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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.

Ford Rolls Out Wearable Technology Globally for Plant Workers Following Successful Tests

Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn today announced it is rolling out a new wearable technology globally called EksoVest that helps reduce injury risk in some plant workers after a successful trial in two U.S. plants.

Ann Arbor’s U-M Researchers Reduce Gene to Prevent Tumor Growth in Lung Cancer

Researchers at the Ann Arbor-based University of Michigan have identified a gene that, when inhibited or reduced, will minimize or prevent human non-small cell lung cancer tumors from growing.

Lighted Nameplates and Badges Increase in Importance as Auto Industry Grows

As automotive products become more global and competitive, company nameplates have become more important, according to officials at Lapeer Plating and Plastics in Lapeer. The company manufactures high-visibility auto components, including nameplates.

MSU Professor Partners With Nevada’s GB Sciences to Study Treatment of Parkinson’s, Other Diseases, With Cannabis

GB Sciences Inc. in Las Vegas Monday announced it has signed an agreement to initiate research collaborations with Norbert Kaminski, professor of pharmacology and toxicology at East Lansing’s Michigan State University, to study the effects of GB Sciences’ cannabis-based compounds on Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Disorders.

Oakland County Seeks Employers for Nearly $30M in 2019 New Training Funds

Oakland County has announced that employers can apply for nearly $30 million in new training funds and resources to be used in 2019 through Michigan’s new Going PRO Talent Fund, formerly known as the Skilled Trades Training Fund.

Michigan Grape and Wine Council Announce Winners of 2018 Wine Competition

The Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council today announced the winners of the 41st annual Michigan Wine Competition. Fifty-five of the state’s 145 wineries entered 413 wines into the competition, which is open only to wine produced from Michigan grapes and other fruit.

Detroit’s Fathead to Exclusively Distribute Tradeable and Teammate Brands for Major Sports Leagues

Fathead, a Detroit-based sports and entertainment brand known for its officially licensed, life-size wall graphics of professional athletes and team logos, today announced it has entered into an agreement with sports-licensed merchandise distributor SP Images of Franklin, Mass. to exclusively distribute their Tradeable and Teammate brands in retail channels across the country.

Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Detroit Chapter Announces Awardees and Details of the 2018 National Philanthropy Dinner on Nov. 8

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Detroit Chapter today announced the awardees and details of its annual National Philanthropy Day Dinner, to be held on Nov. 8 at The Henry Hotel in Dearborn.

Ann Arbor-based U-M’s Michigan Engineering Launches $10M Blue Sky Initiative

The University of Michigan’s Michigan Engineering in Ann Arbor Thursday announced its Blue Sky Initiative, a $10 million funding program designed to encourage high-risk, high-reward work.

Researchers at East Lansing’s MSU and Kalamazoo’s WMU Pinpoint Molecule to Control Sea Lamprey

Researchers at East Lansing’s Michigan State University, Kalamazoo’s Western Michigan University, and the University of Minnesota have discovered a fatty molecule that directs sea lamprey migration. The discovery could lead to better ways to control the destructive animals.

Ann Arbor’s University of Michigan Helps Fund Meteotsunami Wave Research on the Great Lakes

Great Lakes researchers are establishing an experimental network of air-pressure sensors around lakes Michigan and Erie to see if they can detect potentially harmful meteotsunami waves, thanks to funding from the University of Michigan-based Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR), which receives financial support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Beaumont Health Settles Investigation and Lawsuits Over Some Physician Contracts and Compensation Issues

Beaumont Health in Southfield today announced that three of its hospitals have entered into a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, the State of Michigan, and four former employees to end an investigation and lawsuits over certain physician contracts and compensation issues.

Sanders Expands to Meet Rising Demand for Chocolates and Confections

To meet added demand, Sanders & Morley Candy Makers in Clinton Township today announced it has signed a lease to occupy additional warehouse space in Macomb Township.

Detroit Zoo Debuts New Home for Japanese Giant Salamanders

The Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak today opened its newest immersive experience, a home for Japanese giant salamanders in the National Amphibian Conservation Center.

The Michigan Theater in Downtown Ann Arbor Will Reopen in Mid-August Following a Renovation

The Michigan Theater Foundation today announced it will complete new renovations at the Michigan Theatre in downtown Ann Arbor, and will reopen in mid-August.

Ram and Jeep Propel Auburn Hills-based Fiat Chrysler Sales For July

Fiat Chrysler, based in Auburn Hills, reported a 6 percent increase in year-over-year sales for July.

