CANTON, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Duo-Gard Industries Inc., an international leader in architectural daylighting systems and outdoor structures, has been recognized as one of the 2012 “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch,” an award program sponsored by the Edward Lowe Foundation and presented by Michigan Celebrates Small Business. The award will be presented at a ceremony during the eighth annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business event, May 3, 2012, in Lansing, Mich.
President David M. Miller will represent Duo-Gard in accepting the award.
“This achievement is a milestone that will become a stepping stone for our exceptional team of people to take our company to the next level,” said Miller. "When I accept the award for Duo-Gard, I’ll be representing 65 Duo-Gardians whose dedicated efforts made it possible. They demonstrate every day the creativity, innovation and commitment to service that give our customers confidence in this company. This started in 1984 with our founder and my father, Al Miller. It will take Duo-Gard into a dynamic future.”
Duo-Gard’s translucent daylighting systems, architectural illumination, bicycle and bus shelters as well as custom canopies are installed at commercial, industrial, educational and sporting facilities across the country. These custom products are designed and engineered to support current and future sustainability mandates, including energy efficiency and alternative transportation. The company said revenues will double from 2008 to 2012 projected.
Companies making it to the “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch” list are a remarkable group of second-stage companies. Defined as having 6 to 99 full-time-equivalent employees and generating $750,000 to $50 million in annual revenue or working capital from investors or grants, these companies form the backbone of Michigan’s economy. Representing all regions of the state and a diverse range of industries, companies like Duo-Gard are known for their exceptional entrepreneurial leadership, creation of innovation or use of innovation in creative ways, and their sustainable competitive advantage.
Winners were selected by Michigan-based judges from the banking, economic development, entrepreneurship development, industrial and venture capital communities.
Michigan 50 Companies to Watch is presented by Michigan Celebrates Small Business. Founding underwriters are PNC Bank, Michigan Certified Development Corporation, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Accident Fund Insurance Company of America and Dynamic Edge, Inc. Contributing Underwriters are DTE Energy Foundation, Comcast Business Class, Comcast Spotlight, Varnum Attorneys at Law, Michigan Credit Union League & Affiliates, Huntington and DBI Office Interiors.
Michigan Celebrates Small Business was founded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center, Edward Lowe Foundation, Greater Lansing Business Monthly and Small Business Association of Michigan.
Information about next year’s Michigan 50 Companies to Watch program can be found at http://Michigan.CompaniesToWatch.org. For information about Michigan Celebrates Small Business, visit http://MichiganCelebrates.biz.
About Duo-Gard Industries Inc.:
Duo-Gard Industries Inc. is a leading innovator in high-performance translucent daylighting systems and architectural illumination, as well as custom canopies, shelters and outdoor structures. For over 28 years, Duo-Gard has advanced translucent technology with design, engineering, fabrication and installation of custom architectural products that enhance sustainability. Duo-Gard was established in 1984 and is based in Canton MI. For additional information, please visit www.duo-gard.com.