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Nordson Corp. in Wixom Launches Automated Cartridge Dispensing System

Wixom’s Nordson Corp., a supplier of precision technologies for ambient temperature material dispensing, today announced the launch of an automated cartridge dispensing system called the JetStream. The robot-mounted product is ideal for the application of aircraft pre-mixed sealant materials in assembly operations such as wing spar, panel, fuselage or aircraft door sealing.

Holland Mich.’s Genesis Innovation Group Invests in New Ear Wax Removal System

Holland Mich.’s Genesis Innovation Group’s cultivate(MD) Capital Fund II, LP, a fund focused on investments in early stage health care companies with innovative technologies, Tuesday announced its investment in SafKan Health Inc. in Washington. SafKan has developed a new cerumen removal system, OtoSet, which addresses the problem of impacted earwax.

Wayne State University in Detroit Reaches $750M Campaign Goal Three Months Early

Wayne State University in Detroit today announced its Pivotal Moments: Our Campaign for Wayne State University has reached its $750 million goal three months early. The targeted close date is still Sept. 30, and those interested still have time to participate.

Waterford Township’s Corporate Eagle Breaks Ground on New Headquarters

Corporate Eagle, a provider of membership-based fractional and managed business aviation programs in Waterford Township, Tuesday broke ground on its new headquarters.

Ann Arbor’s University of Michigan Prepares Solar Car for Oregon Trail Race

Ann Arbor’s University of Michigan Solar Car Team will race Novum, the school’s smallest and most aerodynamic solar vehicle, next week in the 2018 American Solar Challenge in hopes of taking home the school’s seventh consecutive win.

Capture 3D Innovation Conference Coming to Troy in October

Capture 3D, a technology company specializing in 3-D measurement, inspection, and digitization solutions, will hold its Innovation Conference and Expo Oct. 2-4 at the Marriott Hotel in Troy. The biennial event focuses on how optical noncontact 3-D metrology can be used to quickly solve quality issues, eliminate unforeseen costs, optimize the manufacturing process, and improve product quality.

Bike Sharing Service MoGo to Expand to Five Metro Detroit Cities

MoGo, Detroit’s bike sharing service, today announced that after more than a year of operation, the program will expand to Berkley, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Oak Park, and Royal Oak.

Digital Credentials Could Play Part in College Admissions, According to U-M Researchers

The use of digital credentials, or electronic records to demonstrate skills, abilities, and knowledge experienced inside and outside of the classroom, may soon play a part in college admissions, according to researchers at Ann Arbor’s University of Michigan School of Information.

FCA in Auburn Hills Introduces Program to Offer Funding to High-potential Individuals to Open Dealerships

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in Auburn Hills Monday introduced the Dealer Market Investment Program, which seeks to match potential dealers with specific markets where they can succeed, as well as strengthen and enhance FCA’s U.S. dealership network.

Jet Linx Opens Private Terminal at Oakland International Airport in Waterford Township

Jet Linx, a private aviation company headquartered in Nebraska, today announced the opening of its new private terminal at Oakland International Airport in Waterford Township.

Lansing’s Air Lift Co. Unveils Improved Wireless Onboard Air Compressor System for Trucks

Air Lift Co. in Lansing today announced the redesign of its popular WirelessONE single-path, on-board air compressor system, which allows users to level out their vehicles on the go by wirelessly controlling all brands and types of air springs.

The Beach at Detroit’s Campus Martius Park Draws New Wine and Beer Events, Activities, and Local DJs

The Beach at Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit will undergo a refresh due to a $125,000 grant awarded to the Downtown Detroit Partnership by the Southwest Airlines Foundation, an advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

Farmington Hills’ Level One Bank Doubles Mortgage Division

Level One Bank in Farmington Hills Monday announced it will double the size of its mortgage division with the addition of new mortgage loan officers and support staff.

Chicago’s Foodworks to Partner With Detroit Restaurants

Foodworks, a Chicago-based hospitality company that partners with local, chef-driven restaurants and places them in prime locations within office buildings and other venues on a rotating or permanent basis, Monday announced it will collaborate with Detroit’s Bedrock to extend its local food reach.

