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New Housing Permits in May Keep 2018 On-track to Second-best Year since 2006

May helped push the year-to-date total of new housing permits to 2,028, maintaining the second-best start to a year since 2006, according to residential permit data compiled by the Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan.

Livonia’s Market Strategies International and Farmington Hills’ Morpace Combine in Acquisition by California’s STG

Market research firms Market Strategies International in Livonia and Morpace in Farmington Hills Tuesday announced they are combining into one firm as part of an acquisition by STG, a private equity firm in California. The transaction is expected to add new investment to the combined firm and accelerate growth.

Dearborn’s Ghafari to Design Mazda Toyota Manufacturing U.S.A. Plant in Alabama

Ghafari, a global full-service engineering, architecture, process design, consulting, and construction firm based in Dearborn, today announced it has been awarded a contract to provide comprehensive architecture and engineering services for a new automotive plant for Mazda Toyota Manufacturing U.S.A. Inc. in Huntsville, Alabama. The joint venture presents a $1.6 billion investment by the two automakers.

Jackson’s CMS Energy to Add Two Wind Energy Parks

CMS Energy in Jackson plans to add two new wind energy parks to its portfolio that will produce up to 250 megawatts of clean, renewable energy.

Startup Studio Assembler Labs Launches in Detroit

Assembler Labs, a Detroit startup studio that will create venture-scale, high-growth companies in Michigan, launched today. The announcement was made by startup veterans and founders Ian Sefferman and Patrick Haig.

Michigan Strategic Fund Approves Projects Expected to Bring $248M to State

Stryker Corp., headquartered in Kalamazoo, today announced the expansion of its medical-device products with a $109-million investment at its 79-acre industrial site in Portage, which is located in Kalamazoo County.

Ann Arbor’s May Mobility and Detroit’s Bedrock Partner to Deploy Autonomous Vehicles in Detroit

May Mobility, an Ann Arbor startup building self-driving vehicles, has partnered with Bedrock, a real estate firm in Detroit, to deploy autonomous shuttles into downtown Detroit that will transport passengers starting Wednesday, June 27. This is the first deployment of independent autonomous vehicles on public streets on any urban core in the country.

Northville’s Gentherm Outlines Growth Plan

Gentherm, a Northville-based developer of innovative thermal management technologies, Monday announced a strategy expected to deliver an above-market organic growth rate, margin expansion, and improved return-on-investment capital through 2021.

Spotify USA Inc. to Open a Regional Sales Office in Birmingham

Sweden-based Spotify, a digital music-streaming company, Monday announced it will open a regional sales office at 123 N. Old Woodward in downtown Birmingham. The office is slated to open by July 1.

Troy Traffic Jam to Return, Launch Connect With Careers

Troy Historic Village has announced the 11th annual Troy Traffic Jam car show will take place 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5 at Columbia Center on Big Beaver Road and feature nearly 300 vehicles on display. The village also announced the launch of Connect with Careers, a new youth mentoring program.

Behavioral and Physical Health Center to Open in Northwest Detroit

Partners in Wellness – The Wellness Center at McKenny, a joint venture involving behavioral and physical health services that includes a community-based medical residency training program, is slated to open Friday, July 13 in northwest Detroit.

U.K.’s Cosworth Unveils North American Headquarters, Manufacturing Center in Shelby Twp.

Cosworth, a United Kingdom-based company that designs and manufactures high-performance engines and end-to-end automotive technologies, today unveiled its new, state-of-the-art manufacturing center and North American headquarters in Shelby Township.

Charlotte’s Spartan Motors Unveils Refrigerated Ford Transit Cargo Van

Spartan Fleet Vehicles and Services, a business unit of Charlotte, Mich.’s Spartan Motors Inc., has introduced a refrigerated Ford Transit Cargo Van.

Traverse City’s Park Place Hotel Reveals New Convention Center, Renovations

Park Place Hotel in downtown Traverse City has completed renovations that include a convention center along with renovations to the Tower guest rooms and a new indoor pool facility, complete with a whirlpool, splash pad, and fitness room.

Report: Shopping Malls Aren’t On Their Way Out, Consumers Want to See More Savings, Convenience

Valassis, a Livonia-based company that activates consumers through intelligent media delivery, has just released a research report highlighting consumers’ thoughts on brick-and-mortar shopping malls.

