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Adaptive Materials, Inc


Michelle Crumm

Michelle Crumm is the chief business officer of Adaptive Materials, an Ann Arbor-based company she co-founded with her husband Aaron Crumm.

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Founded in 2000, Adaptive Materials (AMI) makes portable fuel cells that run ten times longer than conventional batteries, helping to reduce carbon emissions while catapulting this young company to the front of the list of successful Ann Arbor start-ups.

AMI develops 25-watt to 250-watt fuel cell systems for both military and commercial applications and is the first fuel cell company to produce electricity from readily available propane.

Since its founding the company has raised over $32 million through the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and last year landed a $3.25 million contract with the Department of Defense's (as part of on-going work with Special Operations Command) to help develop a portable power source for Special Forces Soldiers.

In 2006, AMI was awarded a $6.27 million loan through Michigan's 21st Century Jobs fund to commercialize their products, creating flexible and secure grid-independent chargers for consumer battery operated electronics like laptops, medical devices, and cordless tools.

The company currently employs 50 but in the last four years they have seen a 400% growth in revenue and are track to add nearly 100 positions over the next five years. With that growth in mind AMI recently announced plans to invest $2.8 million in the relocation of their operations. The new Pittsfield Township facility will be nearly five times their current home.

AMI's successes have not gone unnoticed as co-president Aaron Crumm was chosen as Crain's Detroit 40 Under 40 and co-president Michelle Crumm was chosen as Crain's Most Influential Woman.  The company was also selected as Michgan's 50 Companies To Watch as well as a Spark's 2007 FastTrack Award and landed on Inc.com's 5000 list. AMI is also notable for its certification as a woman-owned business, a rarity for companies with ongoing military contracts.

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Adaptive Materials shares in $750K grant for renewable energy software development

Adaptive Materials has scored another round of seed funding, this time taking down $750,000 in cash from the federal government.The Ann Arbor-based firm is sharing the Small Business Innovation Research grant with fellow Ann Arbor firms, SRT Solutions and The Whole Brain Group. The three companies will use the funds, and potentially a follow-up grant, to create software that makes renewable energy suggestions."It allows our soldiers to pick the right energy sources when they're in the field," says Michelle Crumm, chief business officer of Adaptive Materials. "For instance, when it's a nice sunny day, use a solar panel."The grant will also allow Adaptive Materials to add to its staff of 56 employees, three independent contractors, and one intern. The company has hired six people over the last year and plans to add at least one more.Source: Michelle Crumm, chief business officer of Adaptive MaterialsWriter: Jon Zemke read on…
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