is a great example of a small company working on big ideas that turn into very smart products. And there is a very good chance you never of heard of them.
Simms Electronics is located at 3230 Broadmoor Ave. The firm designs and manufactures sophisticated IoT electronics that serve a wide variety of commercial products in the industrial sector.
IoT, which is the abbreviation for Internet of Things, refers to smart products that are connected to the internet. Examples in the consumer market are home appliances and light fixtures that are connected and controlled by smart phones. In the industrial setting these products could include sensors for carbon monoxide and monitors to help control energy consumption in large commercial settings.
Matt Simms, the president of the five-person engineering firm, says the company keeps a low profile and is not able to share details about many of their projects, but he is committed to attracting and retaining software design talent to Grand Rapids. Simms says the IoT market is really growing and shows no signs of slowing down.
"We have several projects in the pipeline and will shortly be announcing new job openings,” he says.
Working with a small company is a great opportunity for an engineer or software developer that values job variety, Simms notes.
"We are always working on different opportunities, with different products, in different markets and different industries,” he says. “You are not stuck working on one product for several years. It is great experience."
To learn more about Simms Electronics, including job opportunities, you can visit their site here.
Writer: John Rumery, Innovation and Jobs News Editor