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Dearborn-based Ford GoRide Partners with Detroit’s DMC for Nonemergency Medical Transportation

Dearborn’s Ford Motor Co. today announced it is offering its GoRide non-emergency medical transportation service across the Detroit Medical Center network.

Priority Health in Grand Rapids Launches Personalized Wellness Programs Via PriorityWell

Grand Rapids-based Priority Health, the second largest health plan in Michigan, today announced it is transforming its wellness programs to address the overall wellbeing of members with a new product, PriorityWell.

Grand Rapids-based Advanced Protein Technology Unveils Collagen-based Nutra Collagen Products

Advanced Protein Technology in Grand Rapids has unveiled its new line of Nutra Collagen, or collagen-based products.

AT&T Invests $1.3B in Michigan From 2015-2017, Prepares to Introduce 5G Service

Texas-based AT&T Tuesday announced it has invested more than $1.3 billion in its wireless and wired networks from 2015-2017 in Michigan. Of this, nearly $650 million went to networks in metro Detroit.

Ford Uses Aerial Drones to Inspect Manufacturing Plant, Looks to Expand Program

Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn today announced it is using small aerial drones equipped with motion cameras to inspect high-rise gantries, pipework, and roof areas at its Dagenham Engine Plant in the UK.

North American Bancard in Troy Partners with Homebase to Offer Employee Management Tool

Troy-based North American Bancard Holdings (NAB), a payment solutions company, and Homebase, a provider of team management solutions, today announced a partnership to offer small businesses an employee management tool. The Homebase software is being offered through NAB's PayAnywhere technology platform.

Doctors at Southfield’s Ascension Providence Hospital Implant Heart Devices Without Radiation

Researchers at Southfield’s Ascension Providence Hospital have developed a 3-D mapping technique that allows heart devices to be implanted without exposing patients and health care workers to radiation.

Caribbean Restaurant Norma G’s Opens in Detroit’s Jefferson-Chalmers Neighborhood

Norma G’s Cuisine, a Caribbean restaurant, officially opened its doors to the public Tuesday. Once a food truck, it now has a permanent home at 14700 E. Jefferson Ave. in Detroit and is the first sit-down, full-service restaurant to open in the Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood in 30 years.

Arizona’s Carvana, an Online Used Car Buying Platform, Expands to Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Flint

Carvana, an Arizona-based e-commerce platform for buying used cars, today announced it has launched in four additional markets — Grand Rapids, Lansing, Flint, and Fort Wayne, Ind. The company first came to Michigan in July 2017 when it launched in Detroit.

Troy’s Rainbow Child Care Center Acquired by Oregon’s KinderCare Education

Oregon’s KinderCare Education Monday announced the acquisition of Troy-based Rainbow Child Care Center. Rainbow has 150 centers in 16 states and is the eighth largest child care provider in the nation.

New Jeep Wrangler Moab Edition Debuts, New Exterior and Interior Features

FCA in Auburn Hills today announced the debut of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Moab Edition, which pays tribute to the annual Easter Jeep Safari event in Moab, Utah. The event is hosted by the Red Rock 4-Wheelers off-road club, and will next be held April 13-21, 2019.

Detroit RiverFront Conservancy Breaks Ground on $6M Atwater Beach

The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy Monday broke ground on Atwater Beach, which will transform a former industrial site along the East Riverfront into a beach and picnic area. The $6-million project is expected to be completed in summer 2019.

Michigan Venture Capital Association in Ann Arbor Announces 2018 Award Nominees

Ann Arbor-based Michigan Venture Capital Association, a nonprofit trade association founded in 2002 to boost the amount of capital and talent for the state’s entrepreneurial and investment community, today announced it will host its MVCA Annual Awards Dinner with Gov. Rick Snyder on Oct. 2 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Eastern Market in Detroit.

Meijer Launches New Line of Convenience Store/Fuel Stations, Starbucks Coming Soon

Meijer in Grand Rapids today announced it is rolling out newly-designed convenience store and gas stations, with the first facility located at 2988 Walker NW, adjacent to the retailer's headquarters.

