Redefining the Classroom

SmartZone building is entrepreneurial Field of Dreams . . .

Posted: January 21st, 2013

IT IS BUILT, THEY ARE COMING – Lake Superior State University engineering professor and Sault Ste. Marie SmartZone President Eric Becks, left, leads executives with Moran Iron Works on a preview of the zone's business accelerator building on Jan 18. The delegation from Onaway, Mich., also saw LSSU's applied science laboratories and visited Precision Edge, one of the world's largest fabricators of on-demand surgical instruments. The business accelerator building will offer area entrepreneurs start-up space to learn about and select manufacturing methods and business methods appropriate for their ventures. (LSSU/John Shibley)

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HIGH BAY OF DREAMS – This panorama shows a 100,000-cubic-foot high bay in the Sault Ste. Marie SmartZone business accelerator building. The facility will let area entrepreneurs build initial production runs in preparation for moving into a facility such as the EDC's Industrial Incubator, which houses new businesses as they get a foothold in the community. SmartZones are technology centers designated to promote resource collaborations between universities, industry, research organizations, government and other community institutions, establishing technology-based business and jobs. Michigan SmartZones have created thousands of jobs and produced more than $1 billion in private investment in technology-based companies since their inception in 2002. The Sault Ste. Marie SmartZone is one of only two in the U.P. and 15 statewide. (LSSU/John Shibley)

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CONTACT: John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail, 635-2314; Kristen Claus, Sault EDC, e-mail, 635-9131; Eric Becks, Sault Ste. Marie Advanced Resources and Technology/SSMart Zone, e-mail, 635-2301.