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Bridge Agreement Earmarks $48M for Job Training, Neighborhoods in Detroit

The City of Detroit today announced an agreement with the State of Michigan to sell 36 city-owned parcels of land, underground assets, and approximately five miles of city streets for a total of $48 million to make way for the planned Gordie Howe International Bridge. The city will use the funds for neighborhood redevelopment, job training, and health monitoring for Detroit residents.

The Great Race Across America Heads to Michigan

The Great Race, a control-speed competitive road rally for antique, vintage, and collector cars, will begin on public highways on Saturday in Jackson, Fla. Drivers will travel 2,300 miles along the Dixie Highway with stops for sightseeing along the way. The grand finish is in Traverse City on July 2, where the winner will be announced.

Detroit’s Huron Capital Completes 7 Acquisitions, 3 Exits, 1 Dividend Recap

Detroit-based Huron Capital, a private equity firm, today announced the firm has completed seven acquisitions, three exits, and one dividend recap since the start of the year across three different industry sectors: business services, consumer, and specialty manufacturing.

Rockbridge Growth Equity Acquires Kings III Emergency Communications

Detroit-based private equity firm Rockbridge Growth Equity today announced the acquisition of emergency monitoring solutions provider Kings III Emergency Communications, a Dallas-based company that completes proprietary hardware, installation, monitoring, and maintenance services for on-site emergency phones for over 23,000 customers in the United States and Canada.

MSU Launches $7M Expansion for Music Facility

The Michigan State University Board of Trustees in East Lansing has approved a plan to expand and renovate facilities for the College of Music following more than $7 million in initial gift commitments from several donors. The project will include constructing a new building with additional performance, rehearsal, and practice spaces to support the growing program.

Vlasic & Roth Opens in Downtown Northville

Vlasic & Roth, a team of consultants who specialize in strategic planning, organizational change implementations, and crisis mitigation for healthcare organizations and technology companies has opened an office in downtown Northville at 108 N. Center St.

Detroit to Convert Conrail Railroad Property into Greenway

The City of Detroit and Conrail have reached an agreement in principle for the sale of Conrail railroad property for $4.3 million to complete the largest gap in the Inner Circle Greenway — an 8.3-mile stretch that once connected Henry Ford’s Model T Plant in Highland Park, and plants by Hudson and DeSoto, among others.

Sanders Candy Shoppe Headquarters Begins Remodel

Clinton Township-based Sanders and Morley Candy Makers today announced the company’s Chocolate and Ice Cream Shoppe headquarters will undergo renovations with plans to re-open this fall.

Adient Develops Removable Seat Covers For Ride-sharing/Autonomous Vehicles

Detroit-based automotive seating company Adient today announced the development of removable seat covers to ensure comfort and individualization for drivers and passengers in the car-sharing market.

EY Announces Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 Awardees, Michigan and Northwest Ohio

Ernst & Young (EY), a global organization specializing in assurance, tax, transaction, and advisory fields which has a large practice in downtown Detroit, today announced this year’s winners of the Entrepreneur of the Year award in the Michigan and northwest Ohio region.

Henry Ford Museum Announces, “The Science Behind Pixar” Exhibit

The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn is hosting a traveling exhibit called, “The Science Behind Pixar” from Oct. 14, 2017 - March 18, 2018. The 40 interactive elements of the exhibit provide a unique look into Pixar’s animated films and their characters.

Jackson Browne to Perform Benefit Concert August 10 in Detroit

Singer-songwriter Jackson Browne has announced a benefit concert on Thursday, August 10 at the Redford Theatre in Detroit’s Old Redford neighborhood to support the historic venue. Browne will be accompanied by his long-time bandmate and multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz.

Ford Invests $900M in Kentucky Truck Plant, Outsources Focus

Dearborn automaker Ford Motor Co. has announced a $900 million investment in Kentucky Truck Plant for upgrades to build the new Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator, which will be arriving in dealerships this fall. Both full-size SUVs will be exported to more than 55 global markets, including bringing the Navigator to China.

