September-October 2009

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Ricardo to Develop Fuel Efficient Vehicle for U.S. Army

Ricardo, Inc., the US subsidiary of Ricardo plc, the leading independent provider of technology, product innovation and engineering solutions to the world's automotive, defense, transport and new energy industries, has been awarded a contract for the development of a new vehicle under the Fuel Efficient Ground Vehicle Demonstrator (FED) program launched by TARDEC, the U.S. Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center in Warren, Michigan.

Chrysler Group LLC is First Automaker in the United States to Offer Live, Mobile TV

Michigan Company Continues Expansion — Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Burns & Wilcox continues on its growth path by increasing its presence on the national stage through strategic acquisitions.

DTE Energy SmartCurrents Program Awarded $84 Million DOE Grant

A new generation of services to come with technology advances.

Whirlpool Corporation Selected To Receive Federal Smart Grid Stimulus Funds

Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE:WHR) today announced that it is the recipient of stimulus funds as part of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Smart Grid Investment Grant program.

Energy Conversion Devices and CertainTeed Install New Residential Rooftop Solar Product

Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. (ECD) (NASDAQ:ENER) , the leading global manufacturer of UNI-SOLAR® thin-film flexible solar laminates, and CertainTeed Corporation, a leading North American building products manufacturer, today announced the installation of EnerGen(TM), a breakthrough solar roof system, on the official residence of Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm.

Julian Pavone, 'The World's Youngest Drummer and Inventor,' Now Also the World's Youngest Entrepreneur!

Julian Pavone, who began to make worldwide headlines as a drummer at 20 months-old and became the world's youngest inventor at age 4, may now be the world's youngest entrepreneur - at age 5!

Michigan Film Incentives — Michael Manasseri

Acclaimed actor and film producer Michael Manasseri addresses Michigan's film incentives.

Bell Fork Lift, Inc. Becomes Toyota Aichi Dealer

Toyota Material Handling U.S.A. (TMHU), Inc. selected Bell Fork Lift, Inc. to offer the company’s line-up of Aichi, a Toyota Industries Company, aerial work platforms to the U.S. market.

Waste in the U.S. Healthcare System Pegged at $700 Billion in Report From Thomson Reuters

The U.S. healthcare system wastes between $600 billion and $850 billion annually, according to a white paper published today by Thomson Reuters.

Historic Detroit Clubs Explore Merger

The Detroit Athletic Club and Forest Lake Country Club signed a non-binding letter of intent on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009, that sets the stage for a possible merger of the two historic organizations

Karmanos Cancer Institute to Launch Health Initiative Focused on Environmentally-Associated Cancers

The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, in cooperation with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM), will launch a targeted health initiative in January 2010 focused on environmentally-associated cancers.

Lawmakers Pass Amendment to Exclude Auto Dealers From New Federal Agency

The House Financial Services Committee approved a key amendment, 47-21, to keep automobile dealers under the already effective federal and state laws which govern vehicle financing.

Thinking of Continuing Your Education?

Certification Programs Offer Affordable Alternatives to Degrees, But All Are Not “Created Equal”.

Michigan-Based Emagine Entertainment Hopes to Create More Family Fun With New Location in Downtown Royal Oak

Upscale theatre and bowling complex would boost local economy with new jobs and added tax revenue.

Ross School Tops in the U.S. for Environmental/social Responsibility

The University of Michigan's Ross School of Business is the best business school in the United States for integrating environmental, social and ethical issues into its MBA program, according to the Aspen Institute's 2009-10 Beyond Grey Pinstripes report.

TiECon Midwest 2009 Unveils List of Elite Entrepreneurs: TiE20 Winners

Companies to Be Showcased at TiECon October 23-24, 2009

Everyone is Turning Out as Frank D. Stella Celebrates "90"

Successful entrepreneur, supporter of education and human services and civic leader Frank D. Stella will celebrate his 90th birthday.

New Report Finds Lack of Gender Diversity

Inforum Center for Leadership Calls for Action on Gender Diversity; Top Executives, Directors of Michigan's Top 100 Public Companies Remain Overwhelmingly Male.

Consumers Energy Seeking $174 Million U.S. Department of Energy Grant

Consumers Energy's application for a $174 million federal grant to support development of its smart grid project and reduce costs for customers has cleared the first hurdle with the U.S. Department of Energy.

Underwriters Laboratories to Develop First Safety Standard for Electric Vehicle Cord Sets

Company Helps Prepare Automotive Manufacturers for Surge in Electric Vehicle Demands.

