Abcor Named to Statewide List of “50 Companies to Watch” in Michigan
Abcor Industries, a leading innovator in material-science and wood powder-coating technologies, has been honored on the 2016 list of “50 Companies to Watch” by Michigan Celebrates Small Business, a statewide organization that promotes excellence in entrepreneurship.
Abcor’s CEO J.T. Weis, who acquired the Holland-based company in 2012, attributed the award to the extraordinary efforts of his management team and high-performance workforce, many of whom are convicted felons and are now are on a path to positive and productive lives. With a focus on sustainable practices, corporate philanthropy and disruptive innovation in low-conduction powder coating, Weis is positioning Abcor for strong, steady growth. “Architects, designers and manufacturers of wood products are compelled when they encounter the advantages that our high-performance, wear-resistant wood powder coating provides them,” says Weis, a former Berkshire Hathaway Group President.
This is the 12th year for the Michigan Celebrates Small Business awards, which are designed to elevate the significance of small businesses in the state. The awards, to be presented at an evening gala on May 5 in Lansing, highlight in particular “the companies who are on a growth path in Michigan, creating jobs, developing innovative products and expanding their sales to other parts of the nation and world,” according to Jennifer M. Deamud of the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University and the Associate State Director of the Michigan Small Business Development Center.