FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Agreement signed for tech company to develop in the SmartZone District


Agreement signed for tech company to develop in the SmartZone District
 Global company acquires local business, moves to keep operations in Mount Pleasant


MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich., June 6, 2017 – Enthalpy Analytical, LLC signed a memorandum of understanding with Central Michigan University Research Corporation indicating their intent to develop in the newly rezoned Mount Pleasant SmartZone District.


Enthalpy Analytical, LLC and Montrose Air Quality Services, LLC — subsidiaries of California-based Montrose Environmental Group, lnc. — recently acquired Prism Analytical Technologies, Inc.


“When CMURC began working with Prism, now Enthalpy, in 2010 the goal was to help the company grow and reach this stage in the business,” CMURC President + CEO Erin Strang said. “When we conducted focus groups in late 2015, we had slated a mixed-tenant facility focused on tech based companies.  This aligns directly with that master plan.”


Prism gained national attention in 2015 when a report about formaldehyde in flooring boosted demand for its home air test. The company provides methods to detect volatile organic compounds in the air, such as formaldehyde, mold or other harmful materials for Fortune 500 companies, environmental consultants and homebuyers around the world.


Among other benefits, businesses such as Enthalpy Analytical gain greater access to CMU faculty experts, students and resources by locating in the SmartZone District.


“We are excited about this opportunity to not only expand the knowledge and expertise we offer our customers, but also our presence in the Mount Pleasant SmartZone,” Steven Eckard, senior vice president of Enthalpy Analytical, LLC said. 

The Mount Pleasant City Commission voted to rezone the 300 acres of land near CMURC to be consistent with university zoning last fall. The plan for the Mount Pleasant SmartZone calls for sustainable designs that bring jobs and create a walkable and bikeable business experience.


The Central Michigan University Board of Trustees will approve land leases for proposed developments vetted by CMURC.

About Montrose Environmental Group, Inc.


Montrose Environmental Group, Inc. is a national, high-growth environmental services company offering Compliance and Sustainability services to a diverse range of clients in industry and government. Headquartered in Orange County, California, Montrose Environmental Group, Inc. has 46 offices and approximately 900 employees nationwide.

About Central Michigan University Research Corporation

CMURC is a nonprofit business incubator focused on advancing economic development in the community by leveraging the resources of Central Michigan University, the Mount Pleasant SmartZone and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s 21st Century Jobs Trust Fund. Local, regional and statewide partners assist to accelerate the success of entrepreneurs, growing businesses and jobs. CMURC is a single source of contact providing physical space and essential business services. CMURC encourages interaction and partnerships, which accelerates emerging organizations to develop their ideas and bring them to market quickly.


Kirsten Simmons
Central Michigan University Research Corporation