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Amazon Leads $700M Investment Round in Plymouth Township’s Rivian

Plymouth Township’s Rivian today announced an equity investment round of $700 million led by Seattle’s Amazon. The investment comes soon after the introduction of the company’s all-electric R1T pickup and R1S SUV at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2018. Other details about the investment were not disclosed.

Detroit Boat Show, Including New Nautical Products, Cruises into Cobo Center Feb. 16-24

It may be frigid outside, but inside Cobo Center, Feb. 16-24, all thoughts will be on the coming summer during the Detroit Boat Show, which is expected to draw more than 60,000 boaters and other interested consumers in from the cold.

Livonia’s Hotel Boom Continues With New Holiday Inn, More in Pipeline

Livonia has seen three hotels constructed in the last three years, with the latest – Holiday Inn Hotel Northwest, located at 17123 Laurel Park Drive N – now open.

Leaders Named for Historic Ford House, Fair Lane Estate

The boards of trustees of the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores and Fair Lane, Home of Clara and Henry Ford in Dearborn, Thursday announced the appointment of Mark Heppner as president and CEO of Ford House, and Bob Bury as president and CEO of Fair Lane.

Troy’s Automation Alley to Present 2019 Technology in Industry Report April 29 at DIA

Automation Alley is poised to present its 2019 Technology in Industry Report titled “From Vision to Implementation” on April 29 at 8 a.m. at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The report is designed to help manufacturers keep pace with rapid technological change.

Upper Peninsula’s Historic Birch Lodge to be Updated

Birch Lodge, a hospitality retreat on the National Register for Historic Places located on the shores of Trout Lake in the Upper Peninsula, is undergoing a comprehensive restoration.

Beaumont Health Announces Retailers for Royal Oak’s Woodward Corners

Beaumont Health today announced retailers for Woodward Corners, a $32.8-million, 117,000-square-foot commercial development located at the southwest corner of 13 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue in Royal Oak.

Taubman in Bloomfield Hills Sells Shares of Three Asian Shopping Centers for $480M

Bloomfield Hills-based Taubman Centers Inc., a large luxury shopping mall developer, has agreed to sell 50 percent of its Taubman Asia’s interests, worth $480 million, in three Asia-based shopping centers to funds managed by The Blackstone Group in New York City.

Detroit Looks to Sell Lee Plaza to Roxbury Group, Ethos Development Partners for Redevelopment

Detroit officials say the city intends to sell the historic Lee Plaza to a venture being formed by Roxbury Group and Ethos Development Partners, both in Detroit, for redevelopment. The building is located along W. Grand Boulevard, near Linwood Avenue, and the project is estimated to cost more than $50 million.

William Davidson Foundation for Entrepreneurship to Provide Educational Experiences at The Henry Ford in Dearborn

The Henry Ford in Dearborn today announced the launch of the William Davidson Foundation Initiative for Entrepreneurship, made possible by a $1.5-million grant, that allows the institution to provide the next generation of entrepreneurs hands-on learning experiences.

Detroit’s Guardhat to Collaborate with IBM Watson on Enhancing Digital Work Wear

Detroit’s Guardhat, an industrial safety technology company specializing in digitally connected wearables, infrastructure, and software platforms, Wednesday announced it will collaborate with IBM Watson Internet of Things (IoT) to provide near real-time situational awareness using smart personal protection equipment.

FCA’s Pentastar Engine Production Hits 10-Million Mark

The 10-millionth Pentastar engine, which powers 16 current and future FCA U.S. vehicle models, came off the assembly line at the automaker’s Trenton Engine Complex Wednesday.
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