NHL and Adidas Unveil New Uniforms for the Detroit Red Wings

The National Hockey League (NHL) and Adidas today unveiled the new ADIZERO Authentic NHL jerseys and uniforms for the 31 NHL teams, including the Detroit Red Wings.

Luxury E-commerce Loyalty Site, Jewel, Launches in Detroit

Jewel partners with premium brands and sells goods at a discounted price to cost conscious customers looking to buy luxury goods online. Jewel allows the luxury retailers to maintain their brand image while reaching an untapped section of the marketplace. 

Cadillac 6.2L V-8 Claims Victories as IMSA Competitions

Cadillac today announced the 6.2L V-8 engine that powers the Cadillac Dpi-V.R prototype race car is undefeated at mid-season in the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The Cadillac race engines have secured 11 of the first 15 podium placements, including all five victories, during the company’s first year of IMSA competition.

Medical Research Prize Awarded to Stephen L. Hauser

Ann Arbor’s A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute today announced Dr. Stephen L. Hauser as this year’s recipient of the $100,000 Taubman Prize for Excellence in Translational Medical Research for his contributions to multiple sclerosis (MS) research.

American Girl to Return to Twelve Oaks Mall on June 24

Chicago-based American Girl, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mattel Inc. will be returning to a 6,000-square-foot location at Twelve Oaks Mall from Saturday, June 24 to Sunday, January 28, 2018. The store will feature an assortment of the company’s dolls, clothing, accessories, and a selection of historical and contemporary fiction, advice, and activity books.

Henry Ford Cancer Institute Creates First Global Real-time Radiation Technology

Detroit-based Henry Ford Cancer Institute today announced the “ViewRay MRIdian Linac,” an advanced radiation therapy that uses an FDA-approved real-time magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and linear accelerator delivery to achieve more precise radiation treatment. The treatment is the first of its kind in the world, according to Henry Ford Cancer Institute officials.

Best Western Premier Opens in Southfield, Features Nomad Grill with Packard Plant Artifact

The Best Western Premier Hotel in Southfield, the first of its kind in Michigan, is now open after completing its first phase of construction, which included a $12-million renovation of a 16-story circular tower that was originally a Holiday Inn when it opened in the 1980s. The property was acquired in 2015 by New Zealand-based Kiwi Hospitality Detroit.

HBPO in Troy Adds Automotive Plants, Product Lines in North America

Troy-based HBPO, an automotive supplier of modular front-end systems, has announced the addition of two new plants to accommodate additional product offerings and increased unit sales.

Royal Oak’s La Dulce Moves Close to Detroit’s Riverfront

The owners of La Dulce, a multi-cultural tapas spot in Royal Oak, have announced their restaurant will be relocating to a 7,000-square-foot space at the Crowne Plaza Detroit Riverfront along Jefferson Avenue, just east of Cobo Center.

Report: Demand for In-Vehicle Technology Increases

Southfield-based business information provider IHS Markit has released a global survey that shows the demand for in-vehicle technology is increasing, though the willingness to pay for it is sporadic.

Jenn-Air Launches Downdraft Self-Ventilating Cooktops

Benton Harbor-based luxury appliance company Jenn-Air today announced a new brand of downdraft cooktops to maintain sightlines in open concept kitchens, while utilizing a ventilation system that eliminates the need for an overhead hood. Proximity ventilation located on the cooktop captures smoke, steam, and odors at the cooking surface, ushering them down before they can escape into the kitchen.

Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce Acquires National Business League, Moves Headquarters to Detroit

The Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce in downtown Detroit today announced it has acquired the National Business League Inc., an organization founded by Booker T. Washington in 1900, and will relocate the headquarters to Detroit from Washington, D.C. The National Business League is made up of 365 chapters serving more than 15,000 members.

