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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Ann Arbor SPARK Wins MEDA Marketing Award

The Michigan Economic Development Association recently awarded Ann Arbor SPARK for its integrated marketing efforts. Ann Arbor SPARK was honored for its effective marketing communications strategy that includes integrating messaging and branding across its website, social media, digital media, annual report, and public relations. “Executing an efficient, effective marketing plan that spreads the word about …

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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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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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XanEdu expands in Ann Arbor with $1M investment and 50 jobs

XanEdu, Inc. is expanding its operations in the Ann Arbor region, investing more than $1 million and planning to hire over 50 people. As part of the expansion, XanEdu is consolidating its Michigan and Kentucky operations into its current headquarters, located in Pittsfield Township. XanEdu currently has 30 employees in the region. The jobs the …

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Innovative new product puts Ann Arbor start-up in the national spotlight

When Edward Tang saw the initial ideas and technology that would turn into Glyph, he was floored. Tang, now the CEO of Avegant — the company behind the retinal display headset known as Glyph — was visiting his friend-turned business partner Allan Evans in Washington. When he saw what Evans had conceptualized and worked on, …

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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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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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Systems In Motion to Hire 150 in Greater Ann Arbor Area

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – JANUARY 9, 2014 – ANN ARBOR, MICH. — Systems in Motion (SIM), a leading provider of enterprise technology consulting and solutions, is moving forward with aggressive growth plans in the next six months. As the company’s business continues to grow, both with existing clients and through new business development, SIM is …

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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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Swift Biosciences Announces $7 Million Series B Financing

Funds Will Support Development of Next Generation Sequencing and Molecular Diagnostic Products Ann Arbor, MI – October 17, 2013 – Swift Biosciences, Inc., a Michigan-based life sciences company, today announced the recent completion of a $7 million Series B financing led by Fletcher Spaght Ventures.  Also joining in the B round of investment was Renaissance Venture Capital …

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Ann Arbor SPARK Offers Website Tools for Business Owners, Job Seekers

Ann Arbor SPARK recently launched its redesigned website, AnnArborUSA.org.  The new website features enhanced tools for businesses and job seekers. “The website is one of the most critical tools we have to engage our varied audiences, which include entrepreneurs, businesses, and talent,” explained Donna Doleman, Ann Arbor SPARK’s vice president of marketing. “It continues to …

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Ann Arbor SPARK Awarded IEDC Excellence Award for New Media Marketing

Ann Arbor SPARK was recently honored for its New Media marketing efforts with a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Details on Ann Arbor SPARK’s new media marketing strategy are offered in a new video: “Ann Arbor SPARK markets the region to a diverse audience, including entrepreneurs to …

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Raymond Boufford, Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcast

Raymond Boufford is the vice president of business transformation at Faurecia. Faurecia is a global automotive components manufacturer with more than 30 locations worldwide. It is the world’s sixth largest automotive equipment supplier. Faurecia was recently named “Project of the Year” at Ann Arbor SPARK’s 2013 Annual Meeting. In his conversation with Paul Krutko, president and CEO …

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ToolWorx of Livingston County Awarded Patent

Brighton, MI — ToolWorx Information Products, Inc. (“ToolWorx”), of Brighton, Michigan announces that it has been awarded patent #8,485,429 for its SmartVision™ labeling system designed in response to the Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI). This unique labeling system allows produce growers to use standard graphics and markings to identify produce in containers and automatically print the …

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MedHub Receives Incentives, Commits to $1.7M Investment in Dexter Facility

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – APRIL 1, 2013 — Ann Arbor, Mich. — Ann Arbor SPARK four-time FastTrack winner MedHub recently received support from the Village of Dexter that will help the company expand at a historical site in the community.  Ann Arbor SPARK worked with the company throughout the incentives process, which resulted in MedHub …

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MedHub, Inc., Announces 6 New Enterprise Academic Hospital Contracts for Q1 2013, plans more hiring throughout 2013.

Ann Arbor, Michigan – March 22, 2013 – MedHub, Inc., an Ann arbor based healthcare technology company has recently signed enterprise agreements six major academic teaching hospitals and affiliates in the first quarter of 2013. This continues MedHub’s accelerating growth and expansion over the past eight years. These new institutions include:  The University of …

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Lake Trust Credit Union Announces New $30 Million Brighton Township Headquarters

(LANSING, MI) – Lake Trust Credit Union announced plans today to build a new $30 million headquarters on approximately 17-acre site adjoining US 23 just north of I-96 near Brighton.  Lake Trust is also committed to expanding the credit unions’ retail network throughout Michigan, including in Lansing and Plymouth.  Lake Trust plans to invest a …

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