Mark Symonds thinks manufacturing in
Metro Detroit gets a bum rap. To him there is more to it than a dying
industry laying off under-educated workers. It’s why his firm, Plex
Systems, is bucking that trend by hiring and sponsoring some
The Auburn Hills-based firm creates the
software that helps maximize manufacturing efficiency. It’s a business
plan that has allowed the firm to grow 14 percent and hire 10 people
into its growing staff of 140 employees and a handful of co-op
students. The company is aiming for 30 percent growth next year and
even more staff expansion.
Plex Systems streamlined its software
product so it is delivered through the Internet on a subscription
basis. The idea is to make it cost-effective for its customers to adopt
to Plex Systems’ latest offerings.
“You don’t have to lay out a bunch of cash up front to have a world-class system,” says Symonds, the CEO of Plex Systems.
Systems also took the step of sponsoring the Rochester Adams/Stoney
Creek High School Robotics Team’s participation in the 2010 season FIRST Robotics competitions.
Symonds says the sponsorship is about supporting the pipeline of talent
that supplies Plex Systems with so many of its employees.
of our employees are engineers and geeks,” Symonds says. “Now their
children are in these programs. We want to encourage that.”
Source: Mark Symonds, the CEO of Plex Systems
Writer: Jon Zemke