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March Homebuilding Activity Drives Permits to Highest First Quarter Since 2006

Based on residential permit data compiled by the Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan (HBA) in Farmington Hills, a total of 1,163 home permits were issued in Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, and Wayne counties in the first quarter. The amount marks the highest first quarter start for new home permits in the four-county area since 2006, which was 1,771.

Paul McCartney and Men’s College Basketball Doubleheader Announced for Little Caesars Arena

Olympia Entertainment today announced Paul McCartney will perform at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Oct. 1, while a men’s NCAA basketball doubleheader featuring the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Oakland University, and the University of Detroit Mercy will be held on Dec. 16. The initial matchup will be between U-M versus UDM followed by Michigan State versus Oakland.

Founders Brewing Co. to Open Taproom in Detroit’s Midtown

Grand Rapids-based Founders Brewing Co. today announced it will open a new 14,000-square-foot taproom with a fully operational brewery in Midtown Detroit. The building is located at 456 Charlotte St. and construction will begin this summer, with a grand opening scheduled for the end of this year.

Michigan Future Report Calls for State Government to Increase Household Incomes

Michigan Future, a non-partisan, non-profit organization that works to provide economic solutions, today released its first policy recommendations, calling for state legislators to make increasing household income for all Michigan residents the explicit goal of state economic policy.

Business Groups Partner on Michigan Defense Exposition April 26-27

The Michigan chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association today announced the details of the Michigan Defense Exposition, a military promotion and networking event running through April 27. The eighth annual event will be held from 8 a.m. to 4p.m. at the Macomb Community College Expo Center and will feature representatives from the U.S. Army TACOM, TARDEC, ACC, and 13 Israeli companies.

FCA US Delivering Additional Hybrid Minivans to Waymo’s Self-Driving Program

After delivering 100 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to the Waymo self-driving program in late 2016, Auburn Hills-based automaker FCA US today announced 500 additional vehicles will be delivered in May to expand the program. Production on the minivans will increase next month and Waymo will outfit the vehicles with self-driving technology.

Grand Rapids-based Blackford Capital Invests in Ellison Bakery

Blackford Capital, a national private equity firm headquartered in Grand Rapids, today announced its investment in Fort Wayne, Indiana-based Ellison Bakery Inc., a manufacturer of cookies, snack bars, crunch, and inclusion products, and products for the industrial market, food service industry, and retail and private label space.

Shinola to Open a Store at the Somerset Collection in Troy by May

Detroit-based leather and lifestyle goods manufacturer Shinola today announced the opening of its newest store, to be located at the Somerset Collection in Troy. It is scheduled to open by the end of the month.

Pet Supplies Plus Debuts Healthier Ingredients for Dogs and Puppies

Livonia-based Pet Supplies Plus, which has 390 locations in 29 states, is adding a new line to its Redford Naturals portfolio of dry dog food Limited Ingredient Diet (LID) formulas.

MSU Researchers Examine What Qualities Make A Good Boss

A new series of studies from researchers at Michigan State University indicate bosses who were supportive and set clear expectations can effectively motivate their employees, even if they weren’t described as “transformational leaders” or having “grand visions.”

Comedian Seth Meyers to Headline Forgotten Harvest’s 25th Annual Comedy Night in June

Forgotten Harvest in Oak Park today announced late-night host Seth Meyers will headline the group’s 25th annual Comedy Night on June 17, a celebration of the organization’s food rescuing efforts and supporters. Comedy Night began in 1992 with the support of actor and Michigan-native Tim Allen and local comedian Mark Ridley.

Wolverine Human Services’ Core Orchards to Begin Planting Demonstration Apple Orchard in Detroit

Core Orchards Detroit, a division of Wolverine Human Services (WHS), today announced that it will begin planting 350 Honeycrisp apple trees to create a demonstration orchard on the city’s east side. The trees will grow in a high-tech, high density growing system located on land at Lenox and Charlevoix St.

Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford Returns to Ancestral Home to Mark Centenary of Ford in Ireland

William Clay Ford, Jr., executive chairman of Ford Motor Co. and great-grandson of company founder Henry Ford, traveled to Cork, Ireland and unveiled a plaque and bench in Ballinscarthy to commemorate 100 years of Ford in the country.

