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Birmingham-based Everdays Application Raises $5M in Seed Funding

Recently launched in Birmingham, Everdays Inc., an application that helps people notify family and friends when a loved one passes away, has closed on $5 million in seed funding. Led by IZI Ventures, with participation from its affiliates, the investment will further Everday’s mission to build the first global network dedicated to gathering community and facilitating the communication following a death.

Crittenton Launches Tumor Ablation Program

Rochester Hills-based Crittenton Hospital Medical Center today announced their Tumor Ablation Program, which specializes in using a minimally invasive surgical procedure to destroy cancerous tumors in any area of the body. An outpatient procedure, ablation is similar to a needle biopsy, but is performed under CT Scan or ultrasound guidance for tumor visualization.

Comcast Business Unveils SmartOffice Video Surveillance Solution for Businesses

Comcast Business has announced the availability of SmartOffice, a video surveillance solution designed to improve efficiency for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) through advanced monitoring. Using SmartOffice, SMBs can oversee their organizations by recording, storing, accessing, and sharing surveillance footage on a 24/7 basis.

Ann Arbor's A3 Previews Automate 2017 Show and Conference

Ann Arbor-based Association for Advancing Automation today offered a preview of Automate 2017, North America’s biennial event devoted to technology and business innovations. The show and conference will be held in Chicago at McCormick Place from April 3-6, and features more than 400 exhibitors, a 40 percent increase since the last show in 2015.

Lineage Logistics and Paragon Metals to Invest Combined $28M in Michigan

Two business expansions that will generate more than $28 million in total investment and create 142 jobs in Michigan have received approval from the Michigan Strategic Fund.

BLOG: The Art of Networking

Maybe you’ve made a professional transition, started your own firm, you’re a service provider, a commercial real estate developer, in retail, or running for political office. In any of these scenarios, one thing is vital to your success – your ability to network.

Southfield's Superior Industries Acquires Germany’s Uniwheels for $715M

Southfield-based aluminum automotive wheel manufacturer  Superior Industries International today announced a tender offer for 100 percent of the outstanding shares of German aluminum wheel supplier Uniwheels for $715 million. The offer is expected to close in late May.

Blackford Capital Acquires Snowhite Textile and Furnishings

Grand Rapids-based private equity firm Blackford Capital today announced the acquisition of Snowhite Textile and Furnishings Inc., a provider of design, procurement, and project management services for delivering furniture, fixture, and equipment solutions for the hospitality industry.

U.S. Army Seeking New Technology Partners for Combat Vehicle Prototype

The U.S. Army TARDEC in Warren is looking for new, innovative engineering organizations from industry, academia, and defense communities seeking to partner in the development of its Next Generation Combat Vehicle Prototype (NGCV).

Michigan Strategic Fund Supports Mixed-Use Project on Detroit’s East Side

A new mixed-use, mixed-income development is being built on a vacant lot between Van Dyke and Coe Avenues in Detroit’s West Village neighborhood with support from the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF). The project, “The Coe” aims to bring additional development to the area while attracting residents to a new neighborhood.

Frederick Meijer Gardens Begins $115M Capital Campaign for Expansions

Grand Rapids-based Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park today announced the launch of a $115 million capital campaign entitled “Welcoming the World: Honoring the Legacy of Love,” to fund expansions and improvements to the campus.

Study: Majority of Detroiters Shop More Than 20 Minutes Away From Home

Researchers at multinational banking and financial services holding company JPMorgan Chase Institute released a new research study today examining where Detroit residents do most of their shopping, and found that most regularly travel more than 20-minutes to purchase their everyday goods from grocery and clothing stores.

No More Free Ride: Uber and Lyft Now Regulated Under State Law

Uber, Lyft, and other ridesharing applications defined as Transportation Network Companies (TNC) will now be state regulated similar to limousine and taxicab carriers due to the new Limousine, Taxicab, and Transportation Company Act.

Michigan Insurance Industry Groups Form Statewide Association

Major insurance companies representing thousands of Michigan employees and millions of customers statewide have joined forces to create the Insurance Alliance of Michigan (IAM), with a goal of speaking with a single, unified voice on insurance industry issues.