Van Elslander Capital Will Build Headquarters in Birmingham

Art Van Elslander, chairman and founder for Van Elslander Capital, today announced the investment company plans to break ground on an 11,000-square-foot office building at the corner of Woodward Avenue and Oak Street later this month. The building is projected to open next summer.

Nino Salvaggio to Open Bloomfield Township Store

Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace and the Bloomfield Plaza Shopping Center today announced a long-term lease agreement for a new store in the shopping center, located at the southwest corner of Telegraph and Maple roads in Bloomfield Township. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer, with a grand opening slated for spring 2018.

2018 Cadillac XTS Receives Appearance, Technical Upgrades

Detroit automaker General Motors Co. today announced technical, chassis, and appearance upgrades for the 2018 Cadillac XTS. The luxury sedan will be equipped with a dynamic chassis that can accommodate both 19- and 20-inch tires. An increased amount of sound insulators and the updated chassis aims to reduce cabin noise in the vehicle and provide a better travelling environment.

3M, MDOT Partner on I-75 Connected Work Zone

The Michigan Department of Transportation and global manufacturing company 3M today announced a collaboration on the nation’s first connected vehicle technology in a freeway work zone.

American Center for Mobility Begins Construction on Automated Vehicle Proving Ground

The American Center for Mobility (ACM) today announced a $24 million contract to Angelo Inafrate Construction Co. to oversee building of the first phase of its connected and automated proving ground at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti.

DTE Energy to Open Detroit’s Beacon Park on July 20

DTE Energy today announced Beacon Park, a 1.5-acre public outdoor space located at the corner of Cass and Grand River avenues, will open on July 20. The park will be home to a restaurant, a central lawn, walking paths, multi-use space for outdoor activities, performances, and areas for food truck vendors and bicycle parking.

Comerica Bank to Invest up to $5M in Detroit Home Mortgage

Comerica Bank today announced it will invest up to $5 million in the Detroit Home Mortgage program, which is managed by the Community Reinvestment Fund (CRF). Comerica also plans to become a participating lender in the program moving forward, allowing prospective Detroit homebuyers to apply at Comerica for financing through Detroit Home Mortgage.

Gov. Snyder Takes Trade Mission to Europe to Strengthen Auto, Aerospace Investments

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder today announced an investment mission to Europe, which will focus on strengthening trade relationships and attracting job-creating businesses investments, particularly in the aerospace industry. Snyder will meet with dozens of business and government leaders in Europe from June 17-23.

Vantastic, Developed by a Metro Detroit Entrepreneur, Creates Multi-Purpose Lit-Bit Technology

West Bloomfield Township-based Vantastic Designs and Promotions has debuted the Lit-Bit, a customizable, transparent bracelet that glows in response to music rhythms and speech. 

Amazon to Acquire Whole Foods Market for $13.7B

Seattle-based online retail giant Amazon today announced a definite merger agreement, where Amazon will acquire Whole Foods Market and its debt for $13.7 billion in an all-cash transaction.

5Qs With Derek Dickow

DBusiness Daily News spoke with Dickow about his personal networking strategies and how to mingle more effectively. The speed networking will be held on Wednesday, June 21 (5:30-8 p.m.) at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham.

MDOT Updates 2008 Airport System Plan

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Office of Aeronautics (AERO) today announced details of the 2017 Michigan Aviation System Plan, which was commissioned to update the Michigan Airport System Plan (MASP) from 2008. The study continues the analysis and methods established during the 2008 plan update and focuses on public-use airports that generate more than two million aircraft operations annually when combined.

Stem Cell Research Reveals Insight into Repair of ACL Tears

Kevin Baker, a director of orthopedic research at Beaumont Health, and Dr. Kyle Anderson, an orthopedic surgeon, today announced a study that reveals injuries, including a torn ACL, can summon armies of stem cells. Stem cell’s importance comes from their ability to develop into any other type of cell, including muscle, bone, or nerve cells. Prior to this study, scientists only knew that stem cells were summoned to the heart and brain during a heart attack or stroke to keep the body alive.

