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Valassis Announces Executive Promotions

Valassis Announces Promotions of Ron Goolsby to Chief Operating Officer and Suzie Brown to Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Old Car Festival at Greenfield Village brings old favorites to the Motor City

Replica of 1770 Fardier de Cugnot to take center stage at the 61st Old Car Festival in Greenfield Village, Sept., 10-11

Dow Kokam, ORNL Sign Agreement to Boost Lithium Ion Battery Performance

Dow Kokam and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are working together to enhance the Michigan-based company’s capabilities to develop and commercialize advanced lithium ion batteries.

Learning Technology Start-up Grows from U-M Incubator

University of Michigan spinoff LectureTools Inc. today announced the release of its first product, a web-based application designed to improve student interaction and retention in large lectures.

Want Change in Washington? It’s In Our Hands

While a majority of Americans still align with either party, the largest individual bloc now identify as independent. The question they’re asking is: How can we get off this political merry-go-round, where it seems that neither party has the courage to do what must be done and break loose of its own interest groups?

Fash Bash 2011 at the Detroit Institute of Arts

Nearly 600 people attended the 35th annual Fash Bash on Aug. 18, sponsored by Neiman Marcus and The Detroit Institute of Arts Founders Junior Council.

Forgotten Harvest’s 2011 Champagne Cruise

Forgotten Harvest and Westborn Market hosted the 9th Annual Champagne Cruise on Aug. 19 as a prelude to the Dream Cruise. Following this year’s event, the organization and Westborn will have partnered to raise more than $1 million over the past nine years for the hungry.

ALTe Signs Long-Term Supply Agreement With A123 Systems for Advanced Lithium Ion Battery Packs

New deal will enhance critical part of the ALTe powertrain system.

Jervis B. Webb Company’s Innovation Leads to New Patents For its Automatic Guided Vehicles.

Jervis B. Webb Company – a subsidiary of Daifuku Webb Holding Company and leading provider of innovative material handling solutions – announces new patents for its automatic guided vehicles.

GM Eliminates Solvent from Suppliers’ Paint Process

General Motors is introducing a flame treatment technology that lets paint stick to plastic vehicle parts like instrument and door panels without using primers that contain solvents and can foul the air.

The Battery Show Brings Strategic Insights, Technologies to Michigan's Rapidly-Growing Industry

Registration now open for the Oct. 25-27 advanced battery expo and conference

Scott Shuptrine Interiors Raises over $75,000 for Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan

Donation to support programs and services for Northern Michigan patients and families affected by leukemia, lymphoma and other related blood disorders.

Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo Accident Victims Gain Access to Innovative New Mobile Fitness Therapy Rehabilitation Services

Fitness Therapy Unlimited is the first in Michigan to offer customized mobile fitness and rehabilitation services for individuals facing mobility challenges

Godfrey J. Dillard Explores Run for Congress

Respected attorney could fill void in 13th Congressional District.

Operation: Transparency

In a land often run by oligarchies or conglomerates, one independent company in metro Detroit is turning the tables on the standard office environment.

Video Game Ghost Game Approved for Digital Media Credit

The video game’s storyline is set in Detroit, and will be developed and produced by Farmington Hills-based Scientifically Proven Entertainment.

Rob Mason Named CEO Successor at Valassis

Alan Schultz to remain chairman and has also entered into a three-year consulting arrangement with the company to assist with the leadership transition.

ITC Holdings Corp. Appoints New Board of Directors

J.C. Watts, Jr., M. Michael Rounds, and Christopher H. Franklin join the board of directors for ITC Holdings Corp.

MGM Grand Detroit Named One of the Best Hotels by Successful Meetings.

Successful Meetings releases 2011 list of best hotels and conference centers, Convention & Visitors Bureaus, and National Tourist Offices as selected by meeting planners nationwide.

Dow Chemical Company and Lehigh Technologies Collaborate to Create More Sustainable Materials for Tires

In June Lehigh Technologies launched an industry-wide Road to One Billion Campaign to put one billion tires on the road manufactured with sustainable materials, to further reduce the carbon footprint of a tire.

MyInsuranceExpert.com Receives Investment from Rockbridge Growth Equity

MyInsuranceExpert.com announced it has received a significant investment from Rockbridge Growth Equity and will join other web-based businesses in moving to downtown Detroit.

