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General Motors Donates $5M to The Henry Ford in Dearborn

Detroit-based General Motors Co. today announced it has contributed $5 million to The Henry Ford in Dearborn. In recognition of the donation, the flexible gallery space in the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation will be named The Gallery by General Motors.

Work Begins on Fitzgerald Revitalization Project on Detroit’s West Side

Government, civic, and neighborhood leaders broke ground today on efforts to revitalize the Livernois-McNichols area on Detroit’s west side. The Ella Fitzgerald Park groundbreaking is the first major construction of the two-year Fitzgerald Revitalization Project, that will see some 115 vacant homes rehabbed for rental or sale, 16 demolished, and nearly 200 vacant lots turned into greenways, gardens, flowering meadows, or other community assets.

Truck Hero in Ann Arbor to Acquire Jeep Accessories Supplier Omix-ADA

Ann Arbor-based automotive accessory company Truck Hero has announced an agreement to acquire Omix-ADA Inc., an independent developer and supplier of Jeep off-road parts, accessories, and floor liners. The acquisition is expected to close at the end of October.

Detroit Blows Opens City’s First Non-Toxic Blow-Dry Bar

Non-toxic blow dry salon Detroit Blows has opened for business on the ground floor of the Z-Lot at 1232 Library St. The more than 2,000-square-foot salon will offer an array of beauty services. It will also be an impact-driven retail footprint by offering a rotating lineup of socially conscious brands from Detroit-based and global product makers.

U-M Tech Transfer Reports 444 New Inventions in FY2017

Researchers at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor reported 444 new inventions, up from last year’s 428 and the fifth consecutive year with more than 400 inventions from U-M faculty. U-M Tech Transfer also had a record 172 U.S. patents issued in fiscal year 2017, an increase from 135 in fiscal year 2016.

PlanetM and AutoMobili-D Will Honor Mobility Firms During 2018 Detroit Auto Show

PlanetM, a Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) program, in partnership with the North American International Auto Show’s (NAIAS) mobility showcase AutoMobili-D, today announced the inaugural PlanetM Awards, which will take place on Jan. 15, 2018 at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit.

Leelanau Peninsula, Old Mission Peninsula Wineries Collaborate to Showcase Michigan Wines

Wineries of Northwest Michigan, a significant grape growing region, have strategically combined forces for a new initiative to create a brand that highlights the wines being grown in that area. The new branding campaign is called Traverse City Wine Coast.

Continental in Auburn Hills Develops Control Element for Automated Driving

As autonomous and connected vehicles move closer to commercialization, Auburn Hills-based global automotive supplier Continental today announced The Smart Control, an input device that is transparently and intuitively designed to aid the driver’s transition from operator to user of automated driving functions.

U-M Granted $1.8M to Develop Smart Floodproofing Technology

The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor has received a $1.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop autonomous smart technologies for aging storm water systems, which can lessen the impacts of flooding and potentially save lives. The grant is one of three funded nationwide and is among 38 projects announced under NSF’s new Smart and Connected Communities program.

Michigan Strategic Fund and Wayne State University Provide $2.2M to Develop Biomedical Technology

Three Wayne State University research teams have been awarded funding from the instutution’s Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) program, which works to accelerate the translation and commercialization of its biomedical technologies and provide the resources to validate technical and market opportunities.

Cork and Gabel Restaurant to Open in Corktown in Spring 2018

Cork and Gabel, a restaurant fusion of Irish, Italian, and German cuisine, is slated to open in Detroit's Corktown district in April 2018. The restaurant will be owned by co-founders Matt McGrail, executive chef, and Joe Mifsud, owner of several Corktown residential buildings.

Genomenon Launches Mastermind Genomic Search Engine

Ann Arbor-based Genomenon today announced a complimentary edition of the Mastermind Genomic Search Engine to clinical, research, and academic institutions to advance genomic analysis and DNA data interpretation. The company is making Mastermind freely available to promote more rapid advances in genome analysis and DNA sequencing interpretation.

Gov. Snyder Issues Michigan’s First Open Investment Policy Statement

Gov. Rick Snyder issued Michigan’s first Open Investment Policy statement, declaring that foreign direct investment (FDI) helps drive Michigan’s economy and that foreign-based employers will be treated equitably.