DNR Releases Update on Health of Michigan’s Forest Land

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has released its 2016 Forest Health Highlights report, which breaks down forest health threats by examining insects and diseases, forest decline, and ongoing forest health research. Accompanying photos and maps illustrate the pests and show the effects they have had on Michigan’s forest system. 

Ford and Magna Collaborate on Reducing Vehicle Subframes Using Carbon Fiber

Seeking to lower vehicle weight, reduce emissions, and improve fuel efficiency, Magna International Inc., a global automotive supplier, in cooperation with Ford Motor Co., has developed a prototype carbon fiber composite subframe which reduces vehicle mass by 34 percent, compared to a standard stamped steel equivalent.

Howell’s Chem-Trend Further Expands in Eastern Europe

Howell-based chemical plant Chem-Trend today announced the acquisition of the release agent business of its long-time distribution partner, Rubio Trading and Consulting, located in Romania.

Detroit to Redevelop Vacant Catholic School into Mixed-Income Housing

The City of Detroit plans to transform the vacant Transfiguration School in the Banglatown neighborhood on the northeast side into a mixed-income apartment building, following a collaboration with the Archdiocese of Detroit (AOD).

Oakland County Survey Reveals New Job Profiles for Connected Mobility Employment

Oakland County today released a workforce development survey that for the first time provides job profiles of future employees in the connected mobility industry. The job profiles include connected systems engineer, electrical engineer, computer systems engineer, software applications developer, software systems developer, among others.

Kirco, Kirco Manix, and Oerlikon Construct $50M Industrial Facility in Plymouth Township

Colliers International, a global real estate services company with operations in 68 countries, including an office in Southfield, today announced the construction of an 80,000-square-foot manufacturing facility at 41144 Concept Drive in Plymouth Township.

Ford Invention Provides Drinking Water From Air Conditioner

Two of Dearborn automaker Ford Motor Co.’s engineers developed the idea for On-The-Go H20, a system that collects condensation from vehicle air conditioners. Once the fluid is collected, it is run through a filter and then pumped into a faucet located inside the car to provide drinking water.

Ticket Presale Begins for Andrea Bocelli at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit

The performance will feature a repertoire from Bocelli’s Grammy-nominated album, Cinema, special selections from the 20th anniversary of Romanza, and a selection of traditional Arias, love songs, and crossover hits. He will performing with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, conductor Eugene Kohn, soprano Larisa Martinez, and guest artist Heather Headley.

Port Outlook for 2017 Great Lakes-Seaway Season Projects Growth

As the 2017 shipping season gets underway with this week’s opening of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system, the Chamber of Marine Commerce predicts a big improvement over 2016’s modest exports.

Southfield’s Business Launches Web-based Solution for Auto Manufacturers

Radley Corp., a Southfield-based software supplier for the automotive supply chain, today announced the launch of its web-based supplier collaboration solution iSC, which was developed in response to customer and industry demand for a more efficient method of communicating with suppliers.

Karmanos Cancer Institute Now Offering New Technology to Detect Prostate Cancer

The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit today announced it is utilizing a new way to effectively diagnose and treat prostate cancer. Urology specialists at Karmanos have started using the UroNav Fusion Biopsy System, which fuses three dimensional MRI images of the prostate with live ultrasound images to precisely target prostate biopsies.

Arotech Training and Simulation Receives $9.5M U.S. Air Force Award

Ann Arbor-based software company FAAC Inc., a part of Arotech Corp’s training and simulation division, today announced that it has received a $9.5 million indefinite-delivery and indefinite-quantity award from the U.S. Air Force.

Olympia Entertainment, Detroit Red Wings Add Huntington Bank as Landmark Partner for Little Caesars Arena

Sports and media company Olympia Entertainment today announced that Huntington Bank has signed a multi-year agreement as a Landmark-level partner at Little Caesars Arena. As part of the sponsorship, Huntington becomes the official consumer banking partner of the Detroit Red Wings, and assumes naming rights for the northwest entrance.

