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Marchionne of Auburn Hills’ FCA Steps Down in Face of Complications Following Surgery, Michael Manley New CEO

Auburn Hills’ FCA Saturday announced Sergio Marchionne, CEO, is unable to return to work after experiencing unexpected complications after surgery. The company’s board has named Michael Manley CEO. Manley will also assume responsibility for the NAFTA region.

Auburn Hills-based FCA’s Dodge Unveils 2019 Dodge Challenger

Auburn Hills’ FCA’s Dodge has unveiled its 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320. The car is drag-oriented and street-legal and is powered by the 392 HEMI V-8, which delivers 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque.

Detroit-based Platform OPNR Launches to Connect Musicians and Opening Set Opportunities

Detroit’s OPNR, a website and app built and engineered to support the independent music community, has announced its launch. The app is designed to connect musicians to opening set opportunities.

Clixie Media Partners With Google to Add Content for Android Partner Training

Clixie Media, an Ann Arbor-based technology company, has announced a new partnership with Google’s Android Partner Training division. The company will add interactive bookmarks, in-video quizzing, and conditional learning paths to Google’s video training content for Google partners.

Z Modular to Open Office in Troy

Z Modular, a division of Chicago’s Zekelman Industries and a shop for modular buildings and services that use a self-bracing structural system, has announced it will open an office in Troy to house its engineering, design, estimating, and sales teams. The scheduled opening date is Aug. 1.

Delta Introduces Face-Recognition Boarding Technology at DTW Gate

Delta and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Thursday announced the launch of Detroit Metro Airport’s first biometric boarding test that will allow customers to board aircraft using facial recognition technology.

Rochester’s Oakland University to Turn Bed and Breakfast Into Living Learning Community

The former Cobblestone Manor Bed and Breakfast in Auburn Hills will be leased to Oakland University in Rochester for Honors College students as part of an agreement between the Moceri family and the university, officials announced Thursday.

Roush Opening New Entertainment-focused Technical Center in Orlando

Livonia-based Roush, a global product development services supplier, is opening an Orlando-based facility to expand Roush Entertainment Systems’ ongoing support of the themed attraction industry.

MSU in East Lansing Partners With Royal Oak’s Detroit Zoo to Turn Animal Waste Into Clean Energy

Michigan State University in East Lansing Wednesday announced it has partnered with the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak to build the first anaerobic digester at a zoo in North America. The digester will turn animal waste into clean energy capable of powering some of the zoo’s operations.

Detroit Native Pledges $1.9M to School of Medicine at Wayne State University

Karen Knopper, founder of Pet Suite Retreat, an animal boarding facility, has pledged $1.9 million to Wayne State University’s School of Medicine in Detroit. Knopper helped her father run Danny’s Markets, a Detroit grocery store.

Ann Arbor-based SkySpecs Conducts Automated Robotic Inspection on World’s Largest Offshore Wind Turbine Blades

Ann Arbor-based SkySpecs, a provider of robotics solutions for the wind energy industry, Wednesday announced a successful automated inspection of the world’s largest offshore wind turbine at Burbo Bank Extension in the Irish Sea. SkySpecs collaborated with Denmark’s Ørsted, a company specializing in developing and building offshore wind farms.

Oakland County Delivers $893M Budget Recommendation, Property Taxes May be Lowered

L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County executive, today delivered his three-year, balanced budget recommendation with a five-year outlook to the Board of Commissioners. The total budget recommendation is about $893.3 million, and the county may lower property taxes to 4 mills in 2020, when it is projected that the Headlee rollback calculation will dip below the county’s current rate of 4.04 mills.

Michigan Dealer Jay Feldman to Open Ohio Chevrolet Dealership with Actor Mark Wahlberg

Hollywood actor, producer, and businessman Mark Wahlberg is partnering with Chevrolet dealer Jay Feldman, who owns and operates eight dealerships in metro Detroit and Lansing, to launch Mark Wahlberg Chevrolet in Columbus, Ohio.