Wind Energy Resource Zone Board Submits Final Report

The Wind Energy Resource Zone Board today issued its final report, identifying the four regions in Michigan with the highest level of wind energy harvest potential.

Crankbrook Announces Completion of First Comprehensive Campaign

High-Tech Anthropology Hall at Cranbrook Institute of Science Made Possible by Campaign - Opens to the Public on Saturday, October 17.

Former General Motors CIO Ralph Szygenda Joins Compuware Corporation Board

Industry Icon to Provide Invaluable Insight and Perspective as Compuware Extends Its World Leadership in Optimizing Application Performance.

Chinese National Charged with Stealing Ford Trade Secrets

A federal indictment was unsealed late yesterday in Detroit charging Xiang Dong Yu, aka Mike Yu, 47, of Beijing, China, with theft of trade secrets, attempted theft of trade secrets and unauthorized access to a protected computer, announced Terrence Berg, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan.

New Michigan Solid-State Lighting Association Seeks to Make Michigan a Global Leader

Corporations, universities and state agencies connect to promote Michigan-based environmentally friendly lighting initiatives.

USCAR Works to Get Clean Diesel Technologies

As diesel engines gain momentum as one cost-effective means to improve fuel efficiency, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors are working collaboratively through the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR) to adapt and develop selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technologies that will help bring more clean-diesel technologies to the U.S. and global markets.

Oakland County Awarded Membership in the Association of Film Commissioners International

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson is pleased to announce that the Oakland County Film Office has been awarded full membership in the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI).

Michigan Governor's Race — Rick Snyder

Businessman Rick Snyder, a candidate for governor of Michigan in 2011, has been advocating for change in Lansing and across the state.

Automotive Authors Book Fair

The fourth annual gathering of selected automotive authors will take place at the Detroit Public Library’s Skillman Branch on Saturday, November 21, 2009.

Ford's Strong Hybrid Sales Buck Industry Trend

Ford Motor Company's hybrid vehicle sales have risen 73 percent this year in sharp contrast to a 14-percent decline in hybrid sales across the industr.

Perrigo Confirms Filing for Generic Version of Men's Rogaine(R) Foam

Perrigo Company (NASDAQ: PRGO) today announced that it has filed an Abbreviated New Drug Application for over-the-counter (OTC) Minoxidil topical aerosol foam, 5%, a generic form of Men's Rogaine® Foam.

New Report: Nearly 650,000 'Middle-Skill' Job Openings Projected for Michigan By 2016

Michigan's Economic Recovery Tied to Preparing Workers for Jobs Requiring More than High School Diploma, Less than College Degree; Michigan Must Use Economic Downtime to Invest in Training Time To Meet Future Demand.

BASF and Dow Announce Support for New Patent Asset Index

Patent-based indicator provides better measurement of Innovation Strength -- Dow leads in Competitive Impact(TM) -- BASF leads overall Patent Asset Index(TM).

University of Michigan Wolverine Venture Fund Invests in Direct Flow Medical

Participation in Series C Round of Financing Follows Original Investment from 2005

S3 Entertainment Group's Distinguished Film Industry Training Program Leads to Successful Job Placement

Program success extends classes with Oakland Community College.

AZ Automotive Posed For Growth Affter Realigning Finances

AZ Automotive, a Tier One full-service engineering and production supplier of metal stampings, assemblies, and modules to automotive manufacturers, is poised for growth after significantly reducing its debt and realigning its cost structure.

Space-Age Safety: Ford, Auburn Explore How GPS Satellites Could Help Prevent Auto Accidents

A groundbreaking research project by Ford Motor Company and Auburn University shows that global positioning system (GPS) satellites that can "talk" to cars could help prevent serious accidents in the future.

Oakland County Retains its Prized AAA Bond Rating

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announces that Wall Street has reaffirmed the county’s coveted AAA Bond Rating on $12.88 million in debt for the construction of the new 52-3 District Court building.

Environmentally Friendly Lighting Company Comes to MAREC

Fledgling startup company Logical Lighting Systems, LLC plans to take high efficiency, environmentally friendly lighting options beyond America's living rooms and into its malls, hospitals and office buildings.

Compuware to Acquire Gomez

Category Frontrunners Unite to Deliver the First Unified Solution for Optimizing Application Performance Across the Enterprise-Internet Delivery Chain.

Sound Effects: Ford Using Virtual Reality to Fine-Tune Sound Quality Inside Future Vehicles

It looks a bit like a racing game in a video arcade, but the driver wears headphones.

