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April 3, 2017


Loc Performance Products, Plymouth, MI (SME <250)

Loc Performance Products, Inc. (Loc) is the “Best Value” full service provider of driveline, suspension, and track systems for military tracked vehicles.  Loc is saving the Army over $400M as the prime contractor for upgrading the Bradley Fighting Vehicle suspension and track systems as part of the platform’s ECP1 modernization program.  Loc has successfully performed on over 1,025 direct contracts with the United States Government by providing excellent quality on time at competitive prices. Loc provides quality products at affordable prices through a lean organizational structure and single location facility that supports all of its customers in both defense and commercial industries.  Loc leverages the efficient manufacturing methods developed in capturing business on these globally competitive commercial applications to offer its defense industry customers highly competitive, high quality products and services that cannot be matched by larger organizations.

Venture Management Services, LLC, Troy, MI (SME <250).  Venture Management Services, LLC operates as a provider of consulting services. The Company provides assistance to the service personnel of the United States Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security by linking emerging technology developments to their emerging needs. Venture Management Services bases its operations out of Troy, Michigan.


5ME, Cincinnati, OH (Start-up)

5ME brings a proven suite of capabilities to industry, solely focused on increasing customers’ manufacturing efficiency as a means of building profitable, competitive and sustainable businesses. Today, that mission is more critical than ever as manufacturers are under increasing pressure from agile competitors, capacity constraints, material cost increases, and skilled labor shortages. But there are still significant opportunities to improve existing operations and return lost profit to the bottom line. 5ME addresses five critical components – the five “M’s” of Man, Material, Machines, Methods and Money – to improve a manufacturing enterprise’s efficiency (the “E”).

Cobett & Associates, Strongsville, OH (Start-up)

Tom Cobett has over 45 years of experience within the Primary Metals Industries. As an R&D specialist, Tom has worked closely with major companies who produce or process metals, helping them to solve metallurgical and cost problems. He has developed several unique products and processes resulting in both US and European Patents.


NTEA/GTA (The Association for the Work Truck Industry/Green Truck Association), Farmington Hills, MI

Established in 1964, NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry represents 1,900 companies that manufacture, distribute, install, sell and repair commercial trucks, truck bodies, truck equipment, trailers and accessories. Buyers of work trucks and the major commercial truck chassis manufacturers also belong to the Association. NTEA provides in-depth technical information, education, and member programs and services, and produces The Work Truck Show. The Association maintains its administrative headquarters in suburban Detroit and government relations offices in Washington, DC, and Ottawa, Ontario. Green Truck Association (GTA) and its Lightweight Technology Council, as part of NTEA, showcase products and equipment that promote commercial vehicle fuel savings through lightweighting and productivity technology.