Maker Faire Detroit to Return to the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

The ninth annual Maker Faire Detroit, a festival that will feature Tesla Coils, robots, rockets, virtual reality, 3-D printing, handmade crafts, life-size sculptures, hands-on activities, and demonstrations, will return July 28-29 to the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation.

Ann Arbor’s U-M to Offer Course on Leadership Principles

Ann Arbor’s University of Michigan Ross School of Business Wednesday announced the launch of a 20-week course designed to equip leaders with the tools to learn and execute high-impact leadership principles, including positive leadership, talent management, and follow-through.

FIAT Brand Announces New Chrome Appearance Groups for Fiat 500L and 500X Models

FIAT announced Wednesday two new Chrome Appearance Groups for its 2018 Fiat 500L and 500X models. Both the Fiat 500L Chrome Appearance Group and Fiat 500X Satin Appearance Groups are available in FIAT dealerships now.

Detroit’s WildFire Launches to Incentivize User Referrals with Cross-App Virtual Currency

WildFire, a user growth platform and referral network in Detroit that helps apps spread, launched Wednesday. Built by games industry veteran Ken Johnson, WildFire provides a new method for app developers to get noticed in a convoluted app marketplace.

Highland Park-based Antique Touring Offers Sightseeing Tours in a Ford Model A

Antique Touring, a company based in Highland Park, today announced it has launched Detroit’s first-ever sightseeing tours in a Ford Model A. The two-hour tours depart from the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant museum at 461 Piquette St. and take guests on a scenic ride through Belle Isle.

Bloomfield Hills’ Cranbrook Institute of Science to Host Interactive Da Vinci Exhibition

The Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills will host “Da Vinci Machines and Robotics,” an exhibition about the Italian Renaissance through the works of Leonardo da Vinci. The exhibition is presented by PNC Bank.

Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons to Use Mobile Ticketing as Primary Entry Method

The Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons today announced they will use Ticketmaster’s mobile ticketing as their primary method of entry for all home games at Little Caesars Arena, starting with the upcoming 2018-19 season.

Novi’s Lineage Logistics Receives $700M Investment

Lineage Logistics in Novi, a provider of temperature-controlled supply-chain solutions, today announced the $700 million acquisition of a significant minority ownership interest in the company.

Grand Rapids’ Meijer to Transition to LED Lighting by 2021

Grand Rapids-based Meijer announced Tuesday it plans to transition the interior lighting of all of its retail locations to LED by 2021 as part of its ongoing effort to increase sustainability. The company expects the change will reduce its lighting electrical use by as much as 50 percent annually.

Ann Arbor’s Swift Biosciences Introduces Swift 2S Turbo Library Kit to Boost Genome Research

Swift Biosciences, an Ann Arbor-based provider of library prep solutions for next-generation sequencing, today announced early access to its Swift 2S Turbo Library Kit, which offers fast, robust enzymatic fragmentation prep and flexible adapter options to produce high-quality libraries for production-scale genome sequencing.

Governor Rick Snyder, Canadian Officials Break Ground on Gordie Howe International Bridge

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Amarjeet Sohi, Canadian Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, today broke ground on the Gordie Howe International Bridge.

Detroit’s Vehicle Subscription Service Mobiliti Acquires Condor Detroit

Detroit’s Mobiliti, a national multi-dealer, multi-brand vehicle subscription service, today announced it has acquired Condor Detroit, a vehicle subscription company. The deal means southeast Michigan will be the fourth U.S. market where Mobiliti is operating.

HBPO in Troy Plans for Double-Digit Growth Rates with Assembly Plant in Michigan

Troy’s HBPO plans to expand its North American operations due in part to a growing demand from electric- and autonomous-vehicle manufacturers. The company expects to add an assembly plant in Michigan and double employment in North America within the next four years.

Southfield’s Denso Partners with Innovation Platform Plug and Play to Advance the Future of Mobility

Southfield’s Denso, an automotive supplier of technology and components, has announced today its Silicon Valley office’s partnership with Plug and Play, an innovation platform. DENSO joins 40 other automotive players, including Ford, Bosch, Nissan, and Toyota Financial Services, as corporate partners in Plug and Play’s Mobility Program.