Bosch Invests $40M to Expand Silicon Valley Research and Tech Center

Global technology and services supplier Bosch, which has its North American headquarters in Farmington Hills, today announced it will locate its Palo Alto-based Research and Technology Center to a new 104,000-square-foot, single-tenant office in Sunnyvale, Calif. by the end of 2017. The move consolidates associates from three suites in Palo Alto into one work space.

ZIFiT Infrared Fitness to Open in Birmingham in June

ZIFiT Infrared Fitness, a fitness studio created by entrepreneur Allie Mallad, that uses infrared technology to naturally raise core body temperature and produce a healthy and detoxifying sweat, recently announced it will open its newest location in Birmingham in June 2017. ZIFiT currently operates 96 locations nationwide, including studios in Allen Park, West Bloomfield, Livonia, and Lansing.

Gloria Jean’s Coffees to Open New Location in Auburn Hills, More Locations Planned

Brian Balconi, president of Retail Food Group USA in Santa Fe Springs, today announced Gloria Jean’s Coffees will open in May in Auburn Hills. There are three existing locations in Michigan – Rochester Hills, Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills, and Portage. More locations in Michigan are planned.

Instacart’s Grocery Delivery Service Coming to metro Detroit

Beginning on April 27, residents at 1.6 million households in the metro Detroit area will have access to grocery delivery services through Instacart, a San Francisco-based company that partners with local grocery stores to deliver food and home goods to members doors.

Down Syndrome Achievement Center to Open Facility in Metro Detroit

GiGi’s Playhouse, an internationally recognized achievement center focused on individuals with Down syndrome, recently announced plans to open a new facility in metro Detroit. An exact location is yet to be determined, but fundraising and awareness activities are currently planned for the coming months to garner the needed support.

Pinnacle Homes Unveils $250M Aspire Collection in Metro Detroit, Homes for Ages 50+

Bloomfield Hills-based home builder Pinnacle Homes today announced the launch of the Aspire Collection, a group of seven luxury communities throughout metro Detroit geared toward empty nesters and adults ages 50 and older living an active lifestyle.

Moceri Partners With Beaumont Health on Education, Active Living Community

A new partnership between home builder Moceri Co. and Beaumont Health will bring wellness education, health programming, and on-site health clinics to those living in Blossom Collection communities, a portfolio of active adult communities for residents 55 and older. The partnership provides for Beaumont Health physician-staffed clinics on-site at the communities, as well as classes on heart and brain heath, balance, disease prevention, screening, and vaccination programs.

LG Chem in Troy Launches Range of Residential Battery Systems in North America

As a backup solution from a power loss caused by a storm or other incident, Troy-based lithium-ion battery manufacturer LG Chem today announced the formal launch of its range of residential battery systems in the North American market.

Wayne State University to Break Ground on Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments

As housing demand continues to increase, a groundbreaking ceremony will be held tomorrow, April 21, at the site for Wayne State University’s Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments in Detroit.

Former St. Charles School on Detroit’s West Village to be Converted to Condos

The former St. Charles School will undergo a historic renovation into the St. Charles Residencies in Detroit’s West Village, and offer 25 luxury condominiums in the first phase of construction, with work beginning in May.

Beaubien House to Lease Co-Working Space

Beginning May 1, the historic Beaubien House in Downtown Detroit will offer updated co-working space, featuring three multi-employee office suites, four single offices, and four open-area desks for rent. Parking is also available for rent next to the building, and amenities include free fiber internet, kitchenettes, a parlor space for relaxing or entertaining, a shared conference room, snack and drink bar, and a private courtyard.

Detroit’s Adient Unveils Updated Luxury Seating Concepts for Autonomous Vehicles

Detroit-based global automotive seating supplier Adient today unveiled its updated Al17 concept demonstrator at Auto Shanghai 2017. The seat design and a companion cabin are for Level 3 and Level 4 autonomous vehicles, and was initially introduced at the North American International Auto Show in January at Cobo Center in Detroit.

Rivals Professional Football League Partners with Detroit’s Xenith on Helmets

Rivals Professional Football League (RPFL), an adult professional development football league for the National Football League (NFL), Canadian Football League (CFL), and Arena Football League (AFL), today announced a partnership with Detroit-based helmet manufacturer Xenith, which will provide helmets for all RFPL players.