Downtown Royal Oak Restaurant Closed Due to City Center Development

Andiamo Trattoria along Main Street in downtown Royal Oak has closed, citing a lack of parking and valet services due to the construction of the municipality’s City Center Development. In recent weeks, the project saw the closing of some 500 parking spaces bordering an alley east of Main, and south of 11 Mile Road.

Ann Arbor-based May Mobility Opens Detroit Office

May Mobility, an Ann Arbor-based tech startup that builds self-driving shuttles, is opening a location at 601 Franklin in the 600 Woodbridge Building just east of the Renaissance Center, TSG Properties announced today.

Motorcycle Gear Store Opens in Detroit’s Milwaukee Junction

Clutch and Throttle, a shop in Detroit that offers motorcycle protective gear, apparel, and accessories, is now open. The space also includes a workshop to service and repair motorcycles.

Troy’s ManagedWay Provides 100 Gbps Fiber Optic Internet Access

ManagedWay in Troy, a company offering secure internet access, cloud computing, and colocation services, today announced it has begun providing 100 Gbps fiber optic internet access direct to customer premises.

Researchers at East Lansing’s MSU Find Genetic Weakness in Cholera Bacteria

A team of microbiologists at Michigan State University in East Lansing has pinpointed a genetic weakness in the cholera bacteria’s armor that could lead to future treatments.

Blog: Employers Beware, Misclassification Cases are Costly and Common

Many employers classify workers who are employees as independent contractors, due to the significant tax savings. However, misclassification cases present major risks.

Wayne County Circuit Court Issues Temporary Restraining Order Against Detroit Public Schools Over Planned Facilities Maintenance Contract

On Monday, Judge John H. Gillis Jr. in the Circuit Court for the County of Wayne will hear oral arguments over whether to suspend a temporary restraining order as part of a complaint filed by LGC Global FM, a large general contractor in Detroit, against the Detroit Public Schools Community District.

Finland’s Basware Signs Purchase-to-pay SaaS Deal with Lansing’s Neogen Corp.

Basware, a company in Finland specializing in networked source-to-pay solutions, e-invoicing, and financing services, today announced it has signed a purchase-to-pay SaaS deal with Neogen Corp., an international, Lansing-based food safety company that provides test kits and relevant products to detect dangerous substances in food.

Detroit’s Better Made Snacks Now Available in 14 States

Better Made, a longtime snack company based in Detroit, has announced that its products are now available in 14 states outside of Michigan, including Texas, Missouri, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Nevada, Virginia, Maryland, New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.

Detroit Native and Scholar Writes Book About Women and Muscle Cars

Chris Lezotte, an Ann Arbor-based scholar and car expert, has released Power Under Her Foot: Women Enthusiasts of American Muscle Cars.

Wayne State University in Detroit Offers 50-Percent Tuition Discount to Active Military

Wayne State University has announced active military members currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces may now qualify for a 50 percent tuition discount.

DBusiness Magazine Receives Six National Awards for Editorial Excellence

The Alliance of Area Business Publishers, which represents 70 regional and local business publications primarily in the United States, awarded one gold, three silver, and two bronze citations to DBusiness magazine as part of the Editorial Excellence Awards competition for 2017 coverage.

Bridging North America to Build Detroit-Windsor Gordie Howe International Bridge

The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) today announced it has selected Bridging North America as the preferred proponent to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain the planned Gordie Howe International Bridge that will span Detroit and Windsor. Construction is projected to start later this year and take four to five years to complete.

Delta Upgrading 777 Aircraft, First Renovated Passenger Jet Flies From Detroit to Beijing

Delta has completed the first renovation of its international 777 aircraft, with the updated 777-200ER taking flight Monday non-stop from Detroit to Beijing.

Cotton Family Donates $500,000 to Grosse Pointe Academy to Expand Academic Programming

The Grosse Pointe Academy, a coeducation, independent day school in Grosse Pointe Farms serving students from age two to the eighth grade, has announced an expansion of its elective program through a joint $500,000 gift from the Cotton family of Grosse Pointe.