Michigan Strategic Fund Board Approves Projects Expected to Attract $100M

The Michigan Strategic Fund board today approved projects expected to generate nearly $100 million in private investment and create 312 jobs, Lansing’s Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) announced.

2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition Makes Debut

Dearborn-based Ford Motor Co. today introduced the 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition, which honors the legendary American Gulf Oil-sponsored Ford GT40 by featuring one of the most famous paint schemes in motorsports, plus a set of additional features.

East Lansing’s MSU to Break Ground on $100M STEM Teaching and Learning Facility

Michigan State University in East Lansing Friday announced it will break ground on a $100-million STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Teaching and Learning Facility.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Meets With British Ambassador to Partner on Electronic Vehicle Technologies

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder today welcomed Sir Kim Darroch KCMG, the British ambassador to the United States, to Michigan.

The Detroit Sessions Returns: Concert and U.S. Film Premiere at the Detroit Institute of Arts

The Detroit Sessions, a nonprofit focused on elevating the cultural vibrancy of Detroit, presents a multi-day event series inspired by the human rights legacy of music icon Mstislav Rostropovich.

Bridge Between One Woodward and Guardian Building Becomes Permanent Home of Light Art Installation

"Detroit Skybridge," an unused bridge connecting One Woodward and the Guardian Building, has gotten new life as the structure for a permanent installation by contemporary artist Phillip K. Smith III. The bridge, which features windows colored by light, was illuminated for the first time just after 8 p.m. on Saturday.

Scientists at East Lansing’s MSU Discover Gene Malfunction Associated With Arthritic Autoimmune Disorder

A new study from East Lansing-based Michigan State University has found a malfunctioning gene associated with ankylosing spondylitis, or AS, that is directly linked to the loss of vital immune cells that may prevent the disease.

Southfield Announces Mixed-use Redevelopment Plans for Northland Mall

The city of Southfield today announced several developers have submitted letters of intent to acquire land at the former Northland Mall, which opened in 1954 and closed in 2015. The city also has entered into due diligence agreements with the prospective developers.

Michigan Technological University in Houghton Hosts World’s First Freshwater Site for Testing Autonomous Watercraft

The Smart Ships Coalition of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence has unveiled its Marine Autonomy Research Site, the world’s first freshwater location for testing unmanned surface and underwater vessels. The site is located in Houghton, and will be managed by Michigan Technological University.

SkySpecs in Ann Arbor Opens Office in Amsterdam to Expand European Operations

Ann Arbor-based SkySpecs, a provider of robotics solutions for the wind energy industry, today announced the opening of an office in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Founded in 2008, the company has been inspecting wind turbines via automated aerial drones in North America and Europe, and plans to continue both onshore and offshore growth in 2019 and beyond.

National Black MBA Association Conference Coming to Detroit for Event’s 40th Anniversary

The National Black MBA Association will host its 2018 Annual Conference and Exposition Sept. 25-29 at Cobo Center in Detroit.

Report: Michigan Employer Demand for Lightweighting Doubles in Six Years

Employer demand for lightweighting-related skills in Michigan increased between the first and second quarters of 2018 and has doubled since the first quarter of 2012 with more than 56,000 job postings, according to a new report released by Detroit’s LIFT — Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow.

Detroit’s Henry Ford Health System Joins Medicaid Transformation Project

Henry Ford Health System in Detroit has joined 16 other health systems in the U.S. on the Medicaid Transformation Project, a national effort to transform health care and related social needs for the nearly 75 million Americans who rely on Medicaid.

Peninsula Capital Partners in Detroit Invests in Travel and Leisure Industry

Detroit–based Peninsula Capital Partners today announced its portfolio company, MMGY Global, has completed two acquisitions with capital support from Peninsula’s most recent investment partnership, Peninsula Fund VI L.P., with committed capital of $402 million.

Troy’s NAI to Open Manufacturing Facility in China

NAI, a Troy-based manufacturer of global connectivity solutions for high-performance systems used in the industrial technology, telecom, and medical industries, Wednesday announced the opening of a manufacturing facility in Suzhou, China. The plant is slated to open Sept. 1.