Michigan Security Network and WSU Launch Joint Venture to Spur Entrepreneurship

In support of its mission to accelerate homeland security technology development, investment and jobs in Michigan, the Michigan Security Network has developed a joint venture with Wayne State University to provide training for aspiring entrepreneurs as well as mature businesses interested in this growing market.

Compuware Hiperstation Helps Control Costs by Protecting Sensitive Data Across Platforms

New Release Extends Application Coverage, Reaches Into Distributed Environments

Vital Infrastructure

When Warren Mayor Jim Fouts called Detroit’s aging infrastructure a “ticking time bomb that’s ready to go off” earlier this year, he was referring to the state of Southeast Michigan’s water and sewer system

IAoDT Detroit Announces New Construction Management Degree

The International Academy of Design & Technology (the Academy) - Detroit recently announced the addition of a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management & Design (CMD).

Mercedes-Benz Financial launches “The Coolest Way to Pay” with New Apple iPhone App

Mercedes-Benz Financial is the first automotive financial services company to launch personalized and convenient account management features with the unveiling of its new iPhone™ App.

Beaumont Hospitals Announces Leadership Appointment

Beaumont Hospitals President and CEO Kenneth Matzick has announced a series of executive appointments to fill positions created under a new organizational structure and others held by retiring executives.

U.S. Labor Department Proposes Exemption to Allow New Health Plan for Chrysler Retirees

The U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) today announced a proposed exemption that, if granted, would allow the New Chrysler Corp. to transfer approximately $4.59 billion promissory note and company securities to a Voluntary Employees Benefit Association (VEBA) Plan established to provide health benefits for the company's retirees.

WSU and KCI Sign Affiliation Agreement to Accelerate Breakthroughs in Cancer Research

Wayne State to establish dedicated Karmanos department in School of Medicin.

DTE Energy Offers Free Seminars to Help Businesses Save Energy

DTE Energy will hold a series of free energy efficiency seminars around the Detroit metro area to help small and medium size businesses learn simple and practical ways to reduce their energy costs.

Silver Still Entrenched as World’s Favorite Vehicle Color, According to PPG Data

Company introduces 70 new shades at annual Automotive Color Trend Show.

Business Leaders for Michigan Urge Lawmakers to Take Three Steps Immediately to Regain Confidence

Business Leaders for Michigan, a private, non-profit leadership organization dedicated to making Michigan a “Top 10” state, today released the following statement in reaction to the Legislature’s failure to produce the 2010 State budget on time.

New Ziplines, Activities and Programs for BOYNE’s 2009-10 Season

Last winter was one for the history books.

Two Proposed Michigan House Bills Puts 2,500 Michigan Jobs at Risk, and Further Tax its Residents

Two proposed Michigan House Bills (HB 5389 & HB 5388) will mean more taxes levied on Michigan consumers and companies.

Tullymore Real Estate Continues Boom With New Home Construction

As the real estate market continues to suffer around the country and across Michigan, new home construction is booming at the $55 -million Resorts of Tullymore & St. Ives where a family of four determined developers is successfully challenging popular practice of cutting back in a bad economy.

Hennessey Capital Announces Corporate Partnership with Macomb-OU INCubator

Hennessey Capital LLC, a Michigan-based specialty finance company providing working capital to small and mid-sized businesses, announces it has become a corporate partner in the Macomb-OU INCubator.

ITC Holdings to Host Analyst Day at New York Stock Exchange

Company Will Ring Closing Bell Following Event.

Dow and K+S Confirm FTC Clearance

The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW) and K+S Aktiengesellschaft announced jointly today that the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has voted to accept a consent decree agreed to by K+S Aktiengesellschaft.

Whirlpool Corporation To Produce One Million Smart Grid-Compatible Clothes Dryers by the End of 2011

Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE:WHR) continues its legacy of innovation leadership with the announcement that it will produce one million Smart Energy clothes dryers by the end of 2011 as part of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Smart Grid Investment Grant program.

Automation Alley Recognizes Technology Leaders at Ninth Annual Awards Gala

T. Adderley, Kelly Services, Receives Legend CEO Honor

Survey: U.S. Drivers Say Texting While Driving Should be Banned; Voice Technology Seen as Safer

he vast majority of U.S. drivers believes handheld texting while driving is very dangerous and should be banned nationwide, according to a new national survey released today.

