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Detroit's Ally Introduces Digital Platform that Pre-qualifies Vehicle Shoppers

Ally Financial Inc., based in Detroit, has announced the development of Clearmatch, a digital service that allows customers to be approved for financing on vehicles in dealer inventories. Clearmatch was developed through Clearlane, Ally's online auto financing platform.

Southfield's Chassix Inc. Acquires Norway's Benteler Automotive Farsund

Chassix Inc., a global automotive supplier of casting and machining solutions based in Southfield, today announced it has acquired Benteler Automotive Farsund's lightweight aluminum low pressure automotive casting business, based in Norway. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Beerhead Bar and Eatery to Open this Summer at Fountain Walk in Novi, First Michigan Location

Slated to open in Novi this summer, Yousef Ayyash has finalized plans for the American craft beer bar franchise Beerhead Bar and Eatery to open its doors at 44375 W. 12 Mile Road at Fountain Walk.

Universal Robots in Ann Arbor Launches NextGen "Cobots" with Advanced Vision and Grippers

Next month, Universal Robots in Ann Arbor will introduce the next generation of automation solutions for the supply-chain industry with its collaborative robot arms.

Give and Take Inc. in Ann Arbor Launches Givitas, a Knowledge Collaboration Platform

Ann Arbor-based Give and Take Inc. today announced its knowledge collaboration platform Givitas is available for widespread use in enterprises. As Give and Take's flagship product, Givitas is a technology platform designed to assist organizations apply and scale the concepts of giving and reciprocity that are shared in Adam Grant's bestseller book, Give and Take.

Ann Arbor's Washtenaw Community College to Offer Smart Cities Symposium

As smart grids, autonomous vehicles, and other innovations become commonplace, the "Smart Cities: A Connected Way Forward" symposium will discuss how local governments can prepare for the coming revolution.

Report: Used Vehicle Sales Hit Record High In 2017, Leasing Prices Projected to Rise

Used car sales climbed to an all-time high of 39.2 million vehicles in 2017, according to a new Used Car Report released today by Edmunds, the leading car shopping and information platform.

Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe, Awarded Highest Recognition of Nursing Excellence

Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe has received the highest honor for nursing excellence through the Magnet recognition program of the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association. Established in 1994, Magnet recognizes health care organizations for nursing excellence, quality patient care, and innovations in professional nursing practice.

Nino Salvaggio Launches Fresh2Go Digital Shopping Service, Includes Pick Up and Delivery

Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace, a speciality grocer with locations in St. Clair Shores, Troy, and Clinton Township, and a fourth location in Bloomfield Township coming this summer (southwest corner of Maple and Telegraph roads), today announced the launch of Nino's Fresh2Go, an online shopping service.

St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit Verified as Trauma Center

Ascension's St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit has been verified as an Adult Level One Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons. The announcement was made Tuesday.

Detroit's Adient Partners with India's Arvind Limited to Produce Automotive Fabrics

Adient, an automotive seating manufacturer based in Detroit, has partnered with India's Arvind Limited, a textile company, to form Adient Arvind Automotive Fabrics, a joint venture that will develop, manufacture, and sell automotive fabrics in India.

Ski Instructor and Entrepreneur in Bloomfield Hills Receives Patent for Training Ring

Lost Mitten in Bloomfield Hills has announced it has received formal registration and the approval announcement of its ski-training ring design from the U.S. Patent Office. The device, called SkiRing, helps skiers learn proper hand placement and stance.

Michigan State Fairgrounds Site in Detroit to be sold to City and Magic Plus, Mixed-use Development Planned

The board of the Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority today approved proposals to sell the property where the Michigan State Fair was once held to the city of Detroit and Magic Plus. The latter entity includes former NBA and Michigan State University star basketball player, Earvin "Magic" Johnson.

Former Viper Plant in Detroit to Become Home of FCA US Car Collection

The Connor Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit, the former production home of the Dodge Viper, will get a second life. Today, FAC US in Auburn Hills announced that the plant will be used as an internal meeting and display space that will showcase the company's concept and historic vehicle collection.

Dearborn's Ford Unveils Device to Add Digital Connectivity in Older Vehicles

Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn today announced it will offer a device that will provide digital connectivity in older Ford cars and trucks.

