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Exlterra in Hazel Park Debuts Revolutionary “Hazl" Drill Technology

Hazel Park-based environmental technology company Exlterra today announced the introduction of “Hazl,” a revolutionary drilling rig which utilizes durable, yet light-weight components. Hazl’s narrow frame weighs less than 3,000 pounds and includes a pivoting rear axle, 360-degree turn capability, and a 12-foot usable stroke on a telescopic tower.

FEV in Auburn Hills Will Shuttle Attendees in Autonomous Vehicles at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show

FEV, an Auburn Hills-based powertrain and vehicle engineering company, will introduce several smart vehicle technologies at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next month (Jan. 9-12), including the FEV Smart Vehicle Demonstrator. 

Kelly Services Projects Metro Detroit’s Top Jobs

Going into 2018, Kelly Services, a workforce management solutions company based in Troy, has revealed the jobs expected to be in highest demand.

Detroit CIOs Plan to Increase Tech Hiring from 2017

Troy-based Robert Half Technology today announced its Information Technology Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report, which indicated 20 percent of surveyed Michigan CIOs plan to add full-time technology professionals to their teams in the first half of 2018. This represents a 4 percent increase compared to a year ago.

Faurecia in Auburn Hills Invests in Alsentis Smart Surfaces

Faurecia, an automotive equipment supplier which has its North American headquarters in Auburn Hills, today announced an investment in Holland-based touch technologies company, Alsentis. The investment will support technology in Smart Surfaces — touch panels for appliance, consumer, automotive, and industrial applications.

Report: Artificial Intelligence Continues to Shape Retail Experiences

In a new report, Livonia-based media and marketing services company Valassis has predicted what 2018 will hold for marketers and retailers including borderless shopping and growth in artificial intelligence (AI).

Bedrock Breaks Ground on $1B Hudson’s Development

Bedrock Inc. today broke ground on a $1-billion mixed-use development on the site of the former Hudson’s Department Store along Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit. The start of construction follows years of planning and preparation that will result in a one-million-square-foot development that will include create Michigan’s tallest building at 800 feet, residences, retail space, conference centers, presentation theatres, and a skydeck.

Southfield-based Denso Acquires InfiiniteKey Inc. to Advance Keyless Automotive Experience

Southfield-based automotive systems and component supplier Denso today announced the acquisition of Holland, Mich.-based InfiniteKey Inc., along with several key patents and development resources. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Horizon Global Corp. in Troy to Acquire Brink Group from H2 Equity Partners

Troy-based Horizon Global Corp., a manufacturer of branded towing and trailering equipment, today announced a definitive agreement to acquire the Brink Group from H2 Equity Partners for $199.4 million.

Peloton Technology Demonstrates Driver-Assistive Truck Platooning System on I-96

Peloton Technology, a developer of connected and automated vehicle systems for U.S. and global freight carriers, hosted a live demonstration earlier this week of driver-assistive truck platooning on I-96 in Novi.

Olympia Development of Michigan Invests $30M in Temple West Mixed-Use Building Detroit Invests $30M in Temple West Mixed-Use Building

Olympia Development of Michigan today announced the beginning of construction on a new 285,000-square-foot, multi-story mixed-use building at the southwest corner of Temple and Park in The District Detroit.

Detroit’s Entrepreneurs of Color Fund Receives $18M Investment

The Entrepreneurs of Color Fund, a fund for minority-owned small businesses in Detroit, has tripled in size with an $18 million investment from the Detroit Development Fund (DDF), JPMorgan Chase, and the W.K Kellogg Foundation (WKKF).

American Center for Mobility in Ypsilanti Township Opens for Testing

The American Center for Mobility (ACM) today announced it has opened its state-of-the-art proving grounds for testing, with Visteon Corp. in Van Buren Township and Toyota Research Institute in Ann arbor on site to begin testing operations, and others scheduling for next week.

Auburn Hills-based Continental Automates Electric Vehicle Charging, Creates Mobile Power Bank

Auburn Hills-based automotive supplier Continental will demonstrate two new battery charging systems to maximize the advantages of electric vehicles, including an automatic wireless charging system that transfers power inductively, next month (Jan. 9-12) at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

G2 Consulting Group in Troy Earns Second Amazon Contract in Metro Detroit

As Amazon weighs where to build its second North American headquarters (H2Q), Troy-based G2 Consulting will provide construction engineering services for an 850,000-square-foot Amazon distribution center currently underway in Shelby Township.