Spartan Chassis Secures Additional Contract From Fleetwood RV

Spartan Motors Chassis, Inc., a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPAR) , today announced Fleetwood RV, Inc., will begin offering its 2010 Fleetwood RV brand Class A motorhomes on Spartan's custom diesel chassis.

Ford's Global CEO Reveals New Ford Figo Targeting India Market and Export Sales

India's role as an important player in the future of Ford Motor Company's (NYSE:F) international strategy was underscored today when the company's President and CEO, Alan Mulally, unveiled an all-new car targeting the heart of the Indian car market - the new Ford Figo.

Mclaren Health Care Forming Partnership with Protom International

McLaren to Co-Develop New Technology that Allows Smaller Centers to be Built at One-third the Cost of Conventional Centers.

Former Mayor Dennis Archer Advocates for Federal Transportation Policy Reform at Detroit Forum

National Transportation Policy Project Report Stresses the Need for Metropolitan Connectivity and Economic Growth.

Ann Arbor Franchise Industry Leader Urges Congress to Consider Small Business in Health Care Debate

Donald DeSmith, President of Servant Systems, Inc. of Ann Arbor, Michigan, along with several other Michigan franchise industry executives, met with members of the Michigan congressional delegation in Washington, DC about healthcare reform and other issues important to the franchise industry during the International Franchise Association (IFA) 10th Annual Public Affairs Conference held in Washington Sept. 14-15.

Two TARDEC Technologies Touted at 2008 Army’s Greatest Inventions Ceremony

Two military technologies saving Soldiers lives on today’s battlefields were designed by the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) and are among 10 innovations recognized as 2008 Army’s Greatest Inventions.

Chrysler Group LLC is First Automaker to Provide Digital Owners' Manuals

For all 2010 model-year Chrysler, Jeep(R) and Dodge vehicles, automaker will provide a consolidated, customer-friendly user guide and DVD - Digital move to save 930 tons of paper, the equivalent of 20,000 trees annually.

Mercedes-Benz Financial Participates in 'Manheim Monday' with Great Results

Weekly online event sale puts luxury captive on pace to sell an additional 5,000 auction vehicles annually.

Voice, Medical Records iPhone Apps Launched for Physicians

Webahn, Inc. announces the launch of two new iPhone Apps for physicians. Capzule for its online Electronic Medical Records service and Accent, a voice recording application, for its online transcription service

Dataspace and Central Michigan University Introduce Patient Volume Forecaster

Analytic Model Helps Health Care Organizations Predict Demand for Services.

Wayne State Breaks Ground Sept. 18 on A. Paul Schaap Chemistry Building

WSU professor turned bio-tech entrepreneur recommended $10 million grant to erect chemistry headquarters with energy-efficient “green” roof on Cass Ave.

MichiganRegional FutureCity Competition Seeks Funding

It has inspired countless number of middle school students inMichigan to pursue careers in math, science and engineering.

Brain Training Keeps Older Drivers Safe Behind the Wheel

Two Studies Indicate Seniors Drive Longer and Drive Better after Cognitive Exercises.

Ford Researchers Look to Mother Nature for Clues on How to Create Greener, Lighter Plastics

Auto researchers and engineers are examining the use of lighter-weight materials and components in their quest to develop more fuel-efficient vehicles.

Dow Corning Begins Construction at Solar Monosilanes Facility

At an event the company is calling "Solar Day," Dow Corning will announce the start of construction in Thomas Twp., Mich. of a manufacturing plant that will manufacture monosilane gas-a key material used to manufacture thin-film solar cells.

WSU Researchers Receive $1.32 Million to Develop Technology for Clean, Renewable Fuel Alternative

Understanding the process by which solar energy can be used to create an alternative to fossil fuel is the focus of $1.32 million Department of Energy grant recently awarded to three faculty members in the Wayne State University Department of Chemistry.

TRW Green Button Concept Highlights Fuel Efficiency Potential Beyond Powertrain

TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. is demonstrating a number of ways in which it is supporting vehicle manufacturers to reduce fuel consumption and emissions - beyond powertrain solutions. In addition to developing fuel efficient steering, braking and heating ventilation and air conditioning technologies, TRW is demonstrating how its driver assistance systems could be used to support driver behavior and further optimize fuel consumption.

Fuel economy higher, thanks to Cash for Clunkers

Thanks to the federal program, the average fuel economy of all new vehicles purchased in the United States in July and August improved about 3 percent, according to a University of Michigan study.

