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MSU in East Lansing Uses Campus to Test, Develop Advanced Mobility

Michigan State University in East Lansing Thursday announced it is transforming its 5,200-acre campus into a live, connected ecosystem to drive mobility research and development. The campus has vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, connected traffic signs, and designated test areas, among other features.

Tickets for Detroit’s North American International Auto Show on Sale

The 31st North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), to be hosted in January 2019 at Detroit’s Cobo Center, started selling tickets Thursday. Tickets for The Gallery, Industry Preview, Charity Preview, and Public Show are available.

Ann Arbor’s Universal Robots Introduces Steel Cutting Robot

Universal Robots (UR) in Ann Arbor Thursday introduced its SnapCut robot, which allows traditional metal fabricators to cut shapes in 3-D steel components with no prior robotic or computer programming knowledge.

Lafayette West Mixed-use Housing Development East of Downtown Detroit Receives Approvals

Ginosko Development Co. in Novi today announced it has received approval from the Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC) and the Detroit City Council for its Lafayette West project in Lafayette Park east of downtown Detroit.

Denso in Southfield Acquires All Assets of Automotive Diagnostics Supplier Ease Simulation Inc.

Denso, a large automotive supplier that has its North American headquarters in Southfield, today announced it has acquired Ease Simulation Inc., a company that specializes in automotive diagnostics technology.

Red Effect Infrared Fitness in Birmingham Expands National Franchises, Adds More Metro Detroit Locations

Red Effect Infrared Fitness in Birmingham, a fitness franchise that utilizes the wellness benefits of infrared, today announced it has accelerated development efforts by signing 188 new franchise agreements over the last two years, including several new locations in metro Detroit.

Whirlpool in Benton Harbor Named Official Appliance for Walt Disney Resort Properties

Benton Harbor-based Whirlpool Corp. and The Walt Disney Co. today announced that Whirlpool brand will be the official kitchen and laundry appliance of Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Flor. and Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif.

2018 CEO Summit in Detroit Releases Tools for Business Growth in Michigan

Top leaders from across Michigan came together in Detroit today at the 2018 CEO Summit to focus on tools for business growth, as well as a set of shared strategies for boosting the state’s prosperity over the long term.

Summit Cos. Acquires Five Fire and Life Safety Businesses in Michigan

Summit Cos., a fire and life safety company based in St. Paul, Minn., today announced it has completed the acquisition of five Michigan-based fire and life safety businesses.

General Motors Posts $2.8B Profit in Third Quarter; 10.2 Percent Margin

General Motors Co. in Detroit today announced third-quarter 2018 earnings results reflecting profitability in all core-operating segments, driven by new full-size trucks and crossovers in North America. In turn, GM China equity income and GM Financial EBT posted third-quarter records.

Ford and Baidu Inc. Partner on Autonomous Vehicle Test Project in China

Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn and Baidu Inc. in China today announced the commencement of a two-year joint autonomous vehicle test project under which the two companies will further advance the development and on-road testing of autonomous vehicles in China.

Troy’s Delphi Technologies to Expand Portfolio in North America

Delphi Technologies, which has its North American headquarters in Troy, is expanding its product portfolio in fuel handling, steering and suspension, and engine sensors.

Dykema Report: Optimism for Mergers, Acquisitions Highest in 14 Years

Dykema, a large law firm in Detroit, today announced respondents to its 14th Annual M&A Outlook Survey expressed the highest level of optimism for the mergers and acquisitions market in the survey’s history.

Ford Motor Co. Unveils Lighter GT Carbon Series

Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn Tuesday unveiled its 2019 Ford GT Carbon Series, which is the lightest car in the company’s GT lineup. It features more visible carbon fiber than any previous model, as well as optional accent colors.

MSU in East Lansing Named Foundational Partner of Center to Bring Scientific Discovery to General Population

East Lansing’s Michigan State University was named a foundational partner of the Advancing Research and its Impact on Society Center (ARIS), which received $5.2 million from the National Science Foundation. The center is housed at the University of Missouri and is designed to bring scientific research to the masses.

Chevrolet Debuts Electric COPO Camaro Concept, Delivers 700 Horsepower

Fifty years after the original COPO Camaro special order performance models were introduced, Chevrolet today announced the debut of the COPO Camaro Concept that provides an electrified vision for drag racing.

