Last year was a good year for Northville, Michigan-based OPS Solutions. The company, which offers a patented light-based system to improve quality control, error proofing, training, productivity, and product variation expansion, added major customers such as General Motors, Chrysler, John Deere, Detroit Diesel and Case New Holland. President Paul Ryznar said the company’s location is ideal. “We have very good access into a huge customer base through a lot of multi-national companies that are headquartered in this area,” he said. “We always say we’re very fortunate to be within 45 minutes to an hour drive time to a meeting with a potential customers that could help us implement systems around the world very easily based out of Southeast Michigan.”
Ryznar advises other small business owners to take full advantage of the wealth of resources available to their companies. “You’ve got to seek out the answers you’re looking for from the right companies and organizations,” he said. OPS has successfully partnered with Commerce Connect, a program of the U.S. Department of Commerce that aims to assist businesses at every point of their life cycle.
The company also presented at last year’s Michigan Growth Capital Symposium (MGCS). “The Michigan Growth Capital Symposium was very good exposure for us,” Ryznar said. “We did the presentation and got a lot of good feedback. We actually did get one request from one VC that was interested in investing.”