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...]

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...]

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...]

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 business like Universal Marketing Group to Ann Arbor is a huge win,” said Paul Krutko, Ann Arbor SPARK president... [Read More...]

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 committing to invest more than $1.7 million and double its staff. MedHub, a University of Michigan startup,... [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...]

MyBuys Sees Strong Returns on Investment in Ann Arbor

MyBuys, Inc., founded in San Mateo, Calif. in 2001, began building out its Ann Arbor operations in 2007. From its first humble space at Ann Arbor SPARK Central’s business accelerator to its current location in the heart of downtown, the company has been on a growth trajectory, fueled by the region’s deep talent pool – and Ann Arbor’s appeal to those who would relocate to work here. The company’s CEO, Bob Cell, is a native... [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...]

MEDC Awards Ann Arbor SPARK $100,000 for MichAGAIN

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) recently awarded $100,000 to Ann Arbor SPARK, a public-private partnership whose mission is to advance innovation-based economic development in the greater Ann Arbor region.  Ann Arbor SPARK will use the funding to manage MichAGAIN trips to Boston, Chicago, Palo Alto, and Washington, D.C. this year. “MichAGAIN is a platform for evangelizing the state in areas rich with talent and growing businesses,”... [Read More...]

Ann Arbor SPARK Begins Livingston County Work, Collaboration

Ann Arbor SPARK, a public-private partnership whose mission is to advance innovation-based economic development in the greater Ann Arbor region, recently finalized the agreement to assume management of business attraction efforts for the Economic Development Council (EDC) of Livingston County.  As part of those efforts, Ann Arbor SPARK hired economic development professional Jay Bahr, who will serve as a business development manager for Livingston... [Read More...]

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