Governor Jennifer M. Granholm, MEDC Executive Committee Chair and GM Executive Matthew P. Cullen and MEDC President and CEO James C. Epolito this evening honored Michigan companies, economic development organizations and individuals during the Michigan Diversification Celebration held at the state Capitol in Lansing.
"These honorees are examples of businesses that are choosing Michigan, growing in Michigan, and thriving in Michigan," Granholm said. "This is part of our aggressive and comprehensive economic plan to diversify our economy – and these honorees are contributing to our state’s high-tech transformation through cutting-edge research, smart business practices, innovative products and high-tech job growth."
Awards were presented to honorees that have made a significant contribution to diversifying the economy of Michigan over the past year. The Michigan Economic Development Foundation sponsored the event.
"From a business vantage point, these awards show decision makers that Michigan is ripe with opportunity for growth in competitive-edge industries," Cullen said. "This celebration is an indication of the progress we are seeing in our efforts to attract and grow high-tech companies."
The 2007 Diversification Achievement Award categories and honorees:
- Outstanding Diversification Achievement in Life Sciences
Stryker Corporation, Kalamazoo (Large Business)
Hoover Precision Products LLC, Sault. Ste. Marie (Small Business)
Nominated for Contributions to the Diversification of Life Sciences
Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories Ltd., Detroit
HealthMedia Inc., Ann Arbor
Galaxy Machine & Retrofit Inc., Brighton
ProNAi Therapeutics Inc., Kalamazoo
- Outstanding Diversification Achievement in Advanced Manufacturing, Automotive & Materials
Cascade Engineering, Grand Rapids (Large Business)
ElectroJet Inc., Brighton (Small Business)
Nominated for Contributions to the Diversification of Advanced Manufacturing, Automotive & Materials
Aircraft Precision Products Inc., Ithaca
Dowding Industries Inc., Eaton Rapids
Coherix Inc., Ann Arbor
Eagle Manufacturing Corporation, Shelby Twp.
- Outstanding Diversification Achievement in Homeland Security and Defense
Burtek Inc., Chesterfield Twp. (Large Business)
Pixel Velocity Inc., Ann Arbor (Small Business)
Nominated for Contributions to the Diversification of Homeland Security/Defense
Demmer Corporation, Lansing
Spartan Motors Inc., Charlotte
Evigia Systems Inc., Ann Arbor
Pilgrim Technology LLC, Midland
- Outstanding Diversification Achievement in Alternative Energy
Dow Corning’s Hemlock Semiconductor Operation, Hemlock (Large Business)
Ilumisys Inc., Troy (Small Business)
Nominated for Contributions to the Diversification of Alternative Energy
United Solar Ovonic LLC, Auburn Hills
Edgewater Automation LLC, St. Joseph
Tellurex Corporation, Traverse City
- Outstanding Diversification Achievement - Urban Community Economic Development Partner
Ann Arbor SPARK
- Outstanding Diversification Achievement - Rural Community Economic Development Partner
Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation
- Outstanding Diversification Achievement - Individual
Kenneth I. Rogers, Automation Alley
- Outstanding Diversification Achievement - Non-profit Economic Development Partner
Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center
- Outstanding Diversification Achievement - Transformational Project
Detroit RiverFront Conservancy
"These companies, organizations and individuals demonstrate the wealth of talent and entrepreneurial spirit we have in Michigan," Epolito said. "Our business climate, high-tech infrastructure and excellent workforce are helping these honorees lead the charge on diversification and new jobs."
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a partnership between the state and local communities, promotes smart economic growth by developing strategies and providing services to create and retain good jobs and a high quality of life. For more information on MEDC’s initiatives and programs, visit the Web site at www.TheMEDC.org
Contact: Bridget Beckman, MEDC