Sakthi Automotive Creates 200 Jobs With $7M Detroit Expansion

Detroit-based Sakthi Automotive Group today began a $7 million expansion that will add 200 jobs to its manufacturing and distribution facilities in southwest Detroit. The company is constructing a standalone, 60,000-square-foot facility at the south end of its headquarters at 6401 W. Fort St. to supply under-carriage steering components and safety knuckles for several U.S. and European OEMs.

University of Michigan Startup Helps Travelers Fight Jet Lag

As a doctoral student at the University of Michigan, Olivia Walch developed the Entrain app, which reads the body’s circadian rhythms to help people combat jet lag.

Detroit Garment Group presents Wearable Technology Exhibition at Lear Innovation Center

Detroit Garment Group today presented a wearable technology exhibition at the Lear Innovation Center in downtown Detroit. The exhibition featured designs by Anina Net of 360Fashion Network in Traverse City, a company that specializes in fashion technology. The event showcased smart garments, accessories, robotic clothing, and new materials.

Turnaround Expert Van Conway Launches Radio Show to Assist Small Businesses

Van Conway, founder and CEO of Van Conway and Partners, a financial advisory and general investment services firm in downtown Birmingham, is launching a monthly radio show on News/Talk 760 WJR focused on assisting small businesses on a broad range of operational topics. The first show will be on Wed., Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. The next show will be on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.

Black Star Farm’s VinBar in Ann Arbor to Offer Other Northern Michigan Wines

Black Star Farms, which has operations on both the Leelanau and Old Mission peninsulas near Traverse City, will begin to offer wines from other northern Michigan vintners at its VinBar wine bar in downtown Ann Arbor (111 W. Liberty St.). The bar and store opened in 2015.

Wayne, Oakland Counties File Joint Lawsuit Against Drug Companies for Deceptive Marketing

Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans and Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson today announced a joint lawsuit against multiple drug manufacturers and distributors for allegedly using deceptive marketing to sell opioids, including OxyContin and Fentanyl. The first such lawsuit filed in Michigan, this decision comes as opioid-related deaths hit 817 in Wayne County and 33 in Oakland County during 2016.

Beaumont Health Partners with UM-Dearborn to Develop Autism Center

Royal Oak-based Beaumont Health will collaborate with University of Michigan-Dearborn to bring advanced care for children with autism. The new center will include autism-focused cross-training programs, health care providers, and educators.

MAHLE, Faurecia to Collaborate on Thermal Management Technologies

MAHLE and Faurecia, automotive system suppliers with large operations in Troy and Auburn Hills, respectfully, will collaborate to develop an innovative internal thermal management technologies for mobility solutions. The collaboration will be built on Faurecia’s knowledge of being a full interior system integrator and MAHLE’s holistic thermal expertise.

Chrysler Pacifica Gets Customized Athletic Look for 2018

The new S Appearance Package for the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica, which was announced today, will offer a sporty look and feature black accents inside and out, including grille surrounds, eyebrow accents on headlamps, daylight opening molding, and rear valance molding.

Detox Day Spa Opens in Lake Orion Township

Detox Day Spa has opened to the public in Lake Orion today, focusing on holistic health services to detoxify the mind and body for better health and more energy. The spa concept centers on providing two to three detox services to clients once a week for approximately 60 minutes, anecdotally addressing diabetes, cardiovascular disease, digestive issues, obesity, fatigue, cancer, joint issues, brain disorders, lower respiratory issues, and more.

2018 Jeep Cherokee Latitude Offers Smart Upgrades

The 2018 Jeep Cherokee Latitude will be equipped with a new Tech Connect Package to enhance the owner connection with the introduction of the new UConnect skill for Amazon Alexa. Amazon’s voice service provides a set of capabilities referred to as skills, which enable customers to make voice-activated requests.

Historic Detroit Club to Reopen in January, Be Private with Public Restaurant

The historic Detroit Club at the northeast corner of Cass Avenue and Fort Street will reopen in January following a three-year restoration by Lynn and Emre Uralli, principals of Luke Investments in Detroit.

GMC and Vail Resorts Partner to Improve Guest Experiences

Detroit-based truck and SUV manufacturer GMC and Vail Resorts, a mountain resort company in Colorado, today announced they have established a partnership to provide vehicles for all onsite activations and signature resort events.

Brooklyn Outdoor Launches Eastern Market Event Space

Detroit-based independent outdoor advertising company Brooklyn Outdoor has made its headquarters in Eastern Market available for private rentals through a newly developed division, Brooklyn Events. The Brooklyn Outdoor Loft can be reserved for corporate events, luncheons, dinners, photography sessions, and private parties.