State Sets Aside More Than $3M for School Robotics Programs

Michigan has made $3 million in grants available for public schools and $300,000 in grants available for non-public schools for robotics programs, the Michigan Department of Education and the Talent and Economic Development Department of Michigan announced Wednesday.

New Hampshire’s Standex International Corp. Acquires Clinton Township’s Tenibac-Graphion Inc.

Tenibac-Graphion Inc., a Clinton Township-based provider of chemical and laser texturing services, has been acquired by Standex International Corp., a multi-industry manufacturer in New Jersey, Standex announced today. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Dr. Joel Kahn’s New Book, “Dead Execs Don’t Get Bonuses,” Reaches No. 1 on Amazon for Cardiology

Dr. Joel Kahn, a cardiologist and clinical professor of medicine at the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, has published his latest book, Dead Execs Don’t Get Bonuses: The Ultimate Guide to Surviving Your Career with a Healthy Heart.

25th Annual Partners Event to be Held at Michigan Building Theatre in Detroit for Karmanos Cancer Institute

Detroit’s Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute will celebrate its 25th annual Partners Event 7 p.m.-midnight on Friday, Sept. 21 at the Michigan Building Theatre in Detroit.

Wayne State University’s Mike Ilitch School of Business Opens North of Little Caesars Arena

Wayne State University in Detroit Tuesday celebrated the opening of the Mike Ilitch School of Business. The school was made possible by a $40 million gift from Little Caesars Pizza founders Mike and Marian Ilitch, which was the largest in WSU’s history.

Detroit’s DTE Energy Breaks Ground on $1B Blue Water Energy Center in East China Township

DTE Energy in Detroit Tuesday announced it has broken ground on its Blue Water Energy Center in East China Township (south of Port Huron). The $1-billion natural gas-fueled plant is expected to be the most efficient power plant in the state when it begins producing electricity for 850,000 homes starting in 2022. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2019.

Historic Apartment Building Listed for $2.2M Near Michigan Central Station in Detroit’s Corktown District

Friedman Urban in Detroit today announced the listing for $2.2 million of 2072 Wabash, a renovated 16-unit apartment building located just east of Michigan Central Station. In June, Ford Motor Co. announced plans to create an autonomous and electric vehicle research campus at the former train station and several neighboring properties in Corktown.

Detroit FinTech Bay Announces Kyyba Innovations in Farmington Hills as First Partner

Detroit FinTech Bay, which plans to open its North American hub and incubator later this year in the former First Independence Bank building at 44 Michigan Avenue in downtown Detroit, today announced its first ecosystem partner is Kyyba Innovations in Farmington Hills.

Detroit-based GM’s 2019 GMC Sierra Denali Arriving at Dealerships

Detroit’s General Motors Co. today announced its 2019 GMC Sierra Denali is now arriving at dealerships. The Denali is the automaker’s flagship of the next-generation Sierra lineup and leads a broader range of trucks, including the AT4 and Elevation models.

Pontiac’s Deliver My Ride Launches Online Car-buying Platform

Pontiac-based Deliver My Ride, an online car buying service launched by Birmingham’s MadDog Technology, has announced the introduction of its newly enhanced platform.

Report: Best July Since 2006 for New Housing Permits in Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, and Wayne Counties

The Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan today announced 462 single-family permits were issued in Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, and Wayne counties in July 2018. This marks the best July for single-family home permits since 2006.

Report: Record Savings for Used Car Shoppers

The latest Used Car Report released today by California’s Edmunds, an online car-shopping guide, shows record savings can be found on used vehicles compared to new.

Detroit’s Huron Capital Launches ExecFactor Platform High Street Partners

Huron Capital, a lower-middle-market private equity firm based in downtown Detroit, Monday announced it has founded High Street Partners with industry executives Scott Wick and Randy Koch to pursue a buy-and-build strategy in the insurance agency market.

Detroit’s Kraemer Design Group to Rehabilitate Park Avenue Building Near Fox Theatre

Detroit’s Kraemer Design Group, an architecture, interior design, and creative firm, Monday announced it is the architect, designer, and historic consultant on the renovation of the Park Avenue Building.

