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Pingree Detroit Makes First Sneakers in the City, Will Launch Urban Utility Boots Next Year

Pingree Detroit, a leather footwear and accessories company, has rolled out what is believed to be the first locally crafted sneaker, called The Mayor. An urban utility boot called The Governor will be introduced early next year, joining the company’s current line of leather tote bags, wallets, backpacks, clutch purses, and apparel items.

U-M Researchers Develop Small Device That Bends Light, Distinguishes Between Cancerous and Healthy Tissue

Physicists at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor today announced they have developed a device the size of a match head that can bend light inside a crystal to generate synchrotron radiation.

Dearborn’s Ford Motor Co. Establishes Stand-alone China Business Unit as Part of Asia Pacific Markets Reorganization

Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn Tuesday announced it is reorganizing its Asia Pacific operations. As part of the changes, Ford China is elevated to a stand-alone business unit reporting to Ford global headquarters.

Kar’s Nuts in Madison Heights Completes Merger With Sanders in Clinton Township

KNPC Holdco in Madison Heights, a leading manufacturer of nut and trail mix snacks sold under the Kar’s and Second Nature brands, today announced the completion of its merger with Morley Candy Makers in Clinton Township, a maker of premium confectionary products sold under the Sanders Fine Chocolatiers brand.

Detroit Expands Scooter Access to Neighborhoods; Launches New City Website

The City of Detroit today announced updated guidelines for scooter sharing companies to expand access to the new mobility option and serve more Detroiters in neighborhoods across the city.

Southfield’s Icahn Automotive Group Introduces Pep Boys Mobile Crew Across U.S.

Icahn Automotive Group in Southfield Tuesday introduced its Pep Boys Mobile Crew, traveling trailers and service bays that will provide on-location preventative maintenance and repair services nationally.

Troy’s Laser Eye Institute the First in Michigan to Perform SMILE With Astigmatism Surgery

Michigan’s first SMILE with astigmatism laser corrective eye surgery was scheduled for today at the Laser Eye Institute in Troy.

Report: Access Restrictions on Medications Earn a Failing Grade for Nearly 25% of Michigan’s Largest Health Plans

Let MI Doctors Decide reported that nearly a quarter of Michigan’s largest 25 health plans received a failing grade for placing restrictions on access to medicines for patients with five key autoimmune diseases, according to a new report card the organization released Monday.

Report: Michigan Car Insurance Rate 83% Higher Than National Average

Michigan car insurance is the most expensive in the country, according to a report released today by The Zebra, an insurance search engine based in Austin, Texas. Michigan drivers pay an average of $2,610 each year for car insurance, which is about 83 percent higher than the national average of $1,427.

AM General Lands $210M in Contracts for New Military Vehicles and Services

AM General, which operates a technology and engineering center in Auburn Hills, today announced it has received an order to provide 740 new M1152A1 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV) to the U.S. Army National Guard.

California’s KLA-Tencor Corp. Gains Approval From Michigan Strategic Fund to Invest in $70M R&D Center in Ann Arbor

KLA-Tencor Corp., a Silicon Valley-based provider of process control and yield management solutions for the semiconductor and related nanoelectronics industries, today announced plans to establish a research and development center in Ann Arbor. The project was approved by the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF), the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) announced today.

Henry Ford Health System in Detroit Now Offers Apple’s Health Records App

Henry Ford Health System in Detroit today announced it now supports Health Records on iPhone, which brings together hospitals, clinics, and the existing Apple Health app to make it easier for patients to see their available medical data from multiple providers.

Detroit’s Guardhat Adds Partners to Bring More Wearable Technology to Market

Guardhat, a Detroit-based Internet of Things (IoT) company that makes industrial safety technology, Monday announced a new round of partners that will further expand the commercialization of its wearable technologies.

Corktown’s Detroit Barbers Opens Coffee Bar on Upper Level

Owners of Detroit Barbers Barbershop and Brand, Chad and Jamie Buchanan, have expanded their Corktown location to include an independent coffee bar, Lucky Detroit, on the shop’s second level.

Ford Debuts Ranger Mid-size Pickup at Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne

Ford Motor Co. today announced the relaunch of the Ranger mid-size pickup at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, including ride-and-drive off-road activities. The truck, which goes on sale early next year, returns following an eight-year hiatus.