Visteon to Invest in Subsidiary of Chery Technology

Visteon Corporation today announced its intention to invest in Wuhu Bonaire Auto Electrical Systems Co., Ltd. (Bonaire), a subsidiary of Chery Technology and a major supplier of climate products to Chinese vehicle manufacturer Chery Automobile Co., Ltd.

Ford, Toyota to Collaborate on Developing New Hybrid System

Ford Motor Company and Toyota Motor Corporation today announced they will equally collaborate on the development of an advanced new hybrid system for light truck and SUV customers.

U-M Congenital Heart Center Selected To Join Leading National Consortium for Heart Research

Pediatric Heart Network sites to focus on improving outcomes for babies born with congenital heart disease

General Dynamics Team Awarded Army Ground Combat Vehicle $440 Million Technology Development Contract

A team led by General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) that includes Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and Tognum America, Inc., was awarded a $439.7 million contract for the Technology Development (TD) phase of the U.S. Army's Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) program.

Automotive Design Expert Mark Trostle to Head Roush Design Studio

Roush announced today that industry veteran D. Mark Trostle will head their automotive design team, based out of their state-of-the art Livonia, Michigan design studio.

Henniges Automotive Breaks Ground for New LEED Certified World Headquarters

Auburn Hills’ business appeal to industry leading companies solidifies as former Chrysler land continues to attract new national and international business interest.

How to Control Your Financial Destiny

While there are few signs of recovery in Michigan, the National Bureau of Economic Research says the “Great Recession” ended in June 2009. Technically, that means economic activity stopped declining after 18 straight months.

The Camaro Makes a Comeback

Out of all the classic cars at this weekend’s Woodward Dream Cruise, the Chevrolet Camaro is proving to be a successful comeback story.

2011 Concours d'Elegance at St. John's

In a bid to gain more room for classic cars and their fans, the organizers of the annual Concours d'Elegance left their original home at Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester Hills for St. John's in Plymouth Township. The change in venue was a big hit as more than 10,000 classic car enthusiasts passed through the gates at St. John's on July 31, while more than 300 cars were on display — both event records.

ePrize Reports Social and Mobile Spending Growth in Digital Marketing Campaigns

Reports show more than 150 percent lift in social and mobile spending on interactive promotions and loyalty programs.

Johnson Controls Introduces Its Next Generation HomeLink® Wireless Control System With Expanded Features

HomeLink V gives consumers ability to confirm if their garage doors have been closed

Golling FIAT of Birmingham Opens in Michigan

Golling FIAT of Birmingham, 34500 Woodward Ave., complements dealer Bill Golling's FIAT Studio in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., which opened in March adjacent to his existing Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, and Ram Truck dealership.

Reuben A. Munday Assumes Chairmanship of Lewis & Munday

Munday, who has been with the firm more than 34 years, succeeds founding partner David Baker Lewis.

Wayne State University names new dean of the School of Business Administration

Wayne State University names Margaret L. Williams interim dean of the School of Business Administration

Blue Cross Blue Shield Discount Program Grows

So far this year, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has added more than 15 new vendor partners.

Two Michigan Universities Join Mega-Fast Internet Project

New Gig.U Venture Hopes to Spur Economy

MEGA Approves Incentives For $173 Million in New Investment

The Michigan Economic Growth Authority today approved tax credits for hospital and community development that are estimated to generate $173.1 million and 1,273 jobs.

Reverse Engines

Recent developments in federal law may see companies facing costly litigation brought by corporate pilots seeking to recover overtime back pay.

State of the Unions

Negotiations on a new, four-year labor agreement between the Big Three and the United Auto Workers are set against the backdrop of a slow economic recovery and growing public wariness of rich union contracts.

Automation from KUKA Systems helps beverage companies achieve major savings by streamlining distribution

When leading beverage companies want to streamline retail distribution, they turn to KUKA Systems to design and install integrated pallet-building lines that provide a major increase in throughput over manual operations.

Newly Formed SRT® Brand Takes the 2012 SRT Product Lineup to Enthusiasts and Car Clubs Across the Country

Chrysler Group LLC's newly formed Street and Racing Technology (SRT®) Brand is hitting the road with its first-ever, "SRT High Performance Tour" featuring four drivers, four vehicles – the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8®, Dodge Challenger SRT8, Jeep® Grand Cherokee SRT8 and Chrysler 300 SRT8 – visiting more than 40 clubs and events in the next four months.