Ann Arbor’s Kraig Biocraft Laboratories Introduces Dragon Silk for Commercial and Military Markets

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories Inc. in Ann Arbor, a developer of genetically engineered spider silk-based fibers, has unveiled its Dragon Silk fabric, marking the first time the company’s recombinant spider silk fibers were used to create a 100 percent pure woven silk fabric.

Cleary University Launches Project Management Program in Partnership With Automation Alley

Cleary University, a business university with its main campus in Howell, has announced the launch of the Project Management Professionals program, a 35-hour, instructor-led online course.

Report: Lower Demand Projected for Auto Industry as Autonomous/Hybrid Investments Increase

The automotive industry faces the possibility of a sizable capital drain in the near term due to unprecedented investments into electric and autonomous vehicles before the technologies are fully cost-competitive, according to a new study by AlixPartners, a global consulting firm with offices in Southfield.

Michigan’s 2019 Budget Provides $1B for Transportation Infrastructure, Safety Initiatives

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Thursday signed the state’s fiscal year 2019 budget into law. Senate Bill 848 was sponsored by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand and provides $39.9 billion in state funding. The bill is now Public Act 207 of 2018. Snyder did not veto any portion of the budget.

Report: Local Governments See Single-family and Multifamily Housing Shortage

The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor Wednesday reported many local governments say there is a shortage of housing in their counties and cities, according to a new survey. About 40 percent of municipal respondents say they have too little single-family housing, and nearly half say their county has too little multifamily housing.

Matt and Karen Cullen Donate $4M to Detroit Riverfront Conservancy at Shimmer on the River

On Thursday, the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy presented its annual Shimmer Award to Matt Cullen, chairman of the conservancy, and his wife, Karen Cullen, at the eighth annual Shimmer on the River.

Midland’s Dow, Ann Arbor’s U-M, University Center’s Delta College to Create Education Hub in Midland

The Dow Chemical Co. in Midland, Ann Arbor’s University of Michigan, and Delta College in University Center Thursday announced a collaboration to develop an interdisciplinary innovation and education hub.

Professor at East Lansing-based MSU Awarded Grant to Harvest Medical Isotopes

A chemist at East Lansing’s Michigan State University will use a $357,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science’s Office of Nuclear Physics to look into new methods of gathering rare isotopes. Greg Severin, assistant professor of chemistry, will explore the isotopes, which will allow scientists to evaluate new diagnostic and therapeutic techniques.

GM Breaks Ground on $65M ACDelco and Genuine GM Parts Processing Facility

General Motors Customer Care and Aftersales (CCA) broke ground today on an all-new $65 million ACDelco and Genuine GM Parts processing center on a vacant 141-acre lot near the intersection of Genesee and Davison roads in the city of Burton. It is the company’s largest single investment in a warehousing and logistics facility in the United States in nearly 40 years.

StockX in Detroit Adds Supreme Skate Decks and Fear of God Streetwear to its Marketplace

Detroit’s StockX, a stock market for high-demand, limited-edition consumer goods, Tuesday announced it has added Supreme skate decks and Fear of God streetwear to its marketplace.

AF Group in Lansing Expands into Commercial Auto Insurance

Lansing’s AF Group, a provider of insurance solutions, today announced its expansion into commercial auto insurance with the launch of Fundamental Underwriters, a new product aimed at providing insurance coverage for accounts with specialty risks.

Marquette Castings in Royal Oak Starts Manufacturing in Michigan

Royal Oak’s Marquette Castings has launched a new line of cast iron and carbon steel skillets that are designed and produced in Michigan. Products were previously designed in Royal Oak and manufactured in China.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants to Open First Michigan Location in The Mall at Partridge Creek

Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants, an establishment that combines a restaurant, winery, Napa-style tasting room, and artisanal retail market, is debuting its newest location in Clinton Township on June 25. The restaurant will be in The Mall at Partridge Creek.

Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. in Pennsylvania to Acquire Ludington, Mich.’s ProAct Services Corp.