Shinola in Detroit and Disney Launch Mickey Mouse Classics Collection

Detroit-based Shinola and Disney today announced the launch of the Mickey Classics Collection, a capsule collection that honors 90 years of Mickey Mouse. The collaboration is part of “Mickey the True Original,” a global celebration of Mickey’s heritage, personality, and status as a pop-culture icon.

Ann Arbor’s U-M to Invest $45M in Biosciences Research

Five large bioscience projects and four small ones, all based at Ann Arbor’s University of Michigan, will receive up to a combined $45 million from the school’s Biosciences Initiative grant. The multiyear initiative will include the hiring of 30 tenure-track faculty and a one-time investment of $150 million.

Southfield-based Beaumont Health Researchers Use Immune System to Prevent Post-ACL Tear Arthritis

Researchers at Southfield-based Beaumont today announced they are pioneering a way to use patients’ immune systems to prevent arthritis following anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) knee injuries.

Researchers at East Lansing’s MSU Create Computer Simulation to Design Cancer-fighting Nanoparticles

Researchers from Michigan State University in East Lansing Monday announced they have created a computer simulation to help design drug-delivery nanoparticles that carry cancer-fighting medicines directly to tumors while minimizing the potential side effects on healthy cells.

Kraig Biocraft in Ann Arbor Develops New Silkworm Strain, Stronger Spider Silk for U.S. Army

Ann Arbor’s Kraig Biocraft Laboratories today announced it has developed a strain of genetically engineered silkworms that better match the physical properties required for applications in protective textiles. The change is part of the company’s work with the U.S. Army.

Ford Performance and World Champion Drifter Vaughn Gitti Jr. Announce Limited-edition Series 1 Mustang RTR

World champion drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. and his RTR Vehicles team and Ford Performance today announced the introduction of the new Series 1 Mustang RTR — the latest addition to the Mustang family.

Alumnus of Detroit’s WSU Donates $5M to College of Engineering

Avinash Rachmale, a local business leader and philanthropist, and his wife, Hema Rachmale, have donated $5 million to Detroit-based Wayne State University’s College of Engineering, the school announced Thursday.

Smart Factory Connection Tour Brings French Startups to Troy’s Automation Alley

The Smart Factory Connection Tour, a French business accelerator program, is scheduled to visit Troy on Nov. 15 at Automation Alley, the French American Chamber of Commerce – Michigan Chapter, Business France, and Automation Alley announced Thursday. Michigan is the only U.S. stop on the tour.

Remote Kiosk Payment System Now Available for Detroit’s 36th District Court

Detroit-based DivDat Kiosk Network today announced it now offers its services for Detroit’s 36th District Court. The company’s no-fee kiosk network will allow individuals with outstanding debt owed to the court to be able to pay on one of 50 kiosks without having to travel to the courthouse.

Kirco Manix Completes R&D Facility for 3-D Printer Oerlikon in Plymouth Township

Kirco Manix, a property management firm in Troy, has completed the construction of a state-of-the-art manufacturing and R&D facility for Oerlikon in Plymouth Township.

Design Core Detroit Recognizes 10 Winning Design Projects, Voting Open for People’s Choice Award

Design Core Detroit, a nonprofit that offers services to strengthen, grow, and attract design businesses to Detroit, and AIA Detroit Thursday announced the 10 winning projects of the inaugural Commerce Design: Detroit awards.

Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse Will Open in Northville Township Next Month

Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse today announced it will open its second location in the region at 17107 Haggerty Road at the Northville Village Center shopping complex in Northville Township. The eatery will open on Nov. 9.

Plymouth Township’s FZB Technology Rebrands to Dare Auto, Moves to Bigger Headquarters

FZB Technology Inc. Thursday announced it has rebranded as Dare Auto Inc. and moved its North American operations to a new, larger facility in Plymouth Township.

Robot Helps Rochester Hills’ FANUC America Corp. Break Ground on $51M Facility

FANUC America Corp., a Rochester Hills-based supplier of robotics, CNC systems, Robomachines, and industrial IoT solutions, had a robot break ground at a ceremony to mark the start of its new North Campus facility in Auburn Hills.