Scottish-style Golf Course Stoatin Brae Opens in May Near Kalamazoo

On May 15, Gull Lake View Golf Club and Resort in Augusta, located halfway between Kalamazoo and Battle Creek, will open its sixth course, Stoatin Brae. One of the few courses to be built in Michigan in recent years, Stoatin Brae (Gaelic for Grand Hill) is set atop a 200-foot plateau that offers a 10-mile view over the Kalamazoo River Valley, with downtown Battle Creek visible in the distance.

Speakers Announced for Sustainable Brands Detroit Conference From May 22-25

Sustainable Brands Detroit (SB’17 Detroit) today announced Hamdi Ulukaya, CEO of the popular yogurt maker, Chobani, will be speaking at the four-day conference, along with executives from Google, Apple, General Electric, IBM, Lyft, and many more.

Ken Burns Comes to Ann Arbor for a Special Preview of Upcoming PBS Film, The Vietnam War

Acclaimed filmmaker and former Ann Arbor resident, Ken Burns, will pay a visit to his hometown tonight to preview and discuss his latest film, The Vietnam War. The series will air in 10 parts on PBS stations nationwide in September.

Nexteer Automotive in Auburn Hills Provides Advanced Cyber Security for Steering Systems

As vehicles become increasingly connected, Auburn Hills-based Nexteer Automotive, a global intuitive motion control company, today announced additional steering systems offerings with cyber security technologies to protect against malicious intrusions and unverified steering commands.

Ford Converts Part of Fairlane Town Center Mall into Workspace

Though Fairlane Town Center Mall in Dearborn at one time housed more than 220 retailers and major department stores, the retail hub’s biggest tenant is now Ford Motor Co.

Polk Penguin Conservation Center Helps Boost Detroit Zoo Visitors By 200,000 in 2016

One year after moving and adding penguins at the Detroit Zoo into their new home at the 33,000-square-foot Polk Penguin Conservation Center, attendance has increased to 1,698,053 visitors, a 200,000-person increase from the previous year.

Automation Alley Launches Global Conference Dedicated to Industry 4.0

Automation Alley, a regional technology and manufacturing business association in Troy, today announced a new interactive, multidisciplinary global conference focused on Industry 4.0 technology that will take place in downtown Detroit this fall.

Rochester-based OptimizeRx Partners with PARx Solutions to Bring Prior Authorization Services to Patients

Rochester-based health technology software company OptimizeRx today announced a partnership with Boston-based PARx Solutions to allow more than 500,000 healthcare providers in the OptimizeRx EHR network to manage the "prescription prior authorization process" more effectively.

Michigan Growth Capital Symposium Announces Speaker Lineup

Organizers of the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium (MGCS) and Coulter Investment Forum – which have joined together this year to present a venture capital event – today announced that the conference will feature keynote addresses from Clay Thorp, general partner of Hatteras Venture Partners, and Markus Lampinen, CEO of Crowd Valley.

5Qs With Mark Lee, Founder of The Lee Group

Mark Lee knows firsthand what it takes to start a small business, having founded Plymouth-based The Lee Group in 2008. On May 3, The Lee Group will host the Small Business Workshop as part of Small Business Month from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at TechTown in Detroit. The event will feature panel discussions, keynote speakers, and breakout sessions for those looking to start or sustain their own enterprises. DBusiness Daily News interviewed Lee about what it takes to run a successful small business and the role new companies play in Detroit’s economy.

Singh on Pace to Open Mixed-use Development at I-696/Woodward in 2019

Singh Development in West Bloomfield Township has received approval from the Royal Oak Planning Commission for South Main Apartments and South Main Shops, a $35-million, four-story project to be built on a vacant, city-owned parcel at I-696 and Woodward Avenue.

Penske Truck Leasing Launches Connected Fleet Solutions 

Penske Truck Leasing, a division of Bloomfield Township-based Penske Corp., today announced the launch of its new connected fleet solutions. Using a proprietary, device-neutral data platform, the company can now connect its systems with virtually any truck and engine configuration or telematics service provider.