Miguel Cabrera to Auction Diesel Brothers Truck at Comerica Park

Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera will host the ninth annual Keeping Kids in the Game event on Thursday, July 27 at Comerica Park. During the event, Cabrera’s truck — which has been featured on the Discovery Channel’s show Diesel Brothers — will be auctioned off to raise money for children’s health and youth baseball.

Novi-based Lineage Logistics Acquires Partner Logistics

Novi-based Lineage Logistics, a global temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics company today announced the acquisition of Partner Logistics, a European cold storage and automated warehouse company. The transaction is Lineage’s first international acquisition and represents significant growth in the company’s warehouse automation strategy. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Guardian Glass Announces New Jumbo Coater Located in Carleton

Auburn Hills-based Guardian Glass, an international manufacturer of float, value-added coated, and fabricated glass products, today announced their new jumbo coater will be installed at its Carleton manufacturing complex.

SBAM Collaborates to Help Small Business Owners

The Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM) today announced a program with DTE Energy and Consumers Energy to provide enhanced energy services to small business owners statewide. SBAM Energy Solutions was unveiled today during an annual meeting and small business expo in Lansing.

Fort Shelby Apartments in Detroit Being Converted to Condos

The Fort Shelby apartments in Detroit have been remodeled and are being sold as condominiums at the 11th-21st floors above the historic Fort Shelby DoubleTree hotel. The Fort Shelby Residences include 56 upscale, high-rise condos and will be unveiled during a grand opening celebration on June 22.

Construction Begins on Suburban Collection Showplace Expansion in Novi

The Suburban Collection in Novi today announced a facility expansion, which will add 180,000 square feet of event, exposition, meeting, and banquet space to the existing complex. The renovations are slated for completion in mid-2018, and the upgraded facility will include an event center hall, 14 new banquet rooms, and a second-story ballroom overlooking the space.

20th Arts, Beats & Eats Announces Cultural, Health, Musical, and Gaming Features

The Arts, Beats & Eats Festival sponsored by Ford and presented by Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort returns to Royal Oak over Labor Day weekend (Sept. 1-4). For its 20th anniversary, festival organizers today announced a new gaming competition, health and wellness programs, and offerings from local restaurants.

Skrite App Launches Today in Detroit, Utilizes Augmented Reality

Skrite, an application that allows users to “own the sky” by uploading drawings, selfies, photos, and messages into a user-generated augmented reality (AR) space launched today in Detroit. Though AR is generally dominated by coders and developers, Skrite allows people to leave messages and explore other participants through the localized social network.

Detroit Launches Motor City Re-Store Program to Boost Commercial Districts

Mayor Mike Duggan and Detroit Economic Growth Corp. today announced Motor City Re-Store, a multimillion dollar initiative to stabilize and improve the appearance of the city’s commercial corridors. The program will provide up to $500,000 in matching grants to existing businesses every three months for façade, landscaping, and parking lot improvements.

Spartan Motors Opens Plant for Production of Isuzu Trucks Near Lansing

Spartan Specialty Vehicles, a business unit within Charlotte-based Spartan Motors Inc., has announced the opening of its new $6.5 million assembly plant in Charlotte, located southwest of Lansing. The facility will provide for more than 100 additional jobs.

General Motors Completes Test Fleet of Self-Driving Chevrolet Bolt EVs

Detroit automaker General Motors Co. today announced the production of 130 self-driving Chevrolet Bolt test vehicles, which will be deployed with more than 50 current-generation self-driving Bolt EVs in San Francisco, Scottsdale, and metro Detroit. 

Report: Metro Detroit Needs 15,467 New Apartments to Meet Demand by 2030

The National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) and National Apartment Association (NAA) today announced a new national study conducted by Hoyt Advisory Services that indicates metro Detroit will need 15,467 new apartments by 2030 to accommodate projected demand.

