Consolidated Resource Imaging (CRI) is a world leader in high technology aerial sensors. This Grand Rapids Company has a vision to help make Michigan a center for aviation technology. West Michigan is home to avionics giants GE, L3, Parker; ISR systems leader CRI; engine supplier L3; and composite companies Energetx and Plasan – all the key components for highly capable aviation platforms. With these assets, Michigan can lead the next generation of defense and commercial aviation solutions.

CRI is an expert in ISR systems research & development, integration, test and deployed operations with over 120,000 flight hours of experience (US and overseas) during the last ten years. Their operational expertise includes wide area motion imagery (WAMI), EO (electro-optical), IR (infra-red), LiDAR(light detection and ranging), SAR (synthetic aperture radar) and MultiINT, hyperspectral, and low-light sensor systems.

CRI partners with many national laboratories (DOD, DOE, NASA) and OEMs to “transition advanced sensor technologies from the lab to the test and operational environment”. CRI specializes in stabilized gimbal-sensor integration, system to platform integration (fixed wing, rotorcraft, aerostat, fixed), custom DO160 avionics design, rapid prototyping, electronics, manufacturing, data capture, processing/exploitation (PED) and analysis.

CRI is a Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB) and offers:

1. ISR technical and operational expertise

2. Rapid response (integration, test, deployment)

3. Cost-effective sensor system and data solutions

4. Engineering design, prototyping and manufacturing

5. Turnkey aerial ISR services

While the company has a successful history of providing expert technical services, CRI has also made significant investments in developing its own aerial sensing products over the last three years. These systems offer unique capabilities and low size/weight/power for use in defense, mapping, law enforcement, traffic and environmental analysis, sporting events, border and infrastructure security and disaster recovery.

CRI’s founder and President, Nathan Crawford, formed this successful company after two decades in the aerial cinematography/photography industry traveling the globe flying video/camera systems on everything from helicopters for TV shows like Survivor and movies like Pearl Harbor as well as blimps whose affixed cameras captured the Nagano Olympics, PGA tour and Monday Night Football. He has grown CRI from 4 to 36 employees over the last ten years and has the company poised to pursue new opportunities with growth expected in both exports and commercial markets. CRI’s key customers include Fortune 1000 companies, national laboratories and the federal government. These customers value CRI for its combination of technical expertise, responsiveness, innovation and cost-effective solutions.

So, why Grand Rapids Michigan? Gregg Wildes of CRI says, CRI has benefited from the established technical labor pool in West Michigan, especially aviation electronics expertise (hardware, software and systems engineering). Our team also enjoys the high quality of life provided by the greater Grand Rapids area. We value our relationships with the Michigan Defense Center, MEDC, SBDC, PTAC, VAGTC and The Right Place. These organizations have facilitated access to resources and made connections, in and out of the state, that have been invaluable as a small business. We applaud the State’s focus on supporting Michigan small business growth.”

The Michigan Defense Center shares this vision. Congratulations to CRI—another Michigan success story!

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