Holtzman Wildlife Foundation Gifts $500,000 for Red Panda Habitat at Detroit Zoo

The Holtzmann Wildlife Foundation in Farmington Hills today announced a $500,000 grant to assist the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak with a 4,000-square foot expansion of the red panda exhibit. The red pandas renovated habitat will feature a more stimulating naturalistic environment combined with educational experiences for the zoo’s 1.5 million annual guests.

Plum Market Comes to Oakland University in Fall 2018

Oakland University (OU) in Auburn Hill will open a Plum Market on campus in the renovated Oakland Center in Fall 2018. The partnership will focus on quality food, service, and engagement with students and faculty.

Report: Robotics, Motion Vision, Motion Control Segments Hit Records in 2017

The Ann Arbor-based Association for Advancing Automation (A3) today announced that the robotics, machine vison, motion control, and motor technology industries set records through the first nine months of 2017. 

Ricardo Defense Systems and LIFT in Detroit Partner to Retrofit Safety Upgrade for Michigan HMMWVs

Ricardo Defense Systems in Van Buren Township and Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow (LIFT), a Manufacturing USA institute in Detroit, today announced the successful completion of their pilot project to retrofit 10 Michigan National Guard vehicles with RDS’ optimized antilock braking system (ABS) and electronic stability control (ESC) to reduce fatal rollovers in High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV).

Penske Automotive Expands Presence in the United Kingdom

Bloomfield Township-based Penske Automotive Group, an international transportation service provider and leading retailer of vehicles, today announced a signed agreement to acquire The Car People, a fixed-price used vehicle retailer in the United Kingdom.

Cadillac Introduces Morello Red Package for CTS V-Sport

Cadillac today announced the Morello Red Edition for the CTS V-Sport performance sedan, a detailed interior package that enhances the vehicle’s exterior and performance.

Little Caesars Pizza Continues Central, South American Expansion with Peru, Nicaragua Restaurants

After opening its first South American location in Chile in June 2016, Detroit-based Little Caesars Pizza today announced new restaurants in Nicaragua and Peru that will open in the coming days. A second Nicaraguan establishment is slated to open in Jan. 2018.

Burns and Wilcox in Farmington Hills Partners with Identity Theft Resource Center on Cyber Security

Farmington Hills-based wholesale insurance broker and underwriting manager Burns and Wilcox today announced a partnership with the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC). The partnership will provide retail brokers, agents, and partners of Burns and Wilcox with resources to help navigate a variety of cyber threats and breaches.

Federal Reserve Bank, JPMorgan Chase Economists to Headline Automation Alley’s Global Business Outlook

Automation Alley, a statewide technology and manufacturing business association, will host its annual Global Business Outlook event on Thursday, Jan. 11 at its Troy headquarters. The event will be keynoted by Paul Traub, senior business economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Detroit Branch, and John Caldwell, executive director of JPMorgan Chase.

Ouster Launches OS1 LIDAR, Completes $27M Series A Financing Round That Includes Fontinalis Partners in Detroit

San Francisco-based LIDAR technology developer Ouster today announced the emergence from stealth mode and the launch of a new OS1 model LIDAR. In addition, the company announced $27 million in Series A funding led by Cox Enterprises as well as Fontinalis Partners, a venture capital firm in Detroit whose principals include Bill Ford, Ralph Booth, Chris Thomas, Chris Cheever, and Mark Schulz.

Lear Corp. in Southfield to Acquire GPS Specialist EXO Technologies

Southfield-based automotive seating supplier Lear Corp. today announced a definitive agreement to acquire Israel-based EXO Technologies, a developer of GPS technology that provides high-accuracy solutions for autonomous and connected vehicle applications. EXO Technologies has operations in San Mateo, Calif. and Tel Aviv.

City of Detroit Seeks Redevelopment Proposals for Lee Plaza, Woodland Apartments

The City of Detroit and the Detroit Building Authority are currently seeking proposals to redevelop Lee Plaza and Woodland Apartments, two historic apartment complexes with a total of 250 mixed-income units. Developers are required to reserve more than 20 percent of the units in each building for individuals making less than $38,000 annually.

