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Aerospace Startup Boosts Local Manufacturing, Jobs

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – After receiving $20,000 in funding from local economic centers, a Mid-Michigan aerospace manufacturer announced on Friday plans to expand its operations by adding dozens of new jobs.

APEX Precision Solutions, Inc. is a startup machining facility based in Mason's Vevay Township that manufactures parts for the aerospace market. The company opened its doors for business in the spring of 2012, and currently employs nine workers.

Friday morning, APEX president and CEO Matthew Rudd said over the next two years, the company plans to add between 25 and 40 new jobs to the local economy. The expansion is made possible in part by $20,000 in funding from the Lansing Economic Area Partnership and the Small Business Technical Development Center, which helped the company get a special certification from the International Organization for Standardization.        

For Rudd, the funding was critical to financing his enterprise. "We're in a very difficult environment for startups," said Rudd. "The Small Business technical Development Center was just invaluable in helping us go through the funding process to get the proper funding to start the business."

Bob Tresize, president and CEO of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, also acknowledged the challenges in establishing a company in this environment, and said helping companies like APEX fulfills the organization's mission.

"One of LEAP's primary mission statements is to try to increase manufacturing in the greater Lansing region. It's very important," he said. "It's the top of the pyramid in the economy. That's really where real job creation can still happen."

Emerald Morrow is a reporter with WLNS-TV. Reach out to her on Facebook, Twitter or email at emorrow@wlns.com.

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