Lear Corp. Selected by Wyoming Department of Transportation for Connected Vehicle Pilot Program

Southfield-based global automotive seating and electrical systems supplier Lear Corp. today announced it has been selected by the Wyoming Department of Transportation as its exclusive partner to supply advanced vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure Road Side Units and On-Board Units.

Therapeutics Deploys Secure, Virtual Social Platform for Opioid Abuse Treatment

Detroit-area substance abuse facility Therapeutics has employed an interactive treatment tool powered by Detroit-based Brax.Me Enterprise Social Technology to better treat opioid addiction.

BLOG: How Corporate Social Responsibility Strategies Can Attract Business Talent in Michigan

In recent years, both public and private sector leaders in Michigan have grown familiar with the conversations about the “brain drain” problem and the need to create competitive advantages over other places like Philadelphia, San Francisco, Chicago, and Boston. Research shows that the jobs of tomorrow’s economy will require a mix of technical skill, advanced education, and global knowledge.

U-M Central Power Plant Expansion to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

A new $80-million combustion turbine planned for the University of Michigan's Central Power Plant in Ann Arbor will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help the institution meet roughly 50 percent of its 2025 sustainability goal. The 15-megawatt combustion turbine, which will be housed in a 12,000-square-foot addition, is expected to reduce greenhouse emissions by 100,00 tons per year.

Birmingham’s Soaring Pine Capital Provides Funding for Paramount Industrial Machining in Oak Park

Soaring Pine Capital in downtown Birmingham, a Simon Group Holdings company, today announced through its Soaring Pine Capital Real Estate and Debt Fund II that it closed on a $1.7 million loan to Paramount Industrial Machining Inc. in Farmington Hills. Paramount Industrial Machining, a supplier of precision component machining for the automotive, industrial, service, and aftermarket business segments, used the proceeds of the loan to acquire three industrial buildings in Oak Park.

Sea Ray Employs Troy-based Midcoast Studio for 3D Visualization Project

Though most of their work for the past decade has been preparing marketing martials for FCA US, Troy-based digital production studio Midcoast Studio was recently commissioned to create marketing content for the boating industry, including Sea Ray’s content for the 2017 Miami Boat Show, where they debuted updates to their Sundancer line and a new L-class yacht.

Duramax Diesel, Allison Transmission to Power Chevrolet’s New Medium Duty Commercial Truck

Detroit automaker General Motors Co. today announced that Chevrolet’s all-new Class 4/5 commercial truck will be powered by a Duramax engine and Allison transmission, a combination that has already powered nearly two million trucks. Chevrolet made the announcement at the 2017 World Truck Show and confirmed the truck is on track to launch in 2018, following a joint development by Chevrolet and Navistar.

Troy-based Ulliance Announces Employee Assistance Program for Beaumont Health

Uliance, a Troy-based international services provider, today announced Royal Oak-based Beaumont Health as their newest client to utilize their Life Advisor Employee Assistance Program service line, which offers solution-focused counseling services and a broad selection of work and life services, materials, and resources designed to help employees manage workplace conflicts and challenging life situations and changes.

Wolverine Human Services Creates Detroit’s First Non-Profit Development Accelerator

Detroit-based foster care, adoption, and independent living agency Wolverine Human Services has announced the creation of The Den, Detroit’s first non-profit development accelerator that provides a collaborative, shared workspace for non-profit startups. The Den will be located with WHS’ John S. Vitale Community Center at 2629 Lennox on Detroit’s east side.

Oakland County Completes Skills Needs Assessment Project on Connected Mobility Industry

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson today announced an event on March 21 at Michigan State University’s Management Education Center in Troy to discuss the results of the Skills Needs Assessment Project on Connected Mobility. SNAP is part of a series produced by Oakland County to help shape k-12, college, and university curriculum and content, to better prepare students of all ages to make career decisions.