West Michigan’s MarketLab Introduces CLIA-Waived Tests to Health Care Supply Network

MarketLab announced today that it has expanded its product portfolio to include hundreds of new CLIA-waived testing supplies to address an underserved need in the health care marketplace. The company is based in Caledonia, southeast of Grand Rapids.

Better Health Store Expands Belleville Location

The Better Health Store Monday announced the completion of a renovation and expansion of its Belleville store. The store is 2.5 times larger and will open to customers at 9 a.m. Friday, July 20.

FinTech Consortium to Open North American Hub and Incubator in Downtown Detroit

FinTech Consortium, a global network of financial and technology organizations, today announced plans to open Detroit FinTech Bay, its flagship North American hub and incubator. The hub will be housed in renovated space at the former First Independence Bank building at 44 West Michigan Avenue.

Henry Ford Health System Signs Agreements to Improve Stroke and Brain Injuries

NeuroTrauma Sciences (NTS), a biopharmaceutical company in Atlanta, and Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, today announced that a newly-formed subsidiary of NTS has entered into multi-year sponsored research and license agreements.

Kalamazoo-based Stryker Receives Pre-Market Approval For New Aneurysm Treatment

Stryker Corp. today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted pre-market approval (PMA) for the Surpass Streamline Flow Diverter to treat unruptured large and giant wide neck intracranial aneurysms.

UM: Lake Erie Will Likely Experience Harmful Algal Bloom This Summer

University of Michigan researchers and their partners predict that western Lake Erie will experience a harmful algal bloom of cyanobacteria this summer that is smaller than in 2017, yet larger than the mild bloom in 2016.

Michigan State University Receives FCC License for Experimental Next Generation TV

Michigan State University in East Lansing and WKAR have received a license from the Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, to launch an experimental Next Generation TV broadcasting station to focus on digital advancements and internet-based connectivity.

Triune Specialty Trailers Prepares to Host Conference at Wayne State University

Local specialty vehicle manufacturer Triune Specialty Trailers will co-host this year's Mobile Laboratory Coalition Conference (MLCC) in partnership with the MdBio Foundation, an educational non-profit based in Maryland. The conference will be held on Wayne State University's downtown campus from July 25-27, 2018.

Chinese Automobile Company to Open R&D Center in Farmington Hills

Guangzhou Automobile Group in China plans to invest more than $4.4 million in a new R&D facility in Farmington Hills, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder announced today.

Auburn Hills’ Faurecia to Open Production Facility in Toledo

Faurecia Interiors, which has its North American headquarters in Auburn Hills, Thursday announced plans to open a new production facility in Toledo. The facility is expected create more than 100 new jobs and officially begin production activity in April 2019.

Anna’s House Breakfast and Lunch Restaurant to Open in Ann Arbor

Oxford Companies, an Ann Arbor commercial real estate company, plans to bring an Anna’s House to Ann Arbor. The family-owned, award-winning breakfast and lunch restaurant is based in west Michigan.

Southfield’s Federal-Mogul Launches Textile Sleeving for Vehicle Crash Protection and Impact Resistance

Southfield’s Federal-Mogul Launches Textile Sleeving for Vehicle Crash Protection and Impact Resistance

Ann Arbor’s Kraig Biocraft Signs Agreements With Vietnamese Farms to Produce Mulberry

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories Inc. in Ann Arbor, a developer of genetically engineered spider silk-based fiber technologies for industrial and consumer applications, today announced its subsidiary, Prodigy Textiles, has signed three agreements with local farming cooperatives in Quang Nam province, Vietnam, to produce the mulberry necessary to support Kraig’s recombinant spider silk production.

Report: Detroit Ranked Among Metro Areas With Best Drivers

QuoteWizard, an online insurance comparison marketplace based in Washington, Thursday released a study ranking the best and worst drivers by metropolitan area in the nation, with Detroit named as one of the best. The study ranks the country’s 75 most populous metropolitan areas.

