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Ann Arbor SPARK and EDC of Livingston County award county businesses and organizations

At its annual meeting, the Economic Development Council of Livingston County (EDCLC) and Ann Arbor SPARK presented awards to companies that drove economic growth over the last year and also presented an economic benchmarking report that highlights areas of economic opportunity in the county. The meeting included a keynote presentation by Jeff Mason, president of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.


“This is an exciting time in Livingston County as people are discovering the many attributes that make our community such a great place to live and work,” said Rich Perlberg, board chair of the EDCLC. “The EDCLC’s partnership with Ann Arbor SPARK has proven to be a successful way to help businesses locate and grow here, as well as building the county’s brand far and wide. The accomplishments that were featured at our annual meeting are only the beginning; more great stories are on the horizon.”

Thai Summit America was recognized at the event for its investment in Livingston County. Thai Summit is in the process of investing $7 million to construct a 35,000 sq ft addition to its existing facilities. The addition will connect its manufacturing plants. Ann Arbor SPARK provided assistance to Thai Summit with the application for incentives from the City of Howell. The company will hire 33 new jobs directly related to this expansion.

Aberrant Ales was recognized for its $1 million renovation of a historic building in downtown Howell.  Ann Arbor SPARK helped the brewery secure funding for the renovation, which will attract consumer traffic to the downtown area. Ann Arbor SPARK connected Aberrant Ales with a number of state agencies and helped it navigate the incentives process. It also helped the company locate and identify the site for its brewery.

Brighton, Mich.-based TG Fluid Systems was honored for its $11 million expansion project, a 62,000 square foot build-out of its current facility and the addition of 35 new jobs over the next three years. The company currently employs more than 425 people. TG Fluid Systems is a subsidiary of Japanese headquartered Toyoda Gosei, which has a significant global presence.

Livingston Educational Services Agency (LESA) was recognized as Talent Partner of the Year. This fall, LESA initiated the Livingston County Early College program, which makes it possible for interested students to complete a free “13th year” of high school at Mott Community College or Lansing Community College and leave with a certification in either machine tooling or welding, or a Licensed Practical Nursing certificate.

The EDCLC meeting was made possible by the generous support of St Joseph Mercy Livingston, Lake Trust Credit Union, Cleary University, and Consumers Energy.

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