One of the largest HR-administration companies for small and mid-size businesses opens new office in Scottsdale; Trion Solutions considers new office pivotal for serving existing clients and attracting new business in Arizona and surrounding states

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – It is estimated that Arizona and the five contiguous states that share its border
are home to a combined 5.2 million small businesses. This made Scottsdale a most logical location for expansion by one of the nation’s largest companies that help small to mid-size businesses manage their
HR administration.

With that at the forefront, Trion Solutions, Inc., has opened a major new office in Scottsdale to support
its thriving business and to attract new clients. Calling it a “pivotal and important step for our company,”
the announcement was made today by Trion Co-Founder and President David Stone and Chief Operating Officer Craig Vanderburg. The new Trion office is located at 7077 E. Marilyn Road in Scottsdale.

According to Stone, Trion Solutions relieves the stress and burden of HR administration for small to mid-size businesses – helping them remain focused on their core businesses. Trion’s size provides client employees access to better benefits and HR services typically available only to much larger corporations – all while taking employer risk and regulatory strain off client backs. And, according to Stone, Trion clients appreciate that Trion has specialists in benefits administration, workers’ compensation and regulatory compliance.

“In short, we help our clients attract and retain top talent, mitigate risk and stabilize costs,” said Stone.
Vanderburg said, “All of us at Trion Solutions are thrilled to have selected Scottsdale as the location of our next highly important office. We are fortunate to enjoy many existing client relationships with companies in Arizona and surrounding states, and we look forward to meeting many new business owners, CEOs and CFOs in the weeks and months ahead.”

Vanderburg added, “We have assembled an amazing staff and along with our technology platform and depth of expertise on Team Trion we have quite a unique value proposition for existing and future clients.”

Trion was recently named for the fourth-consecutive year in a row one of the United States’ Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® by the National Association for Business Resources.

Trion works with more than 600 companies throughout the United States with a growing percentage being in the Mountain and Western Time Zones. It is a privately held, certified minority-owned corporation with corporate headquarters based in the Detroit suburb of Troy, Mich. It has additional offices in Traverse City, Mich., and in the Miami suburb of Aventura, Fla.

More information about Trion Solutions can be found at

These Are the 50 Best Places in America for Starting a Business

December 17, 2018

By: Michelle Cheng

Inc. Magazine

Whether you’re an entrepreneur plotting to launch a startup or a CEO strategizing where to put another office, knowing where the next hot city is would be a game changer. Should you expand to Raleigh? Would you attract better talent in Austin or Atlanta? With the new Surge Cities Index, Inc. and innovation policy company Startup Genome crunched the data to score and rank the top 50 metro areas in the U.S. on seven key indicators–from early-stage funding metrics to job creation. Finally, here’s the smartest way to answer the age-old question: Where should you go next?

No. 45 – DETROIT

With the highest density of engineers in the country, Detroit is reinventing itself by leading the next mobility boom.

Autonomous-car hardware. Sensors. Lidar. Chances are, if there’s something that has to do with mobility, a startup in Detroit has touched it. Motor City is knee-deep into its transportation reinvention: May Mobility, a spinout from the University of Michigan, builds autonomous shuttles and operates a route in downtown Detroit. Roush Industries built 150 of the self-driving cars for Waymo. Last year, PlanetM Landing Zone launched to connect mobility startups like Lyft and Mapbox with Detroit’s traditional automotive industry. And accelerator Techstars Mobility, founded in 2014, has deployed $67.4 million in venture funding, with two exits under its belt, including the sale of ridesharing startup SPLT to Bosch this year. With Michigan’s having the highest density of engineers in the country–and the highest concentration of those employed in Detroit’s Wayne County–it’s no wonder the majority of VC money getting poured into the city ends up in mobility and IT.

–Michelle Cheng

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A-kit America, Inc. and Knight Mechanical Testing Announce Merger as JTL America

Testing and evaluation companies A-kit America, Inc. and Knight Mechanical Testing have announced a merger between the two companies. The merger has resulted in the newly named JTL America, Inc. The combined company will expand its current facility with additional mechanical and analytical test capability to better serve clients in the medical device and automotive industries.

In 1999, a company called A-kit, Inc. was born from the quality control division of Nohara Manufacturing, Inc. in Japan. A-kit primarily provided mechanical testing, 3D measurement, and analytical services for the Automotive industry. With A-kit professional product evaluation services, clients saved time, labor, and increased their product quality.

