Waséyabek Development Company (WDC) announced its investment in Safari Circuits, an Otsego, Michigan-based electronics manufacturing firm. Safari is an innovative leader in electronics, engineering services, and supply chain management.
“We are extremely pleased to add Safari Circuits to the WDC portfolio,” said President and CEO Deidra Mitchell. “Safari is an established leader in the electronics manufacturing field, powered by their highly skilled staff and leadership. It fulfills WDC’s desire to expand its manufacturing, medical, and Federal contracting verticals.”
Safari was founded in 1985 and serves clients in the medical, instrumentation, industrial, automotive, and military sectors. It employs more than 150 people.
“As the founder of Safari, it was important to me to find a majority investor who would maintain our commitment to employees, the community, and our customers, ” said CEO, Larry Cain. “We believe the leadership at Waséyabek Development Company shares that commitment and will carry on that legacy.”
This new investment adds to WDC’s portfolio diversification of non-gaming investments, including its October 2021 co-investment with Gun Lake Investments into Zip Xpress/Green Transportation in Holland.
“Waséyabek is proud to invest in locally-based companies that generate jobs and income in this region,” said WDC Board Acting Chair, Chris Rogers. “As the majority owner of Safari Circuits, we will work with the leadership to grow the firm, which in turn will strengthen the overall economy in Southwest Michigan.”
The addition of Safari Circuits to the WDC portfolio once again demonstrates WDC’s commitment to investing in economic opportunities in Michigan, investments that contribute to the long-term success and economic self-sufficiency of the Tribe and the people in this region.
“Our goal when we established WDC was to have a positive and lasting impact on this region where our ancestors first settled,” said Jamie Stuck, Chair of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi Tribal Council. “We feel this investment will benefit our Tribal Members, the local economy, and all the people who call West Michigan home.”