Premium Seafood Restaurant to Open in Troy on June 19

Eddie V’s, an upscale seafood restaurant and sister establishment to The Capital Grille, will debut east of the Somerset Collection North in Troy on June 19. The 266-seat restaurant, operated by Darden in Orlando, is known for fresh seafood selections daily, as well as hand carved steaks and nightly performances by jazz trios.

Motown Museum and Lear Corp. Host Fundraiser Thursday in Detroit’s Capitol Park

Lear Corp., a Tier 1 automotive supplier in Southfield, will present a first-of-its-kind benefit Thursday evening for the Motown Museum in Detroit. The ticketed event, which is open to the public, will be held in a large tent in Capitol Park and near the Lear Innovation Center the supplier opened last year along State Street behind the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel.

U.S. Green Building Council Launches Program to Reduce Carbon Footprint

Leaders from the business, sustainability, and non-profit sectors today announced the launch of the Detroit 2030 District, which seeks to reduce building energy use, water consumption, and transportation greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2030.

Troy-based IT Provider HTC Global Services Acquires Ciber Inc.

Troy-based HTC Global Services, a global provider of information technology and business process outsourcing services, today announced the acquisition of Ciber Inc.’s North American and India operations. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Herman Miller Creates Digital System of Connective Office Furniture

Herman Miller Inc., a global design manufacturer headquartered in west Michigan, today announced Live OS, its first human-centered, enterprise-ready system of cloud-connected office furnishings.

i.M Branded Expands to Pontiac Facility

Rochester Hills-based i.M Branded, a supplier of brand-specific furniture and wall art to support automotive OEMs’ corporate identity programs, today announced an expansion to a 150,000-square-foot facility in Pontiac.

Spirit of Detroit Plaza Opens Today on Woodward Avenue

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and other community leaders today launched the newly-renovated Spirit of Detroit Plaza. Located two blocks south of Campus Martius Park, the $300,000 plaza that spans both sides of Woodward Avenue, highlights the city’s history and diversity, as well as improving foot traffic near the riverfront.

Corporate Eagle to Expand at Oakland County International Airport

Waterford Township-based Corporate Eagle, a provider of membership-based fractional and managed business aviation programs, today announced the lease of a 5.7-acre land parcel at Oakland County International Airport.

Michigan Future Report Proposes Shake-up in State’s Education System

Ann Arbor-based non-profit Michigan Future today announced the findings of a report on the state’s current educational structure. The report, “Improving Student Outcomes from Education, Birth to College,” offers several proposed adjustments on how to better prepare students for future careers. 

Detroit Grand Prix Breaks Attendance, Participation Records

For the fifth time since 2011, the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix surpassed the 95,000-fan mark in total attendance. The three-day motorsports festival, held June 2-4 on Belle Isle, drew an estimated 100,000 fans — more than 25,000 fans on Friday, a record-breaking 45,000 fans on Saturday, and 30,000 fans on Sunday.

Gov. Rick Snyder Signs Legislation to Redevelop Michigan Communities

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a package of bipartisan bills aimed at revitalizing communities across Michigan by allowing transformational projects to capture state sales and income taxes to redevelop challenging sites into developments that will foster jobs and economic growth.

Mayor Duggan Names Developer, Architects for $32M Midtown Residential Development

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan today announced the developers and design team for a new mixed-use, mixed-income project in the Sugar Hill Historic District in Midtown. The development team will be led by Sonya Mays from Develop Detroit and Rodger Brown from Preservation Affordable Housing Inc. The design team includes architect Phil Freelon, who designed the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

Sweet Lorraine’s Café and Bar to Close Southfield Location June 25

After nearly 33 years at the helm of the original Sweet Lorraine’s Café and Bar on Greenfield Road in Southfield, owner and chef Lorraine Platman has announced she will be permanently closing the location on June 25, citing her health concerns. Platman opened the restaurant in 1984 with her husband, Gary Sussman.