Truck Hero Inc. in Ann Arbor Acquires Superlift Suspension Systems

Ann Arbor-based accessories company Truck Hero today announced the strategic acquisition of Superlift, a national manufacturer of automotive aftermarket products including suspension lifts and leveling kits. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Rossetti in Detroit Creates Design Concept for Inverted Arena Bowl

Detroit-based architecture firm Rossetti has developed an inverted bowl design concept where upper-deck and balcony seating lean in over the event floor space rather than slope away from the action.

The Great American Employment Disconnect — Simple Math, Right? 

As of June 2017, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, there is a record 6.2 million job openings nationwide. It's the highest number since the Labor Department began tracking job postings in 2000.

General Motors Acquires Strobe Inc. to Advance Self-Driving Vehicle Development

General Motors Co. has acquired LIDAR technology company Strobe Inc. to further solutions for self-driving vehicles. Following the acquisition, Strobe’s engineering talent will join GM’s Cruise Automation team to define and develop LIDAR solutions, which use light to create high resolution images that provide a more accurate view than cameras or radar.

AeroParts Now in Birmingham to Launch Global Online Aviation Marketplace

AeroParts Now (APN), a new global online marketplace in Birmingham for aviation parts and supplies, is set to launch at the 2017 National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA) - Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (BACE) conference now underway in Las Vegas. APN is the first e-commerce platform connecting aviation industry stakeholders with all the digital tools required for transactions.

Atlas Oil Co. Partners With Preventative Maintenance Technologies

Taylor-based fuel supply and distribution company Atlas Oil Co. has entered a strategic partnership with Wixom-based Preventative Maintenance Technologies (PM Technologies), a company that offers power generation systems and supporting equipment to create a single-source for fuel supply and generator equipment solutions.

McClure’s Pickles Invests $750K in Detroit Manufacturing Facility

Detroit-based McClure’s Pickles has announced the acquisition of the 20,000-square foot manufacturing facility they’ve been leasing since 2009. Located at 8201 St. Aubin St. in Detroit, the facility cost $750,000 and will create more long term opportunities for the company.

Valassis Completes Acquisition of Digital Marketing Technology Company MaxPoint

Valassis, a Livonia-based intelligent media delivery company, today announced the completion of the acquisition of digital marketing technology company MaxPoint Interactive. Pursuant to the terms of the merger agreement, Harland Clarke Holdings (HCH) has acquired all the outstanding shares of MaxPoint common stock for $13.86 per share in cash.

Wayne State University Collaborates With Aly Sterling Philanthropy to Train Non-Profit Board Members

The Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business and Toledo-based full service consulting firm Aly Sterling Philanthropy have partnered to offer a unique program to train nonprofit board members. The Board Member Accelerator Series (BMA) takes a community-wide approach to board training by connecting people from various industries and a range of experience and interests.

Macomb Community College Leads Coalition to Address Manufacturing Skills Gap

Led by Macomb Community College in Warren, a consortium of eight community colleges in Michigan today released the results of a four-year manufacturing skills project, funded by a $24.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Kellogg Co. Adds RxBar’s Clean-Label Protein Bars to Wholesome Snack Portfolio

Battle Creek-based Kellogg Co. today announced an agreement to acquire Chicago Bar Co., which produces RXBAR, a line of clean-label protein bars made with a base of egg whites, fruit, and nuts.

Michigan Women’s Foundation Acquires Michigan Women’s Historical Center, Hall of Fame

The Michigan Women’s Foundation (MWF), a non-profit organization working to achieve social and economic equality, today announced plans to merge the Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame (MWHC&HoF) into its operations.

Saline-based Akervall Technologies Partners with Triple Eight on Mouthguard Distribution

Saline-based Akervall Technologies Inc. (ATI), makers of the SISU Mouthguards, has partnered with New York-based Triple Eight as the distributor of choice for action sports products.

TiECon Detroit to Feature Mobility Competition With $50K Investment Opportunity

TiE Detroit and Kyyba Xcelerator have partnered to bring the mobility competition to TiECon Detroit, an annual conference for entrepreneurs, incubators, accelerators, and venture capital funds. The contest will take place from 2-3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9 at the Detroit Marriott at the GM Renaissance Center in Detroit.