Evoqua Water Technologies Corp., a provider of water treatment solutions in Pennsylvania, Wednesday announced one of its wholly-owned subsidiaries has signed a definitive agreement to acquire ProAct Services Corp., a Ludington, Mich.-based provider of on-site treatment services of contaminated water in all 50 states from the private equity firm Hammond, Kennedy, Whitney, and Co. Inc. and members of management for $132 million.

Detroit-based Huron Capital’s Drake Automotive Group Acquires California’s DV8 Offroad

Detroit’s Huron Capital, a lower-to-middle-market private equity firm, Tuesday announced its aftermarket car accessories and restoration parts platform, Drake Automotive Group, has acquired Riverside, California-based DV8 Offroad, a designer and distributor of off-road accessories and wheels.

McLaren Automotive to Add Region’s First Retailer in Troy’s Suburban Collection

McLaren Automotive, a British luxury sports cars and supercars company, has announced a new retailer in Troy. McLaren Troy is the first and only retailer in the region to provide McLaren sales and service operations and the latest addition to The Suburban Collection of dealerships at the Troy Motor Mall.

Southfield’s P&M Corporate Finance Combines with Denver’s EKS&H Capital Advisors

P&M Corporate Finance in Southfield today announced it has combined with Denver, Colorado’s EKS&H Capital Advisors. Both companies are middle-market investment banking firms. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Grand Rapids-based Assembler Burke Porter Group Invests in California-based Grabit Inc.

Grand Rapids-based Burke Porter Group (BPG), a global supplier of intelligent testing, instrumentation, and assembly systems and solutions, announced Tuesday a capital investment in California-based Grabit Inc., an intelligent automation systems provider to the soft goods manufacturing and warehouse logistics industries. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Free IT Training Coming to Detroit Through the City’s Tech Companies

ExperienceIT, a nonprofit partnership of leading downtown Detroit technology companies, has announced that its fall 2018 cohort will kick off on Sept. 13. The 10-week program provides free IT training for active job openings in software development and quality assurance.

Researchers at Detroit’s Wayne State Study Brain Chemistry to Detect Signs of Alzheimer’s

Researchers at Detroit-based Wayne State University are working to give clinicians tools for identifying early signs of Alzheimer’s by studying subtle deviations in the way the brain modulates its chemistry during the formation of new memories.

Ford to Develop Mobility and Innovation Campus in Detroit’s Corktown, Anchored by Michigan Central Depot

Citing the fourth transformative development in the company’s 115-year-old existence, Bill Ford, executive chairman of Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn, today announced that the automaker’s renovation of the historic Michigan Central Depot and surrounding property in Detroit’s Corktown district would make it the global leader in mobility and innovation.

Amazon to Open Fourth Michigan Fulfillment Center South of Grand Rapids in Gaines Twp.

Seattle’s Amazon today announced plans to open a new fulfillment center south of Grand Rapids in Gaines Township, creating more than 1,000 full-time jobs.

Farmington Hills’ Macprofessionals Inc. Acquired by Konica Minolta in New Jersey

Macprofessionals Inc. in Farmington Hills has been acquired by New Jersey technology company Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. Inc. The Macprofessionals team will become a strategic entity of All Covered, the IT services division of Konica Minolta. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Canadian Auto Dealership Advisers Open U.S. Office in Grosse Pointe, Looks to Move to Detroit

Dealer Solutions North America, a Canadian company that specializes in advising on and providing strategies for buying and selling automotive dealerships, Monday announced its expansion into the U.S. with the opening of an office in Grosse Pointe. As the company grows, the team is looking to move to Detroit.

Troy-based Automation Alley’s Trade Mission Program Reaches $1B in Total Export Sales Made by Michigan Companies

Automation Alley, a technology and manufacturing business association in Troy, Monday announced the total amount of export sales made by Michigan companies as a result of participation in its trade mission program and other trade-related activities has reached $1 billion.

PVS Chemicals in Detroit Makes Two Leadership Changes

As part of a planned succession transition, the board of directors of PVS Chemicals in Detroit voted to make two leadership changes. Effective July 1, Jim M. Nicholson will move from president and CEO to co-chairman of the board. He will serve alongside James B. Nicholson, who will continue his role as co-chair. David A. Nicholson will take on the role of president and CEO after serving as group CEO for PVS manufacturing assets.