Celsee Inc. in Ann Arbor Launches System for Single-cell Analysis

Celsee Inc. in Ann Arbor Thursday launched the Genesis system, the company’s first product. The system is designed to overcome the limitations of other tools for single-cell analysis and provide a way for scientists to analyze and interpret cellular behavior and collect cell-based information that was previously undetectable.

Sahara Restaurant and Grill Will Open Next Year at Columbia Street Project Next to Fox Theatre in Detroit

On Thursday, Olympia Development of Michigan announced that Sahara Restaurant and Grill will open its first location in Detroit next year. The 4,500-square-foot space will be located at the Little Caesars world headquarters campus expansion on Columbia Street, immediately south of the Fox Theatre.

Washington D.C.’s Urban Alliance, Detroit’s Quicken Loans Bring Internship Opportunities to Detroit High School Students

Urban Alliance (UA), a Washington, D.C.-based national youth development nonprofit organization, today announced it has brought its flagship youth employment model to Detroit with support from the Detroit-based Quicken Loans Family of Companies, which will serve as the program’s anchor employer in the city.

Ilitch Holdings in Detroit Explores Creation of a Regional Sports Network

Ilitch Holdings Inc. in Detroit, which owns multiple sports and entertainment brands, including the Detroit Tigers and the Detroit Red Wings, today announced that it is exploring the creation of a new regional sports network (RSN).

Single-family Home Construction in Michigan Slows, May Impact Future Economic Growth

Housing permits for single-family home construction decreased 3.7 percent in Michigan during the month of September. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were 1,329 permits issued in September, compared to 1,379 for the same period a year ago.

Cadillac Announces 2019 Pedestal Edition ATS-V Coupe and CTS-V Super Sedan

Detroit-based General Motors’ Cadillac Wednesday announced the 2019 Pedestal Edition ATS-V Coupe and CTS-V Super Sedan to celebrate the first 15 years of its Cadillac V-Series sub brand. The limited-run models bid a farewell to the third generation of ultra-high-performance V-Series models.

Gov. Snyder Signs Bill Cutting Electricity Rate for Qualifying Industrial Manufacturing Companies

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Wednesday signed legislation allowing large industrial manufacturing companies that meet certain criteria to apply to receive a reduced electricity rate.

Pingree Detroit Makes First Sneakers in the City, Will Launch Urban Utility Boots Next Year

Pingree Detroit, a leather footwear and accessories company, has rolled out what is believed to be the first locally crafted sneaker, called The Mayor. An urban utility boot called The Governor will be introduced early next year, joining the company’s current line of leather tote bags, wallets, backpacks, clutch purses, and apparel items.

U-M Researchers Develop Small Device That Bends Light, Distinguishes Between Cancerous and Healthy Tissue

Physicists at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor today announced they have developed a device the size of a match head that can bend light inside a crystal to generate synchrotron radiation.

Dearborn’s Ford Motor Co. Establishes Stand-alone China Business Unit as Part of Asia Pacific Markets Reorganization

Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn Tuesday announced it is reorganizing its Asia Pacific operations. As part of the changes, Ford China is elevated to a stand-alone business unit reporting to Ford global headquarters.

Kar’s Nuts in Madison Heights Completes Merger With Sanders in Clinton Township

KNPC Holdco in Madison Heights, a leading manufacturer of nut and trail mix snacks sold under the Kar’s and Second Nature brands, today announced the completion of its merger with Morley Candy Makers in Clinton Township, a maker of premium confectionary products sold under the Sanders Fine Chocolatiers brand.

Detroit Expands Scooter Access to Neighborhoods; Launches New City Website

The City of Detroit today announced updated guidelines for scooter sharing companies to expand access to the new mobility option and serve more Detroiters in neighborhoods across the city.

Southfield’s Icahn Automotive Group Introduces Pep Boys Mobile Crew Across U.S.

Icahn Automotive Group in Southfield Tuesday introduced its Pep Boys Mobile Crew, traveling trailers and service bays that will provide on-location preventative maintenance and repair services nationally.

Troy’s Laser Eye Institute the First in Michigan to Perform SMILE With Astigmatism Surgery

Michigan’s first SMILE with astigmatism laser corrective eye surgery was scheduled for today at the Laser Eye Institute in Troy.