University of Michigan to Host Venture Capital Competition Oct. 21

The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor is hosting UpRound, a venture capital (VC) competition where undergraduate student teams act as VCs to assess real startups in search of funding, while being judged by leading venture capitalists.

GM Outlines Potential for Flexible Autonomous Fuel Cell Platform

Detroit automaker General Motors Co. today announced its vision for solving complex transportation problems created by natural disasters, difficult logistics environments, and global conflicts. The company will display its Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure (SURUS), a flexible fuel cell electric platform with autonomous capabilities, at the fall meeting of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) from Oct. 9-11.

Denso Invests $1B in U.S. Automotive Manufacturing for Mobility Advances

Denso, a Southfield-based automotive technology, systems, and components supplier, today announced a $1 billion investment in its Maryville, Tenn. facility. The investment is part of Denso’s commitment to advancing automotive innovation in North America and will significantly increase the company’s role in the global trend toward vehicle safety and electrification.

CORE Partners Brings Tremec Auto Supplier to Wixom

Full-service real estate and commercial brokerage firm CORE Partners in Bingham Farms today announced Tremec Corp., a Mexico-based transmission supplier previously operating its technical and customer support out of Plymouth Township, has opened a facility in Wixom. 

Robotics Industries Association in Ann Arbor Partners With Occupational Safety and Health Administration

North America’s robotics trade group, the Robotics Industries Association (RIA) in Ann Arbor, has signed an alliance partnership with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

Design Company June and December Opens Storefront in Berkley

After selling their products at small boutiques nationwide, Michigan-based paper, textile, and home goods company June and December has announced the opening of a new brick and mortar store in Berkley.

Independent Sector to Host Our Common Future Convention in Detroit Oct. 25-27

Independent Sector, the Michigan Nonprofit Association, and the Council of Michigan Foundations will host more than 1,000 people at the Our Common Future convention at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center from Oct. 25-27. 

Detroit Plans to Invest $125M in Bond Funds to Revitalize Commercial Corridors

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, along with city and community partners, today announced a sweeping plan to revitalize many of the city’s outdated commercial business corridors. Construction on the first projects will begin in late 2018, with the earliest projects to completed by early 2020 and all improvements complete by 2023.

WeWork, Detroit Regional Chamber, and MEDC Partner on PlanetM Landing Zone in Downtown Detroit

The Detroit Regional Chamber, Michigan Economic Development Corp., and WeWork today announced the launch of the PlanetM Landing Zone, which will serve as an environment for connected and automated transportation startups to connect with Detroit’s automotive and economic development network.

Marketplace Homes in Livonia Raises $5M From Finance Michigan Inc. to Expand

Marketplace Homes, a Livonia-based property manager for more than 2,500 single-family homes in 28 states, has announced a partnership with Detroit-based Finance Michigan Inc. to fund its continued growth in the real estate industry.

GreenSpace Cafe to Open Fast-Casual Spot in Royal Oak

Ferndale’s plant-based restaurant and bar GreenSpace Café is launching a fast-casual concept on Woodward Avenue, just south of 14 Mile Road in Royal Oak (southwest corner of Woodward and 14 Mile).

Detroit-based WaitTime Expands Software Service to Sports Arenas Worldwide

WaitTime, a Detroit software company that utilizes artificial intelligence to provide real-time data on fan traffic at entertainment venues, is expanding its lineup globally.

First Hospitality Group Inc. Opens Hyatt Place in Ann Arbor

First Hospitality Group Inc., a management, acquisition, and development company, has opened the Hyatt Place Ann Arbor hotel. The establishment is owned by Rockbridge and developed by the firm’s affiliate hotel development company, RBHD, in Ann Arbor.

Ford Plans to Focus on Smart Vehicles as Mobility Solution

By 2019, 100 percent of Ford Motor Co.’s new U.S. vehicles will be built with connectivity. The company has similarly aggressive plans for China and other markets, as 90 percent of Ford’s new global vehicles will feature connectivity by 2020. 

Ford’s Jim Hackett to Present at Sixth Annual CEO Summit in Detroit on Nov. 9

The 2017 Michigan CEO Summit will be hosted by Business Leaders for Michigan at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in downtown Detroit on Nov. 9. Since its inception in 2011, the event has brought together business, community, government, and non-profit leaders to discuss and share strategies on talent recruitment and retention, evolving technologies, and other challenges and opportunities CEOs face.