Metro Detroit Homes Prices Climb 8.2% in May, Sales and Listings Decline

The median sales price for homes sold in metro Detroit rose 8.2 percent to $215,975 in May, as compared to $203,213 in April and $199,588 in May 2017, according to a report released today by Re/Max of Southeastern Michigan in Troy.

FCA in Auburn Hills Unveils 2019 Dodge Durango Pursuit

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in Auburn Hills Friday debuted its 2019 Dodge Durango Pursuit for public safety officials. The vehicle has improved brake performance and durability, as well as performance-tuned, load-leveling suspension.

General Motors Offers First Responders Special Pricing for Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and OnStar

General Motors Co. in Detroit is offering a special pricing plan to first responders on Chevrolet, Buick, and GMC cars, as well as OnStar products.

Researchers at Ann Arbor’s U-M Find Biodiversity Improves Stability of Algae Biofuel Systems

Researchers at Ann Arbor’s University of Michigan today announced findings that a diverse mix of species improves the stability and fuel-oil yield of algae biofuel systems, as well as their resistance to invasion by outsiders.

MSU in East Lansing Hosts U.S. Particle Accelerator School

Michigan State University in East Lansing is hosting the summer 2018 session of the U.S. Particle Accelerator School (USPAS), a national graduate-level training and workforce development program in accelerator science and engineering. The program is funded by the Office of High Energy Physics, which is in the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC).

Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn to Launch Beekeeping Program at its Global Headquarters

Dearborn’s Ford Motor Co. Friday announced it will launch a global beekeeping program this month with six new honeybee hives at its Dearborn headquarters. The program is designed to support honeybee populations, the local ecosystem, and gardening and farming communities.

Ann Arbor’s Amesite Inc. Announces Closing of $5.5M Private Placement Financing

Ann Arbor’s Amesite Inc., a development-stage artificial intelligence software company targeting the college course market, Thursday announced the closing of a $5.5 million private placement financing, including about $1 million from insiders, and the completion of a go-public transaction through a reverse merger with Lola One Acquisition Corp.

Jackson’s Consumers Energy Plan Outlines Path to Zero Coal Usage

Consumers Energy in Jackson has announced it will file an integrated resource plan this week with the Michigan Public Service Commission that outlines the path to using zero coal while ensuring affordable and reliable energy.

Jefferson Beach Marina in St. Clair Shores and Toledo Beach Marina in La Salle Acquired by Dallas Company

Safe Harbor Marinas in Dallas has announced the acquisition of two marinas in Michigan – Jefferson Beach Marina in St. Clair Shores and Toledo Beach Marina in La Salle. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Dearborn’s ChannelNet Partners with Canada’s White Clarke Group to Provide Financing Software

ChannelNet in Dearborn, a digital engagement company, Thursday announced a partnership with White Clarke Group, a finance technology company in Ontario, to offer an end-to-end financing solution to the global asset finance market.

Entrepreneurs Compete for $1.2M in Funding From Detroit’s Quicken Loans

More than 500 Detroit business owners who applied to pitch at Quicken Loans Detroit Demo Day has been narrowed down to 15 finalists, who will take the stage at the Music Hall for Performing Arts on June 22. Seven winning companies will receive a total of $1.2 million in funding from Quicken Loans.

Horizon Global Corp. in Troy Terminates Brink Group Acquisition Agreement

Troy’s Horizon Global Corp., a manufacturer of branded towing and trailering equipment, today announced it and H2 Equity Partners in the Netherlands have mutually agreed to terminate the Brink Group acquisition agreement, effective June 14. As part of the termination agreement, Horizon Global agreed to pay a break fee to the Brink Group of €4.75 million.

Dearborn’s Ford Introduces Two Fuel-efficient Taxis

Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn today unveiled two taxis: the 2019 Transit Connect Taxi, which has a diesel engine, and Ford’s most fuel-efficient, purpose-built taxi – the 2019 Fusion Hybrid Taxi.

Plymouth Township’s Varroc Group and Varroc Lighting Systems Open Tokyo Office

Varroc Lighting Systems, a Plymouth Township-based global exterior vehicle lighting supplier, along with its parent company, Varroc Group, is opening a customer and business development center in Tokyo.