Recent years saw the demand for quality, speed, and diversity in the field of evaluation, which are elements that matter in the manufacturing process. In June 2016, A-kit America was established in Livonia, MI as 100% subsidiary company of A-kit, meeting the demand by providing clients with high quality services.

Knight Mechanical Testing (KMT), on the other hand, can trace its beginnings in 2006 with Nolan and Kevin Knight and their colleague Pat Ballinger. Their prior experience in various captive testing laboratories in the Automotive and Orthopaedic industries enabled the trio to leverage their knowledge for a solo venture.

KMT first gained recognition in the Orthopaedic industry, providing major Orthopaedic OEMs, start-ups, and suppliers in the Orthopaedic industry, easier access to quality test laboratories and high-quality customer service. Currently, the ISO 17025 accredited testing laboratory specializes in material and component testing for Medical and Automotive industries.

“We are very excited to be localized and bring two cultures together to increase our synergy. KMT and A-kit America have a lot of things in common that have a positive impact on each other,” said Kazumasa Nohara, President of JTL America.

“We are committed to delivering suitable evaluation technology, so you can meet and maintain prevailing standards in your industry and, in the process, enable you to pursue opportunities in your market. We believe that the combination of two cultures and industries creates a more sustainable company that meets the testing needs of all industries. We aim to build a team of highly skilled and experienced engineers and invest in sophisticated testing machines to help a variety of sectors. As a bilingual organization, fluent in English and Japanese, we can also cater to the needs of a larger client base,” said by Kevin Knight, former President of KMT.

Immediate expansion plans in Fort Wayne include ATOS 3D scanning, two units of 3.5t vibration test machines with environmental chambers, and X-ray CT inspection capabilities.

“These additional capabilities will complement our current service offering nicely,” said Kevin Knight, Chief Sales Officer of JTL America. “We selected these technologies based on the service gaps in the US testing market, and the testing expertise that A-kit America brings from Japan.”

Current KMT and A-kit America management will provide JTL America with the experience and leadership necessary to make JTL America one of the top service provider in the marketplace.

About JTL America

JTL America has an established history and heritage in delivering testing solutions to different industries through the merger of A-kit America, Inc. and Knight Mechanical Testing. JTL America’s vision is to one day meet all the testing needs of all industries.

To learn more about JTL America, visit

For further information, visit or call Kevin Knight at 260-489-1444 (ext. 201)

Katelyn Davis Joins MICHauto and the Detroit Regional Chamber as Director

Katelyn Davis joins the Detroit Regional Chamber as director of MICHauto. In this role, she will support and lead planning and execution for MICHauto, as the statewide automotive and mobility industry association, and the organization’s growth as an integral part of Forward Detroit, the Chamber’s economic development initiative.

Davis’ seven-year career has been dedicated to Michigan’s automotive industry. Most recently she served as a corporate affairs and communications specialist with Yazaki North America, Inc., where she was responsible for the company’s internal and external communications and corporate marketing strategy and implementation. Prior to that, she worked for WPP’s GTB (formerly Team Detroit) on the communications team at Ford Motor Co.

“We are extremely pleased to have Katelyn join the MICHauto team. Her background and experience in the auto industry, combined with her expertise in marketing and communications, made the perfect match and will be critical to achieving our mission and goals,” said Glenn Stevens, executive director of MICHauto and vice president of automotive and mobility initiatives for the Chamber.

Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in advertising and public relations from Grand Valley State University and completed graduate studies in new media communications at Wayne State University.

In addition, Davis is an acting board member for the Automotive Public Relations Council (APRC) and played an active role on MICHauto’s Awareness Committee.

She resides in Wyandotte, Michigan.

