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...]

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...]

Another Successful Year for Livingston County Michigan Works!

Livingston County Michigan Works! (LCMW) has had another successful year working with area businesses and job seekers.  During the period of July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014, we continued to focus on demand-based training.  By serving employers as our primary customer, we have used various training funds to support our local businesses and assist them in their expansion doing so in a cost-effective, responsible manner. The Skilled Trades Training... [Read More...]

Greater Ann Arbor Region attracts $361 million in investment, 2,930 jobs

A campaign to attract businesses to the Greater Ann Arbor Region is yielding terrific results, including more than $361 million in new investment and the creation of 2,930 new jobs. Efforts to keep businesses in the Greater Ann Arbor Region, and help them grow here, have resulted in the retention of more than 1,200 jobs. “The Greater Ann Arbor Region collaboration is a great way to position our assets in the global competition for jobs and investment,”... [Read More...]

Livingston Regional Job Fair to be held April 16th

At the 2014 Livingston Regional Job Fair local job seekers will have the opportunity to connect with over 50 area companies who are looking to hire. The event will be open from 11am-3pm on Wednesday, April 16th at Crystal Gardens Banquet Center in Howell located at 5768 East Grand River Avenue in Genoa Township. In a single day, job seekers can be prepared to meet with potential employers such as Action Associates/Work Skills Corporation, Asahi Kasei... [Read More...]

Want to grow? Work locally, but think globally

By Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK Last year, Michigan set a record. Nearly $60 billion in goods were exported from Michigan — a 3 percent increase from 2012. Every billion dollars of exports supports around 5,000 U.S. jobs, giving us a significant reason to focus our attention on these export markets. Livingston County already competes in the global economy. Hundreds of people in the area work for firms based in Germany, Japan,... [Read More...]

Thomson Plastics Opens Howell Township Manufacturing Facility, Plans to Create 46 New Jobs and Invest Nearly $4 million

Thomson Plastic's Howell Township facility. With support from Ann Arbor SPARK, Thomson Plastics, Inc. is expanding to Michigan, with a new manufacturing operation in Howell Township. As part of establishing its facility in Howell Township – its first in Michigan – Thomson Plastics plans to create 46 new jobs and invest nearly $4 million over two years. “Thomson Plastics’ decision to operate in Howell was due to the easy access to... [Read More...]

Four Livingston County Companies Received a Total of Over $235,000 in Skilled Trades Training Funds

Four Livingston County companies are among more than 90 companies statewide that have received training funds from the state’s Workforce Development Agency as part of the new Skilled Trades Training Fund program.  Area companies awarded grants include CRW Plastics USA, Inc., ($95,000); Thai Summit America Corporation ($90,035), Total Security Solutions, Inc. ($17,936) and Brighton NC Machine, $33,000.  Together, these companies plan to hire more... [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...]

Livingston County Retains Moody’s Investors Service Highest Credit Rating

Livingston County is very pleased to announce that on April 15, 2013 Moody’s Investors Service assigned a Aaa rating to the upcoming refunding bond issuances, while also affirming its Aaa credit rating of the County’s outstanding debt. The Aaa rating is the highest credit rating awarded by Moody’s and is shared by only three (3) other counties in the State of Michigan. The County’s maintenance of sound financial operations, healthy reserves,... [Read More...]

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