Detroit Police and the Central Business District Launch Project Lighthouse, a New Program Designed to Make Detroit a Safer Place to Live, Work, and Visit

The Detroit Police Department and more than 20 businesses in the Central Business District are partnering to launch Project Lighthouse, a neighborhood watch courtesy patrol program designed to keep residents, workers and visitors safer in the city, Detroit Police Chief Ralph L. Godbee, Jr. announced today.

GM Awards A123 Systems Contract for Future Battery Packs

Nanophosphate® lithium ion will power future electric vehicles

Chevrolet Lists Activities at Woodward Dream Cruise

Each August, more than a million car fans flock to Detroit's legendary Woodward Avenue for the motorized equivalent of Woodstock.

Manufacturing Leaders Seek Solutions for Shortage of Skilled Workers at First imX Summit

An unprecedented manufacturing event this September will examine and offer solutions to the critical shortage of skilled workers threatening the future of manufacturing in America.

Back Track

Recording artists could recoup millions of dollars in royalties following a federal court ruling in a case brought by a metro Detroit entertainment team.

Compuware Gomez Ranked #1 Web Performance Monitoring Solution to Internet Retailers for Fifth Consecutive Year

Compuware serves more customers on the internet retailer 500 than the No. 2 and No. 3 web performance monitoring vendors combined.

Ventower's Ribbon Cutting Marks the Beginning of Wind Tower Production

Ventower Industries (Ventower™) has taken another step forward by opening the doors of its 115,000 sq. ft, state of the art, wind turbine tower manufacturing facility.

Waste Management Announces Plan to Bring a Single Stream Recycling Facility to Metro Detroit

Waste Management of Michigan announced today a plan to bring a single stream recycling facility (SSRF) to the Detroit metropolitan area.

Detroit to Host IABC Heritage Region Conference: "Shifting Gears: Adapting to the New Normal"

Registration is now open for the sixth annual International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Heritage Region Conference taking place October 9-11, 2011 at the Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit, Michigan.

Morpace Opens Asia-Pacific Office to Support Ongoing Growth

Morpace Inc., one of the fastest growing market research companies in the U.S., officially opens its Asia-Pacific office in Shanghai effective today, and has appointed Tong Zhou as Research Director.

New Public Education Campaign on Anesthesia Launches in Response to High Rates of Illness and Disease in Michigan

Michigan suffers from some of the highest rates of illness and disease in the country. Medical conditions that are more prevalent in Michigan – including high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, obesity, obstructive sleep apnea and heart disease – greatly increase the risk of complications during anesthesia.

Thomson Reuters Identifies Most- and Least-Expensive Healthcare Markets in U.S.

A study released today has found vast differences from one city to the next in the amount spent on healthcare for Americans with employer-sponsored health plans.

Seeing is Believing: Talking Car Technology

For the past decade, automakers, suppliers and the government have been working to develop vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) technology, otherwise known as V2X, Connected Vehicle or Talking Car technology.

Lear Elects Matt Simoncini CEO; Bob Rossiter to Step Down After 40 Years of Service

Lear Corporation (NYSE: LEA), a leading global supplier of automotive seating and electrical power management systems, today announced that Matt Simoncini (50), senior vice president and chief financial officer, has been elected chief executive officer and president effective September 1, 2011.

Detroit Institute of Arts’ Fash Bash® “Haute Seats” Tickets SOLD OUT

“Haute Seats” tickets for the Detroit Institute of Arts’ (DIA) Fash Bash® are sold out, organizers announced today.

Detroit Welcomes Google Chairman Eric Schmidt

Executive chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt, came to Detroit in early August to talk to local businesses about growing their sales via digital offerings.

Western Technology Investment Backs Livio Radio

Venture firm known for Facebook/Google investments revs up Detroit company growth in auto.

50 Metro Detroit Restaurants Come Together to Support Local Nonprofits

Local restaurants and eateries come together to support local nonprofits during Arts Du Jour, the official "appetizer" of the 2011 Ford Arts, Beats and Eats.

DTE Energy Announces Changes to its Board.

Earley announces he is leaving DTE to become CEO at PG&E; Anderson elected DTE Chairman while retaining his current role as president & CEO.

Fash Bash “Couture Crowd” Tickets Sold Out

Proceeds from the upcoming event, presented by the Detroit Institute of Arts Founders Junior Council and Neiman Marcus on August 18, to benefit DIA.

Strokes of Fortune

It was called Cadillaqua Week, and in the summer of 1912, it was intended to make Detroit the water sports capital of America. The four-day, $200,000 extravaganza held on the Detroit River celebrated the city’s founding on July 24, 1701.

