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Garrison Dental Solutions, established in 1996, is a privately held company specializing in the design, development and manufacturing of product solutions to improve the quality and efficiency of dentistry. ... more
Target Telemetrics, LLC
West Michigan Photonics, LLC
Director of Engineering
Senior Design Engineer
Chairman - Board of Directors
That's big news for shotgun enthusiasts who hunt small game or blow apart clay pigeons for sport.
They are keenly interested in knowing how accurately they can hit a target at a set distance or how a choke really affects the shot pattern, but dread counting hundreds of pellet holes in a target to find out.
"One of the hardest things to do is patterning a shotgun," Steve says.
"It may take some guys three hours to count them manually.
And two different people will come up with two different answers for the same target."
Enter Target Telemetrics, the brainchild of Steve and four other engineers who were swept from X-Rite during a jarring corporate restructuring with Gretag Macbeth, then purchase by Danaher Corp.
"There were two R&D departments in the combined companies, and the R&D department in Kentwood was locked in battle with the R&D department in Regensdorf, Switzerland," Steve says.
After the layoffs, Steve's group discovered their expertise in photonics -- the technology of harnessing the peculiar properties of light -- didn't translate to other immediate opportunities, so they created one of their own: West Michigan Photonics.
While that startup had potential, it couldn't scale up fast enough to more than a consulting house, Steve says.
Over the months, everyone found other full-time employment, but the group continued to share interest in light science and another avocation: firearms.
"We finally said: Let's launch something just for the fun of it," says Steve, an NRA certified instructor for pistols.
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