Holly-based Bar’s Products Acquires Hy-Per Lube Corp.

Bar’s Products, an automotive repair and performance chemicals manufacturer has purchased Hy-Per Lube Corp. The acquisition adds Hy-Per Lube’s brand of high-performance additives to its family of brands, including Bar’s Leaks and Rislone, an engine treatment brand.

Detroit’s Stone Soap Building to Undergo $27M Renovation

Officials from the City of Detroit, Detroit Economic Growth Corp., and additional stakeholders today announced the redevelopment of the historic Stone Soap building as part of the city’s East Riverfront framework plan. The project is expected to break ground next spring following City Council approval, and is slated for completion by fall 2020.

Neptune in Ann Arbor Partners With Goldfinch Bio Partners to Find Kidney Disease Treatment

Neptune, a medical network dedicated to understanding and advancing treatment of kidney disorders in Ann Arbor, has announced a collaboration with Goldfinch Bio, a company focused on discovering and developing precision therapies to treat patients with kidney disease.

Chicago-based AHEAD Opens Research Center in Ann Arbor

Chicago technology company AHEAD, a provider of enterprise cloud solutions, today announced the opening of a research and development lab in Ann Arbor. The Cloud Innovation Center will serve as a hub for research on emerging cloud technologies, as well as a collaborative space for AHEAD professionals.

Ford, GM, and FCA US Post September Gains

Dearborn automaker Ford Motor Co. today announced sales increased 8.7 percent in September, with F-Series truck sales up 21.4 percent and transit van sales increasing 25.4 percent. The company’s total retail sales totaled 169,544 vehicles, a 4.4 percent increase compared to 2016.

Berry Gordy Jr.’s Motown Mansion to Hold Estate Sale and Auction Oct. 12-14

An estate sale and auction will take place at the Motown Mansion, the home once owned by Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr., from Oct. 12-14. Birmingham-based estate sale company Aaron’s Estate Sales will be facilitating the sale and auction.

Farmington Hills-based S2 Equipment Creates Solar Briefcase and PowerPack for Remote Energy Applications

S2 Equipment in Farmington Hills, which operates The Invention Shop, today announced the debut of the Hans PowerPack and the Solar BriefCase 60, which can charge mobile devices during a power outage or provide electrical power during a trip off the grid, at a tailgate party, or at other events.

Pentastar Aviation Collaborates on Co-Ownership Solution for Business Aircraft Owners

Waterford Township-based Pentastar Aviation and Partners in Aviation (PIA) today announced they will offer a comprehensive management program with a cost-effective solution to owning and operating a business aircraft.

Emissions Analytics in Pontiac Creates Consumer-Oriented Vehicle EQUA Index

Emissions Analytics, a Pontiac-based provider of Portable Emissions Measurements Systems (PEMS), today announced the creation of the EQUA Index, designed for the North American vehicle-buying marketplace.

The Bird and The Bread in Birmingham Will Undergo Renovation, Become Vinotecca

The Jonna Family of Restaurants will convert its Birmingham restaurant, The Bird and The Bread, into a restyled version of its original Vinotecca wine bar that was formerly located in downtown Royal Oak. The space was recently converted to Royal Oak Jolly Pumpkin Brewery.

General Motors Lays Out Plans for All-Electric Future

General Motors Co. today announced two new all-electric vehicles will be introduced based on on-the-road research from the Chevrolet Bolt EV over the next 18 months.

Compuware Streamlines Cloud Access to Mainframe Development

Detroit-based software company Compuware today made Topaz, its proprietary solution for mainframe development, available on Amazon Web Services (AWS). This marks the industry’s first cloud access to modern mainframe development, enabling enterprises to quickly deploy tools for common business-oriented language (COBOL) and other codebases.

Telemus Financial Life Management Acquires Chicago’s Barrington Strategic Wealth Group

Southfield-based Telemus Financial Life Management has completed the acquisition of Barrington Strategic Wealth Group (BSWG) in Chicago. The acquisition continues to expand Telemus’ presence throughout the Midwest and allows the company to service a broader audience throughout the region.

Tespo in Plymouth Township Creates Licensing Program for Vitamin Manufacturers

Plymouth Township-based health and wellness technology company Tespo today began a licensing program to allow vitamin manufacturers to license the company’s patent-pending vitamin pods and dispenser system for distribution. The program will expand Tespo’s liquid vitamin offerings to give consumers additional choices.

