Konnech Expands-Establishes East Lansing, Michigan, Operations
The company will onshore some of its contracted services, requiring a relocation to a larger facility in downtown East Lansing, state officials noted. Konnech will lease the second floor at 325 East Grand River Avenue from Michigan State University Foundation.
“Konnech is in rapid expansion mode to meet worldwide demand for our product and services. With MEDC, LEAP, MSU, LCC, and the local community’s support, Konnech is developing a world-class brand and bringing high paying job opportunities to the Lansing region,” said Eugene Yu, president of Konnech Inc. “Our new lease within the MSU Research Park will help us to interact closely with MSU faculty and students. Through the MSU Innovation Center, Konnech is turning MSU technologies into cutting-edge products, which will greatly benefit the world. Our five-year goal is for Konnech to become a worldwide company name associated with Lansing, Michigan.”
The project is being supported by a $306,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant, which is needed to help bring the positions onshore as well as to identify and retain talent.
“Congratulations to the team at Konnech on your impressive growth and success! We appreciate your vote of confidence in the incredible talent and competitive business climate here in Michigan,” said Quentin Messer, Jr., CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and President and Chair of the Michigan Strategic Fund. “This project is a win for Mid-Michigan and for the entire state. We’re pleased to work with LEAP, the MSU Foundation, and other local partners to bring these high-wage, high-tech jobs to the area, and we look forward to working with Konnech as it continues to grow?in Michigan.”?
Founded in 1999 in East Lansing and incorporated in Okemos in 2002, Konnech provides election management solutions including programming, hosting, technical support and training of election logistics services to large U.S. cities and counties. Konnech also exports many of its products to customers in Canada and Australia.
“When a diverse and leading technology company is growing fast and chooses the Lansing region for expansion, it speaks volumes about our region’s ability to compete with any tech hub in the nation,” said Bob Trezise, president and CEO of LEAP. “Our business support system, higher education talent pipeline and culturally rich communities are winning the day once again.”
The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) assisted Konnech in making connections and accessing programs to retain the company’s investment in the region, including Lansing Community College’s Business and Community Institute and Capital Area Michigan Works! for workforce development, Michigan State University for connection with faculty and students, and the MEDC.
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