Cadillac Introduces First-Ever CT6 V-Sport

Cadillac today unveiled the CT6 V-Sport, the first-ever V-Performance model sedan. Pricing information will be announced closer to the launch, which is expected in the coming months.

Empire Kitchen and Cocktails Slated to Open in May in Detroit's Brush Park Historic District

An American-style bistro called Empire Kitchen and Cocktails is slated to open in May in the Brush Park Historic District in Detroit, with the official opening date to be announced next month. The restaurant will be on the first level of The Scott at Brush Park at 3150 Woodward Ave., near Little Caesars Arena.

National Real Estate Firm BBG Moves Michigan Office to Detroit's Brush Park Historic District

BBG, a national commercial real estate valuation, advisory, and assessment firm in Dallas, today announced that its Michigan office in Livonia has relocated to the Brush Park Historic District in Detroit. The company operates 25 offices across the nation.

Median Sales Price of Metro Detroit Homes up 8.6 Percent in February, Sales and Listings Fall

The median sales price of homes in southeastern Michigan rose 8.6 percent to $189,425 in February, from $174,400 in the same period in 2017, according to figures compiled by RE/MAX of Southeastern Michigan in Troy.

Citing Poor Achievement, Business Leaders for Michigan Call for Best Practices in K-12 Education

Business Leaders for Michigan today issued its review of best practices in K-12 education and a set of principles that can lead to better student performance, with the goal of making Michigan one of the nation's top 10 states for student learning and talent development.

Troy-based Rehmann Adds Trivalent Group to Expand Technology Services, Launch Managed IT Practice

Troy-based Rehmann, a top 40 accounting and advisory firm, and Grandville, Mich.-based Trivalent Group, a top 100 managed IT service provider, are slated to combine, effective April 1. The addition of Trivalent will allow Rehmann to launch a managed IT solutions practice that serves to broaden the service offerings of both firms.

Southfield Town Center Nears Completion of Third-Phase Renovations

The 2.2 million-square-foot Southfield Town Center is nearing completion of its third phase of renovations. The announcement was made Monday by 601W, the New York owner of the center.

Lori Blaker, CEO of TTi Global in Bloomfield Township, Awarded 2018 Oslo Business for Peace Award

Norway-based Business for Peace, an international foundation aiming to support, inspire, and recognize global business leaders, has announced Lori Blaker as one of three recipients of the 2018 Oslo Business for Peace award. Blaker is president and CEO of TTi Global, a staffing, recruiting, and consulting firm in Bloomfield Township that operates on five continents and has more than 2,000 employees.

Bloomscape Launches Digital Plant Shop Headquartered in Downtown Detroit

Detroit's Bloomscape, an online plant shop, today opened its doors. The company was started by Justin Mast, a Michigan designer and entrepreneur who says he comes from at least five generations of Dutch greenhouse growers and floral industry experts.

Dearborn's Ford Motor Co. Launches Online Car Shopping in Partnerships with Dealerships

Ford Motor Co. today announced the launch of Ready.Shop.Go., an online shopping platform that allows customers to research and prepare to buy a car without stepping into a showroom. Customers will still need to visit a dealership to finalize the sale or lease of a vehicle.

Ralph C. Wilson Foundation in Detroit Launches STEM 2035 Initiative

The Detroit-based Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation (RCWJRF) today announced STEM 2035, an initiative through which the Foundation will grant funding and technical assistance to existing after school and summer STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs in southeast Michigan and western New York.

Flagstar Bank in Troy Acquires California Banks, Will Expand Products and Services

Flagstar Bancorp Inc. in Troy today reported it has closed a transaction to acquire eight Desert Community Bank branches in San Bernardino County, Calif., with approximately $600 million in deposits from East West Bank, along with certain related assets. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Meta Physica Wellness Center Opens Tuesday in Detroit's Corktown District

Meta Physica Wellness Center today announced it will open on Tuesday at 1701 Trumbull Ave., Suite 3 in Detroit's Corktown district. The wellness center offers an array of spa services, including massages, saunas, acupuncture, and more.

