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William Davidson Foundation Makes $1.7 Million Donation to the Belle Isle Aquarium

The Belle Isle Conservancy today announced that the William Davidson Foundation in Troy has awarded a three-year, $1.7 million grant to stabilize, restore, and modernize the Belle Isle Aquarium.

Monroe’s MBT Financial Corp. Acquired by Indiana’s First Merchants Corp.

MBT Financial Corp. in Monroe will merge with and into Indiana’s First Merchants Corp. in a 100-percent stock transaction valued at about $290.9 million, the companies announced today. Upon completion of the merger, Monroe Bank and Trust will merge with and into First Merchants Bank.

Detroit’s LIFT to House North America’s First Linear Friction Welder

Manufacturing Technology Inc. (MTI) in Indiana Tuesday announced it has shipped North America’s first linear friction welder capable of full-sized part development, the LF35-75, to Detroit’s Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT).

123Net and Detroit Community Technology Project Partner to Expand Neighborhood Internet Service

The Detroit Community Technology Project, which promotes digital literacy, education, and creation through multiple programs, including the Equitable Internet Initiative and Digital Stewards, has partnered with 123Net in Southfield to distribute Gigabit internet connections to at least 150 homes in Detroit.

Michigan Hub Breaks Ground on Clean Power Generating Facility in Litchfield

Michigan Hub in Litchfield, Mich. (southeast of Battle Creek), has broken ground today on its clean power generating facility at 720 Herring Road. The gas-fired cogeneration facility will be located at the site of the former Edicott coal-fired power plant.

Ford to Expand Use of Graphene to Boost Vehicle Durability, Reduce Noise, Weight

Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn today announced it would expand the use of graphene — a two-dimensional nano-material — in vehicle parts. The automaker says it is expanding the use of graphene beyond current applications in paint, polymer, and battery applications.

$136M Mixed-use Development Slated for Detroit’s East Riverfront District

City Growth Partners in Detroit today announced it would construct a $136-million mixed-use project on the city’s east riverfront along Atwater Street near the Renaissance Center.

Kalamazoo’s Stryker Partners With Canada’s Synaptive Medical, Florida’s Ziehm Imaging

Kalamazoo-based Stryker, a medical technology company, Monday announced its Advanced Guidance Technologies business has entered into strategic partnerships with Canada’s Synaptive Medical and Florida’s Ziehm Imaging to offer new products. Advanced Guidance Technologies was formerly Stryker’s Navigation business.

Illinois-based Flex-N-Gate Opens Plant on Detroit’s East Side

Flex-N-Gate, a top global auto supplier, Monday announced it has opened a new $160-million manufacturing facility on Detroit’s east side.

NAIAS’ AutoMobili-D to Return, Offer Networking Opportunities

The Future Automotive Career Exposition (FACE), a partnership formed by the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC), and Talent and Economic Development Department of Michigan (TED) that puts attendees in touch with employers and professionals in the automotive industry, will return to NAIAS in January.

Donations to School of Medicine at Detroit’s WSU Surpasses $190M Campaign Goal

The School of Medicine at Detroit’s Wayne State University Monday announced it surpassed its $190-million goal in the university’s Pivotal Moments Campaign, which concluded Sept. 30.

Restoration of Old Wayne County Building in Downtown Detroit Gets $7M Makeover

The ownership group of The Old Wayne County Building, located at 600 Randolph Street in downtown Detroit, today announced it has completed the restoration, redevelopment, and improvement of the historic structure.

General Dynamics Land Systems in Sterling Heights Awarded $383M U.S. Army Contract

The U.S. Army today announced it has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems in Sterling Heights a $383 million-contract modification to upgrade 173 more Stryker flat-bottom vehicles to the A1 configuration.

Art Van Furniture Debuts New Merchandising System, Introduces Lifestyle Collection Room Packages

Art Van Furniture in Warren today announced it has introduced a new merchandising system that showcases six primary lifestyle collections — casual, urban, farmhouse, modern, traditional, and mid-century — identified by easy-to-spot, color-coded tags.

New Solar Vehicle Wrap That Powers Batteries will Debut at Smart Automotive Surfaces Show in Novi

Attendees at this week’s Smart Automotive Surfaces exhibition in Novi will get a first glimpse of a new solar layer technology that is attached to a vehicle surface. The solar layer provides additional power to the battery, whether a vehicle is parked or in motion.