MSU Awarded $1.2M Grant for International Health Research

Michigan State University researcher Alex Dickinson has recently received a three-year, $1.2 million Human Frontier Science Program grant in collaboration with other researchers from Germany and Australia to study how human cells respond to certain stressors associated with disease and aging.

Designer Alexander Girard’s Exhibition Debuts at Cranbrook Art Museum

Bloomfield Hills-based Cranbrook Art Museum today announced they will host the U.S. debut of the landmark exhibition Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe, the first major retrospective of the former Grosse Pointe resident, known for injecting joy and humanism into his mid-century modern designs.

Comerica Bank to Host Women’s Business Symposium

Comerica Bank today announced a Women’s Business Symposium featuring keynote speaker and Emmy Award winner Leeza Gibbons, which will take place on April 28 at the Detroit Marriot in Troy from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gibbon’s address is titled after her new book Fierce Optimism: Seven Secrets for Playing Nice and Winning Big.

BLOG: Breaking Down Stress For National Stress Awareness Month

Though stress never feels good, it can serve a useful purpose. Stress is a signal to the brain and body that can help us identify physiological and psychological issues. Chronic stress, however, can be a catalyst for depression, anxiety and mood disorders—serious problems that together are ranked number one among the top five national health conditions contributing to poor health in nearly every county of every state in the U.S. In order to manage stress, there needs to be a deeper understanding of what it is, what symptoms are involved and when it is time to seek help.

General Motors Creates 1,100+ Jobs to Expand Self-Driving Operations

Detroit automaker General Motors Co. is investing $14 million in a R&D facility for Cruise Automation in San Francisco, which develops and test key components for autonomous vehicles. Over the next five years, the investment will create more than 1,100 new jobs, the company reports.

Shinola Introduces Limited Edition Jackie Robinson-Inspired Timepiece

Detroit-based leather and lifestyle-goods manufacturer Shinola today announced the Jackie Robinson Limited Edition Timepiece, the fifth installment in the company’s Great American Series, a collection of watches that honors those who helped shape American culture.

ProQuest in Ann Arbor and CALIS Bring Chinese Dissertations to Global Audience

Ann Arbor’s cloud-based information provider ProQuest and the China Academic Library Information System (CALIS) have had more than a decade of collaboration, and are now enabling global access to more than 270,000 dissertation abstracts from prominent Chinese universities.

Report: Customer Satisfaction Index Increases 1.9 Percent

The national level of consumer satisfaction exhibits strong growth as the American Consumer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) gains 1.9 percent to a score of 76.8 on a 100-point scale. The upswing follows a series of sharp drops that occurred between 2014-15, and matches the previous high mark registered in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Michigan Economic Development Corp. to Grant $1M in Funding to Research Universities

Michigan’s university research communities will soon have access to $1 million in funding to support early stage research projects, courtesy of the Michigan Economic Development Corp.’s (MEDC) Early Stage Proof of Concept Fund, which funds projects moving from the discovery phase to commercialization.

BLOG: The Trust Factor

Michigan recently became the 17th state to approve the creation of domestic asset protection trusts (DAPTs) when it enacted the Qualified Dispositions in Trust Act. This new law has profound implications for high net-worth individuals and creditors (not to mention attorneys and a whole host of financial professionals).

Chaldean Cultural Center Mueseum to Open at Shenandoah Country Club on May 2

After more than a decade of curating artifacts and replicas, the Chaldean Cultural Center Museum at the Shenandoah Country Club in West Bloomfield Township today announced it will open its doors on May 2.

Buick Debuts 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir

Detroit automaker General Motors Co. has debuted the 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir, which includes an extensive set of standard features and premium materials throughout the vehicle.

DTE Energy Lowers Natural Gas Costs by 9 Percent

Detroit-based energy provider DTE Energy today announced customers will see an 8.8 percent drop in their natural gas bills due to the downward trend of natural gas prices. Effective April 1, the reduction brings costs to $3.23 per thousand cubic feet from $3.54, generating savings for both business and residential customers.

Dodge Introduces Updated 2018 Challenger SRT Demon

The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon was introduced this week at the New York International Auto Show and features a 840-horsepower, supercharged 6.2 liter HEMI engine, which can accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in 2.3 seconds.

