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Novi’s Omron Foundation Donates $1M to UM-Dearborn’s Engineering Lab Building

The University of Michigan-Dearborn today announced a gift of $1 million from the Omron Foundation Inc. in Novi to establish the Omron Robotics and Human Factors Lab in the university’s new Engineering Lab Building. The foundation also created the Omron Endowed Scholarship in Electrical Engineering.

Detroit Economic Growth Corp. Names Kevin Johnson as President and CEO

Detroit Economic Growth Corp., a quasi-public development agency, today announced it has appointed Kevin Johnson as president and CEO.

EPA Approves Troy’s Kansai Paint Group’s Anti-mosquito Paint

Kansai Paint Group, which has its American headquarters in Troy, today announced its anti-mosquito paint has been granted approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The interior-use paint contains a synthetic pyrethroid insecticide and has been shown to significantly reduce the presence of mosquitoes in painted areas.

Macomb Township’s Tooling Tech Group Acquires Century Tool Group

Tooling Tech Group in Macomb Township today announced the acquisition of Century Tool Group, which includes Century Tool and Gage in Fenton and CTG Bel-Kur Automation in Temperance.

eBay CEO Devin Wenig Elected to GM Board Of Directors

Detroit-based General Motors Co. today announced the election of eBay president and CEO Devin Wenig to its board of directors.

Coopersville’s Mac’s Trax Inc. Partners with Grand Rapids-area’s Milrem Robotics to Develop Unmanned Propane Tank Hauler

Mac’s Trax Inc. in Coopersville has announced it has contracted Milrem Robotics, a Grand Rapids-area-based developer of smart unmanned robotic systems, to develop an unmanned propane tank hauler.

Dearborn’s Ford Announces Launch of Non-emergency Medical Transportation to Beaumont Facilities

Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn has announced the launch of GoRide, the company’s non-emergency medical transportation service for southeast Michigan. The program will cover more than 200 facilities within the Beaumont Health network.

OPS Solutions in Wixom, Maker of Light Guide Systems, Opens Headquarters in the Czech Republic

Wixom-based OPS Solutions, which developed an augmented reality tool called Light Guide Systems, has announced a new European headquarters in the Czech Republic.

Detroit-based Lambert, Edwards, and Associates Acquires Blicksilver Public Relations in New York

Lambert, Edwards, and Associates, a public relations, investor relations, and communications agency in downtown Detroit, today announced it has acquired Owen Blicksilver Public Relations Inc. in New York City. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Northville’s OptiShot Golf Introduces Simulator Offering Data on Ball Spin, Ball and Club Speed, and Launch Angle

OptiShot Golf in Northville has announced the addition of BallFlight, the industry’s first simulator that offers detailed data on ball spin, ball and club speed, and launch angle.

Michigan’s Iron Belle Trail Receives More than $10.5M in Private Funding

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Tuesday announced $10.5 million in private donations have recently been pledged to help build the Iron Belle Trail. The money will help complete a major development for Michigan’s 2,000-mile hiking and bicycling trail that traverses the state, starting on Belle Isle and ending in Ironwood in the western Upper Peninsula.

McLaren Macomb in Mt. Clemens Debuts Heart Valve Replacement Procedure

Mt. Clemens-based McLaren Macomb’s Mat Gaberty Heart Center is now offering the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedure, a minimally invasive heart procedure for patients who are at an increased risk for surgery.

Johan de Nysschen Leaving Cadillac, GM Announces New Senior Vice President and President

Detroit’s General Motors Co. today announced the appointment of Steve Carlisle to senior vice president and president of Cadillac. He will replace Johan de Nysschen, who is leaving the company effective immediately.

Report: Michigan VC Firms Invested $179M in 2017 to Support 68 Startups, More Funds Needed to Grow Industry

The Michigan Venture Capital Association (MVCA) in Ann Arbor, a nonprofit trade association founded in 2002, announced the release of its 2018 MVCA Research Report.

Hunter Pasteur Homes to Acquire Northville Downs Harness Racing Track, New Plans Call for up to 600 Residences

Hunter Pasteur Homes, a developer and luxury home builder in Farmington Hills, is under contract to purchase the Northville Downs harness racing track and adjacent parcels with plans to create a mixed-use development on the site.
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By the Numbers

Jeffrey Sachs grew up in Oak Park, then made his mark as an economist and director of Columbia University’s Center for Sustainable Development in New York City.

Back from the Dead

Battery Solutions in Howell recycles spent batteries with startling efficiency.

Celebrating Millennials

Stereotypes about younger workers abound, but they’re really not all that different.

Factory of Prosperity

A nonprofit organization in Detroit is transforming unused school facilities into business and community ecosystems.

No Vacancy

The region’s apartment sector is surging, having recovered from the 2008 global financial crisis and Detroit’s successful run through bankruptcy in 2014.

Friend Robot

For the next three years, the hugely popular FIRST Robotics competition will be held in Detroit.

PDA: Q&A Peter J. Ginapolis

The E-Interview Peter J. Ginapolis, Vice President, LSG Insurance Partners, Bloomfield Township

Splitting the Pot

Detroit’s three casinos, along with land-based operations outstate, are facing growing competition from the Michigan Lottery and its exclusive offering of online gaming options.

Huron-to-Erie Corridor

The region’s water economy, stretching from the southern end of Lake Huron to the northern tip of Lake Erie, is a major economic generator — but more marketing efforts could drive expenditures for fishing, boating, and charters even further.

Beacons of Commerce

In the 19th century, lighthouse construction helped Great Lakes shipping flourish.

Lead Right

A former boxer retires to pursue his main event in the corporate staffing industry.

Clean Break

For Brian Pour, the recent formation of auto supplier Auria Solutions in Southfield served as a homecoming.

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The Outside Media Opine on the Motor City

Let Syrians Settle Detroit

Source: The New York Times

Larry Page Looks Ahead

Source: Fortune

Detroit Homes Still Selling for $1

Source: The Daily Caller News Foundation

You Can Sell a Lot of Cars with a Tent

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

Matty Moroun, Detroit's Border Baron

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

Women in a Man’s World

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Obama Pushes False GM Success Story

Source: Investors Business Daily

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