SME Education Foundation in Southfield Partners To Provide Precision Measurement Training

Taking part in the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) recent Leadership Summit, the SME Education Foundation in Southfield has announced a partnership with NC3, Snap-on Inc., and the L.S. Starrett Company to provide custom training in precision measurement for schools in the SME PRIME Schools network.

Ford Trucks Post Double-Digit Gains For July, Lincoln Navigator Sales Jump 65 Percent

Ford announced its sales for July, and while overall sales were down slightly since last year, the Dearborn-based automaker sold 194,026 vehicles last month, down 3.1 percent compared to July of 2017. However, the company saw strong sales in trucks, vans, and SUVs.

Chevrolet Debuts New Towing Features For 2019 Silverado 1500

Chevrolet, headquartered in Detroit, announced that the Silverado 1500 will introduce several levels of towing features for 2019.

Michigan Strategic Fund Announces Business Expansions Expected to Generate $115M in Private Investment

Three companies are expanding around Michigan with support from the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. announced today. Expansions by Arconic, Michigan Metal Coatings, and Diversified Engineering are expected to generate $115.2 million in private investment and create 91 jobs.

Pure Michigan Installs Tourism Murals by Sheefy McFly in Chicago

Pure Michigan today announced it is partnering with Detroit artist Sheefy McFly to install murals in Chicago as part of the Pure Michigan Seek AuthentiCITY campaign that showcases the unique cultures found in Michigan’s largest cities.

Clark Park in Southwest Detroit Completes Lighting Upgrades, New Features Planned

The Clark Park Coalition, a nonprofit group in southwest Detroit, today announced that work has been completed on the installation of 58 historic luminary light poles in the public square, bounded by I-75, Clark Street, West Vernor, and Scotten Street.

American Society of Employers’ Talent Symposium Set For September In Troy

The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, today announced its Talent Symposium will be held on September 13 at the MSU Management Education Center in Troy. The day-long event tackles one of the greatest issues organizations are facing today: talent acquisition and retention.

Detroit City Council Approves Bedrock and Woodborn Partners Residential Development in Brush Park

The Detroit City Council approved a development agreement on Tuesday that will pave the way for affordable housing investment across Detroit. Bedrock, in partnership with local developer Woodborn Partners, proposed a mixed-income neighborhood on one of Detroit’s largest vacant properties, the 22-acre former Fredrick Douglass public housing site in Brush Park.

Lansing-based Neogen Acquires Water Testing Firm Clarus Labs Inc.

Neogen Corp. in Lansing today announced it has acquired California-based Clarus Labs Inc. The acquisition provides Neogen products and greater access to the $400 million global water microbiology testing market. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Ann Arbor’s Fifth Eye Begins Testing Patient Vital Signs to Predict Potential Problems

Ann Arbor-based Fifth Eye has started testing a system that monitors the autonomic nervous system of hospital patients and predicts problems.

2019 Buick Regal Avenir Offers Sleek, Versatile Luxury

General Motors Co.’s Buick brand has announced the addition of the Regal Avenir, the fourth Buick globally to get an Avenir trim in less than a year.

Warby Parker Store Opening In Downtown Ann Arbor

Warby Parker, the popular retailer of eyeglasses, is opening a store at 304 South Main Street in downtown Ann Arbor on Saturday.

D.O.C. Founder Dr. Donald L. Golden Passes Away at 99 Years Old

Once referred to as an “Emperor of Eyeglasses” and a “Czar of Contact Lenses,” Detroit Optometric Centers (D.O.C.) founder Dr. Donald L. Golden passed away July 30 at the age of 99 – two months shy of his 100th birthday.

Troy’s North American Bancard Announces Payments Hub Merchant Portal

North American Bancard Holdings, a multi-faceted payment solutions provider in Troy, today announced the availability of Payments Hub, a new online merchant portal, to all businesses signed up for payment processing through NAB.

Troy’s Plex System Acquires DATTUS to Accelerate IIoT Adoption

Plex Systems, based in Troy, today announced it has acquired DATTUS Inc. a leader in Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) connectivity technologies. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Hertz Corp. Partners with Aptiv to Advance Mobility

Today, Hertz Corp. and its fleet management subsidiary, Donlen, announced a new strategic partnership with Aptiv, a global technology company enabling the future of mobility. Aptiv, formerly named Delphi, has a large presence in Troy.

Taubman Centers in Bloomfield Hills Reports Strong Second-quarter Results, Details South Korea Mall Project

Taubman Centers Inc. in Bloomfield Hills today announced that its Taubman Asia division will invest between $140 million and $150 million in a new 1.1-million-square-foot shopping mall in Anseong, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea, a high growth city in the Greater Seoul Metropolitan Area.