Wolverine Pipe Line Co. Announces Detroit Metro Access Pipeline is in Service

Portage-based Wolverine Pipe Line Co. recently announced the new Detroit Metro Access Pipeline is in service. The first commercial volume shipped Monday, March 6, and is approximately 34 miles of 16-inch diameter pipeline, which connects to an existing Wolverine line and enables the company to deliver refined petroleum products from the Chicago area to consumers in metro Detroit.

Ford’s New Technology Helps Drivers Overcome Night Driving Obstacles

In an attempt to address drivers’ fears regarding night blindness and fear of collisions in the dark, Dearborn automaker Ford Motor Co. today announced a new technology designed to detect pedestrians at night and automatically apply the brakes if the driver doesn’t respond to initial warnings. This news follows a poll of night-time driving fears conducted on Ford’s behalf by Opinion Matters from a sample of 5,030 drivers in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

Automotive Supplier Chassix Plans New Czech Republic Casting Foundry

Southfield-based Chassix, a global automotive supplier of precision casting and machining solutions, today announced plans to invest $50 million in establishing a greenfield plant in Ostrava, Czech Republic, expanding its manufacturing footprint in Eastern Europe. The facility, which will cast aluminum chassis and powertrain components for passenger cars, will be operational in early 2018.

Bissell Introduces BarkBath Dog Washing System

Bissell, a Grand Rapids-based cleaning and floor care solutions company, has created the BarkBath, an all-in-one system for pet washing. The BarkBath is a portable bath system that works on any length of fur or hair to allow water and shampoo to wash a dog’s skin, while a soft suction pulls dirt and water away into a separate dirty water tank.

BLOG: Dr. Joel Kahn Talks Colon Health For Colon Cancer Awareness Month

A healthy businessperson is a productive one and March is the time we reflect on our bowels. Yes, your read that correctly. Since the year 2000, March has been designated as Colon Cancer Awareness Month. While treatment of this deadly killer has progressed, prevention is always preferred.

Detroit-based Superior Capital Partners Acquires Wilson-Hurd Manufacturing

Detroit-based private equity firm Superior Capital Partners today announced that it has acquired the assets of Wilson-Hurd Manufacturing as an add-on acquisition to its Los Angeles-based user-interface and product identification portfolio company, Nelson-Miller. The transaction marks 22 acquisitions from the Superior fund.

Robots Building Robots: Auburn Hills-based ABB Sells First U.S. Manufactured Robot

After announcing robotic production at its Auburn Hills facility in May 2015, ABB Robotics, a supplier of industrial robots and software, today announced the first sale of a U.S. manufactured robot to Indiana-based Hitachi Powdered Metals USA. The IRB 2600 robot is the first to be produced and was sold by ABB Value Provider CIM Systems, Inc.

Saint Joseph Mercy and Michigan Medicine Interested in Joint Venture

Saint Joseph Mercy Health System and Ann Arbor-based Michigan Medicine, the academic medical center of the University of Michigan, today announced plans to establish a joint venture for the 133-bed St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea hospital. Both organizations have signed a letter of intent launching a due diligence period during which final details of the joint venture will be determined.

Jenn-Air Brand's First Wi-Fi Connected Refrigerator Now Available

Benton Harbor-based luxury kitchen appliance company Jenn-Air today released its first Wi-Fi connected refrigerator. The unit features a 72-inch counter-depth French door and the brand’s obsidian interior.

New Seafood-centric Voyager Restaurant to Open Thursday in Ferndale

Owner and operator Eli Boyer has partnered with co-executive chefs Justin Toola and Jennifer Jackson to open the coastal-inspired seafood eatery and oyster bar Voyager. The 40-seat restaurant, located at 600 Vester St. (near Nine Mile and Hilton roads), opens on Thursday.

Wipro Opens Automotive Engineering Center in Troy

India-based information technology, consulting, and business services company Wipro Limited today announced the opening of an automotive engineering center in Troy. The facility is located at 888 W. Big Beaver Rd. (near Crooks Road).

Chevrolet Expands Low Cap Forward Range with Class 6 Truck

Detroit automaker General Motors Co. announced that Chevrolet is expanding its range of Low Cab Forward trucks with a new dock-height Class 6 model, the 6500XD. Like its Class 3, 4, and 5 stablemates, the 2018 Chevrolet Low Cab Forward 6500XD is a flexible vehicle designed for driver comfort, visibility, serviceability, and ease of upfit.

