Koppert Biological Systems Develops Unmanned Ground Vehicle with the Help of University of Michigan Talent

Koppert Biological Systems is the worldwide leader in the research, development and production of beneficial insects that protect and pollinate crops. Koppert Biological Systems provides a full complement of biological controls and natural pollination products to both the professional grower and the home gardening enthusiast. Koppert has locations throughout the world, but has its Michigan …

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Ann Arbor SPARK Helps Orchid Secure Incentives to Support $2 Million Investment & New Jobs

With the assistance of Ann Arbor SPARK, Orchid Orthopedic Solutions, LLC recently secured incentives that will help the company add nine new jobs and invest more than $2 million at its facility in Lima Township, Mich., Orchid MacDee, LLC (Orchid Chelsea). Orchid Orthopedic Solutions is a worldwide leader in contract manufacturing of medical devices. The …

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Larry Freed: Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcast

Larry Freed is managing partner of Second Stage Partners, where early and second stage companies are assisted with efficiently increasing their revenue to achieve business maturity. In his conversation with Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, Larry discusses his success as president and CEO of ForeSee, the launch of Second Stage Partners, …

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Ann Arbor SPARK Supports Expansion of Toyota Technical Center

Toyota to Invest $32.5 million, Add 250 Jobs in Region Ann Arbor SPARK provided critical support to Toyota Technical Center in York Charter Township, Mich., throughout its process of securing incentives from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation that will help the company expand in the region. Toyota has committed to investing $32.5 million in expanding its …

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Pinkerton Relocates Corporate Headquarters to Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor SPARK to provide talent services as company expands Pinkerton, the industry’s leading provider of risk management services and solutions for organizations throughout the world, recently moved its corporate headquarters to Ann Arbor. The company is relocating from New Jersey. Pinkerton offers organizations a range of corporate risk management services from security consulting and …

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TurtleCell Graduates from SPARK Central Business Incubator to New Kerrytown Ann Arbor Office

 TurtleCell, creator of the first protective case for the iPhone 5 and 5s with retractable headphones, recently graduated from its incubator space in SPARK Central to a new office in Ann Arbor. Prior to SPARK Central, TurtleCell, which was founded by graduates from the University of Michigan, was incubated at TechArb. A video on Ann …

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Pillar Technology Expands in Ann Arbor, to Add 45 Jobs and Invest Nearly $2 Million

Pillar Technology, a business consultancy and software development company, is expanding its Ann Arbor workforce and moving into a new office on Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor.  Pillar employs software developers working on applications for clients around the Great Lakes region, North America, and the world. Ann Arbor SPARK worked with the company to …

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Ann Arbor SPARK Supports Mahindra GenZe, Company Expands to U.S. with New Vehicle Research and High Tech Manufacturing Facility

Ann Arbor SPARK’s efforts to attract high tech businesses to the region has resulted in Mahindra GenZe, a division of the multinational company Mahindra and Mahindra, choosing to locate in the City of Ann Arbor. Mahindra GenZe is designing and manufacturing a new technology vehicle here, at its first facility in the United States. As …

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TD Ameritrade, Thomson Plastics to expand in the Ann Arbor region

Two companies have chosen the Ann Arbor region for expansion, citing the region’s deep talent pool as the prime factor in their decision to grow here. TD Ameritrade and Thomson Plastics will invest $7 million in Ann Arbor, and are tapping in to this region’s talent pool to hire nearly 100 people. TD Ameritrade Holding …

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Algal Scientific Completes $3 Million Raise for Biotechnology Commercialization

NORTHVILLE, MICHIGAN, April 28, 2014 – Algal Scientific Corporation, a biotech developer and manufacturer of algae-based chemicals and a supplier of related technologies for the food and beverage industries, today announced that it has completed a $3 million financing led by Evonik Ventures, Formation8 Partners, and Independence Equity. “The completion of this funding allows us …

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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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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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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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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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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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Navitas Systems Expands in Pittsfield Township, Will Invest $9.3 Million and Create 125 Jobs

Woodridge, IL – October 23, 2013 – Navitas Systems LLC (www.navitassys.com), a leading provider of energy-enabled system solutions, energy storage products, and power electronics for commercial, industrial and government agency customers, announced that it is expanding its operations and relocating to a new facility in Pittsfield Charter Township, and has committed to make a capital …

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Universal Marketing Group Expands to Ann Arbor, Will Hire 150 by End of Year

Universal Marketing Group is opening a new call center in Ann Arbor, where the company expects to hire 150 by the end of the year.  The company, which is headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, was awarded $600,000 in incentives from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. to support its expansion in to Michigan. “Attracting a rapidly growing …

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