Michigan State University Receives $500,000 for Business Pavilion from Alumnus

East Lansing’s Michigan State University’s Broad College Business Pavilion, which is in its second year of construction, has received a $500,000 gift from executive MBA (EMBA) alumnus Frank Yang. The gift will support one of four flexible classrooms in the facility, which is slated to open fall 2019.

Integr8, Automation Alley’s Global Industry 4.0 Conference, Returns November 14

Automation Alley has announced the return of Integr8, a cross-discipline global conference focused on new technologies. The day-long conference will be held on November 14 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.

Blog: Smiling Makes You More Articulate

Have you ever noticed that when a photographer says, “Smile!” people in the photograph often look a little fake?

Auto Supplier Cooper Standard in Novi Acquires Lauren Manufacturing and Plastics

In a bid to expand its industrial and specialty group, Cooper Standard, a large auto supplier in Novi, today announced an agreement to acquire Lauren Manufacturing and Lauren Plastics, subject to regulatory approvals and related parties' consent.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Signs Legislation to Coordinate State’s Infrastructure and Utilities

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation on Monday to implement a coordinated effort to better manage the state’s drinking water, wastewater, storm water, transportation, and private utilities.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Finds 2.42 Soo Locks Benefit Cost Ratio

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Monday announced Sault Ste. Marie’s Soo Locks’ new Benefit Cost Ratio is 2.42, according to its recently completed New Soo Lock Economic Validation Study.

Charlotte’s Eaton Federal Savings Bank Acquires Stockbridge Bancorporation Inc.

Eaton Federal Savings Bank in Charlotte, Mich. Monday announced it has completed the acquisition of Stockbridge Bancorporation Inc., the holding company for SSBBank in Stockbridge, Mich. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Buick Updates 2019 LaCrosse ST, New Features on Avenir

The 2019 Buick LaCrosse will add a new style statement when the Sport Touring (ST) model joins the lineup this summer, the automaker, a division of General Motors Co. in Detroit, announced on Monday.

Novi-Based Stoneridge Inc.’s MirrorEye Camera Monitor System Featured on the Starship Initiative Truck

Novi-based Stoneridge Inc. has partnered with Shell Lubricants and AirFlow Truck Co. to fit MirrorEye camera monitoring system on a hyper-fuel-efficient truck called the Starship Initiative.

New 374-unit Residential Development Planned for Detroit’s Lafayette Park

Ginosko Development Co. in Novi today announced Lafayette West, a $108-million residential development project slated to bring 374 new residential units to the Lafayette Park neighborhood east of downtown Detroit. The units include for-rent and for-sale lofts, townhouses, flats, and high-rise units. At least 20 percent will be set aside as affordable.

Automotive Supplier Autoliv Completes Spin-off of Veoneer Electronics Group

Autoliv Inc., a global leader in automotive safety systems which operates Autoliv Electronics America in Southfield and Autoliv America in Auburn Hills., today announced the completion of the spin-off of its electronics segment, Veoneer Inc.

Varroc Lighting Systems in Plymouth Township Expands to Turkey, Adds Facility in Vietnam

Varroc Lighting Systems, a global supplier of exterior vehicle lighting systems based in Plymouth Township, today announced the acquisition of Sa-ba Automotive, a privately-owned company in Istanbul, Turkey. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Detroit-based IPSE Launches Declaration of Independents, Works with Troy-based Kelly Services

IPSE-U.S., a not-for-profit association in Detroit dedicated to supporting independent workers, today announced the creation of the Declaration of Independents, a statement promoting the freedom and protection of America’s 68 million independent workers, freelancers, consultants, and the self-employed.

Shinola in Detroit Introduces Limited-edition Statue of Liberty Watch, Launches Pro-immigration Campaign

Detroit’s Shinola today announced the launch of the Statue of Liberty timepiece collection, made in partnership with The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation Inc.

Great Lakes Water Authority Approves 1-Percent Budget Increase

The Great Lakes Water Authority has approved a 1-percent increase in drinking water and sewer budget for the 2019 fiscal year. The increase is consistent with the authority’s commitment of a 4-percent maximum price hike on an annual basis.

