Today, The Right Place, Inc., in collaboration with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), announced that software development agency, Michigan Software Labs, will be expanding its current location at 452 Ada Dr. SE in Ada. In addition to a capital investment of $840,535, the expansion will bring 27 new jobs to the area.

Co-Founders of Michigan Software Labs
Joshua Hulst (left) and Mark Johnson (right)

Founded in 2010 by Mark Johnson and Joshua Hulst, Michigan Software Labs provides custom software solutions for clients ranging from middle market to Fortune 500 companies. Creating applications for desktop, IOS, Android, wearables, and IoT, the company takes a highly collaborative, team-based approach to solving complex enterprise challenges.

To meet growing client demand, the company is adding 7,500 square feet of space to its Ada location. In the process, it will double its current workforce, adding 27 software developers to its current team of 28 members. This growth will occur over the next few years.

“As our clients continue to grow and evolve, we intend to serve them best by growing along with them,” explains Michigan Software Labs co-founder and managing partner, Mark Johnson. “Organizations are increasingly seeing how technology can serve their customers and grow their businesses. Developing the right custom software gives companies a clear market advantage.”

The Right Place worked closely with Michigan Software Labs and the MEDC to ensure the company continued its growth in the region rather than out-of-state locations, such as Denver, Austin, and New York City. With the approval of a $108,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant, the MEDC is supporting the expansion through the Michigan Strategic Fund.

“The decision to expand in West Michigan reaffirms the region as a place technology companies can thrive,” said Jen Wangler, senior business development manager for The Right Place and project lead, “West Michigan is an excellent place for technology professionals to grow in their careers, and we’re thrilled Michigan Software Labs will play an integral role in creating more opportunities in this industry.”

West Michigan’s IT industry is one of the fastest growing in the nation at a rate of 15.8%, outpacing the national average by 2.9%. With 17 regional colleges and universities fueling the region’s talent pipeline, more than 13,000 individuals make up West Michigan’s robust and skilled IT workforce.

Ada Township Supervisor, George Haga, is also looking forward to the company’s expansion, “Michigan Software Labs has been a wonderful part of our business community in Ada and we are excited they have chosen to continue their growth here. We look forward to their continued success.”