General Motors Reinvents Detroit

Local interns have had few job perks - until GM's first Intern Ride and Drive Event. We got the opportunity to see GM's latest, greatest, and most important for Detroit. Here's what we thought.

Cooper Standard Appoints Bill Pumphrey to North American President

Cooper Standard today announced the appointment of Bill Pumphrey to president, North America effective Aug. 16. He replaces Edward Hasler who recently retired from the company.

DMC's Theodore Schreiber, M.D., Listed in the top 1% of U.S. News Media & World Report "Top Docs"

Theodore Schreiber, M.D., Specialist-In-Chief, Cardiovascular Medicine, Detroit Medical Center; President, DMC Cardiovascular Institute, is the only interventional cardiologist in Michigan named among the top 1% nationally in his field, according to the latest U.S. News Media & World Report "Top Doc" list.

Inforum Center for Leadership Receives $700,000 Grant From MEDC 21st Century Jobs Fund

Inforum Center for Leadership (ICL), the research and education arm of Inforum, Michigan's leading network for professional women, was awarded $700,000 from the Michigan Economic Development Corp's (MEDC) 21st Century Jobs Fund.

September Business Workshops Offered by Oakland County

Business owners and entrepreneurs who need assistance are invited to attend seminars in September offered by the Oakland County Business Center. Business Basics workshops are now offered in the evenings on alternating months.

Get Your Heart Racing on Ford’s Test Track

GM Net Income Increases 89 percent to $2.5 Billion

Goodwill and Next Detroit Neighborhood Initiative Aim to Clean Up Detroit

Goodwill Industries and NDNI have formed a partnership to clear litter from the streets, sweep sidewalks and maintain boulevard medians in several Detroit neighborhoods.

Detroit Restaurant Week Returns

Detroit Restaurant Week 2011 -- Sept. 23 - Oct. 2

Michigan Wine Competition Results Announced

The 2010 white wines show to be noteworthy at the 34th annual Michigan Wine and Spirits Competition.

Consumers Energy's Energy Efficiency Incentive Program for Electric Business Customers Reaches 2011 Goal; New Applicants Still Accepted on a Waitlist Basis

As a result of strong customer interest, Consumers Energy's energy efficiency incentive program for electric business customers has reached its 2011 energy savings goal. The utility will still receive applications to the program for this year on a waitlist basis.

Premiere of Green Planet's "Detroit in Overdrive"

The mini-series about the rejuvenation of Detroit, which is being presented by General Motors Co., will air on Green Planet on Aug 4., starting at 8 p.m.

PwC's Autofacts Forecasts 2012 Global Automotive Assembly to Increase to 83.5 Million Units

Autofacts, PwC's automotive forecasting service, forecasts 2012 global light vehicle assembly to be 83.5 million units, a 10 percent increase compared to 2011 estimates of 75.9 million units.

Comcast Spotlight Increases Local Market Advertising Reach With Launch of I+

ESD Institute Releases Recommendations to Reduce Healthcare Waste

The Engineering Society of Detroit Institute (ESDI) releases its recommendations for reducing inefficiencies and waste in healthcare via the “Waste in Healthcare: A Symposium Report.”

Performance Improvement, LLC Leads the Way for Manufacturers to Realize Increased Efficiencies, Profits

BBK today formally announced the success of its Performance Improvement LLC, (PI) wholly-owned subsidiary and the new direction it signals for BBK.

BBK’s Ratings Provides Suppliers with a Unique Business Management Tool

Ratings allow effective, proactive response to industry challenges

Dance Theatre of Harlem: 40 Years of Firsts Arrives at The Wright Museum

Exhibition and gala fundraiser honor groundbreaking troupe to support museum programming.

GM Sales Increase in July on Cruze, Crossover Demand

General Motors dealers in the United States reported 214,915 total sales in July, an 8-percent gain compared to July 2010.

RTT USA Attracts Tech Talent to Michigan

RTT USA, Inc. is breaking the trend of workers leaving the state by attracting talented technology and design professionals to metro Detroit.

Honigman Wins in Michigan Supreme Court and Michigan Court of Appeals

Supreme Court allows review of tax commission orders and taxpayers are protected from taxable value tardy uncapping.

Spectrum Health Participating in Non-Surgical Heart Valve Clinical Trial

Patients sought for the non-surgical aortic valve replacement are those with severe aortic stenosis.

