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Software firm invests $2.9M in expansion, 33 jobs

April 29, 2015
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Software firm invests $2.9M in expansion, 33 jobs
The Grand Rapids-based software development firm Atomic Object is expanding by moving down the street into an 11,000-square-foot building on Wealthy Street SE. Courtesy The Right Place

A software development firm is investing $2.9 million to move into a larger space down the street and create roughly 33 new jobs.

Expansion

Atomic Object in Grand Rapids, which is located in a 5,000-square-foot space at 941 Wealthy St. SE, will more than double its space by moving into an 11,000-square-foot building at 1034 Wealthy St. SE, according to The Right Place, a regional economic development nonprofit, today.

“We are very excited about the move and this new journey for Atomic Object,” said Carl Erickson, co-founder and CEO, Atomic Object.

Jobs

Along with the move, Atomic Object also plans to expand its workforce later this year by adding at least 33 jobs, such as software developers and designers, across the state.

The firm also operates offices in Ann Arbor and Detroit.

Incentives

Atomic Object received a “high-tech business support package,” which includes a performance-based grant through the Michigan Business Development Program, according to The Right Place.

The financial support was a result of the partnership between The Right Place and the Michigan Economic Development Corp., the state’s marketing arm, as they competed against several other locations, including “highly competitive tech hubs throughout the U.S. and abroad.”

Atomic Object’s Erickson said The Right Place “played a key role in bringing together the state and local resources we needed to make this project happen.”

Brigit Klohs, president and CEO at The Right Place, said technology underpins nearly every industry today and growing technology companies in West Michigan “further diversify our regional economy, increasing our competitive position in the marketplace.”

Megan Sall, business development manager at The Right Place and project lead on the expansion, said Atomic Object is a great example of “the growth tech companies based in the region are experiencing.”

Atomic Object

Atomic Object, founded in 2001, develops custom software for clients in a variety of industries.

Atomic Object established a second location in Detroit in 2012 and acquired SRT Solutions in Ann Arbor in 2013. 

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