It's one of those firms that has clearly succeeded by embracing technological innovation on behalf of its customers. Consider the fact that Plex Systems opened its doors nearly 20 years ago, a time when "cloud" meant those white, fluffy things we gazed at while laying dreamily on our backs. Today, the Plex Manufacturing Cloud helps manufacturers cut costs, streamline operations, improve profitability and, yes, thrive in the post-recession manufacturing environment. For CEO Jason Blessing, it's "all of the above" when it comes to driving future opportunities. "We've launched innovative functionalities that make our products even more useful for current and potential users," he notes. One of those, IntelliPlex, is integrated into existing products. Another—SmartPlex—brings extended functionality to mobile devices. Blessing, while acknowledging "you can build a successful software company just about anywhere," says "there's something special about the skill sets and spirits of Michigan workers." Blessing says a combination of world-class manufacturing expertise, exceptional technology skills and "an unmatched work ethic" means even deeper roots for Plex Systems as a Michigan-based firm. That future also includes expanding into new vertical markets, notably food and beverage, aerospace and defense, and electronics/high-tech. "We've embraced a two-tier approach that gives us the flexibility to either serve as a manufacturer's comprehensive, central ERP (enterprise resource planning) solution or link back to an existing ERP infrastructure," adds Blessing.
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By J.D. Booth
June 27, 2013
Take a look at some of the region's most innovative businesses and the people who start and run them, and it's clear -- Michigan is one special place in which to do business.
Indeed, in good times, bad times and in between—those periods of economic recovery during which we take a deep breath or two in hope—there remain standout businesses that almost can't help themselves but be successful.
They're the businesses that are running full throttle, gaining market share, serving customers in new and unique ways, and leaving their competition wondering just how it is that they're doing so well, day after day, week after week.
These firms are among the most impressive examples of just how powerful a winning business strategy can be.
But it's not just those companies that have caught our attention.
There's another set of standouts that Corp! magazine is proud to recognize, the Entrepreneurs of Distinction who live and breathe risk taking, focus and unrelenting optimism and discipline, all with the knowledge that not only are things going to be better.
They're going to be better because they made it so.