CityInsight Allows Detroiters to Pay Water Bills Via Amazon Alexa

After unpaid water bills resulted in water shutoffs at more than 20,000 Detroit residences, Wayne State University graduate Abess Makki founded CityInsight, an application that helps residents pay their water bills remotely via a smartphone, a tablet, or a laptop.

Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. Acquires Remaining Equity Interest in Northern Michigan’s Tilden Mine

Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. today announced the acquisition of United States Steel Corp.’s 15 percent equity interest in Marquette County’s Tilden Mining Co. for $105 million in cash.

5Qs with Bart Daig, President of Baker College

Long known as a business college, Bart Daig, president of Baker College, knows many still view the institution that way. To change the perception, Daig recently oversaw a school-wide re-branding effort, resulting in the BakerProud initiative. DBusiness Daily News spoke with Daig about what BakerProud will mean for the students who live, work, and study at the school’s nine campuses.

Locally Developed Brand to Launch Line of Purses in November

Oliver Thomas in Birmingham will launch a line of bags in November, including a variety of totes, duffle bags, cross bodies, train cases, cosmetic cases, and pencil cases.

Black Star Farms Winery in Northern Michigan Reveals Midwest’s First Flash Detente

Sutton Bay-based winery Black Star Farms today introduced and demonstrated Flash Detente, a ThermoVinification technology that improves the quality of red wine. Black Star Farms is the first in its region, and is among 12 other locations in the U.S, to use the technology.

Survey: Michigan Voters Want Better Outcomes From Public Schools

Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM), the state’s business roundtable, has released findings from a recent survey on K-12 education, which shows strong voter interest for greater improvement in Michigan schools.

Report: September Looks to Be Best Month of the Year for New Vehicle Sales

The new vehicle retail sales pace in September is expected to reach the highest level this year, according to a forecast released today by J.D. Power and LMC Automotive. The seasonally adjusted annualized rate (SAAR) retail sales is expected to be 15 million units, flat from a year ago.

Ford Unveils New Luxury Line of F-Series Super Duty Limited Trucks

Ford, today, unveiled the new F-Series Super Duty Limited truck line, a grouping that Ford is hoping will set a new standard in luxury for high-end, heavy-duty trucks.

Detroit Industrial Market Posts 28th Consecutive Quarter of Expansion, New Construction Up 95 Percent Since 2016

Global real estate firm Newmark Knight Frank (NKF), which has offices in Farmington Hills, today released third quarter 2017 industrial trends data for the metro Detroit region, which shows the region underwent its 28th consecutive quarter of expansion, and a 95 percent increase in new construction since 2016.

Landmark Theaters Faces Lawsuit from Four Independent Film Exhibitors

Cinema Detroit, the Denver Film Society, Washington D.C.-based West End Cinema, and D.C.-based Avalon Theatre today filed a lawsuit against Landmark Theaters, a national chain of theaters. The four film exhibitors filed claims that Landmark has denied them access to specialty films to exhibit in violation of federal antitrust law.

Gage Products in Ferndale Partners With China’s Sichuan Sikeyonghe Technologies Co.

Ferndale-based Gage Products, a manufacturing, solvent remanufacturing, and toll blending systems company, has signed a joint-venture agreement with China-based Sichuan Sikeyonghe Technologies Co. (SKYH) to build a new facility that provides automotive solvents and solvent recycling throughout Asia.

BorgWarner in Auburn Hills Completes Acquisition of Sevcon

BorgWarner, an Auburn Hills-based automotive supplier, today announced the acquisition of Sevcon Inc., a global electrification technologies company.

Beaumont Radiation Oncologists Share Treatment Advances at National Meeting

As lung cancer continues to be the leading cause of cancer deaths nationwide, oncologists at Beaumont Health in Royal Oak unveiled a model lung cancer program developed by a team of researchers at the American Society of Radiation Oncology’s 59th annual meeting in San Diego.

Chevrolet Celebrates 100 Years of Truck Design by Highlighting its Top 10 Vehicles

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of its first truck — the 1918 One-Ton — Chevrolet is celebrating its 10 most popular truck designs in its history. While Chevrolet truck design has evolved over the last century, the company says form has always followed function to address customers’ changing needs.