Feldman Auto Group to Open Waterford Township Dealership June 23

The Feldman Auto Group today announced the grand opening of their new 1-800-PREOWNED Supercenter in Waterford Township, which will take place from June 23-24. The new facility will showcase more than 400 pre-owned vehicles from all major manufacturers. In turn, the company will assist customers with finding the car they’re looking for, even if it’s not on the lot.

Airbnb Reaches Home Sharing Tax Agreement with State of Michigan

Airbnb, an online short-term housing and hospitality marketplace, has finalized a tax agreement with the State of Michigan that will allow the company to collect and remit state-level occupancy taxes on behalf of its Michigan hosts. With the tax agreement in place, Michigan will be able to fully capitalize on more people visiting the state and staying longer through home sharing.

5Qs With Charlie Moret, Chairman and CEO of Invest Michigan

Charlie Moret is chairman and CEO of Invest Michigan, an organization that invests in early-stage companies in the advanced manufacturing materials, life sciences, and information technology industries. DBusiness Daily News interviewed Moret about the importance of investing in innovation and the role of capital investors in Michigan’s economy.

American Society of Employers Releases 2017 Compensation Survey Results

The American Society of Employers (ASE) has released its 65th annual compensation survey results. ASE surveyed 357 companies, 57 percent located in metro Detroit, via an online survey distributed to human resource professionals. Nearly 59 percent of respondents were classified as non-automotive suppliers.

GMC Debuts Campaign for Professional-Grade Vehicles

Detroit automaker General Motors Co.’s GMC brand has debuted its “Like a Pro” advertising campaign, illustrating the core values of professional grade vehicles and the emotional connection customers often have with GMC trucks and SUV models.

Karmanos Cancer Institute Releases Study Results

Findings from a 10-year, global study involving 12,834 stage three colon cancer patients on adjuvant chemotherapy were released today by the Karmanos Cancer Institute, indicated that patients with a lower risk of cancer recurrence received three months of chemotherapy versus the standard six-month treatment did similarly well.

93rd Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race Changes Handicap System

Detroit-based Bayview Yacht Club has announced the kickoff of this year’s Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race, which begins July 22 on Lake Huron just north of the Blue Water Bridge. One major change to the 93rd annual event will be the rating system used to handicap boats on the Shore Course.

Automotive Leaders Call for More Guidelines For Automated Vehicles

The Ypsilanti-based American Center for Mobility (ACM), a non-profit testing and product development facility for automated vehicle technology, has announced a collaboration with SAE International, a global association of engineers and technical experts, and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), an international association working to improve transportation systems, to create guidelines for safe and effective deployment of automated vehicle testing and implementation technologies.

GVSU Launches Program to Further Student Success

Grand Valley State University in Allendale today announced the launch of the Laker Effect, a comprehensive campaign that will provide increased support for students and allow university programs and facilities to meet the current needs of employers. The initiative includes an $85 million fundraising goal and will address three primary areas of need: opportunity, achievement, and relevance.

The Inn at 97 Winder Opens in Detroit’s Brush Park Neighborhood

Following an extensive renovation, The Inn at 97 Winder today announced reservations are available for its 10 private rooms at the historic mansion in Detroit’s Brush Park neighborhood.

Detroit to Host National Marine Week in September

The United States Marine Corps today announced that Marine Week will be held in Detroit from Sept. 6-10. The program is an annual celebration of “community, country, and corps” to honor the service and sacrifice of Marines and their loved ones.

Bosch Creates Map for Automated Driving that Utilizes Radar Signals

Bosch, an engineering and electronics company which operates its North American headquarters in Farmington Hills, in collaboration with TomTom, a Dutch map and traffic information provider, today announced the first radar signaled localization layer for high-resolution maps used in automated driving.

Techstars Mobility Announces Four New Corporate Partnerships, Adds AI Firm

Techstars Mobility Accelerator in Detroit today announced four new corporate partnerships, and that Mighty AI, a Seattle-based startup offering training data for autonomous driving, is opening an office out of the Techstars office at Ford Field in Detroit. 