Clarkston’s Vertical Ski Drop Offers U.S.’s First Virtual Skiing Simulator

Vertical Drop Ski Shop, a full-service ski retailer in Clarkston, now offers the SkyTechSport Ski Simulator that combines smart sensor technology and virtual reality to create the effects of an actual ski slope for athletes of all levels.

Detroit’s Re:purpose Will Hit the Road in 2018 to Draw More Technology and Mobility Employees

Re:purpose, a digital job recruitment platform in downtown Detroit, will hit the road next year in a bid to draw more technology and mobility workers to the Motor City.

Michigan Osteopathic Association Selects MedNetOne Health Solutions to Administer Healthcare Partners of Michigan Physician Organization

MedNetONe Health Solutions in Rochester, a healthcare management organization offering infrastructure, clinical, and technology services to more than 800 private practice physicians and independent care providers, has been chosen by the Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) to administer Healthcare Partners of Michigan (HCPM), MOA’s new physician organization.

Indiana-Based AM General Opens Technology and Engineering Center in Auburn Hills

South Bend, Indiana-based global mobility solutions provider AM General today announced it has moved into a new Technology and Engineering Center in Auburn Hills. The facility houses engineering, product planning, and prototyping departments along with business development, U.S. defense, and strategic marketing functions.

Ford, Alibaba Explore Strategic Partnership to Expand Mobility Services

Dearborn’s Ford Motor Co. and Alibaba Group in China today announced an agreement to explore a strategic collaboration to jointly identify new opportunities to redefine consumer retail experiences and explore solutions for sustainable mobility.

Troy-based Meritor Invests in TransPower to Strengthen Electrical Vehicle Platforms

Troy-based Meritor, a supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking, and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets, today announced an investment in Calif.-based TransPower, which specializes in electrification technologies for large commercial vehicles. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Southfield-based Denso to Present New Technologies at 2018 Consumer Electronics Show

Denso, an automotive supplier with its North American headquarters in Southfield, is expanding its investments in new technologies for self-driving cars. The innovations will include core automotive startups, biosensors, and cybersecurity, and will be previewed at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

Ford Mustangs Get New Life as Custom Watches

Instead of heading to the salvage yard, Denmark-based REC Watches is re-making Ford Motor Co.’s classic Mustangs as custom timepieces. The company traces the history of each vehicle, talking to owners and incorporating images to create accompanying videos for the watches.

Report: 82 Percent of Shoppers Swayed by Holiday Deals

Livonia-based Valassis today announced the results of its annual Holiday Shopper Survey, which promotes insights into consumer expectations and behavior for the remaining shopping season, particularly among moms, millennials, and millennial parents. The findings indicate 83 percent of shoppers plan to continue purchasing gifts between now and Christmas, and 56 percent are headed in-store for their purchases.

Report: Michigan’s Automotive Industry Includes 2,200+ Facilities

MICHauto, an economic development initiative of the Detroit Regional Chamber, has announced the results of an examination of Michigan’s automotive and technical expertise at its annual summit held this week.

2018 AutoMobili-D at Detroit Auto Show to Feature 57 Startups, Keynote by BlackBerry CEO

The 2018 North American International Auto Show will showcase 57 mobility startups from around the world as part of AutoMobili-D from Jan. 14-21, and includes a strategic partnership with Techstars Mobility in Detroit.

DexKo Global Plans to Acquire E&P Hydraulics

Novi-based DexKo Global, a supplier of highly engineered running gear technology, chassis assemblies, and related components, today announced plans to expand with the acquisition of E&P Hydraulics, based in the Netherlands.

FCA US Launches Digital Dodge Garage For Auto Enthusiasts

FCA US today announced the creation of Dodge Garage, a digital content hub where muscle car and racing enthusiasts can get the latest news on Dodge, SRT, and Mopar branded parts.

University of Michigan Launches Michigan Academy for the Development of Entrepreneurs

The Samuel Zell and Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor has partnered with the William Davidson Institute and Aparajitha Foundations to launch the Michigan Academy for the Development of Entrepreneurs (MADE).

Consumers Energy Pays General Motors Co. $2.6M for Energy Efficiency Measures

General Motors Flint Complex has received a $2.6 million incentive payment from Consumers Energy for energy efficiency upgrades as part of the provider’s commitment to helping businesses across Michigan lower their energy costs.