RHP Properties in Farmington Hills Acquires Brookside Country Club in Los Angeles

RHP Properties in Farmington Hills, the nation's largest private owner of manufactured home communities, today announced it has acquired Brookside Country Club, which offers 421 home sites in El Monte, Calif. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

East Lansing's C. Weaver Physical Therapy Acquired by Illinois' Athletico Physical Therapy

Illinois-based Athletico Physical Therapy Friday announced it has acquired C. Weaver Physical Therapy, a single outpatient rehabilitation center in East Lansing. The transaction marks Athletico's 35th clinic in Michigan. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans Proposes $5.4B Regional Transit Plan

Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans has introduced a new draft transit plan for the region, and has asked the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan for feedback with the goal of placing it on the November ballot for voter approval.

DuMouchelle Auction This Weekend Offers Antiques From the Fisher Family

From family heirlooms to well-curated artworks, DuMouchelle Art Galleries in downtown Detroit will host an auction this weekend, including items from the Fisher family and other collectors.

St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Receives Advanced Stroke Certification From The Joint Commission

St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, a member of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, is the first hospital in the U.S. to receive distinction as a Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center (TSC), a new certification program from The Joint Commission.

National Orthopedic Care Franchise Expands to Michigan, 32 Centers Planned

OrthoNOW, a national orthopedic care franchise, today announced it has awarded its first master franchise agreement in Michigan to Kelly Olin, an entrepreneur who plans to open 32 centers across the state within the next five years.

The Block Restaurant in Detroit's Midtown Eyes Expansion, Launching Seasonal Menu

The Block Restaurant along Woodward Avenue, located just south of the Garden Theatre in Detroit's Midtown district, is looking at expanding across the region and eyeing locations in Royal Oak, St. Clair Shores, and other communities.

Livonia-based Valassis and RetailMeNot Partner to Form New Consumer Brand Experience

Livionia-based Valassis and RetailMeNot, both wholly owned subsidiaries of Harland Clarke Holdings, today announced the rebrand of Valassis' RedPlum consumer-facing print portfolio to RetailMeNot Everyday, including direct mail and the free-standing insert (FSI) coupon book.

Dearborn-based Ford Prepares All-New Lineup of Connected Trucks, SUVs, and Hybrids

Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn today announced it has plans for an all-new lineup of connected cars, SUVs, and hybrids. By 2020, Ford says it will offer North America's freshest lineup among all full-line automakers, with its average showroom age dropping from 5.7 to 3.3 years as it replaces three-quarters of its lineup and adds four new trucks and SUVs.

Ford Debuts Co-Pilot360, Includes Standard Automatic Emergency Braking, and Blind Spot and Lane Keeping Systems

Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn today announced its Ford Co-Pilot360, which it touts as the most advanced suite of standard driver-assist technologies among full-line brands, aims to help people around the world more safely and confidently face congested roads.

Detroit-based General Motors Takes Next Step Toward Manufacturing Self-driving Vehicles in Michigan

After more than a year of building test vehicles for development of its self-driving technology, General Motors Co. in Detroit today announced it will build production versions of its Cruise AV at its Orion Township assembly plant.

Detroit's Ralph C. Wilson Jr Foundation Partners with MIT for Inclusive Innovation Challenge, Host Event Locally in September

The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation in Detroit and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology today announced that the foundation will support the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy and its annual Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC).

Cloud Data Provider Plex Systems in Troy Achieves Record Year

Plex Systems, a cloud ERP for manufacturers which has its headquarters in Troy, today announced it achieved a record year in 2017, with nearly 600 manufacturers now running Plex programs in approximately 2,000 facilities around the world.

Hair Color Concept Salon Dynfly Opens in Canton Township, Plans Expansion and Franchise Opportunities

Dynfly, a color concept salon dedicated to quick and convenient professional hair coloring, today announced it has opened a flagship location at 41810 Ford Road in Canton Township.

StockX in Detroit Debuts Charity Initiative That Pairs Celebrities with Civic Causes

StockX in Detroit, an online "stock market of things" for consumer products, today announced the launch of StockX Charity IPOs, a charity initiative aimed at partnering celebrities with nonprofit civic causes. StockX, founded in 2016 by Josh Luber, Greg Schwartz, and Dan Gilbert, is part of the Quicken Loans family of companies.