DIA to Feature Detroit’s Hip Hop Artists, Producers, DJs in New Exhibit

The Detroit Institute of Arts yesterday announced “D-Cyphered: Portraits by Jenny Risher” will be at the museum from Aug. 4- Feb. 18, 2018. Photographer and Detroit native Jenny Risher collaborated with local music artists, producers, and DJs to create portraits that tell the history, influences, and legacy of the city’s hip-hop music scene.

Report: Immigrant Growth in Detroit Propels Income and Employment

According to a new report from the New American Economy, Detroit Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Affairs, and Global Detroit, between 2010 and 2014 the foreign population in Detroit grew by 4,137 individuals, creating a 12.1 percent increase in immigrant population growth.

Henry Ford Health Breaks Ground on $20M Cancer Facility

Patients, donors, administrators, and local leaders joined as Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System broke ground on the Brigitte Harris Cancer Pavilion at the Henry Ford Cancer Institute today. Backed by a $20 million gift from Detroit businessman Mort Harris, in honor of his late wife Brigitte, the pavilion will serve as a center for ambulatory cancer treatment, precision medicine, clinical trials and research, and enhanced patient support services.

H.W. Kaufman Financial Group Acquires Grand Rapids-based Chlystek and White

Farmington Hills-based insurance company H.W. Kaufman Financial Group today announced the acquisition of Chlystek and White Services Inc. The Grand Rapids-based regional insurance premium audit services company will become part of Afirm, Kaufman’s international provider of premium audits, loss control, and risk services, which is based in Fort Collins, Colo.

Report: HBA Forecasts Michigan Housing Shortage

The Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan (HBA) today announced a report entitled “Housing Challenges Threaten Our Economic Outlook, Where Will 10 Million Michiganders Live?” which details what experts are calling historically low housing inventory levels. The report emphasizes that without action, it will continue to be more difficult for communities to attract necessary housing investments in the future.

Pontiac Notre Dame to Open $7.5M Science and Technology Wing in 2018

Notre Dame Preparatory Academy (NDPMA) today broke ground on a new $7.5-million science, art, and technology wing at its Pontiac campus. The addition, designed by Bloomfield Hills-based TMP Architecture, will span 26,000 square feet and will open in fall 2018. The one-story facility will connect to the present shared middle and upper division wings and offer science-laboratory facilities, collaborative-learning classrooms, a robotics lab, a greenhouse, and a fine arts studio.

Focus: HOPE Partners with GM to Make Program for Detroit Women

Detroit’s Focus: HOPE and General Motors Co. have collaborated to create the Women in Manufacturing and Technology program, a new manufacturing and information technology job preparedness and training initiative for women in metro Detroit. The automotive company partnered with the human and civil rights group through a $370,000 grant and $338,000 in laptops and network infrastructure donations.

NITS Solutions Completes Office Renovations

NITS Solutions recently completed renovations on office space near the company’s headquarters in Novi to accommodate the addition of 25 employees. The data analytics services and solutions provider says it has experienced rapid growth over the last several years.

Book Cadillac Penthouse Condominium Sells for a Record $1.8M

Kyle Swink of Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel today announced the sale of a penthouse condominium on the 29th floor of Detroit’s Westin Book Cadillac. The 2,500-square foot property sold for $1.8 million, now the record for the highest priced condo sale in the city.

M1 Concourse to Host Annual Italian Happening Car Show and Festival

The Pontiac-based M1 Concourse, an 87-acre racetrack and cond0-garages for auto enthusiasts, will host more than 600 vehicles and motorcycles at the annual Italian Happening on Sunday, June 11.

Red Dunn Kitchen Opens in Detroit’s Corktown District on Thursday

Red Dunn Kitchen today announced its new restaurant in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood will begin breakfast service adjacent to the Trumbull and Porter hotel this Thursday, with lunch and dinner service expected to roll out later this month.

Buick Announces New Electric Motor Available for 2018 LaCrosse Models

Detroit automaker Buick and GMC today announced that the Buick LaCrosse is set to be fitted with eAssist light electrification motor for the 2018 model.