FCA US Opens $10.4M Mopar Parts Distribution Center in Romulus

Auburn Hills-based automaker FCA US today announced the opening of a 500,000-square foot Mopar Parts Distribution Center (PDC) in Romulus. The facility is the second new Mopar PDC to open in the U.S. this year, representing a $10.4 million investment and employing more than 100 workers.

The Hamilton Apartments in Detroit’s Midtown District Begins $12M Renovation

Birmingham-based Broder and Sachse Real Estate and Detroit-based Sachse Construction today announced the start of a $12-million renovation of The Hamilton, an apartment community located in Detroit’s Midtown district (40 Davenport St.).

The Historic Detroit Club Hires Tom Trainor as General Manager and COO, Reopens in January

The historic Detroit Club, which is scheduled to reopen next month in time for the North American International Auto Show, today announced that it has hired Thomas G. Trainor as general manager and COO.

EarthTronics Creates Mini Panel LEDs for Interior, Exterior Surface-Mount Applications

Muskegon-based EarthTronics, a developer of energy-efficient light products, today announced it has introduced square and round mini panel LEDs for interior and exterior commercial and residential surface-mount use.

Wayne State University’s Discover Detroit Scholarship Eliminates Non-Resident Charges for Undergraduates

High school students nationwide can now attend Detroit’s Wayne State University (WSU) without paying out-of-state tuition. The Discover Detroit Scholarship eliminates non-resident charges valued at approximately $60,000 for four years of undergraduate education for eligible students.

Report: Consumers Want Their Cars to Behave Like Smartphones

As new car models boast more connectivity features, automakers are attempting to differentiate through a unique take on human machine interface (HMI) which allows humans to interact with computers.

General Motors’ Marketplace Lets Drivers Purchase Goods Via In-vehicle Touch Screen

General Motors Co. today announced Marketplace, the automotive industry’s first e-commerce platform that allows drivers to purchase goods, services, and make on-demand reservations using an in-vehicle touch screen. Marketplace currently partners with various retail, fuel, hospitality, food, hotel, and transportation companies to help eligible Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac drivers make purchases and accommodations with a tap of a dashboard screen.

Ford to Boost Investment, New Models, and Production in China as Part of Growth Plan

Building on a decade of growth and investments, Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn today announced the next phase of its China expansion strategy, which is focused on SUVs, electric and connected vehicles, and a streamlined business structure with closer connections to Chinese customers.

PBS’s Antiques Roadshow Coming to Downtown Rochester in June

PBS series Antiques Roadshow will be filming in downtown Rochester on June 14, 2018 as part of a production tour taking place at historic cities across the country. The show will also be stopping in Sarasota, Tulsa, Louisville, and San Diego, filming three episodes in each city to air in 2019. 

University of Michigan Conducts Survey to Improve Entrepreneurial Programs

Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks and David Brophy, professors at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, have conducted a survey to detail what makes a mentorship program successful. The study surveyed 33 private and university entrepreneurial programs. The results indicate that programs are successful when mentors and mentees work together to develop business skills, rather than assume individuals are born with entrepreneurial skills.

Lovers Only Restaurant to Open in Capitol Park in 2018

After opening seafood-centric restaurant Voyager in Ferndale in March, proprietor Eli Boyer will be collaborating with chefs Justin Tootla and Jennifer Jackson to open Lovers Only restaurant in Detroit’s Capitol Park in 2018.

Wayne State University Creates Sports, Entertainment Management Class for Winter 2018

Detroit’s Wayne State University has unveiled a new course on sports and entertainment marketing for undergraduate students of all majors.

Bedrock Acquires Historic Buhl Building in Detroit’s Financial District

Bedrock, the real estate arm of Quicken Loans Inc., today announced it has acquired the historic Buhl Building in Detroit’s Financial District (535 Griswold St.), along with the neighboring 525 Griswold Street Parking Garage (652 spaces). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Detroit’s Huron Capital Acquires California-Based Independent Technology Group

The City of Detroit’s Building Safety Engineering and Environmental Department (BSEED) has launched ePlans, a new online system that allows contractors to electronically submit documentation for all conditional use hearings and building permits that require plan or site plan review.

Ralph C. Wilson Foundation to Create Nonprofit Support Center in Detroit

The Ralph C. Wilson Foundation today announced plans to develop and pilot a center for nonprofit support, to be located at the southeast corner of Woodward Avenue and East Grand Boulevard in Detroit’s New Center neighborhood.