Report: Access Restrictions on Medications Earn a Failing Grade for Nearly 25% of Michigan’s Largest Health Plans

Let MI Doctors Decide reported that nearly a quarter of Michigan’s largest 25 health plans received a failing grade for placing restrictions on access to medicines for patients with five key autoimmune diseases, according to a new report card the organization released Monday.

Report: Michigan Car Insurance Rate 83% Higher Than National Average

Michigan car insurance is the most expensive in the country, according to a report released today by The Zebra, an insurance search engine based in Austin, Texas. Michigan drivers pay an average of $2,610 each year for car insurance, which is about 83 percent higher than the national average of $1,427.

AM General Lands $210M in Contracts for New Military Vehicles and Services

AM General, which operates a technology and engineering center in Auburn Hills, today announced it has received an order to provide 740 new M1152A1 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV) to the U.S. Army National Guard.

California’s KLA-Tencor Corp. Gains Approval From Michigan Strategic Fund to Invest in $70M R&D Center in Ann Arbor

KLA-Tencor Corp., a Silicon Valley-based provider of process control and yield management solutions for the semiconductor and related nanoelectronics industries, today announced plans to establish a research and development center in Ann Arbor. The project was approved by the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF), the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) announced today.

Henry Ford Health System in Detroit Now Offers Apple’s Health Records App

Henry Ford Health System in Detroit today announced it now supports Health Records on iPhone, which brings together hospitals, clinics, and the existing Apple Health app to make it easier for patients to see their available medical data from multiple providers.

Detroit’s Guardhat Adds Partners to Bring More Wearable Technology to Market

Guardhat, a Detroit-based Internet of Things (IoT) company that makes industrial safety technology, Monday announced a new round of partners that will further expand the commercialization of its wearable technologies.

Corktown’s Detroit Barbers Opens Coffee Bar on Upper Level

Owners of Detroit Barbers Barbershop and Brand, Chad and Jamie Buchanan, have expanded their Corktown location to include an independent coffee bar, Lucky Detroit, on the shop’s second level.

Ford Debuts Ranger Mid-size Pickup at Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne

Ford Motor Co. today announced the relaunch of the Ranger mid-size pickup at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, including ride-and-drive off-road activities. The truck, which goes on sale early next year, returns following an eight-year hiatus.

HITEC Sensor Developments in Plymouth Township Acquires United Kingdom’s Aero Sense

HITEC Sensor Developments, a Plymouth Township-based designer and manufacturer of custom load cells and strain gage based force and torque sensors, Friday announced it has acquired the United Kingdom’s Aero Sense Technologies, a manufacturer of custom sensors for aerospace and industrial customers. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.

EventLink in Sterling Heights Acquires Illinois’ Synergy Marketing Partners

Sterling Heights’ EventLink, an event and experiential space company, today announced the acquisition of Synergy Marketing Partners, an Illinois-based digital and consumer experience company. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Casual Fine Dining Restaurant Hazel, Ravines, and Downtown to Open in Birmingham

Hazel, Ravines, and Downtown, a casual fine dining restaurant, is slated to open Monday, Oct. 29 at 34977 Woodward Ave. in Birmingham. Located in the Greenleaf Trust building at Woodward and Maple Road, the eatery replaces The Stand, which closed earlier this year.

Meritage in Grand Rapids to Sell Property in The Bahamas to Disney Cruise Lines

Meritage Hospitality Group Inc. in Grand Rapids, a large restaurant operator and developer, today announced that on Oct. 19 the National Economic Council of the Bahamas approved a proposal submitted by Disney Cruise Line Island Development Ltd. to acquire and develop property owned in partnership between Meritage and The Related Group.

Blog: The Future of Manufacturing — Three Major Shifts Are Upon Us

Recently, I was fortunate to see a speech from futurist Peter Diamandis. He spoke about what the future world of work would be like, and specifically talked about the workforce within manufacturing. It’s about to be transformed.

Dearborn’s Ford to Produce 350 More Ford GTs Than Originally Planned

Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn Thursday announced it is increasing its Ford GT production to 1,350 vehicles, up from the original 1,000 cars allotted in 2016. The shift comes after more than 6,500 applicants signed up to purchase the sports car.

