Annual 2017

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American Center for Mobility in Ypsilanti Township Opens for Testing

The American Center for Mobility (ACM) today announced it has opened its state-of-the-art proving grounds for testing, with Visteon Corp. in Van Buren Township and Toyota Research Institute in Ann arbor on site to begin testing operations, and others scheduling for next week.

Auburn Hills-based Continental Automates Electric Vehicle Charging, Creates Mobile Power Bank

Auburn Hills-based automotive supplier Continental will demonstrate two new battery charging systems to maximize the advantages of electric vehicles, including an automatic wireless charging system that transfers power inductively, next month (Jan. 9-12) at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

G2 Consulting Group in Troy Earns Second Amazon Contract in Metro Detroit

As Amazon weighs where to build its second North American headquarters (H2Q), Troy-based G2 Consulting will provide construction engineering services for an 850,000-square-foot Amazon distribution center currently underway in Shelby Township.

Holtzman Wildlife Foundation Gifts $500,000 for Red Panda Habitat at Detroit Zoo

The Holtzmann Wildlife Foundation in Farmington Hills today announced a $500,000 grant to assist the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak with a 4,000-square foot expansion of the red panda exhibit. The red pandas renovated habitat will feature a more stimulating naturalistic environment combined with educational experiences for the zoo’s 1.5 million annual guests.

Plum Market Comes to Oakland University in Fall 2018

Oakland University (OU) in Auburn Hill will open a Plum Market on campus in the renovated Oakland Center in Fall 2018. The partnership will focus on quality food, service, and engagement with students and faculty.

Report: Robotics, Motion Vision, Motion Control Segments Hit Records in 2017

The Ann Arbor-based Association for Advancing Automation (A3) today announced that the robotics, machine vison, motion control, and motor technology industries set records through the first nine months of 2017. 

Ricardo Defense Systems and LIFT in Detroit Partner to Retrofit Safety Upgrade for Michigan HMMWVs

Ricardo Defense Systems in Van Buren Township and Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow (LIFT), a Manufacturing USA institute in Detroit, today announced the successful completion of their pilot project to retrofit 10 Michigan National Guard vehicles with RDS’ optimized antilock braking system (ABS) and electronic stability control (ESC) to reduce fatal rollovers in High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV).

Penske Automotive Expands Presence in the United Kingdom

Bloomfield Township-based Penske Automotive Group, an international transportation service provider and leading retailer of vehicles, today announced a signed agreement to acquire The Car People, a fixed-price used vehicle retailer in the United Kingdom.

Cadillac Introduces Morello Red Package for CTS V-Sport

Cadillac today announced the Morello Red Edition for the CTS V-Sport performance sedan, a detailed interior package that enhances the vehicle’s exterior and performance.

Little Caesars Pizza Continues Central, South American Expansion with Peru, Nicaragua Restaurants

After opening its first South American location in Chile in June 2016, Detroit-based Little Caesars Pizza today announced new restaurants in Nicaragua and Peru that will open in the coming days. A second Nicaraguan establishment is slated to open in Jan. 2018.

Burns and Wilcox in Farmington Hills Partners with Identity Theft Resource Center on Cyber Security

Farmington Hills-based wholesale insurance broker and underwriting manager Burns and Wilcox today announced a partnership with the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC). The partnership will provide retail brokers, agents, and partners of Burns and Wilcox with resources to help navigate a variety of cyber threats and breaches.

Federal Reserve Bank, JPMorgan Chase Economists to Headline Automation Alley’s Global Business Outlook

Automation Alley, a statewide technology and manufacturing business association, will host its annual Global Business Outlook event on Thursday, Jan. 11 at its Troy headquarters. The event will be keynoted by Paul Traub, senior business economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Detroit Branch, and John Caldwell, executive director of JPMorgan Chase.
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