City of Detroit Launches ePlans, a Digital Review Plan for Contractors

The City of Detroit’s Building Safety Engineering and Environmental Department (BSEED) has launched ePlans, a new online system that allows contractors to electronically submit documentation for all conditional use hearings and building permits that require plan or site plan review.

The Four Tops to Perform at North American International Auto Show Charity Preview

The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) today announced The Four Tops will perform on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit following the annual Charity Preview.

Former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer Releases Memoir

Former Detroit Mayor and Michigan Supreme Court Justice Dennis W. Archer today announced the release of Let The Future Begin, a book detailing his eight-year administration (1994-2001) and named after a slogan which he believes laid the foundation for Detroit today.

General Motors: Self-Driving Car Service Could Add Billions to Bottom Line

In the race to redefine personal mobility, General Motors Co. is joining Waymo, Uber, and Ford Motor Co. by developing a self-driving ridesharing service. Forbes reported the operation is expected to launch in San Francisco by 2019, and the automaker will expand the commercial service at scale in multiple other cities.

Ford and FCA US Post Gains for November, GM Sales Even

Ford Motor Co. today announced sales totals of 210,771 for November, a 6.7 percent gain over 2016. Retail performance also increased 1.3 percent compared to a year ago, with sales of 156,064 vehicles, and transit vehicle sales totaled 10,852 units, with vans, transit connect, and E-Series posting their best November results since 1984.

Walsh College Launches Automotive Cybersecurity Concentration

Walsh College in Troy today announced the creation of a new academic concentration in automotive cybersecurity. The program will officially launch in Winter 2018 and take an experiential and an applied approach to produce qualified automotive cybersecurity professionals to help the auto industry secure and expand as the field continues to grow.

At Home Continues Metro Detroit Expansion With Troy Store

Texas-based home décor retailer At Home today announced the opening of a new location in Troy as part of the brand’s continued metro Detroit expansion. Located at 200 W. 14 Mile Rd. near Oakland Mall, the store is At Home’s ninth in Michigan.

Warren-based Art Van PureSleep Partners With Bedgear for New Shop Experience

Warren-based Art Van PureSleep has collaborated with Bedgear, a performance bedding company, to open 17 Performance Sleep Shops featuring Bedgear lifestyle performance products housed in select Art Van PureSleep locations. The shops will assist patrons in building a personalized sleep system based on body frames and preferred sleeping positions.

5Qs with Jon Krebs, Co-Chair of the Annual Kidney Ball

Jon Krebs, president of Madison Heights Glass Co., is co-chair of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan’s annual Kidney Ball. The event is taking place tomorrow at MotorCity Casino in Detroit and DBusiness Daily News spoke with Krebs about his experience with kidney disease and how tomorrow’s event can aid with education and prevention.

Cadillac Unveils V-Series Championship Editions

To celebrate winning the 2017 IMSA Manufacturer, Driver, Team, and Endurance Championships, Cadillac today announced the Championship Edition for the 2018 Cadillac ATS-V coupe and sedan and the 2018 Cadillac CTS-V super sedan. 

New 2018 Jeep Wrangler Features Increased Capability, New Offerings

Jeep has released its 2018 Jeep Wrangler equipped with a two-speed transfer case and full-time four-wheel drive for the first time in Wrangler history. The 2018 Wrangler includes portions of the original design while introducing a wider stance, a lowered belt line, and larger windows.

GMC Unveils 2018 Yukon Denali Ultimate Black Edition

GMC today introduced the 2018 Yukon Denali Ultimate Black Edition, which offers the vehicle’s traditional options in addition to black-painted 22-inch wheels with chrome inserts, chrome mirror caps, premium carpeted floor mats, a polished exhaust tip, and Onyx Black exterior paint.

NSF International in Ann Arbor Creates Consulting Services for Sustainability Practices

Ann Arbor-based environmental and human health organization NSF International today announced new services to help companies measure their environmental impact, identify potential risks, and capitalize on sustainability opportunities.

UberEATS Food Delivery Services Launches in Detroit

UberEATS, a stand-alone food delivery service that partners with local restaurants, today announced its launch in Detroit. The application has partnered with more than 100 local restaurants, including Dilla’s Delights, Olga’s Kitchen, Andiamo, Kerby’s Koney Island, and more.

