MTEC SmartZone graduate honored as one of 2014 ‘Michigan 50 Companies to Watch’

HANCOCK, Michigan (March 28, 2014) – BridgeGuard®, Inc., an infrared and HD visual bridge scoping company that developed and graduated out of MTEC SmartZone in 2012, is among the elite group of 2014 “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch.”

Michigan 50 Companies to Watch is an awards program presented by Michigan Celebrates Small Business (MCSB) that honors businesses – second-stage or recently launched – and their supporters who greatly contribute to overall growth of Michigan’s economy.

For almost a decade, MTEC SmartZone provided BridgeGuard with office space, business support services, market research, financial resources and access to top Michigan Technological University student talent. Steady growth pushed the company to graduate and relocate to downtown Hancock in August 2012.

BridgeGuard President and CEO Dorothy Ruohonen will be honored May 6, during the Michigan MCSB awards event in East Lansing.

“We are honored to be recognized as one of Michigan’s 50 Companies to Watch,” Ruohonen said. “The BridgeGuard team deserves congratulations for all of their hard work in making this award possible. We continue to look for opportunities to share our innovative bridge deck scoping technologies with departments of transportation not only in Michigan, but across the United States.”

The Michigan 50 Companies to Watch winners represent all regions of the state across multiple industries. Defined as having six to 99 full-time-equivalent employees and generating $750,000 to $50 million in annual revenue or working capital from investors or grants, these companies form the backbone of Michigan’s economy.

Winners were selected by Michigan-based judges from the banking, economic development, entrepreneurship development, and venture capital communities. Michigan 50 Companies to Watch is presented by the MCSB. Founding underwriters are the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, PNC Bank, Accident Fund Insurance Company of America and Dynamic Edge, Inc.

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