If anyone were to wonder how the green energy industry is going in Michigan, one would only have to look at Grand Ledge’s Inspired Green to see an example of the sector’s growth.
“In April [of 2011] we probably had about 45 to 50 employees,” says Inspired Green Vice President Jay Messner. “We ended the year at about 170. We are back in a push now, and we we need to add about 50 more positions in the next two months.”
That is some growth. Though Inspired Green has operations throughout the state, Messner says about 75 percent of their current jobs are in the Lansing area. The growth, he says, has to do with both demand and quality.
“We continue to be probably the leader in the county in delivering both utility energy efficiency program goals and in-home performance retrofits,” Messner says. “We are in high demand in the utility program front. Because of the relationships we build to help our customers, we’re very proficient at having those customers refer others to us.”
Inspired Green currently serves the markets of Detroit, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Monroe, Coldwater, Allegan and Flint, and have opened offices in Chicago and Cincinnati.
“Our growth is based on our radical commitment to our mission and core principles,” says Messner, “which are driven by the golden rule: Treat others how you wan to be treated. Everything we offer legitimately benefits customers.”