East Lansing’s MSU Releases Genetic Engineering Kit for Biofuel-producing Algae

Scientists at East Lansing’s Michigan State University have released a new genetic engineering toolkit for the algae species Nannochloropsis oceanica, which is of interest for the production of biofuels and other oil-based chemicals.

New Workspace Opens With Detroit Artists’ Test Lab

Detroit Artists’ Test Lab, a 12,000-square-foot incubator and gallery space, is now open. Located at 14600 Mack Ave. on Detroit’s east side, the space includes a 2,500-square-foot professional photography studio, a 3,500-square-foot event/gallery space, and a podcast studio for rent.

Auburn Hills’ Dodge Announces Fourth Annual Legal Drag Racing at M1 Concourse in Pontiac

Auburn Hills’ FCA Wednesday announced its fourth annual Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge, a day of legal drag racing and thrill rides scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 11 at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac.

Detroit Startup Equips Consumers with Digital Car Lease Calculator

Detroit startup Lease Riot has launched a new way to create, customize, and compare new car lease prices on its site, LeaseRiot.com.

Proposed Regional Mass Transit Plan Draws 62% Approval Rating in New Poll

The Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan today released the results of a survey of southeast Michigan residents that shows strong support for the proposed Connect Southeast Michigan transit plan across Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw, and Wayne counties.

Dearborn’s Ford Introduces Hybrid Police Interceptor Utility

Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn Tuesday introduced its Police Interceptor Utility, the industry’s first pursuit-rated hybrid SUV. The SUV offers improved pursuit performance, lower operating costs, and all-wheel drive. The hybrid batteries are placed so they don’t compromise passenger or cargo space.

Plymouth Township’s HELLA Expands in Mexico

HELLA in Plymouth Township, which is expected to open a new administrative and technical center in Northville Township at the beginning of 2019, Monday announced it has expanded its production capacities in the NAFTA region with a new plant in Mexico.

Troy’s PPG to Introduce Low-energy Paint Process for Automotive OEMs

PPG, a Pittsburgh-based paints, coatings, and materials company, Tuesday announced it will introduce a low-energy paint process for automotive OEMs during the inaugural SURCAR North American Congress June 13-14 at Detroit’s Roostertail event complex. PPG’s Automotive OEM Coatings is headquartered in Troy.

eFlex Systems in Rochester Hills Partners with Wixom’s Light Guide Systems

eFlex Systems, a Rochester Hills-based provider of assembly solutions, has partnered with Light Guide Systems in Wixom to add augmented reality features into eFlex’s Job Element Monitor (JEM) work instruction module, which is part of its web-based assembly software.

Royal Oak’s Arts, Beats & Eats Announces New Community Partnerships

The 21st Annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats in Royal Oak has announced a number of new features for the festival, which will take place Aug. 31-Sept. 3. They include a spotlight on the culinary, theatre, and visual arts talents of local college students, as well as enhanced health and wellness programming. The event will continue to showcase art, music, and restaurant participants.

Detroit’s American Axle and Manufacturing to Supply Power Transfer Units to Ford Crossovers

Detroit’s American Axle and Manufacturing (AAM) Monday announced it will supply power transfer units (PTU) for Ford Motor Co.’s crossover vehicles with all-wheel drive, starting with the 2019 Ford Edge and Lincoln Nautilus.

Detroit-based GMC Introduces 2019 Yukon Graphite Editions

GMC, a division of General Motors Co. in Detroit, is expanding its premium Yukon line with the addition of two 2019 Graphite Editions. The all-new Yukon Graphite Edition offers a darkened exterior appearance, while the Yukon Graphite Performance Edition adds vehicle performance upgrades.

AM General in Auburn Hills Debuts Next Generation Light Tactical Vehicle

Auburn Hills-based AM General, a global vehicle solutions provider, Monday debuted its next generation light tactical vehicle, the NXT 360. The new offering highlights changes to the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) platform.

Detroit’s General Motors Co. Releases Sustainability Report, Works Toward All-electric Portfolio

General Motors Co. in Detroit today released its latest Sustainability Report, which is designed to help the automaker address societal and environmental challenges while transforming the future of mobility and following a vision of zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion.