BorgWarner in Auburn Hills Expands Automotive Production Plant in China

BorgWarner Inc. a large automotive supplier in Auburn Hills, today announced the opening of a new production plant in the Caidian Economic Development Zone in Wuhan, China.

Meritor in Troy Launches Expanded Suite of ProTec Solutions for Heavy-duty Vehicles

Meritor Inc., a large automotive supplier in Troy, today announced the launch of an expanded suite of ProTec solutions scalable for light, medium, and heavy tactical wheeled vehicles and armored personnel carriers.

Detroit’s MSX International Acquires United Kingdom’s Impetus Automotive

MSX International, a Detroit-based global business process outsourcing company, has acquired the United Kingdom’s Impetus Automotive, an international consultancy that works with vehicle manufacturers to improve performance and grow business within retail dealerships. MSXI is acquiring Impetus from its parent company, Volvere plc.

Auto Supplier BorgWarner in Auburn Hills Partners with Silicon Valley’s Plug and Play Accelerator Ecosystem

BorgWarner, a large automotive supplier in Auburn Hills, today announced it is increasing its exposure to emerging technologies and innovation in the mobility sector by partnering with Plug and Play, an accelerator ecosystem for startup companies, and Franklin Venture Partners, a specialized investment team within Franklin Templeton Investments.

Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills Receives Grant to Restore Japanese Gardens

With the support from the Consulate General of Japan in Detroit, the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research today has received a grant from the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism to rejuvenate Cranbrook’s Japanese Garden in Bloomfield Hills.

New $40M Oakland Business Park in Orion Township Includes Michigan’s First Cannabis Business Park

Michigan’s first fully municipally permitted cannabis business park will break ground at the 25-acre Oakland Business Park located in Orion Township on Tuesday.

DTE Energy Customers to Save Collective $649M Over Lifetime Through Energy Efficiency Programs

DTE Energy in Detroit today released its 2017 Energy Waste Reduction Annual Report, which estimates its 5 million customers who participated in the utility’s energy efficiency programs in 2017 cumulatively will save nearly $649 million on their energy bills over a lifetime.

Staymobile Opens Flagship Michigan Service Center for Mobile Devices in Royal Oak

Staymobile, an Atlanta-based mobile device service company providing protection plans, electronic repair, warranty, and deployment services and accessories for educational institutions, businesses, and consumers, has opened its flagship Michigan location in Royal Oak.

University of Michigan Surpasses $5B Fundraising Campaign, Largest Among Public Institutions

The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor today announced it is the first public university to raise $5 billion. With nearly three months remaining in the Victors for Michigan campaign, more than 382,000 donors have given more than $5 billion — with more than $1.1 billion dedicated to student support, the campaign’s top priority.

Line 5 in Michigan to be Replaced with $500M Oil and Liquid Natural Gas Pipeline

The state of Michigan and Enbridge Energy Wednesday announced an agreement that will lead to major safety enhancements along the entire length of the Line 5 petroleum pipeline crossing the state, permanently shut down the current segment that crosses the Straits of Mackinac, and construct a multi-use utility tunnel beneath the Straits.

Cyber Security Summit Planned for Oct. 29 at Detroit’s Cobo Center

The North American International Cyber Summit is planned for Oct. 29 at Detroit’s Cobo Center. This is the seventh cyber summit in Michigan and will bring together cyber security professionals from around the world.

Buddy’s Pizza Opens at Royal Oak’s Detroit Zoo

Buddy’s Pizza today opened its newest location inside Royal Oak’s Detroit Zoo. This is the Detroit-style pizza chain’s 13th location in Michigan.

Bloomfield Hills’ Karamba Security Introduces Automotive Cybersecurity Protection Platform

Bloomfield Hills’ Karamba Security, a provider of end-to-end automotive cybersecurity prevention solutions, today announced ThreatHive, which provides automobile OEMs and Tier-1 suppliers a view of actual, online attacks on their engine control units (ECU) during development.

