Founders Series Podcast: Dr. Mary Sue Coleman, president emerita of the University of Michigan

As part of the Ann Arbor SPARK 10-year anniversary celebration, we’ve invited founding members to this special series to share their insights and reflect on the economic progress we’ve made in the Ann Arbor region. During this podcast, Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, interviews Dr. Mary Sue Coleman, president emerita of the University of Michigan. Dr. Coleman talks about the economic environment 10 years ago and her... [Read More...]

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...]

Joe Vig: Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcast

Joe Vig is CEO of J.S. Vig Construction, which was founded by his father in 1965. In his conversation with Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, Joe discusses how J.S. Vig Construction has completed more than 1500 projects since inception, a division of the company called Project Green, and their remodeling project of Schembechler Hall at University of Michigan. You can listen to the podcast at this link.     Read More →

Ann Arbor SPARK Wins MEDA Marketing Award

Ann Arbor SPARK’s Marketing team wins the MEDA marketing Award. The team is pictured in the center, from left to right: Andria Romkema, Manager, Marketing and Communications, Donna Doleman, Senior Vice President, Operations and Communications, and Shannon Beeman, Talent and Marketing Coordinator. The Michigan Economic Development Association recently awarded Ann Arbor SPARK for its integrated marketing efforts. Ann Arbor SPARK was honored for... [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...]

Focused on the Future, Ann Arbor Michigan

This article was originally published at Business In Focus, for the August 2014 issue.  The community grew up around the University of Michigan, which is one of the top three publicly funded research universities in the nation. The institution both attracts and develops talent, and encourages a culture of innovation. “Ann Arbor is a significant area of innovation in the United States,” Mr. Krutko points out. “We are bringing new innovations... [Read More...]

Esperion Therapeutics, Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcast

Roger Newton is Executive Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer of Esperion Therapeutics Tim Mayleben is President and Chief Executive Officer of Esperion Therapeutics Esperion Therapeutics is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing first-in-class, oral, low-density, lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) lowering therapies for treatment of hypercholesterolemia and other cardiometabolic risk markers. In their... [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...]

Angela Barbash, Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcast

Angela Barbash is founder of Reconsider and principal of sister company Revalue. Reconsider is an impact economy research and development firm based in Ypsilanti, and Revalue is a registered investment advisory firm.  In her conversation with Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, Angela discusses both companies, the Investment Readiness program that helps entrepreneurs in need of capital funding, as well as Local Investor Education... [Read More...]

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