About Us

We write software for other companies

Who we are

We write software: Xeratec exists to deliver the art of business information technology: turning data into actionable knowledge and insight. We see the impact our work and our partnerships have on client organizations and our local communities – transforming outdated approaches into modern, effective business solutions.

Xeratec by the Numbers

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Meet The Team

Steven Hillstrom

CEO & Chairman

Brett Hillstrom


Steve Kangas

Senior Software Engineer

Michael Bellmore

Development Manager

Nathan Fisher

Software Engineer

Carl Asiala

Software Engineer

Steve Leduc

Senior Software Developer

Glen Halonen

Software Engineer

Amber Somero

Administrative Assistant

Ross Kinnunen

Account Manager

Jonathan Lehto

Software Engineer

Jordan Hillstrom

Vice President of Business Development

Beth Hillstrom

Media & Public Relations

Brett Halonen

Software Engineering Intern

Andrew Hillstrom

Project Manager

Awards & Recognitions

We're proud of our recognition in Michigan and the local community.
2017 Michigan 50 Companies to Watch
2017 SmartZone Best Small Business
2015 Keweenaw Community Spark Plug Award

The History of Xeratec

Our History

Xeratec started in 2001 in Wisconsin as SWH Consulting – short for Steven William Hillstrom, the founder and CEO of Xeratec Corporation.


Xeratec incorporated in
March of 2003 and at it’s beginning, SWH Consulting focused  on desktop and web applications.

Moved to Michigan

SWH Consulting relocated to Michigan, setting up shop above the Post Office in Laurium, Michigan with an emphasis primarily on DOD and GSA projects. 

First Hire
Xeratec hired its first full-time employee.

SWH Consulting moved to Hancock, MI to participate in the Smartzone Enterprise High-Tech Business Incubator.


SWH Consulting officially becomes Xeratec Corporation.


Xeratec completed its first IOT (Internet of Things) project, working with GS Infrastructure on their BridgeGuard project.

Lakeshore Center

Xeratec moved to the Lakeshore Center in Houghton, MI to continue its participation in the High-Tech Business Incubator.

Move to Hancock

In 2012, Xeratec moved back to Hancock, MI, the home of Xeratec today. 

Mobile App Development

As market demand shifted, Xeratec expanded its app capabilities into the mobile app market.


Xeratec partnered with MiWaTec LLC to build a SaaS (Software as a Service) product, LoadTraxx, to meet a true industry need. 

Business Intelligence

Started taking on Business Intelligence projects, working on dashboard displays, analytic modeling, and Power BI projects.

Strategic Relationships

As of 2021, Xeratec has completed over 150 projects. 2021 is also the year of Strategic Relationships. Over the last few years, we’ve formalized several key, strategic relationships we hope to strengthen in 2021. 

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