Annual 2018

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Dearborn’s Ford Partners With China’s Alibaba to Offer Connected Technology for Chinese Cars

Dearborn-based Ford Motor Co.’s Autonomic today signed a memorandum of understanding with China’s Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group. Under the agreement, the automaker will bring the Transportation Mobility Cloud (TMC), a transportation and mobility solution for connected vehicles developed by Autonomic, to China.

Exlterra in Hazel Park Launches Subsoil Nutrient Enrichment System to Enhance Tree and Vineyard Growth

Exlterra, a sustainable environmental technology company in Hazel Park, today launched NEPS — Nutrient Enrichment Passive System, a simple subsoil product that enhances the growth, vitality, and yield of trees and vineyards in a sustainable way.

LIFT in Detroit Helps Develop Shipbuilding Efficiency Process

Detroit’s Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow, or LIFT, Monday announced the creation of a new process that can save shipbuilders production costs, improve build time, and reduce distortion of lightweight materials.

Michigan to Require Out-of-state Digital Retailers to Pay Sales Tax Following Supreme Court Decision

A change to Michigan’s sales tax administration will require many mail-order and online retailers located outside of Michigan to pay the state’s 6 percent sales tax on taxable sales into the state.

Southfield’s Lear Corp. Opens Manufacturing Facility in Flint

Lear Corp. in Southfield, a global supplier of automotive seating and electrical systems, celebrated the grand opening of a new manufacturing seating facility in Flint this past weekend.

Detroit Receives $500K Federal Grant to Expand and Preserve Dr. Ossian Sweet Home Site

The city of Detroit Monday announced it has been awarded a $500,000 federal grant to expand the historic district of the Dr. Ossian Sweet home and preserve two more adjacent houses.

Chevrolet Debuts Tahoe and Suburban Premier Plus Special Edition SUVs

Detroit-based Chevrolet today announced it is expanding the availability of the 6.2L V-8 engine within its full-size SUV lineup by introducing the Tahoe and Suburban Premier Plus special editions.

Birmingham’s Ford-Peabody Mansion to House Japanese-inspired Restaurant

Adachi, a Japanese-inspired restaurant, is slated to open for dinner in the restored Ford -Peabody mansion on Aug. 15 in Birmingham. Michael Schlow, a chef, restaurateur, and owner of Schlow Restaurant Group, is working with real estate developers Kenny Koza and Clint Mansour.

Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn to Host Hockey Tournament

Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn (south of Jackson), NASCAR’s fastest racetrack, will host the inaugural MIS Backyard Hockey Tournament and Winter Festival in the tri-oval for two weekends in January.

Universal Logistics in Warren Acquires Logistics Provider Servicing Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

Universal Logistics Holdings Inc. in Warren, a provider of customized transportation and logistics solutions, today announced it has acquired Southern Counties Express Inc., which services the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif.

Intertek in Grand Rapids Opens Packaging Performance Testing Facility

Intertek today announced it is introducing a packaging performance testing facility in its Grand Rapids laboratory, the company’s first packaging lab in North America to be accredited by the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA). The company’s headquarters are in London.

Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services to Evaluate Health Insurance Costs for Residents

The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) today announced it is soliciting health insurance CEOs and presidents to find innovative ideas to study to help stabilize the market and lower health insurance costs for Michigan residents.
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