HITEC Sensor Developments in Plymouth Township Acquires United Kingdom’s Aero Sense

HITEC Sensor Developments, a Plymouth Township-based designer and manufacturer of custom load cells and strain gage based force and torque sensors, Friday announced it has acquired the United Kingdom’s Aero Sense Technologies, a manufacturer of custom sensors for aerospace and industrial customers. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.

EventLink in Sterling Heights Acquires Illinois’ Synergy Marketing Partners

Sterling Heights’ EventLink, an event and experiential space company, today announced the acquisition of Synergy Marketing Partners, an Illinois-based digital and consumer experience company. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Casual Fine Dining Restaurant Hazel, Ravines, and Downtown to Open in Birmingham

Hazel, Ravines, and Downtown, a casual fine dining restaurant, is slated to open Monday, Oct. 29 at 34977 Woodward Ave. in Birmingham. Located in the Greenleaf Trust building at Woodward and Maple Road, the eatery replaces The Stand, which closed earlier this year.

Meritage in Grand Rapids to Sell Property in The Bahamas to Disney Cruise Lines

Meritage Hospitality Group Inc. in Grand Rapids, a large restaurant operator and developer, today announced that on Oct. 19 the National Economic Council of the Bahamas approved a proposal submitted by Disney Cruise Line Island Development Ltd. to acquire and develop property owned in partnership between Meritage and The Related Group.

Blog: The Future of Manufacturing — Three Major Shifts Are Upon Us

Recently, I was fortunate to see a speech from futurist Peter Diamandis. He spoke about what the future world of work would be like, and specifically talked about the workforce within manufacturing. It’s about to be transformed.

Dearborn’s Ford to Produce 350 More Ford GTs Than Originally Planned

Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn Thursday announced it is increasing its Ford GT production to 1,350 vehicles, up from the original 1,000 cars allotted in 2016. The shift comes after more than 6,500 applicants signed up to purchase the sports car.

Ann Arbor-based U-M’s Endowment Grew by $1B Over Last Year

The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor today announced the value of its endowment climbed to $11.9 billion, $1 billion more than a year ago. The university said its rate of return on investments is near the top of all university endowments and new investments through the Victors for Michigan fundraising campaign.

Genomenon in Ann Arbor and Fabric Genomics in California Announce Partnership

Fabric Genomics, a California-based global leader in clinical interpretation of genomic data, and Genomenon, an Ann Arbor company specializing in genomic data search, Thursday announced they have entered into a partnership to strengthen clinical genomic interpretation and variant classification.

The Hamilton Midtown Rehabilitated, Reopened by Detroit’s Broder & Sachse Real Estate

Detroit’s Broder & Sachse Real Estate Thursday celebrated the reopening of The Hamilton Midtown, a historic $12-million rehabilitation with an inclusionary housing program. The building was designed as a hotel and opened in 1913.

Baronette Renaissance Detroit-Novi Hotel Completes $5.5M Renovation

The Baronette Renaissance Detroit-Novi Hotel today announced the completion of $3 million in renovations of all guest rooms, suites, and the lobby. More than $5.5 million has been invested in renovations and upgrades to the property since 2014.

Detroit’s LIFT and Lansing’s Lifeline Firehose Develop Device Allowing Firehose to Deliver Breathable Air and Fire Suppressants

Detroit’s Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) Thursday announced it helped Lansing’s Lifeline Firehose produce technology that allows a firehose to deliver both breathable air and water or foam simultaneously.

Dearborn’s Ford and India’s Mahindra Group Sign Agreements to Share Powertrain, Connected Car Solutions

Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn and Mahindra Group in India Wednesday signed two agreements to share powertrain and connected car solutions, further strengthening their partnership.

Metro Detroit September Home Sales Down, Median Sales Prices Rise

Metro Detroit home sales were down 6 percent year-over-year in September, when 4,196 were sold, down from 4,462. Sales are also down from 5,133 in August, according to the RE/MAX of Southeastern Michigan September 2018 Housing Report.

Troy’s AxleTech Partners With California’s Thor Trucks to Develop E-powertrain System

Troy’s AxleTech, a powertrain solution company, announced Tuesday it is working with California’s Thor Trucks, a fleet-focused transportation lab manufacturing fully electric commercial trucks, to develop a heavy-duty e-powertrain system.