Simon Group Holdings in Birmingham and its Portfolio Firms Partner on Modular Housing

Birmingham-based Simon Group Holdings (SGH) companies VESTA Modular and Atlas Oil today announced they have partnered to establish a modular housing solution for Atlas' frac and rig business in Odessa, TX.

Ecommerce Sales Expand in Michigan with Quality Dairy and Vroom Delivery

Lansing-based Quality Dairy, which operates 30 stores in central Michigan, today announced it has signed an agreement with Vroom Delivery, an ecommerce platform for the convenience store industry.

Loc Performance Products in Plymouth Township to Manufacture Armored Assembly for U.S. Army

Plymouth Township’s Loc Performance Products Inc. was today awarded a contract to manufacture an armored assembly for the U.S. Army’s Multiple Launch Rocket System.

Treetops in Gaylord Expands with 25 New Rental Properties Set to Open in Spring 2019

Treetops Resort in Gaylord, which offers five golf courses, multiple ski runs, and other amenities, today announced it will break ground on 25 new rental homes near its newly-renovated clubhouse and hotel. The first rental homes, each offering four bedroom suites, will be available in the spring.

Auburn Hills’ FCA to Manufacture Power Electronics Component in Toledo for First Plug-in Hybrid Jeep

Auburn Hills-based Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced it has awarded the production of the power electronics module for the Jeep Wrangler plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) to its Toledo Machining Plant in Ohio. The vehicle is set to launch in 2020.

Woodland Mall in Grand Rapids to Add Von Maur, Urban Outfitters, REI, and More Retailers

Woodland Mall in Grand Rapids today announced it will add Von Maur, a 90,000-square-foot department store, that will replace the former Sear’s store. The Von Maur store, the first in the region, is scheduled to open in October 2019, according to PREIT, the mall’s owner.

U.S. Army to Test Ann Arbor-based Kraig Biocraft’s Dragon Silk

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories Inc. in Ann Arbor today announced it has delivered ballistic shootpack panels to the U.S. Army made of the company’s Dragon Silk material. The panels will be evaluated for effectiveness in stopping bullets.

Blog: Put People Before Perks to Refocus Your Talent Strategy

Sometimes, the most valuable lessons happen when you least expect it. I was reminded of that when a recent business venture took me literally off the grid in Detroit, onto streets my GPS didn’t recognize.

Report: Detroit’s Home Prices Have Second-highest Growth in U.S., Grand Rapids Homes Sell the Quickest

Metro Detroit home prices have increased by 15 percent year-over-year in July, the second highest increase in the country, according to Redfin, a Washington-based real estate brokerage. Nationally, home prices were up 5.3 percent in July with a median price of $307,400.

Dearborn’s Ford Unveils Fastest Drag Racing Mustang

Ford Performance, a division of Dearborn’s Ford Motor Co., Thursday unveiled its 50th Anniversary Mustang Cobra Jet race car. It is the fastest drag racing Mustang ever, capable of covering one-fourth of a mile in the mid-8-second range.

Peninsula Capital Partners in Detroit Invests in Georgia-based Pro-Tec Fire Protection

Detroit–based Peninsula Capital Partners today announced it has completed an investment in Pro‐Tec Fire Protection in Loganville, Ga. The investment was made by Peninsula’s most recent investment partnership, Peninsula Fund VI L.P., with committed capital of $402 million.

CORE Partners Becomes Bingham Farms-based Dominion Real Estate Advisors and Dominion Realty Services

A pair of new full-service real estate firms, Dominion Real Estate Advisors and Dominion Realty Services (Dominion), made up of several local real estate investors, was announced today.

Detroit’s Huron Capital, Chicago’s KCM Capital Partners, and Ohio’s Stonehenge Partners Invest in New Jersey’s Atlantic Beverage Co.

Detroit’s Huron Capital, a lower-middle-market private equity firm, has partnered with Chicago’s KCM Capital Partners and Columbus, Ohio-based Stonehenge Partners in a joint investment in Atlantic Beverage Co., a national food service supplier based in New Jersey. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Federal Reserve Lifts Supervisory Agreement With Troy’s Flagstar Bancorp

Troy-based Flagstar Bancorp Inc. has announced that the Federal Reserve has lifted its Supervisory Agreement with the company, effective Aug. 14.

