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Kalamazoo’s Thermo Fisher Scientific Develops Blood Test to Better Detect Peanut Allergies

Thermo Fisher Scientific, which has a site in Kalamazoo, has developed a test to better predict which patients may be at risk for life-threatening peanut allergies.

Oakland County’s ComForCare Rolls Out Private-duty Nursing

Home health care provider ComForCare Health Care Holdings, which has franchise offices in Rochester Hills and Pontiac, is rolling out private-duty nursing across its franchise system.

2018 Area Home Sales Down, Median Sales Price Up

Home sales in Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties dropped 4.7 percent in 2018 compared to 2017, according to the 2018 annual review by the RE/MAX Housing Report of Southeastern Michigan.

Detroit Residential Property Values Rise 12 Percent in 2018

Residential property values last year rose across more than 90 percent of Detroit’s nearly 200 neighborhoods, says Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. It is the second year in a row that values have increased — with a 12-percent average rise in value citywide last year.

Flagstar Bancorp of Troy Reports 2018 Income of $187M, Fourth Quarter Gains of $54M

Troy-based Flagstar Bancorp Inc. reported net income of $187 million during 2018, compared to $63 million in 2017. Its adjusted net income was $176 million last year, up from $143 million in 2017. On an adjusted basis, the company realized a 23-percent increase in net income for the full year 2018.

All-New 2020 GMC Sierra Heavy Duty Coming this Summer

Two versions of the all-new 2020 GMC Sierra Heavy Duty, which the manufacturer bills as “bigger, stronger, and smarter,” will be arriving in dealerships late this summer. Pricing and complete specifications will be detailed at a later date.

Southfield’s Brooks Kushman Law Firm Names New Executive Committee

Brooks Kushman, a nationally ranked intellectual property law firm based in Southfield, has appointed a new executive committee.

The Detroit Pistons Launch “Partner Connect” B2B Networking Program for Sponsors

In a bid to add value to its corporate partners, the Detroit Pistons have launched the “Partner Connect” business-to-business networking program. The first meeting was Tuesday morning at The Foundation Hotel in downtown Detroit.

Exclusive: The Epicurean Group in Detroit and Big Red Orchards Combine Operations, Forming a True Farm-to-table Enterprise

In what may be the first authentic farm-to-table enterprise in the region, The Epicurean Group in Detroit that includes the Novi Chophouse in Novi and the Nomad Grill in Southfield, today announced a major expansion into Macomb County with the addition of Big Red Orchard and Farm, Beef and Jeff’s Meatery and Smokehouse, and Big Red Hard Cider.

Number of 2018 Single-family Home Permits Second-highest Since 2006

The 12-month total for 2018 single-family home permits finished at 5,192, making the year the second-best since 2006, when 6,962 permits were issued, according to the Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan in Farmington Hills.

Study: Risk Taking Has Rewards for Women at Work, Yet Many Hesitate

Seven in 10 women (69 percent) are open to taking small risks in the workplace to further their career, but only 43 percent are willing to take bigger risks associated with career advancement, according to a study released today of more than 2,000 professional women by KPMG, an international accounting and auditing firm with a large practice in downtown Detroit.

Michigan Economic Development Corp. Approves Projects Expected to Generate $26M, Expand California’s Waymo in Michigan

Waymo, a California-based self-driving technology company, will locate its vehicle integration operations in southeast Michigan, where it will integrate its self-driving systems into the vehicle platforms of its OEM partners, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. announced today.

Holland’s Volta Power Systems, Space Craft Manufacturing in Missouri to Bring Greener Luxury RV to Market

Volta Power Systems in Holland has announced a partnership with Space Craft Manufacturing in Missouri to bring the 2019 Space Craft, the first fifth-wheel RV featuring an automotive-grade lithium ion system, to market.

Controls-Con to Bring Hundreds of Building Professionals to the Motor City in May

Controls-Con, a bi-annual conference presented by Madison Heights’ Cochrane Supply and Engineering, will provide insight on the latest technologies and possibilities of building controls, building automation, and the Internet of Things (IoT) at the MotorCity Casino Hotel from May 2-3.

Dean of Rochester Hills’ Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine to Step Down

Robert Folberg, the Stephan Sharf founding dean of the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in Rochester Hills, has announced he will step down from his position at a yet-to-be-determined date.