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Designed for Speed and Performance

Auburn Hills-based automaker FCA US has announced upgrades to the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, including 707 horsepower from a 6.2-liter V-8 engine and a high-torque capacity TorqueElite eight-speed automatic transmission. The vehicle is also equipped with new on-road driving dynamics and Brembo brakes, and can go from 0-60 miles per hour in three-and-a-half seconds, with top speeds of 180 miles per hour.

Birmingham-based Simon Group Holdings Introduces New Brand and Website

Simon Group Holdings (SGH) founder and chairman Sam Simon today announced his company’s new brand identity and website. “The SGH office has grown significantly over the last few years. Today we have 120 companies and direct investments; 3,000 customers; and more than 1,000 employees,” says Simon. “At this stage of our growth, we felt it was important to assess our brand to ensure that we're consistently communicating our values and leveraging our strengths across our portfolio of companies and investments.”

Orlans PC Expands Nationwide, Becomes Second Largest Female-Owned Law Firm in U.S.

Following a merger with Troy-based Orlans Associates PC, Orlans Moran, and Atlantic Law Group, mother-daughter duo Linda and Alison Orlans today launched Orlans PC, the second largest Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) certified women-owned law firm in the United States. Combining teams and resources allows the company to enhance client services by refining processes, leveraging shared technology, and increasing collaboration.

Etkin Named Development Manager for A123 Systems' $40M Novi Headquarters

A123 Systems, a global developer and manufacturer of advanced lithium-ion batteries and systems, has selected Southfield-based Etkin to be development management for its new $40 million headquarters in Novi. Located off I-96 near the Fountain Walk complex, the 32-acre site was assembled by Etkin for the 150,000 square-foot facility, which will house corporate offices, an engineering center, laboratory space, and a manufacturing plant.

Detroit’s Gas Station TV and Verifone Announce Joint Venture

Gas Station TV (GSTV) in Detroit, the video network that airs news coverage and other content at gas pumps, and Verifone, a global payment and commerce solutions provider, today announced a 50-50 joint venture that combines Verifone’s pump media division with GSTV.

The Henry Ford Acquires Cognitive Dress Created by IBM and Marchesa

The Henry Ford in Dearborn today announced the acquisition of a cognitive dress, a collaborative effort between IBM and fashion designer Marchesa. While Marchesa designed the silhouette and handcrafted the dress, the design team used a mix of IBM research tools and its Watson platform to analyze the Marchesa brand and provide suggestions on the material and color palette during the design process.

Under Armour Gears up for Detroit Opening

Under Armour, a Baltimore-based athletic wear company, is set to open its first Under Armour Brand warehouse on April 13 at 10 a.m. at its 1201 Woodward Ave. location. The grand opening will be from 5-8 p.m. and will include food, beverages, music, and shoe customization.

Pharmacy Advantage Partners With Pack Health to Give Patients Personal Health Coaches

Troy-based Pharmacy Advantage, a provider of comprehensive medication therapy management programs, today announced a partnership with Birmingham, Alabama’s Pack Health, which will connect their Dromos PTM software with Pack Health’s digital health coaching program. The collaboration will provide patients a continuum of care and self-help tools needed to improve their current condition.

Annual Michigan Venture Capital Report Indicates Long-Term Entrepreneurial Gains

The Michigan Venture Capital Association (MVCA), a non-profit representing more than 400 individuals and 100 businesses, today released its 10th annual research report, which reflects on the state of Michigan’s venture capital community in 2016.

J. Alexander’s Holdings Inc. Announces Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill in Troy

Fine dining company J. Alexander’s Holdings today announced that a lease has been signed for a new upscale restaurant in Troy, scheduled to open in 2018. Michigan’s first Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill is being designed by Irvine, Calif.-based firm Steven Langford Architects Inc. and will feature seating for 208 guests.

The Ashton’s Luxury Condominiums Listed By Max Broock Realtors

Max Broock Realtors today announced a re-entry to the Detroit real estate market as the exclusive listing agent for The Ashton, a new 12-story luxury condominium high rise slated to open in early 2019. The 98-unit project will be the first free-standing, high-rise complex built in Detroit in more than 20 years. It is the result of a partnership between Detroit-based companies The Means Group and 600 Development Group.

