote the benefits of investing in the Ann Arbor region at the first-ever SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit in Washington last week. The Summit supports President Obama’s commitment to attracting foreign direct investment to spur economic growth and create jobs. “The SelectUSA …

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Ann Arbor SPARK Recognizes Consistent Company Growth with FastTrack Awards

Ann Arbor SPARK recently presented its annual FastTrack awards to Washtenaw-based companies that have demonstrated consistent growth. Several of the 2013 FastTrack award recipients were multiple year winners. “To grow a business is an amazing accomplishment, but to grow it consistently at a rate of 20 percent or more is an achievement worthy of recognition …

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Regional Collaboration Brings International Opportunities to the Greater Ann Arbor Region

Written By Jake Albers Manager, SPARK East Incubator Ypsilanti, MI SPARK East Incubator recently hosted the Israeli Medical Technology Road Show.  The Road Show, presented by The Trendlines Group and OurCrowd; featured five innovative Israeli start-ups seeking investment toward commercialization in Southeast Michigan.  The infusion of international innovation into the Greater Ann Arbor region was …

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