Michigan Releases Hot 50 Jobs Outlook through 2026, Includes Annual Wage Projections

The Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget Wednesday released the latest long-term employment projections, which includes information about careers that are expected to be in the highest demand through 2026 in Michigan.

Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak to Open Pediatric Emergency Center Monday

Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak has announced its new Pediatric Emergency Center will open Monday, July 16, and feature a patient- and family-centered environment designed to enhance its Level II pediatric trauma center.

2019 Dodge Durango Lineup Offers Balance of Performance, Refinement, and Fuel Efficiency

Auburn Hills’ FCA’s Dodge Durango today announced the launch of five 2019 models (SXT, GT, Citadel, R/T, and SRT) from the 475-horsepower DurangoSRT to the V-6 power of the Durango SXT. Providing a range of performance and powertrain options, all models have available all-wheel-drive capability.

Loc Performance Products Expands into Lansing Market Via Acquisition

Loc Performance Products Inc. is expanding into the Lansing market after it acquired Demmer Corp., Loc announced today.

Nordson Corp. in Wixom Launches Automated Cartridge Dispensing System

Wixom’s Nordson Corp., a supplier of precision technologies for ambient temperature material dispensing, today announced the launch of an automated cartridge dispensing system called the JetStream. The robot-mounted product is ideal for the application of aircraft pre-mixed sealant materials in assembly operations such as wing spar, panel, fuselage or aircraft door sealing.

Holland Mich.’s Genesis Innovation Group Invests in New Ear Wax Removal System

Holland Mich.’s Genesis Innovation Group’s cultivate(MD) Capital Fund II, LP, a fund focused on investments in early stage health care companies with innovative technologies, Tuesday announced its investment in SafKan Health Inc. in Washington. SafKan has developed a new cerumen removal system, OtoSet, which addresses the problem of impacted earwax.

Wayne State University in Detroit Reaches $750M Campaign Goal Three Months Early

Wayne State University in Detroit today announced its Pivotal Moments: Our Campaign for Wayne State University has reached its $750 million goal three months early. The targeted close date is still Sept. 30, and those interested still have time to participate.

Waterford Township’s Corporate Eagle Breaks Ground on New Headquarters

Corporate Eagle, a provider of membership-based fractional and managed business aviation programs in Waterford Township, Tuesday broke ground on its new headquarters.

Ann Arbor’s University of Michigan Prepares Solar Car for Oregon Trail Race

Ann Arbor’s University of Michigan Solar Car Team will race Novum, the school’s smallest and most aerodynamic solar vehicle, next week in the 2018 American Solar Challenge in hopes of taking home the school’s seventh consecutive win.

Capture 3D Innovation Conference Coming to Troy in October

Capture 3D, a technology company specializing in 3-D measurement, inspection, and digitization solutions, will hold its Innovation Conference and Expo Oct. 2-4 at the Marriott Hotel in Troy. The biennial event focuses on how optical noncontact 3-D metrology can be used to quickly solve quality issues, eliminate unforeseen costs, optimize the manufacturing process, and improve product quality.

Bike Sharing Service MoGo to Expand to Five Metro Detroit Cities

MoGo, Detroit’s bike sharing service, today announced that after more than a year of operation, the program will expand to Berkley, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Oak Park, and Royal Oak.

Digital Credentials Could Play Part in College Admissions, According to U-M Researchers

The use of digital credentials, or electronic records to demonstrate skills, abilities, and knowledge experienced inside and outside of the classroom, may soon play a part in college admissions, according to researchers at Ann Arbor’s University of Michigan School of Information.

FCA in Auburn Hills Introduces Program to Offer Funding to High-potential Individuals to Open Dealerships

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in Auburn Hills Monday introduced the Dealer Market Investment Program, which seeks to match potential dealers with specific markets where they can succeed, as well as strengthen and enhance FCA’s U.S. dealership network.

Jet Linx Opens Private Terminal at Oakland International Airport in Waterford Township

Jet Linx, a private aviation company headquartered in Nebraska, today announced the opening of its new private terminal at Oakland International Airport in Waterford Township.