San Francisco’s SpotOn Acquires Detroit’s EmaginePOS, a Point-of-sale Platform

San Francisco’s SpotOn Transact, a payments and software company, Wednesday announced it has acquired Detroit’s EmaginePOS. The acquisition will allow SpotOn to equip restaurants and bars nationwide with a point-of-sale solution. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Honda Joins GM and Cruise to Speed Development of Autonomous Vehicle Technology

Detroit-based General Motors Co. and Cruise today announced they have joined forces with Honda to pursue the shared goal of transforming mobility through the large-scale deployment of autonomous vehicle technology.

2019 Grand Prix on Belle Isle Will Offer New Seating, Access to Race Paddock

Organizers of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear today announced several changes for the May 31-June 2 event at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park. Tickets to the 2019 Grand Prix go on sale Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Priority Health in Grand Rapids Introduces Tiered Network Plan in Metro Detroit

Grand Rapids-based Priority Health Tuesday announced a tiered network plan available to southeast Michigan employers called Southeast MI Partners. The plan is targeted at companies that have most of their employees residing within the six-county footprint of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston, Washtenaw, and St. Clair counties.

Professor at Ann Arbor’s U-M Earns Nobel Prize in Physics for Study of Lasers

An emeritus professor from Ann Arbor’s University of Michigan has been honored with the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics for inventions in the field of laser physics. Gérard Mourou, the A.D. Moore distinguished university professor emeritus of electrical engineering and computer science, was a faculty member at U-M for 16 years and retired in 2004.

Canton Township’s Fraza Expands With New Vitan Equipment Branches

Fraza, a Canton Township-based material handling solutions provider, has announced an expansion with its new Vitan Equipment branch. Vitan Grand Rapids and Vitan Detroit are now open.

Premier Thermal Solutions in Lansing Acquires Indiana’s Al-Fe Heat Treating

Lansing’s Premier Thermal Solutions (PTS), a provider of metal heat treating services, announced it has acquired Indiana’s Al-Fe Heat Treating, the largest commercial aluminum heat treater in the U.S. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Alpine Electronics of America Moving Headquarters to Auburn Hills From California

Alpine Electronics of America Inc., a manufacturer of in-vehicle infotainment systems, today announced plans to move its headquarters for the Americas to Auburn Hills from Torrance, Calif., effective April 19, 2019. Some 100 employees are expected to make the move.

Detroit’s Rossetti Plans $300M Mixed-use Development for Former Brewster-Douglass Site

Detroit’s Rossetti, a large architectural design and planning firm, Monday announced it has been retained by Bedrock to create a master plan for a more-than-$300-million mixed-use development on the now-vacant site of the former Brewster-Douglass public housing project.

Chevrolet Debuts 2019 Silverado High Country, Three Other Truck Concepts

Chevrolet in Detroit has introduced a stylized 2019 Silverado High Country, which highlights the automaker’s collection of truck accessories and performance parts for the all-new Silverado.

NARA Hibachi Opens in West Bloomfield Township

NARA Hibachi, an upscale, creative hibachi and personalized stone grilling restaurant, bar, and lounge, has opened in West Bloomfield Township.

Detroit’s Bird Bee to Open Sister Store Urban Angelo in Brush Park

Urban Angelo, upcoming sister store to Capitol Park’s Bird Bee, will open in November at The Scott at Brush Park. The store will feature apparel and accessories for both men and women, drawing inspiration from monochromatic aesthetic, art, music, and street culture.

Detroit’s HAP Partners With Physician Organizations to Create Zero-dollar Medicare Advantage Plan

Health Alliance Plan (HAP) in Detroit today announced it has partnered with United Physicians and Oakland Southfield Physicians to create a Medicare Advantage plan that gives HAP members access to more than 400 of the highest-rated primary care physicians in metro Detroit while also offering access to HAP’s network of specialists and health care facilities.

Auburn Hills’ FCA Announces Changes to Leadership Team

Mike Manley, CEO of FCA in Auburn Hills, today announced position changes for 11 executives. The changes come after former CEO Sergio Marchionne’s death in late July.

Law Firm Warner Norcross + Judd to Open Detroit Office Next to Little Caesars Arena

Olympia Development of Michigan today announced that the law firm of Warner Norcross + Judd has signed a lease for nearly 30,000 square feet of space in an upcoming office, medical, and retail building that will be constructed along Woodward Avenue between Little Caesars Arena and the new Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University.