Ann Arbor-based U-M’s Endowment Grew by $1B Over Last Year

The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor today announced the value of its endowment climbed to $11.9 billion, $1 billion more than a year ago. The university said its rate of return on investments is near the top of all university endowments and new investments through the Victors for Michigan fundraising campaign.

Genomenon in Ann Arbor and Fabric Genomics in California Announce Partnership

Fabric Genomics, a California-based global leader in clinical interpretation of genomic data, and Genomenon, an Ann Arbor company specializing in genomic data search, Thursday announced they have entered into a partnership to strengthen clinical genomic interpretation and variant classification.

The Hamilton Midtown Rehabilitated, Reopened by Detroit’s Broder & Sachse Real Estate

Detroit’s Broder & Sachse Real Estate Thursday celebrated the reopening of The Hamilton Midtown, a historic $12-million rehabilitation with an inclusionary housing program. The building was designed as a hotel and opened in 1913.

Baronette Renaissance Detroit-Novi Hotel Completes $5.5M Renovation

The Baronette Renaissance Detroit-Novi Hotel today announced the completion of $3 million in renovations of all guest rooms, suites, and the lobby. More than $5.5 million has been invested in renovations and upgrades to the property since 2014.

Detroit’s LIFT and Lansing’s Lifeline Firehose Develop Device Allowing Firehose to Deliver Breathable Air and Fire Suppressants

Detroit’s Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) Thursday announced it helped Lansing’s Lifeline Firehose produce technology that allows a firehose to deliver both breathable air and water or foam simultaneously.

Dearborn’s Ford and India’s Mahindra Group Sign Agreements to Share Powertrain, Connected Car Solutions

Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn and Mahindra Group in India Wednesday signed two agreements to share powertrain and connected car solutions, further strengthening their partnership.

Metro Detroit September Home Sales Down, Median Sales Prices Rise

Metro Detroit home sales were down 6 percent year-over-year in September, when 4,196 were sold, down from 4,462. Sales are also down from 5,133 in August, according to the RE/MAX of Southeastern Michigan September 2018 Housing Report.

Troy’s AxleTech Partners With California’s Thor Trucks to Develop E-powertrain System

Troy’s AxleTech, a powertrain solution company, announced Tuesday it is working with California’s Thor Trucks, a fleet-focused transportation lab manufacturing fully electric commercial trucks, to develop a heavy-duty e-powertrain system.

Report: Vast Majority of U.S. Vehicle Owners/Lessees Want Full Access to Telematics Data

More than eight in 10 U.S. vehicle owners and lessees believe car owners should have full access to and control of their vehicle's data, including maintenance and repair information, according to the results of a survey released today by the Auto Care Association.

Detroit’s Henry Ford Health System Partners With California Company to Increase Automation in Laboratories

Detroit’s Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) Wednesday announced a research and development partnership with California’s Sakura Finetek USA to increase the automation level of its core anatomic pathology laboratories. Increased automation is expected to boost the quality of results, reduce turnaround time, minimize errors, and lessen the need for human intervention.

Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids to Break Ground on $70M Health Building

Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids Wednesday announced it will break ground on a $70-million health building, to be located at 333 Michigan St. on the college’s health campus.

The Henry Ford in Dearborn Announces $150M Campaign

The Henry Ford in Dearborn today announced it has launched a $150-million comprehensive campaign called The Innovation Project. It will help The Henry Ford build digital and experiential learning tools, programs, and initiatives to advance innovation, invention, and entrepreneurship.

Detroit’s Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation Announces $200M Investment in Parks and Trails

The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation in Detroit today announced a $200-million investment in parks and trails in southeast Michigan and western New York. The gift honors the foundation’s namesake on his 100th birthday. Each region will receive $100 million.

McLaren Health Care to Provide Clinics and other Medical Offerings at Walgreens Stores in Michigan

McLaren Health Care in Grand Blanc, a fully integrated health network, and Walgreens, today announced that they have entered into a strategic collaboration focused on health service and pharmacy offerings.