Detroit’s North Coast Partners Launches Detroit Opportunity Fund

North Coast Partners, a Detroit real estate investment company, Thursday announced the launch of the Detroit Opportunity Fund, which will invest in newly designated opportunity zones in the Detroit Area. The fund is beginning with a $500-million pipeline of new deals in the city.

Clean Transportation Nonprofit Calstart to Open Office in Troy

Calstart, a national nonprofit organization based in California that focuses on growing the clean transportation technology industry, Thursday announced it is opening an office in Troy.

U-M’s Zell Lurie Commercialization Fund in Ann Arbor Invests in Brain-computer Interface Technology Startup

The University of Michigan’s Zell Lurie Commercialization Fund (ZLCF) in Ann Arbor Wednesday announced it has participated in the Series A round of breakthrough brain-computer interface technology startup and U-M spinout, Neurable.

Chevrolet Introduces 2019 Silverado

Chevrolet today introduced a larger, more capable, and less expensive 2019 Silverado LT. It also provides for better fuel efficiency.

Supply Chain Management Program at Detroit’s Wayne State University Ranked Among Nation’s Top 25

Detroit’s Wayne State University’s undergraduate degree program in global supply chain management is among the nation’s top 25, according to Gartner, an industry research company in Connecticut that releases rankings every other year.

Detroit Native Develops, Introduces Fitness Product

Derek Mikulski, a fitness professional, entrepreneur, and Detroit native, Wednesday unveiled a new fitness tool to develop better balance, core strength, and coordination.

2019 Chevrolet Volt Charges Quicker, Improves Convenience

A new 7.2 kW charging system on the 2019 Chevrolet Volt cuts recharging times nearly in half by adding twice the all-electric driving range per hour of charge.

General Dynamics Awarded Nearly $300M From U.S. Army to Produce and Upgrade Projects

The U.S. Army has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems in Sterling Heights a $258 million contract modification to upgrade 116 Stryker flat-bottom vehicles to the Stryker A1 configuration.

Dearborn’s Ford and China’s Baidu Partner to Develop Automotive AI Products

Dearborn-based Ford Motor Co. and Baidu Inc. in Beijing Wednesday announced they have agreed to explore strategic collaborations to enrich consumer experiences and build a sustainable mobility ecosystem in China.

Auburn Hills-based Dodge Updates Charger Performance Lineup for 2019

Dodge SRT announced today that it is revamping its entire Charger lineup for 2019. The Auburn Hills automaker is repositioning the Charger lineup to include six models that offer a range of performance and powertrain options.

Ram Updates 2019 Ram ProMaster Vans, Increases Capability

For the 2019 model year, Ram has increased both payload capability and towing capability for its ProMaster.

Detroit’s Folkteller Publishing and Intensify Digital Partner to Launch Multimedia Fantasy Series

Folkteller Publishing in Detroit Tuesday announced it has partnered with Intensify Digital in Detroit to launch a new media fantasy series, Excerpts from an Unknown Guide Book.

Eaton in Southfield Introduces eMobility, an Electrified Vehicles Technology Company

Southfield’s Eaton, a power management company, today announced it has created its new eMobility business in response to an increasing demand for high-voltage electrified vehicle technologies. The company will focus on intelligent power electronics, power systems, and advanced power distribution and circuit protection.

New Housing Permits in May Keep 2018 On-track to Second-best Year since 2006

May helped push the year-to-date total of new housing permits to 2,028, maintaining the second-best start to a year since 2006, according to residential permit data compiled by the Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan.

Livonia’s Market Strategies International and Farmington Hills’ Morpace Combine in Acquisition by California’s STG

Market research firms Market Strategies International in Livonia and Morpace in Farmington Hills Tuesday announced they are combining into one firm as part of an acquisition by STG, a private equity firm in California. The transaction is expected to add new investment to the combined firm and accelerate growth.

Dearborn’s Ghafari to Design Mazda Toyota Manufacturing U.S.A. Plant in Alabama

Ghafari, a global full-service engineering, architecture, process design, consulting, and construction firm based in Dearborn, today announced it has been awarded a contract to provide comprehensive architecture and engineering services for a new automotive plant for Mazda Toyota Manufacturing U.S.A. Inc. in Huntsville, Alabama. The joint venture presents a $1.6 billion investment by the two automakers.