U.S. District Court Rules Michigan’s Ban on Out-of-state Wine Sales is Unconstitutional

The United States District Court Eastern District of Michigan, located in downtown Detroit, on Friday ruled the state’s ban on wine shipments from out-of-state retailers is unconstitutional and enjoined Michigan from enforcing the ban on out of state retailer shipping.

Michigan Miners in UP Reach Tentative Labor Agreement With Ohio’s Cleveland-Cliffs Inc.

Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. in Ohio, the largest and oldest independent iron ore mining company in the U.S., and the United Steelworkers Sunday announced a tentative agreement for a new four-year labor contract effective Oct. 1.

Auburn Hills’ FCA Unveils 2018 Ram Heavy Duty Longhorn Ram Rodeo Edition

Auburn Hills-based FCA’s Ram has unveiled the 2018 2500/3500 Heavy Duty Longhorn Ram Rodeo Edition. It offers trailer-focused features and an interior that includes wood, leather, and steel trim.

Michigan’s Mackinac Financial Corp. (mBank) Completes Acquisition of Wisconsin’s Lincoln Community Bank

The directors of Mackinac Financial Corp., the holding company for Manistique-based mBank, today announced the consummation of its all-cash acquisition of Lincoln Community Bank in Merrill, Wis. The total cash consideration was $8.5 million.

Henry Ford Health System and Wayne State University Announce Long-term Partnership

Henry Ford Health System and Wayne State University (WSU), both in Detroit, today announced the organizations have signed a letter of intent (LOI) to expand their long-term partnership and bring two Detroit anchor institutions even closer together.

Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority Signs $5.7B Contract With Bridging North America, Bridge Expected to Open in 2024

The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) today announced it has signed a fixed-price contract valued at $5.7 billion with Bridging North America to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain the Gordie Howe International Bridge project.

Detroit’s DTE Energy to Reduce Methane Emissions by More Than 80 Percent by 2040

DTE Energy in Detroit today announced it will reduce methane emissions from its natural gas utility operations by more than 80 percent by 2040—– part of a broad sustainability initiative the company has launched to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change while continuing to provide customers with reliable and affordable power.

Dearborn’s Ford, California’s Uber, Lyft Pledge Data to Urban Mobility Platform

Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn and California-based Uber and Lyft Wednesday announced they have committed to share data with SharedStreets, a new data platform designed to make it easier for the private sector to work with cities as well as leverage data to improve urban mobility.

Detroit’s Guardhat Closes $20M Series A Funding Round to Boost Wearable Technology

Detroit-based Guardhat, an Internet of Things (IoT) industrial safety technology developer that creates wearables, infrastructure, and software platforms to provide safer and more productive work environments, Thursday announced it has closed a $20-million Series A funding round.

Seattle’s Amazon Expands Whole Foods Delivery to Detroit, Ann Arbor

Seattle-based Amazon and Austin-based Whole Foods Market have launched delivery of Whole Foods products to new markets, including Detroit and Ann Arbor.

Ford to Produce F-150 Hybrid in 2020, Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Ford Rouge Center in Dearborn

As part of the 100th anniversary of the Ford Rouge Center in Dearborn, Ford Motor Co. today announced the plant will begin producing the first F-150 Hybrid Electric pickup starting in 2020.

Detroit Mobility Lab Selects Boston Consulting Group to Help Develop the Michigan Mobility Institute

The Detroit Mobility Lab today announced it has selected The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) as its strategic advisory partner for the development of the Michigan Mobility Institute.

Detroit Medical Center Reaches Five-year Agreement With Wayne State University Physician Group

The Detroit Medical Center, a Tenet Healthcare hospital system, and Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), announced on Wednesday they have reached a new five-year agreement designed to enhance access to high-quality care for Detroit-area patients.

Dearborn’s Henry Ford Museum to Host Norman Rockwell Exhibit

An exhibit featuring the work of American artist Norman Rockwell will be housed at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn from Oct. 13, 2018-Jan. 13, 2019. “Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt, and the Four Freedoms,” is an internationally touring exhibition organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum.