FordDirect Names Valerie Fuller COO

FordDirect, a joint venture between Ford Motor Company and its franchise dealers, announced today the appointment of Valerie Fuller as chief operating officer.

New Study Shows U.S. Auto Executives Bullish on Revenue, Hiring Next Year

KPMG study views North America as largest growth region; but government regulations and the supply chain remain concerns.

DAS Assembles Advisory Board to Become a National Consulting Firm

Dynamic Advisory Solutions announced today that the company has assembled an elite advisory board in order to help grow DAS to a national consulting firm.

Mister Market

Many are aware of the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, which was originally published in 1886. However, for those who are either too young or need a refresher…here it is

New Michigan Biz Feeds Corporate Bottom Line By Adding Citizens with Disabilities to Workforce

Big Tent Jobs, LLC, a Michigan-based recruiting firm, has opened in Southfield. The company’s mission is to improve corporate performance and social responsibility by placing talented people with disabilities at companies in Michigan and beyond, according to founder and CEO Adam Kaplan.

BSP & Cornerstone Charity Golf Classic 2011

Hosted by Bush Seyferth & Paige, a law firm in Troy, the BSP/Cornerstone Charity Golf Classic has raised more than $150,000 to support Cornerstone students.

Regulatory Reform

Michigan’s regulatory environment is so onerous and inefficient that it’s stymieing job creation and revenue growth. And, ironically, it’s also lowering tax receipts.

El Guapo Grill Offers First Taste of Food on Wheels

El Guapo Grill, the first legal food truck in Detroit, finds success on the corner of Randolph and Monroe.

Entrepreneurial Initiative: How TechTown is Rebuilding Detroit

Wayne State’s TechTown is helping Detroit thrive again – starting with the city’s low-tech infrastructure and encompassing the whole picture of the economic ecosystem.

Detroit Mayor Announces Whole Foods Market to Open Detroit Store

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing announces the opening of Whole Foods in Midtown hoping to bring $200 million in grocery spending back into the city

Business Leaders for Michigan Seeks to Encourage Redevelopment

Business Leaders for Michigan commissions study of regional strengths, and areas of opportunity critical to the redevelopment of Michigan’s urban cores and metropolitan areas

Rehmann Recruits Former FBI Assistant Director As Corporate Investigative Services Unit Continues To Grow

Dan Roberts, 24-Year Veteran of FBI, Returns to Michigan to Lead Effort with Governmental Investigations

Ann Arbor SPARK Awarded $10.8 Million From MEDC 21st Century Jobs Fund

MEDC funding will aid SPARK programs designed to help Michigan start-up companies
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Business Features

State of the Unions

Negotiations on a new, four-year labor agreement between the Big Three and the United Auto Workers are set against the backdrop of a slow economic recovery and growing public wariness of rich union contracts.

Regulatory Reform

Michigan’s regulatory environment is so onerous and inefficient that it’s stymieing job creation and revenue growth. And, ironically, it’s also lowering tax receipts.

Powered by Detroit Women

For female executives, administrators, and managers, the statistics are telling — there are close to 243,000 women-owned businesses in Michigan that collectively produce $30.5 billion in revenue, according to a recent American Express report using 2010 U.S. Census Bureau data.

Where is My Flying Car?

For decades, Detroit City Airport handled more takeoffs and landings than any other airfield in Michigan. But starting in the 1960s, traffic at the 264-acre airport slowly descended as officials struggled to acquire land to add more runways. Factory workers, flush with cash and eager for new homes, beat them to the punch.

Tech Squad

Novi firm dials down the heat.

Call Out: A For-Profit For Nonprofits

Energy Wave

A Detroit company creates energy savings by enhancing a century-old science.

Downstream Turbo Driver

Offering expensive wastewater treatment equipment, Michael Hansen has 700 North American cities on his radar screen as potential clients.

The Paper Chase

A workhorse in the digital world, a Southfield firm rides the plains of efficiency.

Ciao Berloni

Robert Nusbaum knows firsthand that dealing directly with the factory has its drawbacks.
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Reverse Engines

Recent developments in federal law may see companies facing costly litigation brought by corporate pilots seeking to recover overtime back pay.

Strokes of Fortune

It was called Cadillaqua Week, and in the summer of 1912, it was intended to make Detroit the water sports capital of America. The four-day, $200,000 extravaganza held on the Detroit River celebrated the city’s founding on July 24, 1701.

Lest We Forget

Frenchman Alain de Rouvray gives his assessment of the region’s business climate.
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