Jackson’s CMS Energy to Add Two Wind Energy Parks

CMS Energy in Jackson plans to add two new wind energy parks to its portfolio that will produce up to 250 megawatts of clean, renewable energy.

Startup Studio Assembler Labs Launches in Detroit

Assembler Labs, a Detroit startup studio that will create venture-scale, high-growth companies in Michigan, launched today. The announcement was made by startup veterans and founders Ian Sefferman and Patrick Haig.

Michigan Strategic Fund Approves Projects Expected to Bring $248M to State

Stryker Corp., headquartered in Kalamazoo, today announced the expansion of its medical-device products with a $109-million investment at its 79-acre industrial site in Portage, which is located in Kalamazoo County.

Ann Arbor’s May Mobility and Detroit’s Bedrock Partner to Deploy Autonomous Vehicles in Detroit

May Mobility, an Ann Arbor startup building self-driving vehicles, has partnered with Bedrock, a real estate firm in Detroit, to deploy autonomous shuttles into downtown Detroit that will transport passengers starting Wednesday, June 27. This is the first deployment of independent autonomous vehicles on public streets on any urban core in the country.

Northville’s Gentherm Outlines Growth Plan

Gentherm, a Northville-based developer of innovative thermal management technologies, Monday announced a strategy expected to deliver an above-market organic growth rate, margin expansion, and improved return-on-investment capital through 2021.

Spotify USA Inc. to Open a Regional Sales Office in Birmingham

Sweden-based Spotify, a digital music-streaming company, Monday announced it will open a regional sales office at 123 N. Old Woodward in downtown Birmingham. The office is slated to open by July 1.

Troy Traffic Jam to Return, Launch Connect With Careers

Troy Historic Village has announced the 11th annual Troy Traffic Jam car show will take place 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5 at Columbia Center on Big Beaver Road and feature nearly 300 vehicles on display. The village also announced the launch of Connect with Careers, a new youth mentoring program.

Behavioral and Physical Health Center to Open in Northwest Detroit

Partners in Wellness – The Wellness Center at McKenny, a joint venture involving behavioral and physical health services that includes a community-based medical residency training program, is slated to open Friday, July 13 in northwest Detroit.

U.K.’s Cosworth Unveils North American Headquarters, Manufacturing Center in Shelby Twp.

Cosworth, a United Kingdom-based company that designs and manufactures high-performance engines and end-to-end automotive technologies, today unveiled its new, state-of-the-art manufacturing center and North American headquarters in Shelby Township.

Charlotte’s Spartan Motors Unveils Refrigerated Ford Transit Cargo Van

Spartan Fleet Vehicles and Services, a business unit of Charlotte, Mich.’s Spartan Motors Inc., has introduced a refrigerated Ford Transit Cargo Van.

Traverse City’s Park Place Hotel Reveals New Convention Center, Renovations

Park Place Hotel in downtown Traverse City has completed renovations that include a convention center along with renovations to the Tower guest rooms and a new indoor pool facility, complete with a whirlpool, splash pad, and fitness room.

Report: Shopping Malls Aren’t On Their Way Out, Consumers Want to See More Savings, Convenience

Valassis, a Livonia-based company that activates consumers through intelligent media delivery, has just released a research report highlighting consumers’ thoughts on brick-and-mortar shopping malls.

Ann Arbor’s Kraig Biocraft Laboratories Introduces Dragon Silk for Commercial and Military Markets

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories Inc. in Ann Arbor, a developer of genetically engineered spider silk-based fibers, has unveiled its Dragon Silk fabric, marking the first time the company’s recombinant spider silk fibers were used to create a 100 percent pure woven silk fabric.

Cleary University Launches Project Management Program in Partnership With Automation Alley

Cleary University, a business university with its main campus in Howell, has announced the launch of the Project Management Professionals program, a 35-hour, instructor-led online course.