Farmington Hills’ Lumecon Introduces Detroit Series of LED Lighting

Farmington Hills-based Lumecon, a manufacturer of LED lighting, has released its Detroit Series, an all-encompassing LED lighting series designed with the Motor City in mind.

Report: PCs Aren’t Going Anywhere

Customer satisfaction with personal computers, including desktops, laptops, and tablets, remains unchanged at 77 on a scale of zero-100, according to Ann Arbor’s American Customer Satisfaction Index’s (ACSI) Household Appliances and Electronics Report 2018.

Detroit Children’s Fund Seeks to Offer High-quality Education at All City Schools

The Detroit Children’s Fund today announced its plan to impact Detroit schools to create a quality education for every child who lives in the city. Through data driven decision-making, Detroit Children’s Fund says it is identifying key areas in the city’s educational landscape where investments will create substantial change.

Kelly Services in Troy Invests in Business Talent Group to Advance the Gig Economy

Troy-based Kelly Services, a large workforce solutions company, today announced it has made an equity investment in Business Talent Group (BTG), a leading market place for on-demand consultants, experts, and executives.

American Center for Mobility in Ypsilanti Township to Conduct Autonomous Truck Fleet Platooning Study

The American Center for Mobility (ACM) in Ypsilianti Township Monday announced it will research and test automated convoy platooning in a two-year study that will feature both military- and commercial-grade trucks.

Auburn Hills’ BorgWarner Partners With Chinese Automaker on Transportation for Smart Cities

BorgWarner Inc., a global clean and efficient technology solutions company for combustion, hybrid, and electric vehicles based in Auburn Hills, Tuesday announced it has entered into a three-year agreement with WM Motor, a Chinese auto manufacturer. The two companies plan to cooperate in the establishment of transportation models for tomorrow’s smart city.

Detroit’s Wayne State University Researchers Develop Technology to Reverse Drug Resistance in Cancers

Researchers at Detroit-based Wayne State University have announced they have developed a nanoplatform technology that works in combination with existing chemotherapeutic drugs that may reverse drug resistance in renal cell carcinoma, a kidney cancer.

Southfield’s Lawrence Technological University to Offer Adult Classes Through New Career Development Institute

Lawrence Technological University in Southfield Tuesday announced it will offer a series of courses and workshops for working adults through its new Career Development Institute.

The District Detroit Adds Disney Executive, Provides Updates on Development Projects

The District Detroit, the 50-block area that includes Little Caesars Arena, Comerica Park, Ford Field, and dozens of other structures, today announced that data from the Detroit Downtown Development Authority shows property taxes in the area grew an estimated 456 percent from 2013 to 2018.

Bedrock in Detroit Launches Ford’s Chariot Transit Service, Plans to Add Public Usage

Detroit-based Bedrock, the real estate arm of the Rock Family of Companies, today announced it will offer its employees Ford Motor Co.’s Chariot microtransit service for use during their commutes to and from work. Initial plans call for Chariot to run its 14-passenger, WiFi-enabled Ford Transit vehicles along three routes, with daily operating hours from 7am - 9am and 4pm - 7pm.

Chevrolet Debuts 2019 Blazer, Offers a Wider Stance and Multiple New Features

Detroit’s General Motors Co. today unveiled its 2019 Chevrolet Blazer. The two-row midsize SUV includes an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, 4G LTE compatibility with an available Wi-Fi hotspot, and keyless open and start.

Topgolf to Open Location in Auburn Hills, Plans to Hire 500 Employees

Topgolf, a Dallas-based global sports and entertainment community that pioneered a technology to make golf more fun and engaging, Monday announced it will open its 51st location in winter 2018 next to Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in Auburn Hills.

Michigan Strategic Fund Closes Financial Year With Approval of Projects Expected to Generate More Than $96.5M

The Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) today approved projects expected to generate more than $96.5 million in total investment and create or retain 267 jobs in Michigan, according to the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC).

Detroit’s Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to Launch Virtual Well-Being Webinars, Downloadable Content

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan in Detroit Monday announced that it will launch its new Virtual Well-Being program on Jan. 1, 2019. The program will offer employers and members access to live, weekly well-being webinars and downloadable health resources.

FCA’s Ram in Auburn Hills Unveils 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel 12

Auburn Hills-based Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Ram today announced the 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel 12, which offers leather seating for the first time, updated technology, and off-road features for the full-size truck.