Detroit’s Kraemer Design Group Acquires Intramode, Expands Service Offerings, Promotes Three

Kraemer Design Group, a Detroit-based architecture, interior design, and creative firm, today announced it has acquired Intramode, a firm that provides high-quality products and professional services. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Connected Windshield Wipers Give U-M Researchers More Accurate Rain, Flood Data

University of Michigan researchers in Ann Arbor today announced they are using windshield wipers to provide faster, more accurate rainfall data than radar and rain gauge systems currently in place.

Detroit-based WSU Researcher Develops Computer-monitored Video Surveillance System

Nabil J. Sarhan, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Detroit’s Wayne State University, today announced he had a patent approved for an automated video surveillance system. The system is monitored entirely by computers.

Researcher at East Lansing’s MSU Studies How to Prevent Sickness in Space

George Mias, a biochemistry and molecular biology researcher at Michigan State University in East Lansing, has received a two-year award from the Translational Research Institute for Space Health in partnership with NASA to find a way to detect illness before it happens.

5Qs: Amy Nederlander, Founder and President of L!FE Leaders Inc.

An exclusive viewing of the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton,” as well as a conversation with the producer and cast, will be available for guests of L!FE Leaders Inc.’s first Gala Event on March 28 at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit. L!FE is a Detroit-based leadership and career development program for metro-Detroit middle- and high-school students, says Amy Nederlander, founder and president of L!FE. The nonprofit organization offers two youth programs run in part by students — Excellence Corps, and Entrepreneur-ISM Intensive and Collective. The previously summer-only programs are now year-round, and student participants help keep the programs running.

Blog: Employee Engagement Has Evolved. Have You?

Such phrases as “You get to keep your job, that’s your reward,” or “We’re in business to make money, not to make employees happy,” were once common for employers to say to employees, but are appalling these days. And rightfully so; but the philosophies behind them were all too common when I first started my career.

Metro Detroit’s Office, Industrial Markets Grow in Fourth Quarter, Auto Slowdown May Open Leasing Opportunities

Newmark Knight Frank, a full-service real estate firm with offices in Farmington Hills, has released its fourth quarter 2018 office and industrial trends data reports for metro Detroit. According to the report, the region’s office market vacancy rate fell 20 basis points to 15.3 percent during the fourth quarter of 2018, as just over 353,000 square feet was absorbed.

Eaton Helps Reduce Weight, Extend Range of Electric Vehicles with New Power-Dense Inverter Technology

Eaton’s eMobility business, based in Galesburg near Kalamazoo, today announced it has developed compact power-dense automotive inverters capable of increasing the range of electric vehicles.

The Historic Sherbrooke in Detroit’s Midtown Being Converted into 14 Condominiums

Detroit’s Midtown district will see the conversion of a historic residential building, The Sherbrooke at the southwest corner of Second Avenue and Hancock Street, into 14 condominiums, according to Friedman Urban. Quinn Evans is the architectural firm overseeing the renovation.

Detroit Institute of Arts Pop Art Exhibit Reflects Turbulent ‘60s, ‘70s

“From Camelot to Kent State: Pop Art, 1960–1975,” a new Detroit Institute of Arts exhibition running from Feb. 17–Aug. 25, 2019, will examine the turbulent 1960s and 1970s, and provide insight into the times for those born later.

Beaumont Health New Leadership Restructuring Takes Effect Feb. 1

Beaumont Health is restructuring its leadership team, Feb. 1, as it strives to improve quality, support ongoing growth, and enhance access for patients where and when they need care.

Wayne County Airport Authority Names Chief Executive Officer

The Wayne County Airport Authority Board of Directors has confirmed Chad Newton as CEO of the Wayne County Airport Authority, which operates Detroit Metro and Willow Run airports, with an initial three-year contract.

Continental Technology Powers Jeep Wrangler’s New eTorque Mild-Hybrid System

Two Auburn Hills-based companies are pushing the technological envelope by offering Continental’s industry-first, liquid-cooled, 48-volt Eco Drive that contributes to the performance and fuel efficiency of the all-new Jeep Wrangler’s eTorque mild-hybrid technology.

New KPMG Study Shows How Autonomous Vehicle Market Will Affect Locally Tailored Delivery Services

KPMG, an international accounting and auditing firm with a large practice in downtown Detroit, released a study this week during the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit that details expectations for the global autonomous transformation in the retail, automobile, and transportation industries.