Report: Vast Majority of U.S. Vehicle Owners/Lessees Want Full Access to Telematics Data

More than eight in 10 U.S. vehicle owners and lessees believe car owners should have full access to and control of their vehicle's data, including maintenance and repair information, according to the results of a survey released today by the Auto Care Association.

Detroit’s Henry Ford Health System Partners With California Company to Increase Automation in Laboratories

Detroit’s Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) Wednesday announced a research and development partnership with California’s Sakura Finetek USA to increase the automation level of its core anatomic pathology laboratories. Increased automation is expected to boost the quality of results, reduce turnaround time, minimize errors, and lessen the need for human intervention.

Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids to Break Ground on $70M Health Building

Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids Wednesday announced it will break ground on a $70-million health building, to be located at 333 Michigan St. on the college’s health campus.

The Henry Ford in Dearborn Announces $150M Campaign

The Henry Ford in Dearborn today announced it has launched a $150-million comprehensive campaign called The Innovation Project. It will help The Henry Ford build digital and experiential learning tools, programs, and initiatives to advance innovation, invention, and entrepreneurship.

Detroit’s Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation Announces $200M Investment in Parks and Trails

The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation in Detroit today announced a $200-million investment in parks and trails in southeast Michigan and western New York. The gift honors the foundation’s namesake on his 100th birthday. Each region will receive $100 million.

McLaren Health Care to Provide Clinics and other Medical Offerings at Walgreens Stores in Michigan

McLaren Health Care in Grand Blanc, a fully integrated health network, and Walgreens, today announced that they have entered into a strategic collaboration focused on health service and pharmacy offerings.

Grand Rapids’ Davenport University to Open Detroit Campus

Grand Rapids-based Davenport University Tuesday announced its new Detroit campus will be at 3031 W. Grand Blvd. in Detroit. The new campus will be located on the first floor of Farbman Group’s New Center One building at W. Grand Boulevard and Second Avenue, and classes start in January 2019.

Detroit-based GM’s Chevrolet Prepares for SEMA With Shock Yellow 2019 Camaro, Performance Crate Engines

Chevrolet of Detroit’s General Motors Co. Tuesday announced the Shock yellow exterior color for the 2019 Camaro, as well as a trio of Chevrolet Performance’s newest crate engines. The Camaro and engines will be on display at the SEMA Show Oct. 30-Nov. 2 in Las Vegas.

China-based Drone Company DJI to Open First Michigan Location in Troy

DJI, a China-based civilian drone and aerial imaging technology company, Tuesday announced it will open Michigan’s first DJI Authorized Retail Store in Troy. The more-than-1,500-square-foot location will be in the parking lot of Oakland Mall.

East Lansing’s MSU Faculty to Lead $50M Project to Strengthen African Agriculture Higher Education

Michigan State University in East Lansing will lead a study commissioned by the World Bank to identify how agricultural universities can respond to emerging new skill requirements of Africa’s agricultural workforce.

Michigan Capital Advisors in Bloomfield Hills Invests in Wixom’s Ventech

Bloomfield Hills’ Michigan Capital Advisors, a private equity firm focused on the automotive and transportation industries, today announced it has invested in Wixom’s Ventech. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

U-M in Ann Arbor Receives $20M Gift to Expand Michigan-Israel Research Partnership

The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor has received a $20-million D. Dan and Betty Dahn Foundation gift to expand collaboration among researchers at the university, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.

Universal Logistics in Warren Acquires Utah’s Specialized Rail Service Inc.

Warren’s Universal Logistics Holdings Inc., an asset-light provider of customized transportation and logistics solutions, has acquired Specialized Rail Service Inc. in Utah. The purchase price was $12.3 million, subject to customary post-closing adjustments.

Rochester Hills’ Rochester College to Change Name to Rochester University

Rochester College in Rochester Hills Saturday announced it will change its name to Rochester University, reaffirming its foundation as a Christian university and serving as a commitment to continual improvement.

Blog: Bringing Humanity Back to the Workplace

Last month as we celebrated one of my team member’s service anniversaries, it struck me that I was witnessing a quiet revolution. Artificial intelligence and machine learning may be transforming every aspect of every industry, but people at all levels — in offices, factories, and workspaces across the country — are craving authentic and respectful connections.