Ford Partners With Lyft to Make Self-Driving Cars Mainstream

Ford Motor Co. today announced a partnership with mobile ridesharing company Lyft that will eventually bring self-driving cars to the masses and help both companies work towards a more affordable, dependable, and accessible transportation future.

Roush Awarded 8-Year U.S. Army Contract for Combat Vehicle Prototypes

Roush, a full-service development supplier headquartered in Livonia, in collaboration with Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), has been awarded an eight-year contract through the Defense Automotive Technologies Consortium to develop two combat vehicle demonstrator platforms.

Michigan Strategic Fund Grants $4.5M for Amazon Fulfillment Center, Greenlights Good Jobs For Michigan Program

The Michigan Strategic Fund, a division of Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC), has approved funding extensions for four state programs aimed at supporting entrepreneurs. The grant extensions represent the MEDC’s continued commitment to building entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic growth throughout the state.

Shinola Partners With Affirm Inc. for Point of Sale Service

Detroit-based Shinola, known for locally manufacturing watches, bicycles, and leather goods, today announced a partnership with San Francisco-based consumer financing firm Affirm Inc.

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Appoints Sandy Baruah to Detroit Branch Board of Directors

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago today announced the appointment of Detroit Regional Chamber president and CEO Sandy Baruah to its Detroit branch board of directors, effective immediately.

University of Michigan Research Shows Workplace Learning Reduces Stress

While workplace stress can be a problem for employees and organizations, researchers at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor have found that doing more on-the-job learning led to less counterproductive behavior in a person’s reaction to stress than traditional relaxation techniques.

Internet Association and Corporate, Individual Members Commit $300M+ to K-12 STEM Education

Internet Association, a trade organization representing global internet companies on public policy matters, today announced in Detroit a private sector commitment of more than $300 million dedicated to computer science programs for kindergarten to 12th grade students.

Suburban Collection Acquires Jaguar, Land Rover Franchises

The Suburban Collection in Troy today announced the acquisition of Jaguar of Troy from the Elder Automotive Group. The transaction also includes the acquisition of Land Rover Birmingham, previously owned by the Fed Lavery Co.

Single-family Home Construction Permits Still Increasing in August

Based on residential permit data compiled by the Homebuilders Association of Southeastern Michigan (HBA), a total of 503 single-family permits were issued in Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, and Wayne counties in August. The first eight months of 2017 now total 3,577 single-family permits issued, making it the best start to a year for new home permits since 2006 (5,305).

Report: Michigan Business Leaders Expect Investments, Jobs to Increase in Next 6 Months

The latest quarterly survey of Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM) members indicates that a majority of respondents expect stable to increasing economic activity for both Michigan and the U.S.

Survey: Leading Manufacturers Find Innovations Driven by Cloud and Connectivity

Plex Systems in Troy, which provides enterprise resource planning (ERP) software systems for manufacturers, today announced the release of its annual study, The State of Manufacturing Technology.

Cadillac Begins Hands-Free Driving with Super Cruise Technology

Cadillac today embarked on a hands-free drive across the country using its new Super Cruise technology. A select group of stakeholders and media will test Super Cruise technology in 12 equipped Cadillac CT6 vehicles, which departed this morning from Cadillac House in New York City and will travel through 16 states to Los Angeles.

Bowman Chevrolet in Clarkson Invests $1.5M for Expansion

Bowman Chevrolet has acquired two properties adjacent to its main dealership in Clarkston, adding nearly two acres to its footprint. The additional property, which cost $1.5 million, is located north and south of the dealership.

Adient in Detroit Completes Acquisition of Futuris Group for $360M

Detroit-based automotive seating supplier Adient has completed the acquisition of automotive seating manufacturer Futuris Group. Adient paid approximately $360 million for the business, including the assumption of $18 million of net debt, subject to adjustments.

Ann Arbor-based Court Innovations Collaborates on Mission-Specific Court Solutions

As courts nationwide seek technology upgrades, Ann Arbor-based Court Innovations today announced it is using its platform Matterhorn to leverage court case data and help citizens use an online dispute resolution (ODR) platform to resolve ticket, warrant, family, and small claims matters without in-person hearings.

Ford Piquette Avenue Plant in Detroit Debuts Secret Experimental Room

The Model T, which revolutionized mobility more than a century ago, had its birthplace recreated in the famed Ford Piquette Avenue Plant in Detroit on Sunday when a team of mostly volunteers unveiled what is known as the Secret Experimental Room.
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