Report: Ford’s First Self-delivery Vehicles in Operate as Fleets That will Service Businesses and Consumers

Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn today released a report, “A Matter of Trust: Ford’s Approach to Developing Self-driving Vehicles,” that reveals its autonomous vehicles won’t initially be sold to customers in the way that cars are today. The automaker plans to introduce its first self-driving vehicles in 2021.

Gov. Snyder Announces Universal Access to High-speed Internet Across Michigan

Gov. Rick Snyder, along with state technology and business leaders, today announced a plan to provide universal access to high-speed internet for every Michigan resident, business, region, and community. The new Michigan Broadband Roadmap sets the path for improving access and adoption of broadband throughout the state.

Michigan Recycling Businesses GLR Advanced Recycling and PADNOS Combine

Roseville-based GLR Advanced Recycling and Holland-based PADNOS today announced they have combined, with PADNOS acquiring a significant interest in GLR. The new partnership will include 24 locations throughout Michigan. Both companies will operate under their current names.

Royal Oak-based PIXO VR and Silicon Valley’s HP Partner on New Virtual Reality Training for Businesses

PIXO VR in Royal Oak and HP in Silicon Valley today announced they are joining forces to bring virtual reality training to enterprises around the world. PIXO VR is a virtual reality software designer that develops AAA-game quality VR training experiences.

Engineers at Ann Arbor’s U-M Develop Longer-lasting Batteries Using Ceramic

Engineers at Ann Arbor’s University of Michigan have developed a rechargeable battery that could double the output of today’s lithium ion cells, extending electric vehicle ranges and time between cell phone charges without taking up additional space, the school announced Wednesday.

In-dash Fuel Payment Now Available Through Texas-based Shell Oil Co. and Detroit’s GM

Texas-based Shell Oil Co. today announced that Shell-branded stations across the U.S. now accept Detroit-based General Motors Co.’s in-dash fuel payment and loyalty experience.

Detroit’s United Way for Southeastern Michigan to Move to Detroit’s Fisher Building

Detroit-based United Way for Southeastern Michigan today announced it plans to move its corporate office to the Fisher building in Detroit’s New Center.

West Bloomfield Township’s Planterra Conservatory to Expand

Planterra Conservancy in West Bloomfield Township today announced construction plans have been approved for an outdoor wedding space, building addition, and upgrades to the glass-enclosed conservatory near 14 Mile and Drake roads.

McDonald’s Investing $205M in Updates to Michigan Locations

McDonald’s Tuesday announced the company and its franchisees are investing about $205 million on the construction and modernization of some 400 McDonald’s restaurants in 2018 and 2019 in Michigan.

Southfield’s Brooks Kushman Partners With Detroit’s WSU Law School on Patent Procurement Clinic

Brooks Kushman, a Southfield-based intellectual property law firm, today announced a partnership with Detroit’s Wayne State University Law School to expand the impact of WSU’s Patent Procurement Clinic.

MSU Researchers Awarded $1.3M Grant to Enable Mammal Cells to Fight Disease Via Electromagnetic Fields

Engineering researchers from Michigan State University in East Lansing are working to create synthetic biological devices inside the cells of mammals that will enable treatment for chronic and uncured diseases. The work is supported by a $1.3 million grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke of the National Institutes of Health.

Ann Arbor’s Robotic Industries Association Partners With Massachusetts’ MassRobotics

Ann Arbor’s Robotic Industries Association (RIA), an industry trade organization, Tuesday announced it has formed a strategic partnership with MassRobotics, a nonprofit hub of robotics startups in Massachusetts.

Dearborn’s Ford Partners With China’s Alibaba to Offer Connected Technology for Chinese Cars

Dearborn-based Ford Motor Co.’s Autonomic today signed a memorandum of understanding with China’s Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group. Under the agreement, the automaker will bring the Transportation Mobility Cloud (TMC), a transportation and mobility solution for connected vehicles developed by Autonomic, to China.

Exlterra in Hazel Park Launches Subsoil Nutrient Enrichment System to Enhance Tree and Vineyard Growth

Exlterra, a sustainable environmental technology company in Hazel Park, today launched NEPS — Nutrient Enrichment Passive System, a simple subsoil product that enhances the growth, vitality, and yield of trees and vineyards in a sustainable way.