Low-Cost Discount Card Can Save Small Businesses Money and Keep Employees Smiling

Small-business owners are facing tough decisions to survive the current economic downturn as healthcare costs are rising. Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio and Indiana is offering an alternative to help keep employees healthy. The Delta Dental Patient Direct® discount card provides individuals and families significant discounts on dental, vision and hearing care, and prescription drugs.

TRW Automotive Puts the Thinking Into Safety Systems

TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. (NYSE:TRW) is demonstrating its leadership in cognitive - or intelligent - safety solutions designed for a full range of vehicles, at the Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA), International Motorshow, in Frankfurt, Germany, which will open tomorrow.

Development of New Lightweight Battery for Electric Cars

Ricardo, Inc., the US subsidiary of Ricardo plc, the leading independent provider of technology, product innovation and engineering solutions to the world's automotive, defense, transport and new energy industries, has announced that the award of $2.1 million (GBP1.3m) of funding has been made ...

Ford Adopts Tax Benefit Preservation Plan

Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) today announced that its Board of Directors has adopted a tax benefit preservation plan designed to preserve substantial tax assets.

Statewide CEOs Unite and Layout Plan for Michigan’s Turnaround

Form “Business Leaders for Michigan” to advance the work

Stardock Unveils Impulse Phase IV

New digital distribution platform gives gamers an improved experience with a revamped client, online store, a new tray program, and paves the way to a new feature: Ready to Play.

Atlas Oil Company Opens Albuquerque, NM Rail Fuel Transfer Terminal

Terminal to Address Growing Demand in Southwest for Ethanol/Green Fuels.

Plex Systems, Inc. and EnteGreat, Inc. Form Strategic Alliance

Shared vision to drive new growth opportunities for manufacturing companies.

State Agency Says Michigan Doesn’t Need New Coal Plants

Michigan Public Service Commission Report Could Block Permits for Controversial New Coal Plants.

Mercedes-Benz Financial Becomes First to Launch an Integrated Contract Data Validation System

Advent Resources Inc. completes integration of eValidate at its M-B dealerships; Automatic Data Processing (ADP) next on the rollout schedule.

Film Industry Insiders Share Secrets to Profits in Michigan’s Hollywood

Exhibitors, Chambers join for a free day of networking and learning.

Anna Tunnicliffe Wins Match Race for the Detroit Cup

2008 Beijing Olympic Gold Medalist Anna Tunnicliffe sailed against 11 competitors from five nations to win the Second Annual International Match Race for the Detroit Cup Labor Day weekend.

Local Credit Union Builds Their Business on Real Change

When Livonia-based Co-op Services Credit Union’s management team sat down to determine how their business could make an impact in the southeast Michigan communities that it serves, they didn’t mess around.

Detroit Regional Chamber Does Not Support Tax Increases to Balance the Budget

State Needs Long-Term Structural Reform to Revitalize Michigan

TiE Detroit Seeking Nominations for Inaugural TiE20 Midwest Industry Awards

The Detroit chapter of TiE, also known as Talent, Ideas, Enterprise, is pleased to announce its inaugural TiE Midwest 20 Industry Awards at its TiECon Midwest annual conference to be held at Ritz-Carlton Dearborn, October 23 and 24, 2009.

Operation 3-D

A Livonia-based company’s new holographic imaging device could radically alter the face of surgery.

New Detroit Edison Program Will Enable Customers to Cut the Cost of Installing Solar Energy

Detroit Edison has introduced a new program that will make installing a solar energy system 50 percent more affordable for homes and businesses.

International Detroit Cup Sailboat Racing in the Detroit River

Olympic gold medalist to race in Detroit.

Global Steel Industry Developing Vehicle Concept Around Next Generation Electrics, Hybrids

Lighter, stronger, greener steel bodies to help automakers increase efficiency at lower cost.
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Operation 3-D

A Livonia-based company’s new holographic imaging device could radically alter the face of surgery.

Prescription for Success

A unique drug company’s distinguishing virtues are helping to heal its discriminating patients.

Old Time Rock ’n’ Roll

A Ferndale inventor puts an old spin on new technology, offering Internet radio and commercial-free music free of charge.

Soccer Cities

Soccer’s growing popularity around the world and in the U.S. is creating new opportunities for a team of Southfield architects better known for their design of professional sports arenas.
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The Business of Education

For years now, elected school officials, appointed managers, and everyday employees allowed an air of entitlement and a lack of dedication to greatly outweigh their chosen mission of educating and promoting children in the Detroit public-school system.
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