Expecting Continued SUV Gains, Ford Announces Explorer Updates for 2018

Dearborn-based Ford Motor Co. announced it has plans to add five all-new SUVs to its lineup in North America by 2020, including the redesigned 2018 Explorer, which will include freshened front and rear styling details, an available 4G embedded modem that includes a Wi-Fi hotspot and supports as many as 10 devices at once up to 50 feet away from the vehicle.

New Business in Detroit Matches Value-conscious Talent with Tech-centric Jobs

A new digital business in downtown Detroit called re:purpose uses algorithms to match employees and their cultural preferences with employment opportunities from small and midsize firms searching for tech talent. It is the first company to be launched from WeWork, a collaborative workspace in the central business district that opened last year.

Report: Digital Transformation Will Affect Entire Automotive Industry

Frost and Sullivan, a London-based growth business strategies firm, projects that more than 1,700 startups and technology companies are expected to disrupt and transform the automotive industry, including design, production, distribution, and retail. The component hardware-driven automotive industry is shifting its focus and investments on software and solutions with spending expected to reach $82.01 billion in 2020.

Cadillac Super Cruise Sets Standard for Hands-Free Highway Driving

Super Cruise, a hands-free driving technology for the highway that utilizes both a driver attention system and precision LiDAR map data to ensure safer vehicle operation on the highway, will be available on the 2018 Cadillac CT6.

Nexteer and Dongfeng Components Sign Joint Venture Agreement

Nexteer Automotive, an Auburn Hills-based global leader in intuitive motion control, has signed an agreement to form a joint venture with Dongfeng Motor Parts and Components Group Co. in China. The joint venture, equally owned by both parties, will design and manufacture electric power steering (EPS) systems for Dongfeng and its affiliated companies.

Chevrolet Commemorates Corvette’s 65th Anniversary With New Edition

Limited to 650 numbered vehicles globally, the Carbon 65 blends visible carbon-fiber exterior elements, including a new carbon-fiber rear spoiler and quarter ducts. It is paired with a ceramic matrix gray exterior and special interior appointments, including a carbon-fiber-rimmed steering wheel.

Ford Announces Hybrid Police Cars, Other Hybrid Models

Dearborn automaker Ford Motor Co. today announced the second of 13 new electrified vehicles the company plans to introduce in the next five years. The industry’s first pursuit-rated hybrid public safety vehicle, the new Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan, is part of a $4.5- billion investment Ford is making in new electric vehicles.

New Dodge Ram 1500 Sublime Sport, Rebel Blue Streak Debut

Auburn Hills-based automaker FCA US today announced Ram Truck will offer two new option packages to strengthen the brand’s factory-custom trends and color palette. The new limited edition Ram 1500 Sublime Sport package features a green monochromatic exterior with a body-color grille, a sport performance hood, black wheels, black Ram’s head grille badge, black tailgate badge, and black body-side bandages.

Security Vitals Launches New Service to Prevent Manufacturing Job Loss in Michigan

Security Vitals, a Pontiac-based cybersecurity services firm, today announced the release of the Compliance as a Service (CaaS) offering to help manufacturers retain their government contracts by complying with the NIST 800-171 security standard.

Metro Detroit’s Office Market Sees 19th Consecutive Quarter of Positive Absorption

Commercial real estate advisory firm Newmark Grubb Knight Frank (NGKF) today released its first quarter 2017 office trends data for the Detroit region. According to the reports, metro Detroit’s office market hit its 19th quarter of positive absorption, highlighted by an office market vacancy of 16.5 percent, a 70 basis point decrease from last quarter.

Ford to Introduce ‘Built Ford Tough’ in China, Ranger Coming in 2018

Dearborn automaker Ford Motor Co. today announced plans to bring its “Built Ford Tough” truck brand to China to capitalize on the country’s emerging pickup market. The company will outline their strategy at an event in Shanghai led by Mark Fields, president and chief executive officer of Ford.

Prism Plastics Acquired By Marmon Engineered Components Co.

Prism Plastics, a Chesterfield Township-based manufacturer of high-precision plastics, recently announced it was acquired by Marmon Engineered Components Co., a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary.

