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:

  1. 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


  2. 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.


  3. 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


  4. 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

    ORT, Erie

    United Solar Ovonic LLC, Auburn Hills

    Edgewater Automation LLC, St. Joseph

    Tellurex Corporation, Traverse City


  5. Outstanding Diversification Achievement - Urban Community Economic Development Partner

    Ann Arbor SPARK


  6. Outstanding Diversification Achievement - Rural Community Economic Development Partner

    Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation


  7. Outstanding Diversification Achievement - Individual

    Kenneth I. Rogers, Automation Alley


  8. Outstanding Diversification Achievement - Non-profit Economic Development Partner

    Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center


  9. 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
(517) 335-4590
beckmanb1@michigan.org



 

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