DornerWorks will be honored at an awards ceremony during the sixth annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business event, April 29 in Lansing, Mich.
DornerWorks is a premier electronic and software engineering firm specializing in the design of safety-critical systems for the aerospace, medical, automotive, and industrial markets. Founded in 2000 by David K. Dorner, DornerWorks has grown into one of the most sought after embedded engineering firms in the country. With a talented staff that includes PhD’s, patent holders, multi-degreed engineers, and a Six Sigma Black Belt, DornerWorks has the talent and experience to tackle the most demanding projects.
David had this to say when the awardees were announced, “We are honored to be awarded this recognition! And yet we are also humbled to share the spotlight with other competent companies. Our inclusion in this award is possible only from the contributions and hard work of everyone on our staff. I give all of them my thanks and congratulations as well.
As you look back at DornerWorks, we have been an anomaly in these trying economic times – we have been surprised with tremendous success. And as you watch DornerWorks into the future, it would be too bold of me to say that we will always be immune to economic challenges: I am sure we will have our share of trying times. But what sets us apart is our dedication and our passion to servicing the world with what we do best: engineering!”
“Now 300 strong, the second-stage businesses that comprise the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch have not only persevered through challenging times, but also found opportunities to grow,” says Penny Lewandowski, director of entrepreneurship development at the Edward Lowe Foundation. “They continue to hire and develop new markets for their products and services. Some have attracted significant amounts of venture capital, while others have been awarded prestigious federal grants. They are making a substantial difference in their communities ” and their industries. Our 2010 inductees are proof that entrepreneurs are, and always have been, the future of Michigan’s economy.”
Companies making it to the “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch” list are a remarkable group of second-stage companies. Defined as having 6 to 99 full-time-equivalent employees and generating $750,000 to $50 million in annual revenue or working capital from investors or grants, these companies form the back-bone of Michigan’s economy. Representing all regions of the state and a diverse range of industries, companies like DornerWorks are known for their exceptional entrepreneurial leadership, creation of innovation or use of innovation in creative ways, and their sustainable competitive advantage.
Winners were selected by Michigan-based judges from the banking, economic development, entrepreneurship development and venture capital communities.