Troy-based Plex Systems Brings Cloud Analytics to Manufacturers

Troy-based Plex Systems, a manufacturing automation company, today announced the IntelliPlex Production Analytic Application, which taps data from the Industrial Internet of Things for more efficient and effective manufacturing operations. The application provides manufacturing leaders with company-wide insight into the performance of production operations, including processes and equipment on the shop floor.

U-M Startup HistoSonics for Cancer Patients Raises $8.3M

HistoSonics, a University of Michigan startup that’s developing a non-invasive method for removing diseased tissue from cancer patients using high-intensity ultrasound, today announced it has raised $8.3 million in Series B financing. The investment will help advance clinical trials of the company’s Robotic Assisted Sonic Therapy, an innovative tissue-destruction technology used to treat liver cancer and other solid tumor applications.

X-Rite Launches Immersive 3D Visualization Environment for Evaluating Material Appearance

Grand Rapids-based X-Rite Inc., a global color science and technology company, today announced the industry’s first immersive Virtual Light Booth, which allows designers, material suppliers, and marketers to accurately and efficiently visualize and compare 3D digital material renderings with physical examples.

Huron Capital’s XLerate Group Completes Fifth Add-on Deal, Expands to Pennsylvania

Detroit-based private equity firm Huron Capital Partners today announced that its portfolio company, XLerate Group has acquired Corry, Penn.-based Corry Auto Dealers Exchange. The deal marks the fifth add-on acquisition for XLerate in partnership with Huron Capital since May 2015.

Maison Birmingham Launches Collaborative Environment for Home Remodeling

Maison Birmingham, a new full-service, luxury design-build firm specializing in kitchens and bathrooms, says it will open for business on March 23. Architect Lauren Tolles created Maison Birmingham to serve as a collaborative, gallery-like workspace for clients, designers, builders, and architects.

Clio Holdings Acquires US Marble

Birmingham-based countertop supplier Clio Holdings today announced the acquisition of U.S. Marble, a nationwide supplier of bathroom surfaces with locations in Michigan and Tennessee. U.S. Marble is Clio’s fifth acquisition since the company’s formation in June 2016 by investment firm Oakland Standard.

Stefanini Announces New CEO for North America and Asia Pacific Regions

Stefanini, a $1 billion global IT provider in Brazil which operates its North American headquarters in Southfield, says it will open an innovation center here in the first half of the year to help meet its goal of growing its business by 25 percent in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and the Asian Pacific markets by 2020. 

GE Delivers Flight Management Software as it Readies the Boeing 737 MAX

Grand Rapids-based aircraft engine supplier, GE Aviation, today announced the delivery of the new flight management software Update 13 for the Boeing 737 MAX. The new software will be standard fit for all 737 MAX production airplanes.

Ford Leads Suppliers to Showcase Green Practices

Dearborn-based automotive company, Ford Motor Co., today announced its plan to reduce the environmental footprint of its supply chain with an enhanced Partnership for A Cleaner Environment program – which has grown to more than 40 suppliers in 40 countries.

MSU Chemists Market Sensors to Detect Concussions

Two chemists from East Lansing’s Michigan State University today announced they have brought to market wearable impact sensors that can be worn by athletes at high risk for concussions. The sensors slide into headbands or helmets and can be worn during soccer, football, lacrosse, bicycling, rugby, and other high-contact sports where concussions are likely.

Amazon, Whole Foods, Microsoft Executives to Headline Annual Positive Business Conference at U-M Ross School of Business

The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business today announced details of its 4th annual Positive Business Conference, which will take place May 11-12 in Ann Arbor. More than 400 business leaders, professionals, executives, and academics are expected to attend sessions on driving purpose, spreading knowledge, and fostering a community of leaders. The theme of the event is “Positive Leadership: Practices and Inspiration.”