Lansing’s Air Lift Co. Unveils Improved Wireless Onboard Air Compressor System for Trucks

Air Lift Co. in Lansing today announced the redesign of its popular WirelessONE single-path, on-board air compressor system, which allows users to level out their vehicles on the go by wirelessly controlling all brands and types of air springs.

The Beach at Detroit’s Campus Martius Park Draws New Wine and Beer Events, Activities, and Local DJs

The Beach at Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit will undergo a refresh due to a $125,000 grant awarded to the Downtown Detroit Partnership by the Southwest Airlines Foundation, an advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

Farmington Hills’ Level One Bank Doubles Mortgage Division

Level One Bank in Farmington Hills Monday announced it will double the size of its mortgage division with the addition of new mortgage loan officers and support staff.

Chicago’s Foodworks to Partner With Detroit Restaurants

Foodworks, a Chicago-based hospitality company that partners with local, chef-driven restaurants and places them in prime locations within office buildings and other venues on a rotating or permanent basis, Monday announced it will collaborate with Detroit’s Bedrock to extend its local food reach.

Downtown Royal Oak Restaurant Closed Due to City Center Development

Andiamo Trattoria along Main Street in downtown Royal Oak has closed, citing a lack of parking and valet services due to the construction of the municipality’s City Center Development. In recent weeks, the project saw the closing of some 500 parking spaces bordering an alley east of Main, and south of 11 Mile Road.

Ann Arbor-based May Mobility Opens Detroit Office

May Mobility, an Ann Arbor-based tech startup that builds self-driving shuttles, is opening a location at 601 Franklin in the 600 Woodbridge Building just east of the Renaissance Center, TSG Properties announced today.

Motorcycle Gear Store Opens in Detroit’s Milwaukee Junction

Clutch and Throttle, a shop in Detroit that offers motorcycle protective gear, apparel, and accessories, is now open. The space also includes a workshop to service and repair motorcycles.

Troy’s ManagedWay Provides 100 Gbps Fiber Optic Internet Access

ManagedWay in Troy, a company offering secure internet access, cloud computing, and colocation services, today announced it has begun providing 100 Gbps fiber optic internet access direct to customer premises.

Researchers at East Lansing’s MSU Find Genetic Weakness in Cholera Bacteria

A team of microbiologists at Michigan State University in East Lansing has pinpointed a genetic weakness in the cholera bacteria’s armor that could lead to future treatments.

Blog: Employers Beware, Misclassification Cases are Costly and Common

Many employers classify workers who are employees as independent contractors, due to the significant tax savings. However, misclassification cases present major risks.

Wayne County Circuit Court Issues Temporary Restraining Order Against Detroit Public Schools Over Planned Facilities Maintenance Contract

On Monday, Judge John H. Gillis Jr. in the Circuit Court for the County of Wayne will hear oral arguments over whether to suspend a temporary restraining order as part of a complaint filed by LGC Global FM, a large general contractor in Detroit, against the Detroit Public Schools Community District.

Finland’s Basware Signs Purchase-to-pay SaaS Deal with Lansing’s Neogen Corp.

Basware, a company in Finland specializing in networked source-to-pay solutions, e-invoicing, and financing services, today announced it has signed a purchase-to-pay SaaS deal with Neogen Corp., an international, Lansing-based food safety company that provides test kits and relevant products to detect dangerous substances in food.

Detroit’s Better Made Snacks Now Available in 14 States

Better Made, a longtime snack company based in Detroit, has announced that its products are now available in 14 states outside of Michigan, including Texas, Missouri, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Nevada, Virginia, Maryland, New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.

Detroit Native and Scholar Writes Book About Women and Muscle Cars

Chris Lezotte, an Ann Arbor-based scholar and car expert, has released Power Under Her Foot: Women Enthusiasts of American Muscle Cars.

Wayne State University in Detroit Offers 50-Percent Tuition Discount to Active Military

Wayne State University has announced active military members currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces may now qualify for a 50 percent tuition discount.