ASX in Detroit Teams with VerdeGo Aero to Provide Electric Power Options for MOBi-One VTOL Aircraft

ASX in Detroit, which is developing a hybrid electric VTOL Air-Taxi that will free commuters and business travelers from congestion on the road and in the air, today announced it is teaming with VerdeGo Aero in Daytona Beach to apply VerdeGo’s IDEP (Integrated Distributed Electric Propulsion) systems to future versions of ASX MOBi-One aircraft.

Carhartt in Dearborn Launches Line of Clothing Geared to the Uniformed Associate Market

Carhartt in Dearborn, which has been providing workwear since 1889, today announced the launch of its Carhartt Company Gear that offers businesses a new line of rugged and durable products. In addition, various trades and business sectors will have access to the retailer’s new “Rugged Professional Series” that offers uniformed associates a sharp and professional appearance.

Novi’s Stoneridge Forms Strategic Partnership for MirrorEye Installation, Support

Stoneridge Inc., a Novi-based supplier of electrical and electronic components for the commercial vehicle and automotive industry, says it has formed a strategic partnership with Velociti Inc. of Missouri to install the Stoneridge MirrorEye camera monitor system on commercial fleet vehicles.

Allegiant to Base Aircraft at Gerald Ford Airport in Grand Rapids, Create 66 New Jobs

Allegiant Travel Co. announced on Tuesday that it plans to establish a two-aircraft base of operations at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids in June, a move the airline expects to create at least 66 new jobs.

Ford Expands Collaboration to Digitally Manufacture Parts; Renews Commitment to Global Business Redesign

Ford Motor Co. continued its push to the future at the North American International Auto Show. Today, the Dearborn-based automaker revealed the first digitally manufactured polymer parts resulting from its partnership with Carbon, a Silicon Valley-based digital manufacturing company.

United Shore in Pontiac Announces Record Year in 2018, Plans to Fill More Than 800 Jobs

Following a record-breaking year of mortgage loan production in 2018, United Shore in Pontiac today announced plans to hire more than 800 people this year. The company is the No. 1 wholesale lender and a Top-3 overall mortgage lender in America.

Huron Capital’s XLerate Group Adds Two Auction Sites to Portfolio

XLerate Group, the nationwide auction and remarketing facilitation platform of Huron Capital, a lower-middle-market private equity firm in downtown Detroit, on Monday acquired two entities, Southeastern Auto Auction and Morton Auto Auction. Terms of the transactions were not disclosed.

Hazel Park’s Motor City Industrial Acquires Smith Fastener of West Virginia

Motor City Industrial of Hazel Park has acquired West Virginia-based Smith Fastener, increasing the company’s product and service offerings, and broadening its customer base. Terms were not disclosed.

Grosse Pointe’s Foster Financial Acquires Lahser Center Office Complex in Southfield

Foster Financial Company Inc., a real estate investment company in Grosse Pointe, today announced it has acquired Lahser Center, a 175,000-square-foot office complex in Southfield located at 26200/26400 Lahser Rd. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Wayne State, Microsoft Team to Strengthen Employability in Detroit

Wayne State University and Microsoft Corp. today embarked on a partnership to improve employability in Detroit. The pilot program is designed to foster job-ready, employable talent for high-demand technical positions such as cloud computing, data analytics, cybersecurity, AI, engineering, and more.

Ford, Volkswagen Announce Alliance to Develop Commercial Vans, Medium-sized Pickups Globally, Explore Mobility Opportunities

Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn and Volkswagen AG in Germany today announced the first formal agreements in a broad alliance that they hope positions the companies to boost competitiveness and better serve customers in an era of rapid change in the industry.

Detroit Mobility Lab Names New Executive Director, Timing for Master of Mobility Degree

The Detroit Mobility Lab today announced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit that Jessica Robinson, a globally recognized leader within the mobility industry, has joined the Michigan Mobility Institute as its executive director.