U-M Partners on $4.2M Grant to Improve Rocket Engine Safety

A team of researchers at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Purdue University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have been awarded a $4.2 million grant from the Air Force Research Laboratories and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to create rocket engines without combustion instabilities that can cause explosions.

Ralph C. Wilson Foundation Adds Staff Members to Team

The Ralph C. Wilson Foundation, a Detroit-based grant-making organization committed to improving the lives of people in Southeastern Michigan and Buffalo, New York, today added eight new staff members.

Meijer to Expand Home Delivery Service Throughout Midwest

Grand Rapids-based Meijer, today announced an expansion of its home delivery service across Michigan and five other states, vowing to transport groceries and home essentials from store-to-door in as little as one hour. The program began in metro Detroit last fall.

New Technology Helps Michigan Real Estate Companies Manage Data Entry

Two of Michigan’s largest real estate companies, Realcomp II and Real Estate One, have signed agreements with Fraser-based zipLogix to assist agents in accessing account information and quickly and accurately add listing data to their transactions.

5Q: Kaveh Kashef, attorney at Clark Hill and president of the Oakland County Bar Foundation

Kaveh Kashef is a partner at Clark Hill PLC in Birmingham and the president of the Oakland County Bar Foundation. DBusiness Daily News interviewed Kashef regarding his non-profit work within the legal profession and changes in the industry during his more than 15 years as a practicing lawyer.

BLOG: Strong Home Sales to Continue in 2017

The consistently strong home purchase market has certainly been a focal point for the past few years with sales and prices continuing to rise. Since 2012 the housing market for metro Detroit, and for that matter the entire state, has remained strong. I am quite confident that the housing market will continue this solid trend for 2017, even with a slight rise in mortgage rates.

Continental Café Recapitalizes with Boston-based Investment Firm

Continental Cafe Inc. in Troy, one of the nation’s top 25 food service providers with such brands as Forte Belanger and Infinity-Ovation Yacht Charters, which operates on the Detroit River, has recapitalized its operations with New Heritage Capital, a private equity investment firm in Boston. Terms of the deal, handled by Deloitte Corporate Finance, were not disclosed.

Communications Technology Now Standard on Cadillac CTS Sedans

Cadillac today announced the introduction of vehicle-to-vehicle communications on the 2017 interim model year CTS performance sedan, allowing equipped vehicles to share information to alert drivers to upcoming hazards, laying the groundwork for connected, safer vehicles.

Ford Mustang Masters Chinese with New SYNC Feature

Based on customer feedback, Dearborn automaker Ford Motor Co. has equipped the Mustang, the top-selling sports coupe globally and in China, to recognize traditional Chinese handwriting through the Ford SYNC 3 in-car entertainment, connectivity, and navigation system.

Switch Opens Data Facility in Grand Rapids

Switch, a technology infrastructure ecosystem corporation dedicated to the sustainable growth of the internet, today opened its largest data center campus in Grand Rapids, which houses the Switch Pyramid, designed to accommodate high-density deployments and high-performance workloads.

Amana Introduces Entry Level Wall Ovens, Cooktops

Benton Harbor-based appliance brand Amana has unveiled a new line of wall ovens and built-in gas and electric cooktops with contemporary features including: a self-clean option in the wall ovens, dishwasher safe grates and knobs, and simmer, melt, and warm features on the cooktops.

Blog: To Grow Your Business, Share Financials with Employees

As a business owner or business leader, no matter how hard you work, you can only get a certain amount of work accomplished.  The limitations we all have in the vital areas of time and energy cannot be understated — both have limits. To get more done, we hire employees.  

First Year Rocket Mortgage Propels Quicken to $96B in Loans

In the year since launching Rocket Mortgage, a mobile platform allowing customers to apply for a mortgage or refinance a home, Detroit-based Quicken Loans Inc. today announced the company funded $7 billion of its total $96 billion in total closed loan volume in 2016 through Rocket Mortgage.

Taylor-based Atlas Oil Receives First U.S. Patent

Fuel Automation Station, a hot fueling solution co-created by Taylor-based Atlas Oil Co., was awarded the first of several expected patents today, for technology that enables equipment to be refueled when engines are operational.