Grand Rapids’ Davenport University to Open Detroit Campus

Grand Rapids-based Davenport University Tuesday announced its new Detroit campus will be at 3031 W. Grand Blvd. in Detroit. The new campus will be located on the first floor of Farbman Group’s New Center One building at W. Grand Boulevard and Second Avenue, and classes start in January 2019.

Detroit-based GM’s Chevrolet Prepares for SEMA With Shock Yellow 2019 Camaro, Performance Crate Engines

Chevrolet of Detroit’s General Motors Co. Tuesday announced the Shock yellow exterior color for the 2019 Camaro, as well as a trio of Chevrolet Performance’s newest crate engines. The Camaro and engines will be on display at the SEMA Show Oct. 30-Nov. 2 in Las Vegas.

China-based Drone Company DJI to Open First Michigan Location in Troy

DJI, a China-based civilian drone and aerial imaging technology company, Tuesday announced it will open Michigan’s first DJI Authorized Retail Store in Troy. The more-than-1,500-square-foot location will be in the parking lot of Oakland Mall.

East Lansing’s MSU Faculty to Lead $50M Project to Strengthen African Agriculture Higher Education

Michigan State University in East Lansing will lead a study commissioned by the World Bank to identify how agricultural universities can respond to emerging new skill requirements of Africa’s agricultural workforce.

Michigan Capital Advisors in Bloomfield Hills Invests in Wixom’s Ventech

Bloomfield Hills’ Michigan Capital Advisors, a private equity firm focused on the automotive and transportation industries, today announced it has invested in Wixom’s Ventech. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

U-M in Ann Arbor Receives $20M Gift to Expand Michigan-Israel Research Partnership

The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor has received a $20-million D. Dan and Betty Dahn Foundation gift to expand collaboration among researchers at the university, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.

Universal Logistics in Warren Acquires Utah’s Specialized Rail Service Inc.

Warren’s Universal Logistics Holdings Inc., an asset-light provider of customized transportation and logistics solutions, has acquired Specialized Rail Service Inc. in Utah. The purchase price was $12.3 million, subject to customary post-closing adjustments.

Rochester Hills’ Rochester College to Change Name to Rochester University

Rochester College in Rochester Hills Saturday announced it will change its name to Rochester University, reaffirming its foundation as a Christian university and serving as a commitment to continual improvement.

Blog: Bringing Humanity Back to the Workplace

Last month as we celebrated one of my team member’s service anniversaries, it struck me that I was witnessing a quiet revolution. Artificial intelligence and machine learning may be transforming every aspect of every industry, but people at all levels — in offices, factories, and workspaces across the country — are craving authentic and respectful connections.

Retail Tenants Announced For Bedrock’s Shinola Hotel in Downtown Detroit

Bedrock has announced four retail tenants that are coming to the 1400 Woodward block in Detroit, immediately north of the former Hudson’s department store, which includes its Shinola Hotel as well as neighboring mixed-use buildings.

Macy’s Completes Store Improvements at Somerset Collection in Troy and Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi

Macy’s today announced that its department stores at the Somerset Collection in Troy and Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi have completed updates and additions including physical changes, new technology, staffing changes, expanded assortments, and more.

General Motors Announces Extended Bumper-to-bumper Limited Warranty on New Vehicles

General Motors Co. in Detroit today announced that effective immediately, customers buying new vehicles will have the opportunity to purchase an extended bumper-to-bumper limited warranty resulting in five years or 60,000 miles of coverage (whichever comes first) for Chevrolet and GMC customers, and six years or 70,000 miles for Buick and Cadillac customers.

Detroit’s Huron Capital Partners Acquires Vermont-based Novelty Sock Company

Detroit’s Huron Capital Partners, a lower-middle-market private equity firm, today announced its socks and apparel accessories platform, IQ Brands, has acquired Wheel House Designs, a producer of novelty socks to stores and boutiques throughout North America. The deal marks the fourth add-on acquisition for the IQ Brands platform. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Detroit-based Quicken Loans to Open Technology Office in Downtown Windsor

Quicken Loans Inc. in Detroit, the nation’s largest home mortgage lender, and its family of affiliated companies, today announced plans to open a new office in the historic Old Fish Market Building (156 Chatham St. West) in downtown Windsor, Ontario.