Retail Tenants Announced For Bedrock’s Shinola Hotel in Downtown Detroit

Bedrock has announced four retail tenants that are coming to the 1400 Woodward block in Detroit, immediately north of the former Hudson’s department store, which includes its Shinola Hotel as well as neighboring mixed-use buildings.

Macy’s Completes Store Improvements at Somerset Collection in Troy and Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi

Macy’s today announced that its department stores at the Somerset Collection in Troy and Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi have completed updates and additions including physical changes, new technology, staffing changes, expanded assortments, and more.

General Motors Announces Extended Bumper-to-bumper Limited Warranty on New Vehicles

General Motors Co. in Detroit today announced that effective immediately, customers buying new vehicles will have the opportunity to purchase an extended bumper-to-bumper limited warranty resulting in five years or 60,000 miles of coverage (whichever comes first) for Chevrolet and GMC customers, and six years or 70,000 miles for Buick and Cadillac customers.

Detroit’s Huron Capital Partners Acquires Vermont-based Novelty Sock Company

Detroit’s Huron Capital Partners, a lower-middle-market private equity firm, today announced its socks and apparel accessories platform, IQ Brands, has acquired Wheel House Designs, a producer of novelty socks to stores and boutiques throughout North America. The deal marks the fourth add-on acquisition for the IQ Brands platform. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Detroit-based Quicken Loans to Open Technology Office in Downtown Windsor

Quicken Loans Inc. in Detroit, the nation’s largest home mortgage lender, and its family of affiliated companies, today announced plans to open a new office in the historic Old Fish Market Building (156 Chatham St. West) in downtown Windsor, Ontario.

Ann Arbor’s U-M Rogel Cancer Center Partners With Connecticut’s Aetna to Offer Value-based Care Model

The University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center in Ann Arbor and Connecticut-based Aetna Friday announced a collaboration to create a value-based oncology medical home that is designed to improve the care experience for cancer patients. The arrangement began on Oct. 1.

Ford Brings 600 Employees to Wagner Place in Downtown West Dearborn, Announces Commercial Tenants

Ford Motor Co. today announced it has started moving 600 employees into Wagner Place along Michigan Avenue in downtown West Dearborn. The project included the renovation of the historic Wagner Hotel at Michigan and Monroe Street, about a mile west of the automaker’s global headquarters, along with new space.

Detroit’s StockX Expands to Europe With West London Authentication Center, Platform Updates

Detroit-based StockX, the world’s first stock market of things, today announced its expansion to the European market. The company’s platform has conducted international business in 200 countries for the past two years.

Delta Offers Two Detroit Metro Flights With New A220-100 Aircraft, Service Launches in 2019

Delta Air Lines Inc. today announced it will begin offering domestic business routes on the new A220-100 aircraft, a state-of-the-art narrow body jet with amenities that match a widebody aircraft.

Randazzo in Macomb Township Acquires Lansing’s Hager Fox Heating and Air Conditioning

Randazzo Mechanical Heating and Cooling in Macomb Township has acquired Hager Fox Heating and Air Conditioning in Lansing. The transaction closed on Sept. 28, and financial details were not disclosed.

Universal Robots in Ann Arbor Unveils Box-making Robot

Ann Arbor’s Universal Robots, a company that develops collaborative robots, or cobots, that work safely alongside workers with no need for safety guarding in most scenarios, Wednesday announced it has created the first solution for random robotic case erecting, the XPAK ROBOX. The new cobot erects any box in its suite on-demand without changeover.

Skyway Precision Inc. in Plymouth Township Acquires South Carolina’s Bellwright Manufacturing Inc.

Plymouth Township’s Skyway Precision Inc. today announced it has acquired South Carolina’s Bellwright Manufacturing, a manufacturer of computer numerical control machined components for the commercial truck, agricultural, utility vehicle, automotive, and appliance markets. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Michigan Capital Advisors Invests in Fusion Coolant Systems to Aid Manufacturers

Michigan Capital Advisors, a private equity firm in Bloomfield Hills focused on the automotive and transportation-related industries, today announced it has partnered with Material Impact, a Boston-based venture capital firm, in a joint investment in Fusion Coolant Systems (FCS) in Canton Township. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Ferndale-based Bollinger Motors Previews All-electric B2 Pickup

Ferndale’s Bollinger Motors Wednesday unveiled a preview of its newest vehicle design: an all-electric, all-wheel drive B2 pickup truck.