St. John Hospital First in Nation to Use Stent Technology for High-Risk Cardiac Patients

Health care experts at Detroit-based St. John Hospital and Medical Center were the first in the country to treat a high-risk patient using a heart pump and newly approved heart stent technology.

BLOG: The power of Legacy

As business leaders, managers, and owners, our days often revolve around jumping from one fire to another.  In the hailstorm of client issues, vendor problems, or employee challenges, our day-to-day time often gets wrapped up in immediate, urgent business issues.  Rarely, if ever, do we get the luxury to consider the positive impact we have on those we meet, to ponder how we will be remembered.   The hectic daily world often prevents us from pondering what our legacy will be. 

BAE Systems and QinetiQ to Pursue Electric Drive on Combat Vehicles

Sterling Heights-based BAE Systems today announced the signing of a teaming agreement with QinetiQ to incorporate new technology for electric drive mobility systems into combat vehicles.

Report: GM’s Sustainability Efforts Surpass Environmental Goals

Detroit automaker General Motors Co. has announced the results of its 2016 sustainability report, which reveals the company’s progress toward achieving universal mobility and zero-emissions vehicles. 

WSU Mike Ilitch School of Business Launches Executive Master’s Degree in Automotive Supply Chain

The Wayne State University Board of Governors yesterday announced a new executive master of science in automotive supply chain management degree to be offered at the Mike Ilitch School of Business, now under construction at Woodward Avenue and Temple Street in Detroit. 

Connected, Automated Vehicles Demonstrate Diverse Interconnectivity

Advance Michigan and the Workforce Intelligence Network of Southeastern Michigan (WIN) recently announced a report entitled “Connected and Automated Vehicles Social Network Analysis” (CAV SNA), which indicates southeastern Michigan’s CAV network is growing, with 351 organizations identified as working within an intelligent transportation ecosystem, including automotive, software, legal, construction, manufacturing, government, and other industries.

Gladiator GarageWorks Creates Rack Shelving Line

Benton Harbor-based Gladiator GarageWorks today announced the EZ Connect Racks, a new storage solution which features three rack shelving models of varying sizes for different spaces and needs. All three racks feature a patented click-and-lock system, meaning tools aren’t required for assembly.

Sci-Fi Fan to Bring TARDIS Lending Library to Woodbridge Tomorrow

Woodbridge resident Dan Zemke has always wanted to put something in the vacant lot across from this home at the corner of Warren and Vermont Streets, and when he combined his love of the science fiction television series Dr. Who with his passion for literacy, he found his solution. Zemke and his father, W. John Zemke, have spent the past year constructing a 10-foot-tall, life-size TARDIS that serves as a community library for those looking to share and read books.

HBA’s Parade of Homes Opens Today Throughout Southeastern Michigan

The Homebuilders Association of Southeastern Michigan (HBA) today announced the 28th annual exhibition of new model homes throughout southeastern Michigan opens today and runs through June 30.

Ford, GM, and FCA US Report Sales Gains for May

Dearborn automaker Ford Motor Co. today announced the company’s sales for May, reporting sales of 241,126 vehicles and a 2.2 percent overall increase from the same time last year. Sales were led by the F-Series, which accounted for 76,027 pickups sold, a 12.8 percent increase and the line’s best May sales in 13 years.

New Report: U-M, MSU, WSU Spend $1.2B on Life, Medical, Health Research in 2015

Michigan’s University Research Corridor (URC) today announced researchers at the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Wayne State University collectively spent $1.2 billion on life, medical, and health sciences research in 2015.

Continental and Baidu to Further Develop Intelligent Mobility

Auburn Hills-based technology company and auto supplier Continental yesterday announced the signing of a strategic cooperation agreement with Baidu, a Chinese internet company, with the goal of establishing a comprehensive strategic cooperation regarding automated driving, connected vehicles, and intelligent mobility services.
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