Auburn Hills-based Nexteer Reports Strong Performance in 2017

Nexteer Automotive, a Tier 1 supplier in Auburn Hills, reported financial results for 2017, with revenue reaching nearly $3.9 billion, an increase of 1 percent compared with 2016. Nexteer also had an operating profit of $428 million (a 3.1 percent increase over 2016) and a net profit of $352 million (an increase of 19.4 percent from 2016).

Industry 4.0 Specialist Eckhart Opens New Technology Center in Warren

Eckhart, founded in Michigan in 1958 as a supplier to global manufacturers, today announced it has opened a 47,000 square-foot Advanced Technology Center in Warren. The new center will serve as the company’s technology showcase.

Jeep Launches Marketing Campaigns for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler and 2019 Jeep Cherokee

FCA US, which has its North American headquarters in Auburn Hills, today announced that its Jeep brand is launching multi-faceted marketing campaigns for the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler and new 2019 Jeep Cherokee. Both campaigns are running across television and print, in addition to digital and social channels.

Troy-based Flagstar Bank Finalizes Acquisition of Mortgage Warehouse Portfolio from Santander

Flagstar Bancorp, headquartered in Troy, today reported it has finalized the acquisition of the mortgage warehouse loan portfolio from Santander Bank, including approximately $1.7 billion in loan commitments. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

MedHealth Summit to be Held April 19 at Detroit's Garden Theatre

MedHealth Summit, to be held April 19 at Detroit's Garden Theatre for medical device and digital health professionals in southeast Michigan and southwest Ontario, will explore innovative technology-based solutions to the region's most important healthcare challenges.

Battelle and Traverse City-based Core Energy Partner To Store CO2 Beneath Earth's Surface

a Battelle-led team known as Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (MRCSP) has successfully stored one million metric tons of carbon dioxide as part of its large-scale demonstration project.

TomTom's Real-Time Electric Vehicle Service Arrives in North America

TomTom, a global navigation technology company with offices in Detroit, announced that its electric vehicle (EV) service, designed to help make drivers more informed decisions about when and where to charge their vehicles, is now available in North America.

Detroit Tigers Add New Safety Netting System At Comerica Park

The Detroit Tigers today announced that beginning with the 2018 season, Comerica Park will feature a new netting system, extending past the dugouts and down the baselines. The new netting covers a much greater area and is some of the thinnest in baseball.

Blo Detroit Opens Saturday Along Washington Blvd., World's Largest Such Franchise

Blo Detroit, a franchise of Blo Blow Dry Bar which bills itself as the largest such franchise in the world with more than 110 locations, will open Saturday at 1550 Washington Blvd. in downtown Detroit (northeast corner of Washington and Clifford).

City of Detroit Plans to Acquire Closed Rogell Golf Course, Convert into Green Space and Private Development

The City of Detroit's Housing and Revitalization Department today submitted a request to City Council to authorize the purchase of the former Rogell Golf Course, a 120-acre property located at the southwest corner of the intersection of Lahser and Seven Mile roads.

BorgWarner in Auburn Hills Supplies Ford with Fuel Efficient Eco-Launch System

BorgWarner Inc. in Auburn Hills, a Tier 1 auto supplier focused on clean and efficient technology solutions for combustion, hybrid, and electric vehicles, today announced it assisted Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn in delivering better vehicle efficiency with the Eco-Launch stop/start solenoid valve and hydraulic accumulator.

Ford Brings Back California Special For 2019 Mustang

Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn, is bringing back a little bit of nostalgia for the 2019 Mustang.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan Details $250M Multifamily Affordable Housing Fund

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan today provided more details of his plan announced during his recent State of the City address to establish a $250 million multifamily affordable housing fund that will preserve 10,000 existing affordable housing units in neighborhoods as well as develop 2,000 new affordable housing units in the city's coordinated neighborhood planning areas

Andrew N. Liveris to Retire as Executive Chairman of DowDuPont in Midland

DowDuPont in Midland, formed last year from the merger of Dow and DuPont, today announced that Andrew N. Liveris will be transitioning out of the role as executive chairman, and then retiring as the Materials Science Division of the company progresses on its succession process.

