Ann Arbor SPARK has made its work practically synonymous with growing start-ups, but the business accelerator is doing more to grow other new economy segments of the region's entrepreneurial ecosystem.
The latest example of that is the expansion of Liebherr-Aerospace's
operations in Saline. The aerospace supplier is expanding its 100,000-square-foot facility by another 33,000 square feet for landing gear manufacturing. It's an expansion that will mean the hiring of 15-20 new people by next spring.
"We think there are more opportunities to work with companies in the area," says Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK
. "We want to build an aerospace cluster in this area."
The Ann Arbor area has a number of aerospace companies, mainly clustered around the Ann Arbor airport. This existing base, paired with the area's manufacturing capability, creates a viable opportunity for further growth in the industry.
Source: Paul Krutko, president & CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK
Writer: Jon Zemke
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