Genomenon in Ann Arbor Awarded NIH Grant to Further Scale the Adoption of Genomic Sequencing

Ann Arbor-based Genomenon, a leading genomic data search company that operates the world’s only comprehensive genomic-specific search engine, today announced it was awarded a Phase 2 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Detroit Mayor Appoints Former UAW-Ford Leader Jimmy Settles as Group Executive for Neighborhoods

James U. “Jimmy” Settles Jr., a life-long Detroit resident who started working at a Ford iron foundry in 1968 and worked his way up to vice president of UAW-Ford over a 50-year career, has been named the City of Detroit’s new group executive for neighborhoods, Mayor Mike Duggan announced today.

7 Credit Unions in Michigan Seek to Establish a Limited Purpose Financial Institution

Seven credit unions in Michigan today announced today they have formally applied with the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services to establish a new limited purpose financial institution that will provide trust services primarily to credit union members.

Auburn Hills’ BorgWarner Creates Innovative Exhaust System To Reduce Hybrid Emissions and Boost Fuel Efficiency

BorgWarner, headquartered in Auburn Hills, today announced the development of its Exhaust Heat Recovery System (EHRS) that helps reduce emissions on hybrid electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. The system will enter production later this year for vehicles from a major North American automaker.

Michigan’s Grand Valley State University Seeks to Develop Rapid Detection of E. Coli Bacteria

Grand Valley State University in Allendale, located west of Grand Rapids, today announced its research team will begin studying the effectiveness of a new method of detecting E. Coli bacteria that could improve the safety of agricultural food production in Michigan.

Novi’s DexKo Global Expands New Zealand Operations By Acquiring CM Trailer Parts

DexKo Global, headquartered in Novi, has signed an agreement to acquire CM Trailer Parts to expand its New Zealand operations. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Center For Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars Opens Today in Acme

More than 1,000 attendees are expected at the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Management Briefing Seminars July 31-Aug. 2 at the Grand Traverse Resort in Acme, near Traverse City.

Blog: The Revenge of Employees, Ghosting Employers is New Norm

From the days of Ebenezer Scrooge to Bill Lumbergh in “Office Space,” employers are typically portrayed in fiction as having the upper hand in the employer-employee relationship. For most employees, they feel that fiction is their sad reality.

Ann Arbor’s Groundspeed Analytics Announces $30M in Series B Funding

Groundspeed Analytics, an Ann Arbor-based insurance technology company specializing in artificial intelligence and data science solutions to the global commercial property and casualty insurance industry, Thursday announced a $30-million Series B funding round led by Oak HC/FT.

Detroit-based GM’s Maven Allows Users to Share Their Cars

Maven, a car-sharing platform powered by Detroit’s General Motors Co., has announced an expansion to include a peer-to-peer offering that enables owners and eligible lessees to earn money by renting their personal Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, or Cadillac car or truck model year 2015 and newer to driving members.

Former Lear CEO Matt Simoncini Joins Novi’s Cooper Standard Holdings Board

Novi’s Cooper Standard Holdings Inc., a global supplier of systems and components for the automotive industry, Thursday announced the election of Matthew J. Simoncini, now an adviser at Southfield-based Lear Corp., to its board of directors, effective Aug. 1.

Ada, Mich.’s Burke Porter Group Acquires Italian Company

Burke Porter Group, a global supplier of intelligent testing, instrumentation, and assembly systems and solutions near Grand Rapids, Thursday announced it has acquired Italy’s Galileo TP Process Equipment S.r.l. Full terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Automotive Cybersecurity Course to Roll Out for High School Students

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has announced the creation of a high school curriculum focused on automotive cybersecurity training.

East Battle Creek’s Kellogg Foundation Names Faye Alexander Nelson Director of Michigan Programs

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation in East Battle Creek, Mich. has announced it has selected Faye Alexander Nelson as director of Michigan programs, effective Aug. 6.

Three Housing Developments Planned for Detroit’s Brush Park

Two new residential developments, The Brush 8 and Brush House, were announced today for Detroit’s historic Brush Park neighborhood by Detroit developer City Growth Partners and local officials.

MIAT College of Technology in Canton Township Offers Electro-mechanical Technology Programs

MIAT College of Technology’s Canton Township branch will now offer 12- and 18-month electro-mechanical technology programs, the college announced Tuesday. The first class will begin on Sept. 10.

Rochester Hills’ Wabco Moving Customer Care Center, Headquarters, to Auburn Hills

Wabco Holdings Inc., a global supplier of technologies that improve the safety, efficiency, and connectivity of commercial vehicles, has announced it will combine its headquarters in Rochester Hills and a new North American Customer Care Center, moving them both to Auburn Hills.
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