Grand Hotel Adds New Rooms, Renovates Front Porch for Anniversary Season

The historic Grand Hotel, located on Northern Michigan’s Mackinac Island today announced several renovations in preparation for its 130th anniversary season, which begins May 4. The Grand Hotel will introduce three new Cupola Suites, each individually designed by Carleton Varney, president of New York-based global design firm Dorothy Draper and Co, for a total of 393 uniquely-designed rooms.

U-M Health Center Awarded $11.7M for Dental Research

A new interdisciplinary health sciences resource center housed at the University of Michigan in Ann Abor has received $11.7 million from the National Institute of Health to support research on new ways to restore dental, oral, and craniofacial tissues lost to disease, injury, or congenital disorders.

USA Shooting Names Detroit’s Brazen Sports as Official Timekeeper

Non-profit organization USA Shooting today announced its latest sponsor, Detroit-based watch company Brazen Sports, to be the new official timekeeper of the USA shooting team. The company will award timepieces to the team for the next four years.

New Partnership Expands Manufacturing Opportunities for High Schoolers

Dearborn-based Society of Manufacturing Engineers today announced that NASA's agency-wide HUNCH (High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware) program and the SME Education Foundation's PRIME (Partnership Response in Manufacturing Education) program are partnering to further expand the pipeline of skilled manufacturing talent in the U.S.

Michigan Angel Fund Leads $1M Investment for Surgical Shoulder Innovations

The Michigan Angel Fund, a for-profit managed investment initiative designed to attract investors to Michigan’s entrepreneurial system, today announced a $1 million fundraising round to support Holland-based Shoulder Innovations, an emerging developer of shoulder replacement systems. The investment is the ninth made by the fund, which is now fully invested.

Shinola Partners with General Electric to Offer Home Accessories

Detroit-based Shinola, known for creating high-end watches, bicycles, leather goods, and journals, has partnered with General Electric to offer a new collection of wall clocks and power cords.

Spartan Motors Partners with Feld Fire, Expands Midwest Footprint

Spartan Emergency Response, a unit of Charlotte-based specialty automotive designer, engineer, and manufacturer Spartan Motors, today announced the addition of Feld Fire, a top regional dealer and provider of fire apparatus and first responder equipment. The move makes Spartan its exclusive fire apparatus manufacturer, and will allow Spartan to expand coverage across the Midwest.

Huron Capital Partners’ Dynamic Dental Expands Coverage to 6 States

Detroit-based private equity firm Huron Capital Partners today announced its portfolio company, Florida-based Dynamic Dental Partners Group has acquired Florida-based Dental Partners, and now offers support services to more than 50 dental office locations across six states.

Entertainer Allee Willis, Others to Celebrate Mosaic Youth Theatre Anniversary

Grammy, Tony, and Emmy award winning artist and Detroit-native Allee Willis will host The Detroit Party in her Los Angeles home April 1 to raise funds and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit.

Historic Belvedere Golf Club Undergoes Major Restoration Project

Following the discovery of golf architect William Watson’s original drawings of the course during demolition of an aging building in Charlevoix, the nearby historic Belvedere Golf Club in northern Michigan, has announced a restoration plan intended to return the course to be more like Watson’s original vision.

General Motors to Sell Opel, Vauxhall to PSA Group for $2.2B

General Motors Co. today announced the Detroit-based automaker will sell Opel and Vauxhall to PSA Group for $2.2 billion, exiting the European market after nearly 90 years. The acquisition makes PSA the second-largest automotive company in Europe, with a 17 percent market share.

Michigan Medicine Opens Prostate Cancer Risk Clinic in Ann Arbor

Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor has opened one of the nation’s first prostate cancer risk clinics for men with predispositions for the disease.

Ford Tests Large-Scale 3-D Printing for Light-Weighting, Prototypes

Ford Motor Co. is the first automaker to use a 3-D printer, exploring how one-piece auto parts, like spoilers, can be printed for prototyping and future production vehicles.