New Mobility Projects Increase Accessibility for Michigan Residents

Pointing to the critical role transportation plays in improving access to services and public life in communities across the state, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the final round of pilot projects to receive funding under the $8 Million Michigan Mobility Challenge initiative today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Bosch Provides Update on Integrated System Solutions Between Engines, Connectivity, and Automated Driving

At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Bosch, a German-based Tier 1 auto supplier that has its North American headquarters in Farmington Hills, Monday announced its plans to continue to advance its integrated system solutions for new engines, connectivity offerings, and automated drive.

Mahler Unveils New Electric Concept Vehicle for Urban Driving

Mahle, an international development partner and supplier to the automotive industry with offices in Farmington Hills and Troy, unveiled its new electric mobility concept vehicle today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Southfield’s Lear Partners with Global Accelerator Techstars Detroit

Lear Corp., a global automotive technology leader with offices in Southfield, today announced a partnership with Techstars, a worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs grow. The announcement was made at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Ford Unveils All-New Explorer ST, Explorer Hybrid, New Shelby GT500 Mustang

Ford today introduced its all-new 2020 Explorer at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit — a complete redesign of America’s all-time best-selling SUV — that now features the broadest model lineup ever, more power and space, and smart new technologies to help tackle life’s adventures. In addition, Ford revealed its all-new 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500, the most powerful street-legal Ford ever with a supercharged 5.2-liter V8 producing more than 700 horsepower, due to arrive in showrooms this fall.

Cadillac Debuts 2020 XT6 Crossover, Announces Future Multi-dimensional Electric Platform

At a press reception at the Garden Theatre in Detroit on Sunday evening, Cadillac introduced the 2020 XT6. The new three-row crossover centers on a luxurious, adaptable, and connected cabin, along with responsive handling and a suite of standard and available safety technologies.

2019 Ram Heavy Duty Adds Performance, Technology, Luxury

The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty, the most powerful, most capable pickup in the segment with a towing capacity of 35,100 lbs. and a payload capacity of 7,680 lbs., was revealed today at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

New Volkswagen Passat Offers Upgraded Technology, Bolder Design

Eight years ago, Volkswagen completely overhauled the midsize sedan to cater specifically to American buyers, with more interior space and creature comforts combined with the company’s signature fun-to-drive nature. Building on the success of that model, Volkswagen of America today unveiled its new 2020 Passat at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

2020 Toyota Supra Makes World Debut in Detroit

The fifth-generation GR Supra, the first global Toyota GAZOO Racing model, made its undisguised world debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, ending years of anticipation and speculation among sports car enthusiasts around the world.

2020 Lexus RC F, RC F Track Edition Debut in Detroit

Freshly updated for the 2020 model year, the Toyota RC F coupe with improved performance, revised styling and an all-new, limited production Track Edition were unveiled today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

General Motors Provides Investor Guidance, 20 All-new or Refreshed Vehicles Planned in 2019

General Motors Co. today provided investors with an update on its strategic plan as it continues to build the foundation for the company’s long-term success. GM also said it expects earnings growth in 2019, compared to projected 2018 full-year results.

Dearborn’s Ford Motor Co. to Host Winter Festival at Michigan Central Station

Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn will host a 10-day Winter Festival in front of its recently purchased Michigan Central Station in Corktown starting Friday, Jan. 18.

Report: Lack of Maintenance Retention Costs U.S. Auto Dealers $266B Annually

Automotive dealerships may be leading their competitors in share of service visits, but an estimated 70 percent of consumers who purchased or leased vehicles from dealers did not return for service in the past year, according to the second phase of Cox Automotive’s 2018 Service Industry Study.

Unveiling of Artifacts at Detroit’s Motown Museum Kicks Off Year of Archive Dives as Part of 60th Anniversary

Detroit’s Motown Museum Thursday announced it will display never-before-seen artifacts Saturday from the founding of Motown Record Corp. in honor of its 60th anniversary.

Oliver Thomas in Birmingham Wins Lawsuit Over Diamond Quilted Handbags

Oliver Thomas in Birmingham, which in 2017 launched a line of handbags and accessories, has announced that it won a complete victory in a lawsuit filed last year by MZ Wallace Inc. in New York over the right to use a diamond quilted pattern on its handbags.

Folktellers in Royal Oak Launches National Educational Program For its Book Series

Folktellers in Royal Oak has announced that it launched a pilot called the Transmedia Storytelling Program for school children with an interactive YouTube Video Contest based upon their new “Excerpts from an Unknown Guidebook Series.”