Automation Alley in Troy to Host Information Session on Expo 2020 in Dubai, Previously World's Fair

Automation Alley, a Troy-based technology and manufacturing business association, accepted an invitation from the Office of the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and the U.S.- U.A.E. Business Council to host an information session regarding opportunities to participate in the USA Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.

General Motors Aims for All-Electric, Zero Emissions Future

Last week, General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra spoke at the annual CERAWeek energy conference in Houston.

Blog: Fail Forward Into Success

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Israeli Manufacturer Opens First U.S. Office in Troy's Automation Alley

Eilor Magnetic Cores, an Israeli company that manufactures blocks and tape-wound magnetic cores, has opened its first location in the United States in Troy.

GM, Grand Rapids Data Center, Join Renewable Energy Program

Detroit's General Motors and a data center in Grand Rapids are the first to join a Consumers Energy program to help large businesses use renewable energy sources. Both companies are now matching 100 percent of their electric use at key operations across Michigan with wind-generated power.

New Buick App to Help Motorists Track Driving Habits

As the popularity of self-monitoring apps continues to grow, Buick car owners can now track their driving habits to become better drivers using a new app released by the automaker. The app offers users the option to self-monitor key driving habits such as mpg and is available for most 2015 model year or newer Buick vehicles at no additional cost.

Lovers Only, New Detroit Restaurant, Opens Today

Lovers Only, a new restaurant offering burgers and sandwiches, opens today in Detroit's Capitol Park neighborhood. This is the second restaurant opened by proprietor Eli Boyer and co-executive chefs Jennifer Jackson and Justin Tootla. The team opened Ferndale's Voyager in 2017.

Orthopedic Alliance Expands as New Medicare Payment Program Begins

TRIARQ Health, headquartered in Troy, is expanding its physician-owned and led bundled payment partnership, The Alliance, to include Ohio, Florida, Alabama, and Texas.

Dodge SRT Adds New Heritage-Inspired Options for Challenger

Auburn Hills-based Dodge SRT is now offering the Shakedown Package on new Challengers. The package is available on the 2018 Challenger R/T Shaker, R/T Plus Shaker, and 392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker.

PulteGroup Founder William J. Pulte Dies at 85

William J. Pulte, who started a small construction company in Detroit more than 65 years ago and turned it into a national home building empire, died Wednesday. He was 85.

Auburn Hills' Continental, Chinese Supplier to Develop Automotive Battery Systems

Continental, an Auburn Hills-based technology company, and CITC, a Chinese automotive supplier and battery manufacturer, are slated to establish a joint venture to develop and produce 48-volt battery systems for the automotive industry.

Michigan Business Leaders Unveil Plan to Become Top 10 State

Michigan has come far after the Great Recession, however to propel the state to become among the Top 10 in the nation, the Business Leaders for Michigan say all Michiganders and elected leaders must come together to focus on improving K-12 education, job training, making college more affordable, and strengthening the state's infrastructure and fiscal stability.

New Tapas-style Restaurant, Asaysia Plates To Share, Slated to Open in Detroit

Aiming to highlight the history and style of Detroit and featuring locally sourced, scratch-made pizza and plates to share, tapas-style restaurant Asaysia Plates to Share is slated to open March 22 in Detroit.

Detroit Institute of Arts to Exhibit Rare Baseball Cards

Just as Major League Baseball season is getting ready to start next month, the Detroit Institute of Arts will be getting into the swing of things.

Guest Blog: Brick & Mortar Retailers - Who's Afraid of the World Wide Web?

In recent months, much has been written and discussed regarding the future of retail - in particular, the "Amazon Effect" - with more consumers opting for online shopping over bricks and mortar locations than ever before. While there is no denying that traditional retail outlets have been falling by the wayside in record numbers, I would argue that the Amazon Effect is overblown; an overreaction in comparison to what is actually occurring in the marketplace. Counterintuitive? Absolutely. Off base? Founded on what we are seeing and working on across the country, absolutely not.

Wayne County and Rock Ventures Reach Tentative Deal to Build Criminal Justice Center on East Warren in Detroit

Wayne County and Rock Ventures today announced they have reached a tentative deal to build a $533-million criminal justice center at 1301 E. Warren Ave. in Detroit. The project will replace the "failed" jail site at Gratiot Ave. near I-375, that was stopped due to cost overruns.