BLOG: Detroit micro lending program a blueprint for cities across the nation

For low-income entrepreneurs, access to capital can be difficult. “The bank usually requires you to be in business for 3 to 5 years,” said Margaret Williamson, who leads a program called LaunchDetroit, which was created by Rotary clubs in southeast Michigan and southwest Ontario to address this gap.

Detroit and Ford Field Among Four Finalists for Major League Soccer Expansion Teams

Major League Soccer (MLS) today announced that Detroit, Cincinnati, Nashville, and Sacramento have been named finalists for two expansion clubs scheduled to be announced later this year.

New Lincoln Nautilus Features Driver-Assist Technologies, Replaces MKX

The Lincoln Motor Co. today debuted the Lincoln Nautilus, a mid-size luxury SUV with a turbocharged engine and a suite of advanced driver-assist technologies. The successor to the Lincoln MKX, Nautilus joins the 2019 MKC and updated Navigator in the company’s latest lineup offerings.

Chevrolet Debuts 2019 Corvette ZR1 Convertible

Chevrolet today introduced the 2019 Corvette ZR1 convertible, the first drop top since the original 1970 model-year ZR1. On sale next spring, the Corvette ZR1 coupe will have a suggested retail price of $119,995, while the convertible will begin at $123,995, in addition to tax, title, and other dealer fees.

Auburn Hills-based Continental Debuts Fifth-Generation Radar Sensors for Autonomous Driving

Auburn Hills-based automotive technology supplier Continental today announced the fifth generation of its short and long range radar sensors, which will enter series production in 2019. The sensors cater to vehicle manufacturers’ varying requirements and electrical-electronic architectures for emerging autonomous vehicle technologies.

Auburn Hills-based Faurecia Extends Partnership With Wuling Industry in China

Auburn Hills-based automotive supplier Faurecia today announced a joint venture with Liuzhou Wuling Industry Co. in Liuzhou, China. The new Faurecia Liuzhou Automotive Interior Co., will develop and manufacture automotive interior products, including instrument panels, center consoles, door panels, and acoustic products to affiliated OEM brands and other customers.

The Big Salad Expands to Commerce Township, Offers New Menu Items

Commerce Township will be home to The Big Salad’s seventh Michigan franchise in January 2018 (3050 Union Lake Road). The franchise will be owned and operated by Sandra and Craig LaFrance.

Report: Single, Multi-Family Home Permits Continue 2017’s Performance Record

The Homebuilders Association of Southeastern Michigan (HBA) today announced a total of 411 single-family permits were issued in Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, and Wayne counties during October.

Lineage Logistics in Novi Acquires Eight Los Angeles Facilities From U.S. Growers Cold Storage

Novi-based Lineage Logistics, a network of cold storage facilities that handles and processes food, today announced the acquisition of eight temperature-controlled facilities in the Los Angeles area from U.S. Growers Cold Storage.

Ann Arbor’s State Theatre to Re-Open Dec. 8 Following $8.5M Renovation

After 10 months and $8.5 million in renovations, the Michigan Theater Foundation will host a grand re-opening for the State Theatre located at the corner of State and Liberty streets in downtown Ann Arbor on Dec. 8. Movies at the new theatre will be open to the public on Dec. 9 at 1 p.m. 

American Center for Mobility Names Intertek as Operations, Maintenance Partner

The American Center for Mobility (ACM) in Ypsilanti Township has signed an agreement with Intertek to provide operations and maintenance of the 500-acre connected and autonomous vehicle proving grounds, which is slated to open next month. 

Park West Gallery Re-Opens Southfield Museum Following Renovations

After extensive renovations, Park West Gallery has re-opened Park West Museum, a hub for Old Masters and contemporary artists inside its Southfield headquarters.

Grand Rapids-based Bissell Releases Pet Hair Eraser Lift-Off Upright Vacuum

Grand Rapids-based floor care technology manufacturer Bissell today announced the launch of Pet Hair Eraser Lift-Off to help households combat pet hair with an upright vacuum and detachable, portable canister. The vacuum is engineered specifically for carpet, hardwood, and floors.