Economic Development Arm Detroit Regional Partnership Launches

The Detroit Regional Partnership today announced its launch. The organization is dedicated to spurring job growth in southeast Michigan by creating a marketing and attraction economic development arm for the 11-county region it serves.

Southfield’s Lear Signs Hyundai as First Development Partner for EXO Technology Partnership Program

Lear Corp., a Tier-1 automotive supplier in Southfield, Wednesday announced it has signed Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center Inc. in Superior Township as the first development partner in its EXO Technology Partnership Program.

Novi’s Danlaw Launches Cellular Vehicle-to-everything Solutions

Danlaw Inc., a Novi-based provider of vehicle connectivity solutions, Tuesday announced the launch of its cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) AutoLink On-board Unit and RouteLink Roadside Unit. The products are expected to be available for customer deliveries in the first and second quarters of this year, respectively.

Ford Unveils Redesigned, More-powerful 2020 Explorer SUV

Ford Motor Co. Wednesday introduced its all-new 2020 Explorer — a complete redesign of America’s best-selling SUV — that the automaker says now features more power, space, and smart technologies.

PowerPlus Mouthguard from Traverse City Dentist Helps Boost Athletic Performance While Reducing Concussions

PowerPlus Mouthguard, developed by a Traverse City dentist and manufactured in Gaylord, is the newest evolution of protective gear designed to maximize both the safety and performance of athletes participating in all sporting activities.

American Concrete Institute Opens Middle East Regional Office in Dubai, UAE

The Farmington Hills-based American Concrete Institute opened its new regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Jan. 6, marking the organization’s first physical presence outside of the United States since its founding in 1904.

GM, Leading Charge Providers to Create America’s Largest EV Charging Network

The lack of a robust charging infrastructure is one of the major hurdles hampering widespread consumer acceptance of electric vehicles. General Motors Co. plans to change all of that by collaborating with three of the nation’s leading EV charging networks to create the largest vehicle charging network in the U.S.

Novi’s Harman Partners with Israel’s Innoviz Technologies to Market LiDAR Solutions

Innoviz Technologies in Israel and Harman International, which is based in Connecticut and has a large office in Novi, Monday announced a partnership to make Innoviz’s LiDAR solutions available to OEMs around the world. LiDAR is a detection system that uses light from a laser.

Detroit’s Savari Inc. Advances Cellular Vehicle-to-everything Technology

Savari Inc., a Silicon Valley-based auto tech company that has an office in Detroit, Monday announced continued momentum in the development of its cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) direct communication technology.

Diplomat Pharmacy in Flint, CSI Specialty Group Create Specialty Pharmacy Program for Hospitals, Health Systems

Flint’s Diplomat Pharmacy Inc. and CSI Specialty Group in Florida Monday announced they have launched a program for hospitals and health systems interested in starting or expanding their own specialty pharmacy services.

Steel Industry to Demonstrate its Role in Future of Mobility at Detroit Auto Show

The American steel industry is showcasing the role of advanced high-strength steel in the architecture of mobility in the Steel Market Development Institute’s exhibit Jan. 14-17, when the global media and the automotive industry has exclusive access to the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit.

Atwell in Southfield Acquires Texas Civil Engineering Firm

Southfield’s Atwell, a consulting, engineering, and construction services firm, Tuesday announced the acquisition of Texas Engineering Solutions (TES), a civil engineering firm.

Ford Says All of its Vehicles Will “Talk and Listen” by 2022 via 5G C-V2X

Ford Motor Co. is all in when it comes to adopting Qualcomm’s 5G cellular vehicle-to-everything technology, saying it plans to add C-V2X to all of its vehicles by 2022 in a blog post written by Don Butler, executive director of Ford’s connected vehicle platform and product.

Auburn Hills’ Continental Outlines Driverless and Robotic Package Delivery Platform

Continental, a technology company and automotive supplier with its North American headquarters in Auburn Hills, Monday showed how a driverless vehicle could be used to stage and deploy delivery robots that would take packages to consumers who may not be able to physically receive them.

Lear and Gentherm Partner to Advance Thermal Seating Solutions

Southfield’s Lear Corp. and Northville Township’s Gentherm today announced a strategic joint development partnership to drive the future of passenger thermal seating solutions.