Beaumont Health’s Breast Care Center in Dearborn Launches Nation’s First Advanced Imaging Technology for Women with Dense Breasts

Southfield-based Beaumont Health today announced that its comprehensive breast cancer screening program at the Beaumont Breast Care Center in Dearborn is the first facility in the nation to install the Invenia Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS) 2.0 from GE Healthcare.

Michigan State University Opens Factory in Mexico to Control Mosquito Populations

East Lansing’s Michigan State University Wednesday announced it has opened a facility in Mexico that produces millions of male mosquitoes. The work at the facility, which is supported by a $1-million grant from USAID, will use the insects to control the mosquito population.

Filmmaker Keith Famie’s Dementia Documentary Returns to DPTV, 2019 Projects Include Cancer and Blessed Solanus Casey

Wixom-based Detroit Public Television (DPTV) has announced it will broadcast an encore of documentary filmmaker Keith Famie’s film, “Those on the Front Lines of Alzheimer’s and Dementia,” on two different dates.

Detroit’s Workforce Intelligence Network, OneMagnify Bring Apprenticeship Program to Metro Detroit

The Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan (WIN) Wednesday announced a partnership with OneMagnify in Detroit to bring Apprenti, a U.S. Department of Labor-registered IT apprenticeship program, to its operations in Detroit.

Detroit’s General Motors Appoints Jami Miscik to Board, Unveils 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Detroit’s General Motors Co. today announced a new member to its board of directors and unveiled its all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.

William Davidson Foundation Makes $1.7 Million Donation to the Belle Isle Aquarium

The Belle Isle Conservancy today announced that the William Davidson Foundation in Troy has awarded a three-year, $1.7 million grant to stabilize, restore, and modernize the Belle Isle Aquarium.

Monroe’s MBT Financial Corp. Acquired by Indiana’s First Merchants Corp.

MBT Financial Corp. in Monroe will merge with and into Indiana’s First Merchants Corp. in a 100-percent stock transaction valued at about $290.9 million, the companies announced today. Upon completion of the merger, Monroe Bank and Trust will merge with and into First Merchants Bank.

Detroit’s LIFT to House North America’s First Linear Friction Welder

Manufacturing Technology Inc. (MTI) in Indiana Tuesday announced it has shipped North America’s first linear friction welder capable of full-sized part development, the LF35-75, to Detroit’s Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT).

123Net and Detroit Community Technology Project Partner to Expand Neighborhood Internet Service

The Detroit Community Technology Project, which promotes digital literacy, education, and creation through multiple programs, including the Equitable Internet Initiative and Digital Stewards, has partnered with 123Net in Southfield to distribute Gigabit internet connections to at least 150 homes in Detroit.

Michigan Hub Breaks Ground on Clean Power Generating Facility in Litchfield

Michigan Hub in Litchfield, Mich. (southeast of Battle Creek), has broken ground today on its clean power generating facility at 720 Herring Road. The gas-fired cogeneration facility will be located at the site of the former Edicott coal-fired power plant.

Ford to Expand Use of Graphene to Boost Vehicle Durability, Reduce Noise, Weight

Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn today announced it would expand the use of graphene — a two-dimensional nano-material — in vehicle parts. The automaker says it is expanding the use of graphene beyond current applications in paint, polymer, and battery applications.

$136M Mixed-use Development Slated for Detroit’s East Riverfront District

City Growth Partners in Detroit today announced it would construct a $136-million mixed-use project on the city’s east riverfront along Atwater Street near the Renaissance Center.

Kalamazoo’s Stryker Partners With Canada’s Synaptive Medical, Florida’s Ziehm Imaging

Kalamazoo-based Stryker, a medical technology company, Monday announced its Advanced Guidance Technologies business has entered into strategic partnerships with Canada’s Synaptive Medical and Florida’s Ziehm Imaging to offer new products. Advanced Guidance Technologies was formerly Stryker’s Navigation business.

