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West Michigan produces 14 of state's Companies to Watch

March 11, 2015
| By Pat Evans |
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Michigan's 50 Companies to Watch project 25 percent job growth
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Fourteen small businesses in West Michigan are among the state’s 50 Companies to Watch.

Michigan Celebrates Small Business — an awards program created by several state agencies to support and celebrate entrepreneurs in Michigan — named yesterday its 2015 Michigan 50 Companies to Watch.

The winners will be honored at the annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business event on May 7 in Lansing.

The event will also hand out awards to companies in several categories: Main Street, U.S.A.; Small Business Innovation; Government Contractors of the Year; Small Business Person of the Year; Small Business Exporter of the Year; and more.

To be named a company to watch, businesses must have between six and 99 employees, generate between $750,000 and $50 million in sales, be privately held and be headquartered in Michigan.

The winning companies collectively generated more than $308 million in revenue and employed 1,748 people in 2014.

This year, the companies are planning to create 798 jobs, according to Diane Durance, president, MiQuest, the managing partner of Michigan Celebrates Small Business.

“This year’s theme, ‘Unleashing Innovation and Growth,’ has produced an inspiring set of awardees,” Durance said.

50 Companies to Watch in Michigan

A&B Packing Equipment, Lawrence

AirTime Trampoline & Game Park, Novi

Algal Scientific, Northville

AlSentis, Holland

Apex Digital Solutions, Sterling Heights

ARMOR Protective Packaging, Howell

Bay Carbon, Bay City

BEET Analytics Technology, Plymouth

Benzinga, Southfield

Beyond Gaming, Birmingham

Blackford Capital, Grand Rapids

Boxed Water is Better, Grand Rapids

Care N Assist, Corunna

Creative Studio Promotions, Grand Rapids

Detroit Labs, Detroit

Detroit Gun Works, Troy

Digital Roots, Northville

Endurance Carbide, Saginaw

Energy Power Systems, Troy

Firstronic, Grand Rapids

FirstSense Medical, Pontiac

Genius Phone Repair, Kentwood

Gillespie Group, Lansing

Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing, Grand Rapids

HistoSonics, Ann Arbor

InfoReady Corporation, Ann Arbor

Innovative Learning Group, Royal Oak

Jacapps, Bingham Farms

Jorgensen Steel Machining & Fabrication, Tekonsha

Kuntzsch Solutions, Grand Ledge

Marvel Apps, Royal Oak

Mighty Good Coffee Roasting Company, Ann Arbor

New Eagle, Ann Arbor

NewFoundry, Ann Arbor

NxGen MDx, Grand Rapids

Oxford Companies, Ann Arbor

Petoskey Brewing, Petoskey

Polly Products, Mulliken

Redi-Rock International, Charlevoix

Rickman Enterprise Group, Detroit

Rubicon Genomics, Ann Arbor

SpinDance, Holland

Spud Software, Grand Blanc Township

Stardust Memorials, Traverse City

Sun Title, Grand Rapids

SunFrog Shirts, Gaylord

Tawas Plating Co. & Tawas Power Coating, Tawas City

Troy Gymnastics, Troy

Varsity News Network, Grand Rapids

XG Sciences, Lansing 

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