San Francisco Investment Firm Acquires Warren’s Lipari Foods

San Francisco investment firm H.I.G. Capital has acquired Warren’s Lipari Foods from Connecticut-based Sterling Investment Partners and other unnamed shareholders. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Downtown Detroit Partnership Names President, Chief Marketing Officer

Downtown Detroit Partnership today announced John Walsh as president, effective immediately. Eric Larson, the organization’s CEO, made the announcement.

Bloomfield Hills' Smart Eye Develops Driver Monitoring System with California’s Ambarella

Smart Eye, a developer of artificial intelligence (AI)-powered eye, mouth, and head tracking technology with its U.S. office in Bloomfield Hills, and Ambarella Inc., a California-based developer of high-resolution video processing and computer vision semiconductors, today announced they will partner to deliver a driver monitoring system platform that tracks driver actions and intentions.

Detroit’s Huron Capital Completes Equity Investment in WD Lab Grown Diamonds

Detroit private equity firm Huron Capital says it has made a significant equity investment in Washington D.C.-based WD Lab Grown Diamonds, a producer of large, ultra-high-quality laboratory grown diamonds for the jewelry, scientific, and industrial markets.

Intrepid Control Systems in Madison Heights Introduces All-in-one Data Logger for Autonomous Vehicles

Intrepid Control Systems Inc. in Madison Heights Friday introduced its Autonomous ONE motherboard, an all-in-one data logger that links various components of autonomous vehicle technology.

Ann Arbor’s DaySmart Software Acquires North Carolina Pet Services Cloud Software Company

DaySmart Software in Ann Arbor has acquired North Carolina’s PupKeep, a pet services cloud software company. The acquisition will allow DaySmart to incorporate daycare, boarding, kenneling, and training into its grooming salon and mobile pet grooming software. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Connecticut’s Greenwich Hospitality Group Acquires Traverse City’s West Bay Beach Holiday Inn Resort

The Greenwich Hospitality Group in Connecticut has acquired West Bay Beach Holiday Inn Resort in Traverse City for $23.2 million. The hotel is slated for a two-year transformation totaling more than $10 million.

Troy’s Delphi Technologies Works Toward Fuel Efficiency Software with Farmington Hills’ TomTom

Delphi Technologies, which has its North American headquarters in Troy, Friday announced a collaboration with TomTom, an Amsterdam-based navigation, traffic, and map products company. TomTom has a Farmington Hills location.

Kalamazoo’s Ablative Solutions Lands $77M Financing for New Approach to Treating Uncontrolled Hypertension

Kalamazoo’s Ablative Solutions Inc. today closed on $77 million in Series D funding to complete clinical trials in support of U.S. and European regulatory submissions for the company’s minimally invasive renal denervation technology.

Southfield’s Denso Brings Autonomous Vehicle Cybersecurity Solution to Market

Japan’s Denso, a mobility supplier that operates its North American headquarters in Southfield, Thursday announced it has entered into a joint development agreement with Dellfer, a cybersecurity company in California, to bring ZeroDayGuard 1.0, a cybersecurity product for the automotive industry, to the market.

Aptiv in Troy Partners with Affectiva on Advanced Sensing Solutions for Vehicle Occupants

Aptiv, which operates a large mobility technology center in Troy, today announced it signed a commercial partnership agreement with Affectiva, a Boston-based MIT Media Lab spin-off and leader in Human Perception artificial intelligence (AI).

GM’s Cruise Joins with DoorDash on Pilot Food Delivery Service in San Francisco

Cruise, part of General Motors Co. in Detroit, and DoorDash today announced they are partnering to pilot food and grocery delivery by Cruise’s autonomous vehicles through the DoorDash platform. The testing program will begin in early 2019 with an initial focus on the San Francisco market.

Southfield’s Beaumont Health Partners with Ohio Home Health and Hospice Company to Expand Services

Beaumont Home Health and Hospice, a new organization founded through a joint venture between Southfield’s Beaumont Health and Ohio’s Alternate Solutions Health Network, has started operations this week.

Dearborn’s Ford Partners with East Lansing’s MSU to Develop Vehicle Technology

Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn and Michigan State University in East Lansing have renewed and expanded their research-and-development alliance. The four-year partnership will focus on sensors, lightweight materials, autonomous technology, and mobility.