Detroit's DTE Energy to Power Little Caesars Arena with Renewable Energy During NHL's Green Month

DTE Energy in Detroit plans to power Little Caesars Arena with renewable energy for the Detroit Red Wings' five home games played during March in honor of the National Hockey League's Green Month.

Taylor's Atlas Oil Launches Chemical Transportation Division in Texas

Atlas Oil Co. in Taylor today has launched a Chemical Transportation Division in Houston to offer local, regional, and over-the-road routes for safe delivery of chemical and petrochemical liquids throughout the United States and Canada.

Charlotte-based Spartan Motor's Division Joins California Firm to Build All-electric Walk-in Vans

Spartan Fleet Vehicles and Services, a division of Charlotte-based Spartan Motors Inc., today announced it has joined California's Motiv Power Systems, to produce zero-emission all-electric walk-in vans for fleets. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Novi's Stoneridge to Expand Rearview Camera Trial for Truck Fleets

Stoneridge Inc., a Novi-based designer and manufacturer of electronic components, is expanding its evaluations for the company's camera monitor system that replaces a truck's traditional mirrors with integrated external digital cameras and internal digital monitors to provide drivers with enhanced vision.

Chevrolet Unveils 2019 Medium Duty Silverados at Work Truck Show

Looking to capitalize on the demand for bigger trucks in the U.S., Detroit-based Chevrolet today unveiled its first-ever Silverado Class 4, 5, and 6 chassis cab trucks at The Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Stryker in Kalamazoo Launches Post-free Hip Distraction System

Stryker, a Kalamazoo-based medical technology company, has developed a post-free hip distraction system designed to mitigate groin complications and heel slip associated with hip surgery.

Beaumont Hospital, Troy Adds Robotics Catheterization System for Improved Safety

Beaumont Hospital, Troy recently added a new robotics system to help protect its cardiologists from radiation exposure while also assisting them in heart catheterization procedures.

Michigan-based New Radio Media Offers Digital Streaming Entertainment Network

Farmington Hills-based New Radio Media today launched a new digital streaming entertainment network offering hyper-local focus and using local talent,

Lightning Systems Unveils New All-Electric Ford Transit

Lightning Systems, a Colorado-based global developer of zero-emission systems for fleets, today announced it is on schedule for delivery this month of its new zero-emission LightningElectric system for the Ford Transit van. It also announced the development of a new zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell range extender for the product.

Plymouth's Materialise Launches Platform to Improve Shoulder Operations

Belgium-based Materialise NV, whose North American headquarters are in Plymouth, today launched a platform to assist surgeons in preparing for shoulder arthroplasty surgery using patient-specific 3-D surgical guides allowing for more precise procedure to increase success during operation.

Guest Blog: How the Skills Shortage and Gig Economy is Changing the Way Companies Hire

Watching the Winter Olympics in South Korea, it's obvious that almost every athlete displays incredible balance and flexibility. You simply can't succeed as a competitor without these qualities. More than ever, this also holds true for businesses trying to compete in the ever-changing world of talent. Balance and flexibility are becoming the key drivers of success for HR and talent acquisition professionals across the U.S. and in the metro Detroit region.

Business Leaders For Michigan Predict Growth for Michigan, U.S. Economies

Michigan and the United States will see stronger economic growth due to federal tax reform, says Business Leaders for Michigan members in its latest quarterly survey released today.

Farmington Hills-based Humanetics Innovative Solutions Acquires Austrian-based Safety Test Manufacturer

Farmington Hills-based Humanetics Innovative Solutions Inc., a safety testing and developer of biofidelic crash test dummies, simulation software models, and custom sensor solutions, today announced it has acquired Linz, Austria's DSD Testing GmbH, a manufacturer of advanced safety test equipment. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Troy's MOTOR Information Systems Adds Data System for Tire Industry

Troy-based MOTOR Information Systems has launched MOTOR TireTech, a data delivering system for up-to-date OEM tire specifications for North American passenger cars, light duty trucks, and vans.