LIFT in Detroit Helps Develop Shipbuilding Efficiency Process

Detroit’s Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow, or LIFT, Monday announced the creation of a new process that can save shipbuilders production costs, improve build time, and reduce distortion of lightweight materials.

Michigan to Require Out-of-state Digital Retailers to Pay Sales Tax Following Supreme Court Decision

A change to Michigan’s sales tax administration will require many mail-order and online retailers located outside of Michigan to pay the state’s 6 percent sales tax on taxable sales into the state.

Southfield’s Lear Corp. Opens Manufacturing Facility in Flint

Lear Corp. in Southfield, a global supplier of automotive seating and electrical systems, celebrated the grand opening of a new manufacturing seating facility in Flint this past weekend.

Detroit Receives $500K Federal Grant to Expand and Preserve Dr. Ossian Sweet Home Site

The city of Detroit Monday announced it has been awarded a $500,000 federal grant to expand the historic district of the Dr. Ossian Sweet home and preserve two more adjacent houses.

Chevrolet Debuts Tahoe and Suburban Premier Plus Special Edition SUVs

Detroit-based Chevrolet today announced it is expanding the availability of the 6.2L V-8 engine within its full-size SUV lineup by introducing the Tahoe and Suburban Premier Plus special editions.

Birmingham’s Ford-Peabody Mansion to House Japanese-inspired Restaurant

Adachi, a Japanese-inspired restaurant, is slated to open for dinner in the restored Ford -Peabody mansion on Aug. 15 in Birmingham. Michael Schlow, a chef, restaurateur, and owner of Schlow Restaurant Group, is working with real estate developers Kenny Koza and Clint Mansour.

Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn to Host Hockey Tournament

Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn (south of Jackson), NASCAR’s fastest racetrack, will host the inaugural MIS Backyard Hockey Tournament and Winter Festival in the tri-oval for two weekends in January.

Universal Logistics in Warren Acquires Logistics Provider Servicing Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

Universal Logistics Holdings Inc. in Warren, a provider of customized transportation and logistics solutions, today announced it has acquired Southern Counties Express Inc., which services the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif.

Intertek in Grand Rapids Opens Packaging Performance Testing Facility

Intertek today announced it is introducing a packaging performance testing facility in its Grand Rapids laboratory, the company’s first packaging lab in North America to be accredited by the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA). The company’s headquarters are in London.

Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services to Evaluate Health Insurance Costs for Residents

The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) today announced it is soliciting health insurance CEOs and presidents to find innovative ideas to study to help stabilize the market and lower health insurance costs for Michigan residents.

Detroit Grand Prix Signs Deal to Hold Race on Belle Isle Through 2021, With Two-year Extension

The Detroit Grand Prix and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) today announced they have reached an agreement for the annual motorsports festival to continue on Belle Isle for at least three more years.

Dearborn’s Ford Reveals First Images of the Territory, an SUV to be Sold in China

Dearborn-based Ford Motor Co. today shared the first images of the Territory, a mid-size SUV that will compete in the Chinese market. Jiangling Motors Corp. in China helped Ford develop the Territory.

Students, Professors From Ann Arbor’s U-M Predict Which Flint Houses Have Lead in Their Water Service Lines

Student and professor researchers from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor have developed a way to predict which houses in Flint have lead water pipes.

Annual Fash Bash to be Held on August 16 at the Detroit Institute of Arts

The Founders Junior Council, the young professionals’ auxiliary of the Detroit Institute of Arts, will host its signature fundraiser, Fash Bash, in the eighth year of partnership with Neiman Marcus, on Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. at the DIA. Proceeds from the event will directly benefit the FJC’s pledge of $1 million to the DIA’s endowment campaign.

Michigan State University Plant Biologist Studies Grape Plant Defense With $1.1M Grant

Michigan State University plant biologist Marjorie Weber is the lead investigator of a five-year, $1.1-million National Science Foundation Dimensions in Biodiversity grant to study the evolutionary dynamics of bodyguard reward traits of wild grape plants.

