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 operations in Hartland Township, where they produce bumblebees... [Read More...]

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 incentives, awarded by Lima Township to Orchid Chelsea in the form of an Industrial Facilities... [Read More...]

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, and the three-phase framework it offers its clients. Listen to the podcast at this link.  Read More →

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 Technical Center, where it will add 250 jobs in the next five years. “We greatly... [Read More...]

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 investigations to executive protection, employment screening... [Read More...]

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 Arbor SPARK’s YouTube channel details TurtleCell’s expansion: The company’s new offices, located in Kerrytown,... [Read More...]

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 secure state and local incentives that support the expansion. Pillar Technology’s expansion... [Read More...]

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 part of its expansion in Ann Arbor, the company is investing up to $2 million and creating 34 jobs related to vehicle... [Read More...]

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 Corporation (NYSE: AMTD), based in Omaha, Neb., plans to open a new technology center focused on advanced technology and innovation... [Read More...]

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 to begin the commercial scale production and sale of Algamune™,... [Read More...]

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