Spring Clean Your Home with this Local TechnologyBy Lauren Ebelt on April 24th, 2014 /
When you think of spring cleaning, perhaps you might consider going deeper than just scrubbing the house. Maybe you should also consider the chemicals in the air in your house that might be making you sick.
It could be anything from molds, to volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are potentially harmful chemicals emitted from products you may have in your home. Did you ever think that your craft and cooking supplies, among other things, may be harming your health?
But, there is some hope. On May 6th in Lansing, Mich., Governor Rick Snyder will be honoring 50 Michigan-based “Companies to Watch” at the tenth annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business event. One of the companies will be Prism Analytical Technologies, Inc. (PATI), a leading consultative air testing laboratory in the United States. PATI helps to identify and analyze contaminants in the air.
The company’s expertise in air scan technology has paved the way for the development of the first comprehensive home air test for total VOCs and total level of actively growing mold — Home Air Check™. They’ve created a simple home air testing solution.
The company was established in Mount Pleasant in 1992, and in 2009, moved their operations to Central Michigan University Research Corporation’s (CMURC) business incubator, located in Mount Pleasant’s SmartZone Technology park.
Relocation could have been easy for the company in 2009, which had seen growth from a new product line it was offering. However, “[it was] the connections that CMURC specifically brought to the table and the support of all of the economic development organizations” that made Les Keepper, PATI owner, stay. CMURC was able to give PATI exactly the type of space they needed, including specialized lab spaces.
“It made more business sense to utilize these excellent resources to further advance the company,” Keepper added.
That is exactly what Keepper, and his company, intend to do. After being awarded the 2012 CMURC Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and now being added to the list of Companies to Watch, the business is slated to watch out for.
Plans are under way for future collaboration with CMURC, including support with capital acquisition and intellectual property development. CMURC also plans to help in the hiring process of more professionals, as well as CMU students who need real-world experience. SBDC also continues to help PATI’s growth, helping the company access critical capital fuel.
If you are interested in learning more about Michigan’s 50 Companies to Watch (or to buy tickets to the event), check it out here.