Tech firm expands into West Michigan


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An out-of-state cybersecurity firm has entered the Michigan market by opening a research lab in the region.

Arlington, Virginia-based GRIMM, a security engineering and consulting firm that researches, develops and advises on cybersecurity, has set up the lab in downtown Sparta, at 500 E. Division St., according to The Right Place yesterday.

The firm said it plans to invest $621,000 to "grow its presence in the region" and create 27 high-tech jobs over the next three years.

GRIMM is forecasting aggressive growth over the next three years and planning to expand its workforce across the U.S. — with a focus on Michigan to meet its automotive and aerospace demand.

“Downtown Sparta was the ideal location for our cybersecurity research lab,” said Brian DeMuth, CEO, GRIMM. “West Michigan’s low cost of doing business, combined with its talented pool of technology workers will make our company more competitive.

“We are thankful for the support and guidance of organizations like The Right Place and MEDC as we pursue our accelerated growth plans.”

The Right Place, an economic development agency based in Grand Rapids, worked with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to ensure GRIMM selected West Michigan for its new location.

The Right Place assisted the firm with identifying possible sites and connected them to workforce development resources at West Michigan Works! to aid with talent recruitment and training.

MEDC approved a $216,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant for the project.

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