Report: Lower Demand Projected for Auto Industry as Autonomous/Hybrid Investments Increase

The automotive industry faces the possibility of a sizable capital drain in the near term due to unprecedented investments into electric and autonomous vehicles before the technologies are fully cost-competitive, according to a new study by AlixPartners, a global consulting firm with offices in Southfield.

Michigan’s 2019 Budget Provides $1B for Transportation Infrastructure, Safety Initiatives

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Thursday signed the state’s fiscal year 2019 budget into law. Senate Bill 848 was sponsored by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand and provides $39.9 billion in state funding. The bill is now Public Act 207 of 2018. Snyder did not veto any portion of the budget.

Report: Local Governments See Single-family and Multifamily Housing Shortage

The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor Wednesday reported many local governments say there is a shortage of housing in their counties and cities, according to a new survey. About 40 percent of municipal respondents say they have too little single-family housing, and nearly half say their county has too little multifamily housing.

Matt and Karen Cullen Donate $4M to Detroit Riverfront Conservancy at Shimmer on the River

On Thursday, the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy presented its annual Shimmer Award to Matt Cullen, chairman of the conservancy, and his wife, Karen Cullen, at the eighth annual Shimmer on the River.

Midland’s Dow, Ann Arbor’s U-M, University Center’s Delta College to Create Education Hub in Midland

The Dow Chemical Co. in Midland, Ann Arbor’s University of Michigan, and Delta College in University Center Thursday announced a collaboration to develop an interdisciplinary innovation and education hub.

Professor at East Lansing-based MSU Awarded Grant to Harvest Medical Isotopes

A chemist at East Lansing’s Michigan State University will use a $357,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science’s Office of Nuclear Physics to look into new methods of gathering rare isotopes. Greg Severin, assistant professor of chemistry, will explore the isotopes, which will allow scientists to evaluate new diagnostic and therapeutic techniques.

GM Breaks Ground on $65M ACDelco and Genuine GM Parts Processing Facility

General Motors Customer Care and Aftersales (CCA) broke ground today on an all-new $65 million ACDelco and Genuine GM Parts processing center on a vacant 141-acre lot near the intersection of Genesee and Davison roads in the city of Burton. It is the company’s largest single investment in a warehousing and logistics facility in the United States in nearly 40 years.

StockX in Detroit Adds Supreme Skate Decks and Fear of God Streetwear to its Marketplace

Detroit’s StockX, a stock market for high-demand, limited-edition consumer goods, Tuesday announced it has added Supreme skate decks and Fear of God streetwear to its marketplace.

AF Group in Lansing Expands into Commercial Auto Insurance

Lansing’s AF Group, a provider of insurance solutions, today announced its expansion into commercial auto insurance with the launch of Fundamental Underwriters, a new product aimed at providing insurance coverage for accounts with specialty risks.

Marquette Castings in Royal Oak Starts Manufacturing in Michigan

Royal Oak’s Marquette Castings has launched a new line of cast iron and carbon steel skillets that are designed and produced in Michigan. Products were previously designed in Royal Oak and manufactured in China.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants to Open First Michigan Location in The Mall at Partridge Creek

Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants, an establishment that combines a restaurant, winery, Napa-style tasting room, and artisanal retail market, is debuting its newest location in Clinton Township on June 25. The restaurant will be in The Mall at Partridge Creek.

Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. in Pennsylvania to Acquire Ludington, Mich.’s ProAct Services Corp.

Evoqua Water Technologies Corp., a provider of water treatment solutions in Pennsylvania, Wednesday announced one of its wholly-owned subsidiaries has signed a definitive agreement to acquire ProAct Services Corp., a Ludington, Mich.-based provider of on-site treatment services of contaminated water in all 50 states from the private equity firm Hammond, Kennedy, Whitney, and Co. Inc. and members of management for $132 million.

Detroit-based Huron Capital’s Drake Automotive Group Acquires California’s DV8 Offroad

Detroit’s Huron Capital, a lower-to-middle-market private equity firm, Tuesday announced its aftermarket car accessories and restoration parts platform, Drake Automotive Group, has acquired Riverside, California-based DV8 Offroad, a designer and distributor of off-road accessories and wheels.