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About MICHauto

MICHauto is a statewide initiative of the Detroit Regional Chamber dedicated to promoting, retaining and growing the automotive industry in Michigan. MICHauto embodies a public-private strategy, championing Michigan as the global epicenter of the automotive industry and providing a platform for collaboration on advocacy, business attraction and retention, and talent attraction and development. Serving as the unified voice of Michigan’s automotive cluster, MICHauto works closely with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Original Equipment Suppliers Association, Center for Automotive Research and other Michigan and national organizations. To learn more visit

About the Detroit Regional Chamber

Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. The Chamber’s mission of powering the economy for Southeast Michigan is carried out through economic development, education reform, regional collaboration and providing valuable benefits to members. For more information, please visit

Brooks Kushman Secures Biggest Trademark Verdict in Michigan History for 5-Hour Energy

A team of Brooks Kushman trial attorneys secured a multi-million-dollar jury verdict for trademark infringement in favor of Innovation Ventures LLC, the makers of 5-hour Energy® shots, against N.V.E., Inc. of New Jersey. The verdict included an award of $10.6 million in damages for N.V.E.’s manufacture and sale of an infringing product named “6 Hour Power.” The jury also awarded an additional $11.5 million for disgorgement of profits N.V.E. made on the infringing products, subject to further review by the Court. The jury fully rejected the claims brought by N.V.E. which included a $60 million false advertising claim. The verdict is believed to be the largest trademark verdict ever rendered in Michigan.
The four-week trial was held in the Eastern District of Michigan. “This trial was long and heavily contested,” said Marc Lorelli, trial counsel for Innovation Ventures. “More than 20 witnesses testified and it was important to keep focused on the issues the jury had to decide. As with most trials, credibility was a deciding factor.”
The trial was part of a lengthy lawsuit, which began in 2008. All claims of both parties were originally dismissed by the U.S. District Court. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of many of N.V.E.’s claims, but reinstated Innovation Ventures’ trademark infringement claim as well as a claim brought by N.V.E. for false advertising. Once back in the District Court, the lawsuit was overshadowed by the death in early 2015 of its original judge, the Honorable Lawrence Paul Zatkoff. The case was further delayed when Judge Zatkoff’s successor on the case, U.S. District Court Judge Terrence Berg, was shot a few months later as he fended off an attempted home invasion.
“This lawsuit had a number of twists and turns and it required a lot of 5-Hour Energy shots to get us through the past eight years, but we finally achieved a resounding victory,” said trial counsel Mark A. Cantor, president of Brooks Kushman. “This was a case of an infringing company trying to confuse customers into buying its product, and the jury applied the law correctly in Innovation Ventures’ favor.”
Innovation Ventures was represented by Brooks Kushman attorneys Mark A. Cantor, Marc Lorelli, Tom Cunningham, Chanille Carswell and Brian Doughty.
N.V.E. was represented by Honigman, Miller, Schwartz and Cohn LLP.
About Brooks Kushman P.C.
Brooks Kushman P.C. is a leading intellectual property (IP) and technology law firm with offices in Michigan and California, and represents clients nationally and internationally with respect to protection, enforcement and monetization of IP, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. The firm has more than 90 intellectual property professionals specializing in various technical disciplines, and has a reputation for providing leading IP counseling with a focus on the business objectives of their clients.
Brooks Kushman counts a number of Fortune 100 companies across a variety of industries among its clients. The firm is also recognized by leading legal publications and rankings, including Corporate Counsel magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Law360, Intellectual Asset Management, Managing Intellectual Property, World Trademark Review, and Intellectual Property Today.

For more information, please visit

CEC Welcomes Will Curry, Launches Pipeline Integrity Management Services Program

WIXOM, MI — Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. (CEC) announces a new pipeline integrity management services program launched with the hiring of Will Curry, P.E., a new principal in the Civil/Site practice of the firm’s Detroit office.

The program complements CEC’s service offerings to clients in the oil and natural gas industry by addressing their challenges with aging pipeline infrastructure and ever-changing regulations. Curry will lend industry-focused technical and regulatory expertise to CEC’s environmental, engineering, and construction projects within the program.

Curry is a civil engineer with more than ten years of experience in the energy and land development industries. His most recent position was with TransCanada, where he was responsible for project management and field engineering to ensure integrity of oil and natural gas pipelines in the Great Lakes region.

For information, call 866-380-2324 (toll-free) or 248-374-8600 (local). CEC’s Detroit office is located at 28373 Beck Road, Suite H-10, Wixom, Michigan, 48393.

Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. (CEC) is a company of professionals that provides comprehensive industry-focused consulting services to advance our clients’ strategic business objectives; collecting, sharing, innovating and delivering knowledge, solutions and expertise in civil/site engineering, environmental services, ecological services, waste management and water resources.