Dodge Unveils Upgrades to 2018 Durango SRT, Limited Edition 2017 1500 Ram Copper Sport

Auburn Hills-based automaker FCA US today announced upgrades to vehicles across its entire lineup, including the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT and the Limited Edition 2017 Ram Copper Sport.

New York Firm Acquires Arborland Center in Ann Arbor for $102M

Brixmor Property Group, a New York-based real estate investment trust, today acquired Arborland, a 404,000-square-foot shopping facility in Ann Arbor for $102 million. Brixmor purchased the complex, which is comprised of retailers including Kroger, DSW, Marshalls, Nordstrom Rack, Starbucks, and Ulta.

Kyocera Introduces Small LCD Display for Industrial, Medical Use

Kyocera, a Plymouth Township-based electronic device manufacturer, today debuted a 6.2-inch LCD display with wide view technology for industrial and medical applications. The new device also allows designers to maintain a compact design while displaying highly detailed content.

GM’s Mobility Brand Introduces New Monthly Offering

Maven, the mobility brand for Detroit-based automaker General Motors Co., has expanded its offerings to include a new monthly service called Maven Reserve, which allows members to pay a monthly fee to reserve a new GM vehicle loaded with technology for 28 days.

GM Fleet Expands Connectivity Leadership with Spireon

General Motors Fleet is expanding its suite of driver connectivity and fleet management solutions by adding Spireon to its telematics service provider roster. Using the embedded OnStar 4G LTE hardware in the vehicles, Spireon will offer a customized version of its FleetLocate tool, allowing fleet operators to better manage their Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac vehicles beginning this May.

German Company Acquires Ann Arbor’s Essen BioScience

German-based biopharmaceutical company Sartorious has signed an agreement to acquire Essen BioScience, an Ann Arbor-based pioneer in cell-based instrumentation for drug discovery and basic research applications. The acquisition was for $320 million in cash, and is subject to antitrust clearance, but is expected to close by the end of the first quarter 2017.

Detroit Stone and Tile Expands to Ann Arbor

Detroit Stone and Tile, one of Michigan’s oldest countertop manufacturers, is opening a new store and showroom in Ann Arbor, giving Washtenaw County customers an opportunity to interact with the staff and products directly.

Truven Data Indicates Americans’ Concerns About Painkillers

Truven Health Analytics, a part of the IBM Watson Health business based in Ann Arbor, recently conducted a nationwide biannual health poll with National Public Radio that indicates 57 percent of Americans have been prescribed narcotic painkillers, but have concerns over addiction risk, effectiveness, side effects, and long term impact, particularly for first-time users.

Kirco Breaks Ground on Oerlikon Manufacturing Facility

Troy-based full-service commercial real estate firm Kirco recently broke ground on a new manufacturing and research and development facility in Plymouth Township for Oerlikon, a leading global technology group providing surface solutions, advanced materials, and material processes for value-bringing technologies.

Meijer Invests $375M in New and Remodeled Stores

Grand Rapids-based regional American supercenter Meijer today announced a $375 million investment in new and remodeled stores across its six-state footprint, with plans to construct seven new supercenters and 22 different remodel projects throughout the Midwest.

Detroit RiverFront Conservancy to ‘Preserve and Expand' Access

The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, City of Detroit planning and development department, and Detroit Economic Growth Corp. recently unveiled their plans to preserve and expand Riverfront access. The plan will lead to new investment and development opportunities within the East Riverfront and was announced during a community meeting Wednesday, March 2 at the Outdoor Adventure Center in Detroit.

Troy Company Aids Development of UK Energy Storage Plants

Troy-based chemical company LG Chem Power Inc. first began manufacturing lithium-ion batteries in 1998, and is one of the world’s largest lithium-ion battery manufacturers with a significant market share in consumer, automotive, and stationary applications.

Detroit Planning Seeks Proposals for Stone Soap Building Remodel

The Detroit Planning and Developing Department and Detroit Economic Growth Corp. today announced they are seeking proposals from qualified teams to renovate and develop the Stone Soap Building in the East Riverfront District.
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