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. Positron emission tomography (PET) Molecular Imaging, located in Pittsfield Township, is a high tech company that provides a range of services collectively focused on the in vivo evaluation of new drug candidate’s... [Read More...]

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 associated PTI-compliant label, all... [Read More...]

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 total of $40 million in Michigan over the next five years. “We’re really excited to make this announcement... [Read More...]

GDI Infotech hires new EVP of Sales & Client Engagement to fuel second stage growth

Ann Arbor, Michigan – GDI Infotech, an award-winning company based in Ann Arbor, Michigan announced appointment of Scott Sarasin as EVP of Sales & Client Engagement. GDI Infotech is an Information Technology Consulting and Solutions Company focused on Information Management and Integration. GDI’s flexible delivery models include onsite staffing, offsite project services, and offshore development. Scott brings 25+ years’ experience in... [Read More...]

LanguageMate: A Business Development Success Story

Ann Arbor SPARK’s business development teams works with all sorts of high tech and innovative companies in the Ann Arbor region. One of those companies is Canopy Innovations, a subsidiary of LanguageMate. This healthcare focuses start-up works on improving communications between english speaking healthcare professionals and people with limited english skills. They were interested in hiring developers and wanted to be around a robust medical... [Read More...]

Valicor Expands in Dexter, Invests $5 million, Adds 16 High Tech Jobs

Ann Arbor SPARK supported Valicor’s recent expansion by helping the company secure more than $3.5 million in incentives from Scio Township.  As part of its expansion, Valicor, located in Dexter, Mich., will invest $5 million in the expansion add 16 new jobs, mostly in research and chemical engineering. Valicor was founded in 1997 as an industrial fluids recycling company.  Valicor’s services reduce waste and cost to manufacturers by making industrial... [Read More...]

Unemployment is at 5.5% in Washtenaw County – one of the lowest regional rates in the nation! The Good News: The Economy is Recovering – The Bad News: Competition for Talent is Increasing.

In an environment where talent is key, what can a company do to access and retain the talent it needs, particularly young, educated talent? This was the topic last month at HR Day and the Michigan Career Educators and Employers Association Annual Conference (MCEEA), where university career services and HR experts converged to share their experiences and knowledge to help Michigan companies gain the talent edge in this new economy. Here are a few strategies... [Read More...]

Ann Arbor SPARK Launches Intern Program with Social Component to Introduce Interns to Ann Arbor

On May 30th, Ann Arbor SPARK launched a new program blending the Ann Arbor SPARK departments of Entrepreneurial Services, Talent Enhancement, and Business Development. This dynamic new program helps to fund internships for 10 start-up companies in Ann Arbor through a monetary match program. In addition to financial assistance, the interns of these start-up companies are participating in a social program administered by Ann Arbor SPARK.  The social... [Read More...]

MichAGAIN event in D.C. gathers large crowd

Some of the event organizers: LeRoy Newland, GE; Stefanie Ridenour, MEDC; Me; Valerie Furchi, GE; and John Hill, MSU      What do you get when you mix a handful of Michiganders and 125+ alums from the great state? An amazing night filled with networking, laughs, rivalry talk and memories. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s MichAGAIN Campaign was in full effect last night at Policy Lounge in Washington DC. The group of state and... [Read More...]

Ann Arbor SPARK’s New Talent Portal Helps Connect Skilled Professionals to Employers

Ann Arbor SPARK’s new talent portal includes a range of new features to help businesses attract employees and manage job postings.  Unlike other general job boards, the Ann Arbor SPARK talent portal is designed to help skilled professionals connect with employers. Through the new Ann Arbor SPARK talent portal, employers can independently manage job postings, including adding new posts and editing existing posts.  Employers will also be able... [Read More...]

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