Prestige Medical Group Pharmaceutical Solutions in Canton Township Acquired by Canton Township's American Pharmacy Purchasing Alliance

The American Pharmacy Purchasing Alliance in California Thursday announced it has acquired Prestige Medical Group Pharmaceutical Solutions in Canton Township.

General Motors Appoints Mark Reuss President, Announces 2018 Sales Results

General Motors Co. in Detroit today announced the appointment of Mark Reuss as president, effective immediately. Reuss currently leads the Global Product Group and Cadillac, and will now assume responsibility for the Quality organization.

Southfield’s Plante Moran Acquires Birmingham’s Planning Perspectives

Plante Moran, a certified public accounting, tax, and consulting firm headquartered in Southfield, today announced it has acquired Planning Perspectives Inc., a Birmingham firm specializing in company-supplier working relations. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Armaly Sponge Co. in Walled Lake Becomes World’s Largest Distributor of Natural Sponges with Acme Sponge Co. Acquisition

Armaly Sponge Co. in Walled Lake, which produces and distributes the popular Brillo brand and is a global leader in consumer household cleaning products, and Armaly ProPlus brand America’s Best Soft Tools, the No. 1 brand in professional and do-it-yourself surface preparation, finish, and cleaning, today announced it has acquired Acme Sponge Co.

Detroit-based Huron Capital’s Pueblo Mechanical and Controls Acquires Commercial Air Inc. in Arizona

Huron Capital, a lower-middle-market private equity firm in downtown Detroit, Wednesday announced its HVAC replacement, retrofit, and repair services platform, Arizona’s Pueblo Mechanical and Controls, has acquired Arizona’s Commercial Air Inc. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Powerhome Solar in Troy Launches Commercial Division

Powerhome Solar, headquartered in North Carolina, today announced the launch of its commercial division, which is headquartered in Troy and will serve larger, more diverse customers.

Lansing’s Neogen Acquires Canadian Animal Genomics Lab

Neogen Corp. in Lansing Wednesday announced it has acquired the assets of Delta Genomics Centre, an animal genomics laboratory in Edmonton, Alberta. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Bloomfield Hills’ Openlogix Corp. Partners with California Firm to Advance Cybersecurity

Openlogix Corp., a Bloomfield Hills-based value-added reseller and technology services provider, has announced a partnership with LMNTRIX, a California-based fully managed security analyst-delivered platform that continuously defends organizations against cyberattacks.

Stoneridge in Novi Receives Federal Exemption Approval for Camera Monitor System on Commercial Vehicles

Stoneridge Inc. in Novi today announced the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration approved its exemption application to federal law in late-December. The move allows the company’s MirrorEye Camera Monitor System ("CMS") to be installed as an alternative to conventional rear-vision mirrors currently required on commercial motor vehicles in the United States.

Michigan Airbnb Hosts Earn $78M in 2018

Michigan Airbnb hosts collectively earned $78 million in supplemental income and welcomed about 600,000 guests in 2018. The company also announced it is complementing, not competing with, the state’s hotel industry.

Rochester Hills' Oakland University Ranks in Second-highest Tier of Research Universities

Oakland University in Rochester Hills has moved up to the second-highest tier of research universities in the Carnegie Classification of Higher Education. The tier features colleges and universities with high research activity, a designation held by only 3.1 percent of the 4,424 schools on the list.

Hudson-Webber Foundation Announces $3.1M in Grants for Detroit’s Riverfront, Other Projects

The Hudson-Webber Foundation in Detroit today announced more than $3.1 million in grants for projects that support small business development and long-term neighborhood stability, fund new research into the connection between immigration and neighborhood revitalization in Detroit, expand physical and program enhancements to the Detroit riverfront, and support initiatives to develop and strengthen Detroit’s community development system.

Blog: Steps to Help Your Company Respond to Tariffs and Trade Uncertainty

Businesses are starting to feel the impact. After months of speculation on how U.S. tariffs on certain goods from China, the European Union, and other countries might affect U.S. business and the overall economy, more companies are starting to report concrete effects.

BAE Systems, General Dynamics Finalists for New U.S. Army Combat Vehicle

Sterling Heights-based BAE Systems and General Dynamics are finalists in the U.S. Army’s selection process to produce a new light tank for its Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Each company has been awarded $376-million contracts, and each will provide 12 prototypes.
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