Illinois-based Flex-N-Gate Opens Plant on Detroit’s East Side

Flex-N-Gate, a top global auto supplier, Monday announced it has opened a new $160-million manufacturing facility on Detroit’s east side.

NAIAS’ AutoMobili-D to Return, Offer Networking Opportunities

The Future Automotive Career Exposition (FACE), a partnership formed by the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC), and Talent and Economic Development Department of Michigan (TED) that puts attendees in touch with employers and professionals in the automotive industry, will return to NAIAS in January.

Donations to School of Medicine at Detroit’s WSU Surpasses $190M Campaign Goal

The School of Medicine at Detroit’s Wayne State University Monday announced it surpassed its $190-million goal in the university’s Pivotal Moments Campaign, which concluded Sept. 30.

Restoration of Old Wayne County Building in Downtown Detroit Gets $7M Makeover

The ownership group of The Old Wayne County Building, located at 600 Randolph Street in downtown Detroit, today announced it has completed the restoration, redevelopment, and improvement of the historic structure.

General Dynamics Land Systems in Sterling Heights Awarded $383M U.S. Army Contract

The U.S. Army today announced it has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems in Sterling Heights a $383 million-contract modification to upgrade 173 more Stryker flat-bottom vehicles to the A1 configuration.

Art Van Furniture Debuts New Merchandising System, Introduces Lifestyle Collection Room Packages

Art Van Furniture in Warren today announced it has introduced a new merchandising system that showcases six primary lifestyle collections — casual, urban, farmhouse, modern, traditional, and mid-century — identified by easy-to-spot, color-coded tags.

New Solar Vehicle Wrap That Powers Batteries will Debut at Smart Automotive Surfaces Show in Novi

Attendees at this week’s Smart Automotive Surfaces exhibition in Novi will get a first glimpse of a new solar layer technology that is attached to a vehicle surface. The solar layer provides additional power to the battery, whether a vehicle is parked or in motion.

BorgWarner in Auburn Hills Expands Automotive Production Plant in China

BorgWarner Inc. a large automotive supplier in Auburn Hills, today announced the opening of a new production plant in the Caidian Economic Development Zone in Wuhan, China.

Meritor in Troy Launches Expanded Suite of ProTec Solutions for Heavy-duty Vehicles

Meritor Inc., a large automotive supplier in Troy, today announced the launch of an expanded suite of ProTec solutions scalable for light, medium, and heavy tactical wheeled vehicles and armored personnel carriers.

Detroit’s MSX International Acquires United Kingdom’s Impetus Automotive

MSX International, a Detroit-based global business process outsourcing company, has acquired the United Kingdom’s Impetus Automotive, an international consultancy that works with vehicle manufacturers to improve performance and grow business within retail dealerships. MSXI is acquiring Impetus from its parent company, Volvere plc.

Auto Supplier BorgWarner in Auburn Hills Partners with Silicon Valley’s Plug and Play Accelerator Ecosystem

BorgWarner, a large automotive supplier in Auburn Hills, today announced it is increasing its exposure to emerging technologies and innovation in the mobility sector by partnering with Plug and Play, an accelerator ecosystem for startup companies, and Franklin Venture Partners, a specialized investment team within Franklin Templeton Investments.

Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills Receives Grant to Restore Japanese Gardens

With the support from the Consulate General of Japan in Detroit, the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research today has received a grant from the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism to rejuvenate Cranbrook’s Japanese Garden in Bloomfield Hills.

New $40M Oakland Business Park in Orion Township Includes Michigan’s First Cannabis Business Park

Michigan’s first fully municipally permitted cannabis business park will break ground at the 25-acre Oakland Business Park located in Orion Township on Tuesday.

DTE Energy Customers to Save Collective $649M Over Lifetime Through Energy Efficiency Programs

DTE Energy in Detroit today released its 2017 Energy Waste Reduction Annual Report, which estimates its 5 million customers who participated in the utility’s energy efficiency programs in 2017 cumulatively will save nearly $649 million on their energy bills over a lifetime.

Staymobile Opens Flagship Michigan Service Center for Mobile Devices in Royal Oak

Staymobile, an Atlanta-based mobile device service company providing protection plans, electronic repair, warranty, and deployment services and accessories for educational institutions, businesses, and consumers, has opened its flagship Michigan location in Royal Oak.

