November 15, 2012 – MTEC SmartZone is at the center of a growing hub of entrepreneurism and high-tech business development in Upper Michigan’s remote Keweenaw Peninsula. Founded in 2002, MTEC SmartZone provides the facilities, expertise and resources for university research commercialization, corporate R&D innovation and technology start-ups in the remote region.
HOUGHTON, MI (October 4, 2012) – MTEC SmartZone’s Fortune 500 Formula, a company attraction program, has grown to include vehicle data acquisition and analysis software company CONTROLTEC. MTEC SmartZone officially welcomed the downstate Michigan-based company with a ribbon cutting ceremony at their new satellite office in the Lakeshore Center in Houghton, on October 4.
HANCOCK, Michigan (September 11, 2012) – Finlandia University Junior Darryl Brown is excited about his student-marketing internship at Consistacom, Inc. A small business in Hancock, Consistacom provides software to the call center industry across the world. Brown is gaining hands-on experience, performing real work and getting results for Consistacom.
“Darryl adds friendly, persistent follow-up to our team. We have been lacking that personal touch, and Darryl is making a real difference,” says Steven Fitzgerald, owner of Consistacom.
HOUGHTON, Michigan (August 9, 2012) – During a Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance membership meeting last January, MTECSmartZone CEO, Marilyn Clark announced a new strategic plan to create 750 jobs in 10 years. In that plan, projections included six jobs created by December 2012. MTEC SmartZone has already exceeded their goal, reporting 32 jobs created to date.
Hancock, MI (August 8, 2012) – MTEC SmartZone and Finlandia University are teaming up with Michigan Works! the Job Force Board to bring Lego Robotics to the Keweenaw, for area youth ages 7–12. Students will assemble Lego Mindstorm NXT models and learn programming skills using touch, light, and sound. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to build an interest in engineering, computer science and physics.