Blog: Improve Your Business Writing Skills With These Six Tips

Writing is a big part of working in the business world, but a lot of professionals just don’t make it a priority. So much time and confusion can be saved by proper, clear business writing. Im-prove your business writing skills with these six tips.

Massive $510M Dairy Campus to Open in 2020 North of Lansing

Glanbia plc, a global nutrition group with a presence in 32 countries; Select Milk Producers Inc., and Dairy Farmers of America today announced they will invest $425 million in a new, 146-acre dairy-processing facility in St. Johns, north of Lansing. Proliant Dairy will also invest $85 million in an adjoining whey permeate facility.

Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn Unveils NASCAR Mustang, First Race Will be 2019 Daytona 500

Dearborn’s Ford Motor Co. today revealed its Mustang NASCAR Cup race car, marking the first time Mustang will compete in NASCAR’s top-level Cup racing series.

U-M Professor, Students Create Water Desalination Unit

Students and a professor from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor have worked with colleagues at the University of Sonora in Mexico to develop a prototype solar-powered single-stage distillation unit that desalinates water.

Wayne County Prices Bonds to Finance Criminal Justice Center in Detroit

On Wednesday, Wayne County priced bonds through the Michigan Finance Authority, raising $315 million for a portion of the County’s $380 million contribution toward a new criminal justice center project on East Warren Avenue near I-75. The tax-exempt fixed rate bonds mature over 30 years with an interest rate of 3.91 percent.

Report: U.S. Automotive Dealerships Remain Stable, Along With Average Sales Per Store

Urban Science in Detroit today released statistics and insights from its 2018 mid-year Automotive Franchise Activity Report (FAR), indicating continued stability in the number of automotive dealerships in the United States.

Blog: Find the Talent You Need by Considering Underserved Workers

The framework for a successful business still has, at its core, the principles outlined by Adam Smith in his groundbreaking business book, The Wealth of Nations, in 1776. With today’s historically low unemployment rate, however, his law of supply and demand is being put to the test.

Report: Automated Vehicles Not Expected to Displace Truck Drivers, May Displace Taxicab Drivers

Only a modest number of truck driver jobs, if any, are expected to be displaced by automated vehicles in the United States, according to a new report commissioned by Ypsilanti Township’s American Center for Mobility (ACM), led by Michigan State University and supported by Texas A&M Transportation Institute. The study covers the next 10 years.

General Motors Launches Collision Repair Network

General Motors Co.’s customer care and aftersales division today announced the launch of the GM Collision Repair Network at NACE Automechanika Atlanta, a trade show dedicated to the automotive collision industry.

Troy’s Suburban Collection Acquires Somerset Buick GMC

The Suburban Collection in Troy has acquired Somerset Buick GMC, located at 1850 W. Maple Road in the Troy Motor Mall, from Somerset Buick GMC Inc. The dealership has been renamed Suburban Buick GMC of Troy. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.

University of Michigan Professor Prepares to Launch Spacecraft Probe to Predict Disturbances in Solar Wind

Justin Kasper, professor of climate and space sciences and engineering at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, is a principal investigator on the Parker Solar Probe, which is scheduled for launch Aug. 11 from Cape Canaveral Fla., the university announced Tuesday.

Dearborn’s Ford Uses Body-tracking Technology to Make Workstations Less Physically Stressful

Workers at Dearborn-based Ford Motor Co.’s Valencia Engine Assembly Plant in Spain are using a special suit equipped with advanced body tracking technology to record how assembly line workers move. Ford plans to use the results to design less physically stressful workstations.

Spartan Motors in Charlotte Introduces Turbocharged Fire Truck Cab and Chassis Design

Spartan Emergency Response, a business unit of Spartan Motors Inc. in Charlotte (southwest of Lansing) has introduced a turbocharged fire apparatus (fire truck).

Detroit’s Henry Ford Health System Launches Direct to Employer Health Care Contract with General Motors

Henry Ford Health System in Detroit Monday announced its first-ever Direct to Employer health-care contract, which it made with Detroit’s General Motors Co. The agreement will deliver health-care management and wellness services to salaried GM employees and their families throughout the region.
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