DBusiness Magazine Receives Six National Awards for Editorial Excellence

The Alliance of Area Business Publishers, which represents 70 regional and local business publications primarily in the United States, awarded one gold, three silver, and two bronze citations to DBusiness magazine as part of the Editorial Excellence Awards competition for 2017 coverage.

Bridging North America to Build Detroit-Windsor Gordie Howe International Bridge

The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) today announced it has selected Bridging North America as the preferred proponent to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain the planned Gordie Howe International Bridge that will span Detroit and Windsor. Construction is projected to start later this year and take four to five years to complete.

Delta Upgrading 777 Aircraft, First Renovated Passenger Jet Flies From Detroit to Beijing

Delta has completed the first renovation of its international 777 aircraft, with the updated 777-200ER taking flight Monday non-stop from Detroit to Beijing.

Cotton Family Donates $500,000 to Grosse Pointe Academy to Expand Academic Programming

The Grosse Pointe Academy, a coeducation, independent day school in Grosse Pointe Farms serving students from age two to the eighth grade, has announced an expansion of its elective program through a joint $500,000 gift from the Cotton family of Grosse Pointe.

Michigan State University Receives $500,000 for Business Pavilion from Alumnus

East Lansing’s Michigan State University’s Broad College Business Pavilion, which is in its second year of construction, has received a $500,000 gift from executive MBA (EMBA) alumnus Frank Yang. The gift will support one of four flexible classrooms in the facility, which is slated to open fall 2019.

Integr8, Automation Alley’s Global Industry 4.0 Conference, Returns November 14

Automation Alley has announced the return of Integr8, a cross-discipline global conference focused on new technologies. The day-long conference will be held on November 14 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.

Blog: Smiling Makes You More Articulate

Have you ever noticed that when a photographer says, “Smile!” people in the photograph often look a little fake?

Auto Supplier Cooper Standard in Novi Acquires Lauren Manufacturing and Plastics

In a bid to expand its industrial and specialty group, Cooper Standard, a large auto supplier in Novi, today announced an agreement to acquire Lauren Manufacturing and Lauren Plastics, subject to regulatory approvals and related parties' consent.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Signs Legislation to Coordinate State’s Infrastructure and Utilities

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation on Monday to implement a coordinated effort to better manage the state’s drinking water, wastewater, storm water, transportation, and private utilities.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Finds 2.42 Soo Locks Benefit Cost Ratio

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Monday announced Sault Ste. Marie’s Soo Locks’ new Benefit Cost Ratio is 2.42, according to its recently completed New Soo Lock Economic Validation Study.

Charlotte’s Eaton Federal Savings Bank Acquires Stockbridge Bancorporation Inc.

Eaton Federal Savings Bank in Charlotte, Mich. Monday announced it has completed the acquisition of Stockbridge Bancorporation Inc., the holding company for SSBBank in Stockbridge, Mich. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Buick Updates 2019 LaCrosse ST, New Features on Avenir

The 2019 Buick LaCrosse will add a new style statement when the Sport Touring (ST) model joins the lineup this summer, the automaker, a division of General Motors Co. in Detroit, announced on Monday.

Novi-Based Stoneridge Inc.’s MirrorEye Camera Monitor System Featured on the Starship Initiative Truck

Novi-based Stoneridge Inc. has partnered with Shell Lubricants and AirFlow Truck Co. to fit MirrorEye camera monitoring system on a hyper-fuel-efficient truck called the Starship Initiative.

New 374-unit Residential Development Planned for Detroit’s Lafayette Park

Ginosko Development Co. in Novi today announced Lafayette West, a $108-million residential development project slated to bring 374 new residential units to the Lafayette Park neighborhood east of downtown Detroit. The units include for-rent and for-sale lofts, townhouses, flats, and high-rise units. At least 20 percent will be set aside as affordable.