Detroit’s Little Caesars Opens Pizza Portal Pickup Across the U.S.

Detroit-based Little Caesars today announced it has completed the installation of its Pizza Portal pickup in nearly all of its U.S. stores. Customers are now able to order and pay ahead, then bypass the counter and pick up their food from the Pizza Portal pickup.

Detroit Office Building Next to Cobo Center Goes up for Auction, Property Could be Developed for a Hotel

A three-story office building in Detroit’s central business district located across W. Congress Street from Cobo Center will be up for auction Sept. 25 to Sept. 27. The white terra cotta and brick building was appraised for $5 million earlier this year, and the starting bid is $1.2 million.

Report: Michigan Among Top 5 National Markets For Increase in Real House Prices

Michigan is one of five states in the nation with the greatest year-over-year increase in the First American Real House Price Index (RHPI), released today by First American Financial Corp.

Fast Casual Seafood Franchise Captain D’s Plans to Expand to Metro Detroit in 2019

Nashville-based Captain D’s, a chain of fast casual seafood restaurants, today announced the signing of franchise development agreements that will expand its presence in key markets throughout the Midwest and the Southeast, including three new restaurants coming to metro Detroit.

Superior Township’s Hyundai America Technical Center Awarded Nearly $5M to Research Mixed-mode Gasoline Engine

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced it will award $4.9 million over three years to the Hyundai America Technical Center in Superior Township to conduct research and development for an advanced mixed-mode gasoline engine designed to improve fuel economy and CO2 emissions.

Global Urban Summit CityLab Detroit to be Held in October

CityLab, a global cities summit organized by the Aspen Institute, The Atlantic, and Bloomberg Philanthropies to address urgent urban issues, is coming to Detroit next month and will feature such speakers as Mary Barra, chairman and CEO of General Motors Co., and Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City.

Belle Isle Conservatory to See Almost $2M in Renovations

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Thursday announced the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory in Detroit’s Belle Isle Park will undergo a $1.9-million renovation project starting in October.

Everdays in Detroit Launches Death Notification App to Complement Digital Platform

Detroit-based Everdays, a social platform that builds communities around milestone life events and provides people with the ability to stay up-to-date about deaths in their life's network, Thursday announced the introduction of a free new consumer app.

Oxford Companies in Ann Arbor Acquires Ann Arbor’s 777 E. Eisenhower Parkway, Plans $10M Renovation

Ann Arbor’s Oxford Companies Thursday announced it has acquired 777 E. Eisenhower Parkway on Ann Arbor’s south side. The 10-story, 290,000-square-foot building is one of the city’s highest-profile office properties. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Cincinnati-based Buffalo Wings and Rings Looks to Open 30 Metro Detroit Locations

Buffalo Wings and Rings, a Cincinnati-based franchise, plans to open a location in metro Detroit within the year and expand in Michigan over the next five years. The sports restaurant franchise has 80 units worldwide and has grown significantly since its establishment in 1984.

Kalamazoo-based WMU Opens Manufacturing Lab in Downtown Grand Rapids

Kalamazoo’s Western Michigan University Wednesday announced it has opened its 15,000-square-foot AMP Lab in downtown Grand Rapids.

Stoney River Steakhouse at Columbia Center in Troy to Open in October

Adding to what is the highest concentration of steakhouses in Michigan, J. Alexander’s Holdings Inc. today announced it will open a new Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill on Oct. 29 at 155 West Big Beaver Road (near Livernois) in the Columbia Center campus in Troy.

The M Den to Open at Columbia Street in Downtown Detroit Next Year, Includes The Victors Collection

The M Den and Olympia Development of Michigan today announced that the official merchandise retailer for University of Michigan athletic apparel will open its first Detroit location along the new Columbia Street shopping and dining destination next year.

Metro Detroit Home Permits on Pace for Second-Best Year Since 2006

A total of 503 single-family permits were issued in Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, and Wayne counties in August 2018, according to a new report from the Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan. This is more than the 440 permits the association’s econometric model had forecasted.