University of Michigan Surpasses $5B Fundraising Campaign, Largest Among Public Institutions

The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor today announced it is the first public university to raise $5 billion. With nearly three months remaining in the Victors for Michigan campaign, more than 382,000 donors have given more than $5 billion — with more than $1.1 billion dedicated to student support, the campaign’s top priority.

Line 5 in Michigan to be Replaced with $500M Oil and Liquid Natural Gas Pipeline

The state of Michigan and Enbridge Energy Wednesday announced an agreement that will lead to major safety enhancements along the entire length of the Line 5 petroleum pipeline crossing the state, permanently shut down the current segment that crosses the Straits of Mackinac, and construct a multi-use utility tunnel beneath the Straits.

Cyber Security Summit Planned for Oct. 29 at Detroit’s Cobo Center

The North American International Cyber Summit is planned for Oct. 29 at Detroit’s Cobo Center. This is the seventh cyber summit in Michigan and will bring together cyber security professionals from around the world.

Buddy’s Pizza Opens at Royal Oak’s Detroit Zoo

Buddy’s Pizza today opened its newest location inside Royal Oak’s Detroit Zoo. This is the Detroit-style pizza chain’s 13th location in Michigan.

Bloomfield Hills’ Karamba Security Introduces Automotive Cybersecurity Protection Platform

Bloomfield Hills’ Karamba Security, a provider of end-to-end automotive cybersecurity prevention solutions, today announced ThreatHive, which provides automobile OEMs and Tier-1 suppliers a view of actual, online attacks on their engine control units (ECU) during development.

San Francisco’s SpotOn Acquires Detroit’s EmaginePOS, a Point-of-sale Platform

San Francisco’s SpotOn Transact, a payments and software company, Wednesday announced it has acquired Detroit’s EmaginePOS. The acquisition will allow SpotOn to equip restaurants and bars nationwide with a point-of-sale solution. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Honda Joins GM and Cruise to Speed Development of Autonomous Vehicle Technology

Detroit-based General Motors Co. and Cruise today announced they have joined forces with Honda to pursue the shared goal of transforming mobility through the large-scale deployment of autonomous vehicle technology.

2019 Grand Prix on Belle Isle Will Offer New Seating, Access to Race Paddock

Organizers of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear today announced several changes for the May 31-June 2 event at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park. Tickets to the 2019 Grand Prix go on sale Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Priority Health in Grand Rapids Introduces Tiered Network Plan in Metro Detroit

Grand Rapids-based Priority Health Tuesday announced a tiered network plan available to southeast Michigan employers called Southeast MI Partners. The plan is targeted at companies that have most of their employees residing within the six-county footprint of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston, Washtenaw, and St. Clair counties.

Professor at Ann Arbor’s U-M Earns Nobel Prize in Physics for Study of Lasers

An emeritus professor from Ann Arbor’s University of Michigan has been honored with the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics for inventions in the field of laser physics. Gérard Mourou, the A.D. Moore distinguished university professor emeritus of electrical engineering and computer science, was a faculty member at U-M for 16 years and retired in 2004.

Canton Township’s Fraza Expands With New Vitan Equipment Branches

Fraza, a Canton Township-based material handling solutions provider, has announced an expansion with its new Vitan Equipment branch. Vitan Grand Rapids and Vitan Detroit are now open.

Premier Thermal Solutions in Lansing Acquires Indiana’s Al-Fe Heat Treating

Lansing’s Premier Thermal Solutions (PTS), a provider of metal heat treating services, announced it has acquired Indiana’s Al-Fe Heat Treating, the largest commercial aluminum heat treater in the U.S. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Alpine Electronics of America Moving Headquarters to Auburn Hills From California

Alpine Electronics of America Inc., a manufacturer of in-vehicle infotainment systems, today announced plans to move its headquarters for the Americas to Auburn Hills from Torrance, Calif., effective April 19, 2019. Some 100 employees are expected to make the move.

Detroit’s Rossetti Plans $300M Mixed-use Development for Former Brewster-Douglass Site

Detroit’s Rossetti, a large architectural design and planning firm, Monday announced it has been retained by Bedrock to create a master plan for a more-than-$300-million mixed-use development on the now-vacant site of the former Brewster-Douglass public housing project.
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