U-M Report: Jobs, Wages Keeps Consumer Confidence High

Jobs, wages, and higher after-tax pay has kept consumer confidence high for more than a year, according to Ann Arbor's University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers, released today. In its February study, consumer sentiment was just below the October 2017 peak of 100.7, which was the highest level since 2004.

IBM Watson Health Announces Top Hospitals

IBM Watson Health, based in Ann Arbor, recently released its 100 Top Hospitals annual study. The study identifies top-performing hospitals in the U.S. based on overall organizational performance. It has been conducted every year since 1993.

Cadillac Previews XT4 at Academy Awards

Cadillac was on display Sunday night during the 90th Academy Awards television broadcast. In addition to being the official automotive partner of the Oscars, Cadillac, a division of Detroit-based General Motors, ran three commercials during the broadcast.

Mahindra North America Automotive In Auburn Hills Unveils ROXOR Off-Road Vehicle

India-based Mahindra, which operates its North America headquarters and manufacturing facility in Auburn Hills, today revealed ROXOR, a new, off-road vehicle that features a steel body and frame, a four-cylinder engine, and 5-speed transmission. Pricing and the timing of consumer sales will be announced in the coming weeks.

Detroit's Henry Ford Health System Partners With Accesso To Offer Patients Personalized Digital Platform

Henry Ford Health System, headquartered in Detroit, today announced a partnership with Accesso Technology Group to offer The Experience Engine (TE2), a platform that provides patients with real-time content and services via a smart device.

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation In Detroit Launches Built To Play Initiative For Southeast Michigan And Western New York

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation (RCWJRF) in Detroit has announced Built to Play, an initiative designed to give youth across southeast Michigan and western New York more opportunities for free play through the creation of new, interactive public play spaces. In hopes of providing grassroots groups and nonprofits with support to create and maintain play spaces within neighborhoods, the Foundation is slated to invest up to $5 million per region throughout the course of the upcoming years.

Kyocera In Plymouth Township Launches Hi-Res Vehicle Head-Up-Displays

Kyocera International Inc., a Japanese technology enterprise that operates a large assembly, warehousing, and distribution facility in Plymouth Township, today announced a new line of high-performance, high-resolution liquid-crystal display (LCD) panels specifically designed for automotive Head-Up-Displays (HUDs).

Detroit-based GMC Introduces 2019 GMC Sierra, Features Carbon Fiber Pickup Box

GMC's most popular pickup truck is getting an upgrade. GMC, a division of Detroit-based General Motors Co., announced it is making some changes for 2019 with the GMC Sierra Denali and SLT.

Southfield-based Denso Invests $190M, Adds 320 Jobs At Tennessee Manufacturing Plant

Southfield-based Denso, one of the world's largest automotive technology, systems, and components suppliers, is expanding its operations in North America through a $190 million investment in its Athens, Tenn. facility. The investment will add four new production lines and 320 jobs.

Ideal Contracting in Southwest Detroit Becomes Standalone Minority Business Enterprise, Acquires Barton Malow's Interest

After 20 years of partnership, Frank Venegas, Jr., CEO of The Ideal Group in southwest Detroit, and Ryan Maibach, president and CEO of Barton Malow in Southfield, announced that Venegas is buying out Barton Malow's interest in Detroit-based Ideal Contracting, fulfilling the vision of its founding members. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Ford, General Motors, and Fiat Chrysler All See Sales Dips in February

Maybe February was just a slow month in 2018, or, maybe it was unusually hot for car makers in 2017, regardless, this year, the Big Three all saw sales dips compared to 12 months ago.

Birmingham's Broder and Sachse Real Estate To Relocate To Detroit

Broder and Sachse Real Estate Inc. in Birmingham today announced it will relocate to the Arts League Building at 1528 Woodward Ave. in downtown Detroit. The staff is expected to be fully operational in the Detroit office by March 5.

Pennsylvania's Galley Group To Open Project For Up-And-Coming Chefs In Detroit's Federal Reserve Building

Detroit's Bedrock today announced Galley Group Inc., the company behind Pittsburgh's food hall and restaurant incubator Smallman Galley, will open a location in Detroit's Federal Reserve Building at 160 W. Fort St. It will be the company's fourth location and is slated to open fall 2018.
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