Continental Develops Road Condition Detection Tech For Active Driving Safety

Auburn Hills-based transportation technology company Continental today announced The Road Condition Observer, which uses sensors installed in the vehicle to alert drivers whether the road is dry, wet, snowy, or icy. The system’s algorithm detects typical features for the four different road conditions that might increase the likelihood of accidents.

Lawrence Technological University Issues Annual State of the University Address

More than 200 faculty and staff members from Southfield’s Lawrence Technological University gathered on Tuesday, March 4 to hear university president Virinder Moudgil give the school’s annual “State of the University” speech.

BLOG: Securing the Promotion (If You Actually Want It)

How do we continue to reconcile the value of experience and longevity in an era of immediacy? At a time of heightened reliance on speed-networking, virtual job fairs, and LinkedIn Pulse, the “here and now” coupled with the “there and next” are practically synchronized. All too often, we may hear a colleague or client ask the perfect Monday morning, question: “Did you get my email, instant message, or text?”

Delphi Announces Three Partnerships to Advance Automated Driving Technology

Delphi Automotive, which operates its North American headquarters in Troy, today announced several collaborative initiatives to further the automated driving industry, including a minority investment in Valens, an Israel-based signal processing distributor. Under the agreement, Delphi and Valens will work closely together to advance solutions for in-vehicle connectivity based on HDBaseT and Delphi designs.

American Axle Completes Acquisition of MPG, Assigns Executive Positions

American Axle and Manufacturing Holdings Inc. in Detroit announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Metaldyne Performance Group Inc. (MPG). The transaction was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies, and recently approved by stockholders of American Axle and MPG.

Rare Collection of Classic and Muscle Vehicles That Appeared in Films Goes to Auction

Tiger Group, an appraisal and auction company, will conduct an online sale of more than 300 classic and muscle cars and trucks that starred in Hollywood films, TV shows, and commercials starting on April 20.

Chevrolet Introduces Tahoe and Suburban RST Models

Chevrolet today announced a new model for the Tahoe and Suburban, the street-performance Rally Sport Truck (RST). Inspired by aftermarket trends, RST will eliminate virtually all chrome trim, and will feature a body-color grille surround and door handles, gloss-black grille and mirror caps, black roof rails, window trim, badging, and Chevy bow ties.

General Motors and SAE International Select Eight Universities for Autonomous Vehicle Competition

Detroit automaker General Motors Co. and SAE International, a global association providing engagement opportunities for engineering professionals, today named eight universities that will compete in the upcoming AutoDrive Challenge.

BLOG: Celebrate Tigers’ Home Opener Safely with these Auto Theft Prevention Tips

As temperatures climb, local residents are gearing up to celebrate a quasi-holiday with Friday’s home opener for the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. If you’re a baseball fan, chances are you’ve been eyeing weather forecasts and picking up snacks to celebrate properly. But there’s more you can do to prepare for the Home Opener, and it has to do with protecting yourself and your valuables.

BAE Systems Awarded $112M Army Contract to Sustain M88 Recovery Vehicles

BAE Systems, a Sterling Heights-based aerospace company, today announced it has received a $112 million contract from the U.S. Army to perform technical support and sustainment of M88 recovery vehicles. The contract, awarded by the Army’s TACOM Life Cycle Management Command, is for ongoing service and improvements to BAE Systems-built M88A1 and M88A2 recovery vehicles over the next four years.

U-M Researchers Create Self-Healing Water-Repellent Coating for Commercial Use

Researchers at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor have developed a spray-on coating that has proven much more durable than traditional commercial waterproofing methods. The technology could enable waterproofing of vehicles, clothing, rooftops, and other surfaces where current products are too fragile.

Ann Arbor’s Truck Hero Acquired by CCMP Capital

Ann Arbor-based Truck Hero Inc., a provider of functional accessories for pickup trucks and Jeeps, recently announced a definitive agreement giving CCMP Capital Advisors a controlling interest of the company.

BluJay Solutions Acquires Mobility Solutions Provider Blackbay

Holland-based BluJay Solutions, a supply chain software and services provider, today announced the acquisition of Blackbay Limited, a mobility-enabled solutions provider located in Manchester, England. The acquisition expands BluJay’s mobile offerings with comprehensive shipment tracking and proof-of-delivery capture.

