Today, The Right Place, Inc., in collaboration with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), announced that Virginia-based GRIMM will open its first Michigan location in the village of Sparta. The company plans to invest $621,000 and create 27 high tech jobs over the next three years.
Based in Arlington, VA, GRIMM is a security engineering and consulting firm that researches, develops, and advises on cybersecurity. The company is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that serves a wide variety of government and commercial client from diverse industries, providing security consulting, vulnerability research/testing, and security training. Its new location in Sparta will primarily be focused on cybersecurity for the automotive and aerospace industries.
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. This first of its kind cybersecurity research lab in Sparta, Michigan will be strategically positioned for GRIMM to grow its high-tech workforce in Michigan.
“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 MEDC is supporting the expansion effort with the approval of a $216,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant.
The Right Place worked in collaboration with the MEDC to ensure GRIMM selected West Michigan for its new location. The Right Place assisted the company with identifying possible sites and connected them to workforce development resources at West Michigan Works! to aid with talent recruitment and training.
“GRIMM’s decision to open its first cybersecurity research lab in West Michigan speaks to the strength of our region’s technology hub,” said Jennifer Wangler, Business Development Manager, The Right Place, Inc.
The Village of Sparta is supportive of GRIMM’s decision to open its new location in the heart of downtown Sparta.
“The Village of Sparta is pleased GRIMM is investing in the Village of Sparta for its expansion,” said Julius Suchy, Sparta Village Manager. “I have high hopes for GRIMM not only as a business but as a community partner for Sparta as a whole.”