Art Van Furniture Acquires Two Furniture Retailers in Pennsylvania

Warren-based Art Van Furniture today announced the acquisition of two privately-held Pennsylvania companies, Pittsburgh-based Levin Furniture and Altoona-based Wolf Furniture. Both companies will maintain their brand names and management teams; terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Report: Michigan’s Blue-Collar Employment Projected to Decline Through 2026

As Michigan’s economy continues to evolve from a factory-based to a knowledge-based workforce, Ann Arbor’s Michigan Future Inc., a non-partisan, non-profit organization, projects that blue-collar employment will continue to decline through 2026.

Materialise in Plymouth Township, Siemens to Bring 3D Printing to Hospitals Worldwide

Plymouth Township-based 3D printing services and solutions provider Materialise and technology company Siemens Healthineers will collaborate to make Materialise Mimics inPrint software accessible to hospitals globally.

Mayor Duggan to Nominate Attorney Lawrence Garcia as Detroit Corporation Counsel

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan today announced his plans to nominate attorney Lawrence Garcia to succeed Butch Hollowell as the city’s corporation counsel. Hollowell announced last week that he plans to step down at the end of the year to become managing partner at The Miller Law Firm’s Detroit office.

Block Auction House’s First Sale in Detroit Set for Dec. 15, Opening City Location

Birmingham-based estate sale and auction company Aaron’s Estate Sales will open Block Auction House in Detroit on Dec. 15. The company’s inaugural auction in the city will feature 200 to 300 mid-20th Century consigned furnishings, art, and objects at the McGregor Memorial Conference Center at Wayne State University.

Denso in Southfield, Symbio Collaborate on Finnish Innovation Center

Denso, an automotive component manufacturer with a North American headquarters in Southfield, today announced a plan to open a joint innovation center in Finland with software company Symbio.

Detroit City Council Approves Brownfield Tax Credits for New High-rise Condominium Project

The Detroit City Council today approved brownfield credits for The Ashton, a $58 million, 14-story luxury condominium development complex to be constructed on the west end of downtown Detroit. Located adjacent to WDIV TV-4, The Ashton will feature 103 units.

2018 GMC Sierra Features Mountain Concept

The 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD All Mountain concept will debut this week at Vail Mountain. Built on a GMC Denali 4WD Crew Cab platform, the vehicle supplements GMC’s traditional design with tank-like tracks to help it navigate snow covered terrain.

St. Louis-Based Datix Opens Troy Office

St. Louis-based software consulting firm Datix today announced the opening of an office at the Columbia Center II in Troy to better serve clients in the automotive industry. Along with its St. Louis headquarters, the company currently operates offices in Houston and Bellville, Ill.

KUKA Robotics Corp. Offers Robotic Arms for Medical Devices, Hosts Grand Opening

Shelby Township-based KUKA Robotics Corp. will be hosting the grand opening of its new Metal and Arc Tech Center from Nov. 29-30 at its headquarters. The Tech Center allows engineers to test new technologies and customized solutions without disrupting their own facilities.

Butch Hollowell Named Managing Partner of The Miller Law Firm Detroit

After four years of service, Melvin Butch Hollowell is stepping down as Detroit’s corporation counsel and has accepted a position as managing partner of a new office in Detroit for The Miller Law Firm.

5Qs for Matt Loria, president and CEO of Auxiom

Matt Loria is president and CEO of Madison Heights-based Auxium, a company that helps small to mid-sized businesses with preventing cyber-attacks. DBusiness Daily News spoke with Loria about how to mitigate cybersecurity matters and protect data for companies and employees.

Key Safety Systems to Acquire Takata Corp. for $1.6B

Sterling Heights-based mobility safety developer Key Safety Systems (KSS) today announced a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all of Tokyo-based seat belt and airbag supplier Takata Corp. for an aggregate purchase price of $1.6 billion. 

University of Detroit Mercy to Lower Tuition Costs

The University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) has announced that it will lower its tuition rate to make the university more accessible to students beginning in the fall of 2018. The reset undergraduate tuition price, named Assure Your Boundless Future Tuition Reset, will drop from $41,158 to $28,000.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources to Auction 80 Parcels of Public Land

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced a public auction of  surplus land in northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula from Dec. 12-Jan. 10.

Michigan Executives Chosen for FIRST Robotics World Championships in Detroit Steering Committee

Consumers Energy CEO Patti Poppe will join Gail Alpert, president of FIRST Robotics in Michigan, and Roger Curtis, director of the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development, to lead the steering committee for the FIRST Robotics World Championship in Detroit. 
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