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XanEdu Expands in Ann Arbor with $1M Investment and 50 Jobs; Ann Arbor SPARK Connects Company to Incentives, Talent

ANN ARBOR, Mich., March 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- With support from Ann Arbor SPARK, XanEdu, Inc. is expanding its operations, investing more than $1 million in Ann Arbor and planning to hire over 50 people. As part of the expansion, XanEdu is consolidating its Michigan and Kentucky operations into its current Ann Arbor headquarters.

Currently, XanEdu has 30 employees in Pittsfield Township. The jobs the company will add here will be in management, sales, and IT.

A video detailing the company's expansion is available online: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OC7ecgrwBSU&feature=youtu.be

Ann Arbor SPARK helped XanEdu secure $325,000 in Michigan Business Development Program funds to assist with the consolidation. It also connected XanEdu with hiring and training resources offered through Washtenaw Community College.

"As part of its efforts to retain and expand businesses in the region, Ann Arbor SPARK has been proactively meeting with XanEdu in recent years," explained Paul Krutko, Ann Arbor SPARK president and CEO. "Throughout the course of our retention work with XanEdu, we've connected the company with resources available through the Michigan Economic Development Corp and Washtenaw Community College that have helped it continue to grow in Pittsfield Township, and positioned this region as a natural choice when XanEdu was looking to consolidate its operations in to one location where it could achieve its long-term goals. We are excited that XanEdu can tap in to the support available here, and use those resources to create the jobs and investment that will grow our economy."

XanEdu, Inc., compiles and produces print and digitized custom educational materials for educators, students, and bookstores. The company is transforming its business by enhancing its digital platform capabilities and expanding into new and adjacent markets. 

"When looking for a location to consolidate our operations, Ann Arbor topped the list because we knew we could hire a range of talented employees here to meet our growth needs," said John DeBoer, CEO, XanEdu. "Ann Arbor SPARK helped XanEdu realize that we'd be well-supported in our expansion here, and that we'd be able to confidently call this region our home and headquarters well in to the future. It's exciting to know that we will be able to achieve business growth while in Ann Arbor."

About Ann Arbor SPARK
Ann Arbor SPARK, a non-profit organization, is advancing the region by encouraging and supporting business acceleration, attraction and retention. The organization identifies and meets the needs of business at every stage, from start-ups to large organizations. Ann Arbor SPARK collaborates with business, academic, government, and community investor partners including the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Washtenaw Community College, Washtenaw County, Livingston County, Washtenaw County Michigan Works!, the City of Ann Arbor, Bank of Ann Arbor and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. For more information, please call (734) 761-9317 or visit www.AnnArborUSA.org.

About XanEdu
XanEdu is helping educators and corporations change the course of learning and instruction with innovative solutions for creating, delivering and managing training and course materials. XanEdu helps customers save money, improve efficiency, collaborate, engage more with content, and improve learning outcomes. XanEdu course materials, including course packs, custom books, and lab manuals, are 100 percent copyright compliant and accessible on iPad and Android tablets. Visit http://www.xanedu.com

SOURCE Ann Arbor SPARK

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