Ed/Tech Firm Establishes Global Headquarters Near Ann Arbor

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XanEdu, a publisher of custom college-level course material accessible on iPad and Android tablets, is investing more than $1 million in the Ann Arbor region as part of an expansion that involves consolidating its Michigan and Kentucky operations at its Pittsfield Township headquarters.

“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,” said John DeBoer, CEO of XanEdu. “We’re not a big company, so we need people that can make an impact.”

DeBoer, who describes XanEdu as an Ed/Tech company, says the firm likes the Washtenaw County location, as it’s easier to access and deploy the area’s tech talent. He says XanEdu has 30 employees and plans to hire more than 50 people in management, sales, and IT.

The business accelerator 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.

“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,” said Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor Spark.

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