Automotive Supplier Autoliv Completes Spin-off of Veoneer Electronics Group

Autoliv Inc., a global leader in automotive safety systems which operates Autoliv Electronics America in Southfield and Autoliv America in Auburn Hills., today announced the completion of the spin-off of its electronics segment, Veoneer Inc.

Varroc Lighting Systems in Plymouth Township Expands to Turkey, Adds Facility in Vietnam

Varroc Lighting Systems, a global supplier of exterior vehicle lighting systems based in Plymouth Township, today announced the acquisition of Sa-ba Automotive, a privately-owned company in Istanbul, Turkey. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Detroit-based IPSE Launches Declaration of Independents, Works with Troy-based Kelly Services

IPSE-U.S., a not-for-profit association in Detroit dedicated to supporting independent workers, today announced the creation of the Declaration of Independents, a statement promoting the freedom and protection of America’s 68 million independent workers, freelancers, consultants, and the self-employed.

Shinola in Detroit Introduces Limited-edition Statue of Liberty Watch, Launches Pro-immigration Campaign

Detroit’s Shinola today announced the launch of the Statue of Liberty timepiece collection, made in partnership with The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation Inc.

Great Lakes Water Authority Approves 1-Percent Budget Increase

The Great Lakes Water Authority has approved a 1-percent increase in drinking water and sewer budget for the 2019 fiscal year. The increase is consistent with the authority’s commitment of a 4-percent maximum price hike on an annual basis.

Detroit’s North Coast Partners Launches Detroit Opportunity Fund

North Coast Partners, a Detroit real estate investment company, Thursday announced the launch of the Detroit Opportunity Fund, which will invest in newly designated opportunity zones in the Detroit Area. The fund is beginning with a $500-million pipeline of new deals in the city.

Clean Transportation Nonprofit Calstart to Open Office in Troy

Calstart, a national nonprofit organization based in California that focuses on growing the clean transportation technology industry, Thursday announced it is opening an office in Troy.

U-M’s Zell Lurie Commercialization Fund in Ann Arbor Invests in Brain-computer Interface Technology Startup

The University of Michigan’s Zell Lurie Commercialization Fund (ZLCF) in Ann Arbor Wednesday announced it has participated in the Series A round of breakthrough brain-computer interface technology startup and U-M spinout, Neurable.

Chevrolet Introduces 2019 Silverado

Chevrolet today introduced a larger, more capable, and less expensive 2019 Silverado LT. It also provides for better fuel efficiency.

Supply Chain Management Program at Detroit’s Wayne State University Ranked Among Nation’s Top 25

Detroit’s Wayne State University’s undergraduate degree program in global supply chain management is among the nation’s top 25, according to Gartner, an industry research company in Connecticut that releases rankings every other year.

Detroit Native Develops, Introduces Fitness Product

Derek Mikulski, a fitness professional, entrepreneur, and Detroit native, Wednesday unveiled a new fitness tool to develop better balance, core strength, and coordination.

2019 Chevrolet Volt Charges Quicker, Improves Convenience

A new 7.2 kW charging system on the 2019 Chevrolet Volt cuts recharging times nearly in half by adding twice the all-electric driving range per hour of charge.

General Dynamics Awarded Nearly $300M From U.S. Army to Produce and Upgrade Projects

The U.S. Army has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems in Sterling Heights a $258 million contract modification to upgrade 116 Stryker flat-bottom vehicles to the Stryker A1 configuration.

Dearborn’s Ford and China’s Baidu Partner to Develop Automotive AI Products

Dearborn-based Ford Motor Co. and Baidu Inc. in Beijing Wednesday announced they have agreed to explore strategic collaborations to enrich consumer experiences and build a sustainable mobility ecosystem in China.

Auburn Hills-based Dodge Updates Charger Performance Lineup for 2019

Dodge SRT announced today that it is revamping its entire Charger lineup for 2019. The Auburn Hills automaker is repositioning the Charger lineup to include six models that offer a range of performance and powertrain options.

Ram Updates 2019 Ram ProMaster Vans, Increases Capability

For the 2019 model year, Ram has increased both payload capability and towing capability for its ProMaster.
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