Walsh College to Launch New Master of Arts in Business Degree for Fall Semester

Troy-based Walsh College has announced the addition of a Master of Arts in Business (MA in Business) degree, a 33-credit graduate program featuring 11 courses from communication skills, human resource management, organizational management, and more. The program will begin in the fall semester.

Michigan Physician Successfully Performs First AspireAssist Non-Surgical Weight Loss Procedures in the State

Endoscopic Solutions, a Clarkston-based gastroenterology center, today announced it has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to perform AspireAssist, the newest advancement in non-surgical weight loss procedures.

Flagstar Bancorp to Acquire Mortgage Banker

Troy-based Flagstar Bancorp Inc. today announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire certain assets of Opes Advisors Inc. Under the deal, Flagstar will operate Opes Advisors as a separate division with its own brand, providing a strategic expansion to Flagstar’s retail home lending franchise. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Eastern Market Brings Michigan Farm to Freezer Initiative to Detroit

Eastern Market Corp. (EMC) today announced a partnership with Michigan Farm to Freezer, a community-based processor of fruits and vegetables started in Traverse City, which will expand its operations to Detroit. Launched by Brandon Seng and Mark Coe in 2013, Farm to Freezer flash-freezes produce sourced from local farmers to preserve its nutrients and flavors before packaging it for local schools, grocery stores, community feeding programs, and restaurants. 

MJR Universal Grand Cinema 16 to Open Friday in Warren

Just in time for the summer film season, MJR Digital Cinemas will reopen its latest theatre venue, located at 28600 Dequindre in Warren, on Friday. Over the last year, the facility, called MJR Universal Grand, was restored to house 16 screens equipped with electric reclining seats offering extra legroom, reserved seating, and other features.

BorgWarner in Auburn Hills Invests $10M in Autotech Ventures

BorgWarner, an Auburn Hills-based clean energy solutions provider, today announced a $10-million investment in Autotech Ventures, a venture capital fund that facilitates partnerships between financial investors, strategic corporate investors, and startups focused on the future of transportation. The investment allows BorgWarner to review hundreds of global startups within the transportation industry.

Bloomfield Hills Specialty Fabric Producer Acquired by Berkley Capital

Bloomfield Hills-based fabric wholesaler Crypton Cos., a leading provider of stain, moisture, and odor resistant fabrics for commercial, residential, and hospitality uses, announced that private equity investment group Berkley Capital has acquired a majority stake in the business. Crypton’s clients include McDonald’s, Marriott, Olive Garden, the Mayo Clinic, numerous casinos, and others.

Quicken Loans Commits $1 Million to Strengthen Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs in Detroit

Detroit-based mortgage lending giant Quicken Loans Inc. recently announced the company will host the inaugural Quicken Loans Detroit Demo Day, the final round of a three-round competition where 20 local small businesses will be narrowed down to eight, all of which will receive a portion of $1 million in capital.

Upscale Seafood Restaurant Eddie V’s Opens Near Troy’s Somerset Collection in June

Eddie V’s, an upscale seafood restaurant and a sister eatery to The Capital Grille, will open its doors on June 19 in Troy and be located along W. Big Beaver Road, just east of Somerset Collection North. The 267-seat restaurant, which will be open daily for dinner, will employ up to 120 people, offer a jazz and blues stage in the V-Lounge, and will have private space for business activities and charitable events.

GM Reports Modest Gains in March, While Ford and FCA Sales Drop

Dearborn automaker Ford Motor Co. today announced the company’s sales results for March, including 236,250 vehicles sold, a 7 percent decline versus the same monthly period in 2016. Retail sales also declined 2 percent last month, with 157,740 vehicles sold, while fleet sales were down 17 percent.

Report: Michigan Technology Industry Added 10,700 Jobs in 2016

According to data today released by CompTIA in Cyberstates 2017, a global technology association, Michigan’s technology employment industry grew by an estimated 5.1 percent as employers added more than 10,700 related jobs in 2016.

Ally Introduces Online Auto Finance Marketplace

Detroit-based Ally, a digital financial services company, today introduced an online marketplace called Clearlane, which connects consumers with auto finance providers to finance or refinance their vehicles.
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