Ann Arbor’s U-M Rogel Cancer Center Partners With Connecticut’s Aetna to Offer Value-based Care Model

The University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center in Ann Arbor and Connecticut-based Aetna Friday announced a collaboration to create a value-based oncology medical home that is designed to improve the care experience for cancer patients. The arrangement began on Oct. 1.

Ford Brings 600 Employees to Wagner Place in Downtown West Dearborn, Announces Commercial Tenants

Ford Motor Co. today announced it has started moving 600 employees into Wagner Place along Michigan Avenue in downtown West Dearborn. The project included the renovation of the historic Wagner Hotel at Michigan and Monroe Street, about a mile west of the automaker’s global headquarters, along with new space.

Detroit’s StockX Expands to Europe With West London Authentication Center, Platform Updates

Detroit-based StockX, the world’s first stock market of things, today announced its expansion to the European market. The company’s platform has conducted international business in 200 countries for the past two years.

Delta Offers Two Detroit Metro Flights With New A220-100 Aircraft, Service Launches in 2019

Delta Air Lines Inc. today announced it will begin offering domestic business routes on the new A220-100 aircraft, a state-of-the-art narrow body jet with amenities that match a widebody aircraft.

Randazzo in Macomb Township Acquires Lansing’s Hager Fox Heating and Air Conditioning

Randazzo Mechanical Heating and Cooling in Macomb Township has acquired Hager Fox Heating and Air Conditioning in Lansing. The transaction closed on Sept. 28, and financial details were not disclosed.

Universal Robots in Ann Arbor Unveils Box-making Robot

Ann Arbor’s Universal Robots, a company that develops collaborative robots, or cobots, that work safely alongside workers with no need for safety guarding in most scenarios, Wednesday announced it has created the first solution for random robotic case erecting, the XPAK ROBOX. The new cobot erects any box in its suite on-demand without changeover.

Skyway Precision Inc. in Plymouth Township Acquires South Carolina’s Bellwright Manufacturing Inc.

Plymouth Township’s Skyway Precision Inc. today announced it has acquired South Carolina’s Bellwright Manufacturing, a manufacturer of computer numerical control machined components for the commercial truck, agricultural, utility vehicle, automotive, and appliance markets. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Michigan Capital Advisors Invests in Fusion Coolant Systems to Aid Manufacturers

Michigan Capital Advisors, a private equity firm in Bloomfield Hills focused on the automotive and transportation-related industries, today announced it has partnered with Material Impact, a Boston-based venture capital firm, in a joint investment in Fusion Coolant Systems (FCS) in Canton Township. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Ferndale-based Bollinger Motors Previews All-electric B2 Pickup

Ferndale’s Bollinger Motors Wednesday unveiled a preview of its newest vehicle design: an all-electric, all-wheel drive B2 pickup truck.

Beaumont Health’s Breast Care Center in Dearborn Launches Nation’s First Advanced Imaging Technology for Women with Dense Breasts

Southfield-based Beaumont Health today announced that its comprehensive breast cancer screening program at the Beaumont Breast Care Center in Dearborn is the first facility in the nation to install the Invenia Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS) 2.0 from GE Healthcare.

Michigan State University Opens Factory in Mexico to Control Mosquito Populations

East Lansing’s Michigan State University Wednesday announced it has opened a facility in Mexico that produces millions of male mosquitoes. The work at the facility, which is supported by a $1-million grant from USAID, will use the insects to control the mosquito population.

Filmmaker Keith Famie’s Dementia Documentary Returns to DPTV, 2019 Projects Include Cancer and Blessed Solanus Casey

Wixom-based Detroit Public Television (DPTV) has announced it will broadcast an encore of documentary filmmaker Keith Famie’s film, “Those on the Front Lines of Alzheimer’s and Dementia,” on two different dates.

Detroit’s Workforce Intelligence Network, OneMagnify Bring Apprenticeship Program to Metro Detroit

The Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan (WIN) Wednesday announced a partnership with OneMagnify in Detroit to bring Apprenti, a U.S. Department of Labor-registered IT apprenticeship program, to its operations in Detroit.

Detroit’s General Motors Appoints Jami Miscik to Board, Unveils 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Detroit’s General Motors Co. today announced a new member to its board of directors and unveiled its all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.
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