McLaren Automotive to Add Region’s First Retailer in Troy’s Suburban Collection

McLaren Automotive, a British luxury sports cars and supercars company, has announced a new retailer in Troy. McLaren Troy is the first and only retailer in the region to provide McLaren sales and service operations and the latest addition to The Suburban Collection of dealerships at the Troy Motor Mall.

Southfield’s P&M Corporate Finance Combines with Denver’s EKS&H Capital Advisors

P&M Corporate Finance in Southfield today announced it has combined with Denver, Colorado’s EKS&H Capital Advisors. Both companies are middle-market investment banking firms. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Grand Rapids-based Assembler Burke Porter Group Invests in California-based Grabit Inc.

Grand Rapids-based Burke Porter Group (BPG), a global supplier of intelligent testing, instrumentation, and assembly systems and solutions, announced Tuesday a capital investment in California-based Grabit Inc., an intelligent automation systems provider to the soft goods manufacturing and warehouse logistics industries. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Free IT Training Coming to Detroit Through the City’s Tech Companies

ExperienceIT, a nonprofit partnership of leading downtown Detroit technology companies, has announced that its fall 2018 cohort will kick off on Sept. 13. The 10-week program provides free IT training for active job openings in software development and quality assurance.

Researchers at Detroit’s Wayne State Study Brain Chemistry to Detect Signs of Alzheimer’s

Researchers at Detroit-based Wayne State University are working to give clinicians tools for identifying early signs of Alzheimer’s by studying subtle deviations in the way the brain modulates its chemistry during the formation of new memories.

Ford to Develop Mobility and Innovation Campus in Detroit’s Corktown, Anchored by Michigan Central Depot

Citing the fourth transformative development in the company’s 115-year-old existence, Bill Ford, executive chairman of Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn, today announced that the automaker’s renovation of the historic Michigan Central Depot and surrounding property in Detroit’s Corktown district would make it the global leader in mobility and innovation.

Amazon to Open Fourth Michigan Fulfillment Center South of Grand Rapids in Gaines Twp.

Seattle’s Amazon today announced plans to open a new fulfillment center south of Grand Rapids in Gaines Township, creating more than 1,000 full-time jobs.

Farmington Hills’ Macprofessionals Inc. Acquired by Konica Minolta in New Jersey

Macprofessionals Inc. in Farmington Hills has been acquired by New Jersey technology company Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. Inc. The Macprofessionals team will become a strategic entity of All Covered, the IT services division of Konica Minolta. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Canadian Auto Dealership Advisers Open U.S. Office in Grosse Pointe, Looks to Move to Detroit

Dealer Solutions North America, a Canadian company that specializes in advising on and providing strategies for buying and selling automotive dealerships, Monday announced its expansion into the U.S. with the opening of an office in Grosse Pointe. As the company grows, the team is looking to move to Detroit.

Troy-based Automation Alley’s Trade Mission Program Reaches $1B in Total Export Sales Made by Michigan Companies

Automation Alley, a technology and manufacturing business association in Troy, Monday announced the total amount of export sales made by Michigan companies as a result of participation in its trade mission program and other trade-related activities has reached $1 billion.

PVS Chemicals in Detroit Makes Two Leadership Changes

As part of a planned succession transition, the board of directors of PVS Chemicals in Detroit voted to make two leadership changes. Effective July 1, Jim M. Nicholson will move from president and CEO to co-chairman of the board. He will serve alongside James B. Nicholson, who will continue his role as co-chair. David A. Nicholson will take on the role of president and CEO after serving as group CEO for PVS manufacturing assets.

Metro Detroit Homes Prices Climb 8.2% in May, Sales and Listings Decline

The median sales price for homes sold in metro Detroit rose 8.2 percent to $215,975 in May, as compared to $203,213 in April and $199,588 in May 2017, according to a report released today by Re/Max of Southeastern Michigan in Troy.

FCA in Auburn Hills Unveils 2019 Dodge Durango Pursuit

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in Auburn Hills Friday debuted its 2019 Dodge Durango Pursuit for public safety officials. The vehicle has improved brake performance and durability, as well as performance-tuned, load-leveling suspension.
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