MSU in East Lansing Receives $2M to Reimagine U.S. Power Grid

East Lansing’s Michigan State University Wednesday announced it has received $2 million to help develop next-generation designs for long-duration storage on the U.S. power grid. MSU will work with partners Arizona State University, Dresser-Rand, and Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures on the project.

Southwest Solutions Receives $2.5M Gift to Renovate Homes in Detroit’s Newberry Neighborhood

Southwest Solutions in Detroit Wednesday announced it has received a $2.5-million gift from Judith Yaker to establish the Sam L. and Judith Yaker Fund that will be used to catalyze homeownership and revitalization in the Chadsey-Condon neighborhood in southwest Detroit.

The Kiefer Foundation in Plymouth Expands Efforts to Combat Distracted Driving

The Kiefer Foundation in Plymouth, which trains and educates teenage drivers and their parents about the importance of safe and responsible driving, Wednesday announced the second phase of a project with the Michigan Department of Transportation to install a 1.3-mile stretch of protective cable guardrail on I-96 near East Lansing.

Henry Ford Health System to Occupy New Office Building in Downtown Royal Oak

Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System today announced it will occupy all of Royal Oak City Center, a new six-story, 145,000-square-foot, high-tech outpatient medical center that is expected to open in mid-2020.

David DiChiera, Founder and Former General Director of Michigan Opera Theatre in Detroit, Passes Away

David DiChiera, founder and long-time general director of Michigan Opera Theatre (MOT), died Tuesday at his home in Detroit with his family by his side. He was 83 years old and had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March 2017.

Report: Home Sales Down Slightly in August, Median Sales Price Up

Metro Detroit home sales are down year-over-year while the median sales price has increased, according to the August 2018 RE/MAX of Southeastern Michigan Housing Report.

Terry Adderley Retires as Chairman of Troy-based Kelly Services

Kelly Services Inc., a large workforce solutions firm in Troy, today announced the retirement of Terence E. “Terry” Adderley as chairman, and elected lead director Donald R. Parfet to be its next chairman. George S. Corona will continue as president and CEO of Kelly Services and remain a member of Kelly’s board, while Adderley remains the controlling shareholder.

Southfield’s CarbonTV Relaunches and Expands Outdoor Lifestyle Content and Offerings

CarbonTV, a Southfield-based outdoor, online over-the-top (OTT) streaming content site, Tuesday announced the relaunch of CarbonTV.com. Updates include a streamlined interface, faster-loading content, and a predictive featured-content engine that will provide a customized experience.

Grand Rapids’ Blackford Capital Invests in California Audiovisual Company

Blackford Capital, a national private equity firm based in Grand Rapids, Tuesday announced it has invested in Tustin, Calif.’s Hall Research, a designer, engineer, and manufacturer of audiovisual hardware and software systems that better communicate between audiovisual sources and displays.

Genuine Parts Co. in Atlanta Acquires Detroit’s Hastings Auto Parts Inc.

Atlanta’s Genuine Parts Co. today announced its U.S. Automotive Parts Group has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Hastings Auto Parts Inc. in Detroit. The effective close date is Oct. 1. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.

The Corner Apartment and Retail Project at Old Tiger Stadium Site in Detroit to be Completed in February

The former Tiger Stadium site in Detroit received the city’s first modular home drop today as part of a mixed-used development at Michigan and Trumbull called The Corner. The $30-million project, which will feature 111 apartments and 26,000 square feet of commercial space, will be completed in February.

Ann Arbor’s U-M Receives $18M for Tobacco Research Center

The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor today announced its School of Public Health will house a new, multi-institutional center focusing on modeling and predicting the impact of tobacco regulation, funded through an $18-million federal grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Bloomfield Hills’ Center Rock Capital Partners Acquire American Piping Products

Center Rock Capital Partners LP in Bloomfield Hills today announced it has acquired American Piping Products, a Missouri-based global distributor of steel pipe, fittings, and valves. AAP marks Center Rock’s second platform investment out of its inaugural investment vehicle, Center Rock Capital Partners Fund I LP.

Jackson’s Consumers Energy Starts Operation of Large-scale Battery at Kalamazoo’s Western Michigan University

Consumers Energy in Jackson Monday announced it has installed a new large-scale battery on Kalamazoo-based Western Michigan University’s campus. The battery is expected to store enough energy to power 1,000 homes at any time.
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