Luxury Housing Developments Planned for Royal Oak, Birmingham

Two new luxury housing developments are being built in Birmingham and Royal Oak. The Park West Luxury Residences, a $5-million, 12-apartment development in Royal Oak, and The Westbrown, a $20 million, eight-unit townhouse development in Birmingham, are expected to be completed in 2019.

Ann Arbor-based University of Michigan’s Desai Accelerator Invests in Six Startups

The Desai Accelerator, a joint venture between the Ann Arbor-based University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and the College of Engineering, Monday announced it has welcomed six teams into its 2018 cohort. The two schools also debuted an expanded intern program.

Crown Enterprises in Warren Confirms Sale of Detroit’s Michigan Central Depot to Ford Motor Co.

Matthew Moroun, chairman of Crown Enterprises Inc. in Warren, today announced that the company has completed the sale of Michigan Central Depot at Michigan Avenue and 14th Street west of Detroit’s Corktown district to an entity representing Ford Motor Co. The 505,000-square-foot depot has been vacant since 1988.

Faurecia in Auburn Hills Partners With Chinese Automobile Manufacturer

Auburn Hills’ Faurecia, an automotive technology company, today signed a strategic partnership framework agreement with FAW Group, a leading Chinese automobile manufacturer, to develop cockpit of the future technologies and sustainable mobility solutions.

Plymouth Township Auto Supplier Adient Appoints Interim CEO

Adient, a global company in automotive seating based in Plymouth Township that is planning to move its headquarters to downtown Detroit, today announced its board of directors has appointed Frederick “Fritz” Henderson interim CEO and John M. Barth, Adient’s current lead director, interim chairman of Adient’s board.

AxleTech in Troy Develops Suspension Axle System Concept for the Military

Troy’s AxleTech today announced it is developing a next-generation 5000 series electric independent suspension axle system concept (eISAS). It was unveiled at Eurosatory 2018 in Paris, the largest international defense and security exhibition.

Battle Creek’s Freedom Motors Announces Wheelchair-Accessible Trucks and SUVs, Including Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC

Freedom Motors in Battle Creek, a manufacturer of wheelchair-accessible vehicles, Friday announced the arrival of its new truck and full-size SUV line. The vehicles are available now.

Holland, Mich.’s JR Automation Acquires Auburn Hills’ Esys Automation

JR Automation, a Holland, Mich.-based provider of intelligent automated manufacturing and distribution technology systems, Friday announced it has acquired Auburn Hills’ Esys Automation, a full-service automation solutions provider with significant systems, controls, and software engineering expertise. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Wayne County Commission Approves Sale of Four Justice Facilities to Detroit’s Rock Ventures, Failed Jail Site Demolition Begins Soon

Rock Ventures, a real estate company owned by Dan Gilbert, founder and chairman of Quicken Loans Inc. in Detroit, plans to soon begin demolishing the “failed jail” site it recently acquired from Wayne County at I-375 and Gratiot Avenue in downtown Detroit. The plan is to complete the demolition this summer.

Dearborn’s Ford Commercial Solutions Introduces Two Products to Increase Fleet Connectivity

Dearborn-based Ford Motor Co.’s Ford Commercial Solutions Thursday announced two products designed to allow fleets easy access to vehicle data. Its first product transmits information from vehicles directly to the cloud, while its second product collects information and distills it to provide police fleets with insights that can help improve fleet efficiency and driver behavior.

Facebook Pledges to Train 1M People in Digital Skills, Training Already Underway in Michigan

Facebook today announced a pledge to train 1 million people across the United States in digital skills by 2020. The company has already started working with 16 Michigan companies that are focused on skills-building and job placement and has run free workshops across the state.

Ascension Michigan Renames Facilities in Rebrand

Ascension Michigan in Warren Thursday announced it has renamed its hospitals in southeast Michigan to integrate its brand.

Manistique, Mich.’s Mackinac Financial Corp. to Acquire Wisconsin’s Lincoln Community Bank

Mackinac Financial Corp. in Manistique, Mich., and Lincoln Community Bank in Merrill, Wis., Thursday announced Mackinac will acquire Lincoln for $8.5 million in cash. Mackinac is the holding company for mBank.

Michigan’s Biggest Entrepreneurial Conference TiE Scheduled for Oct. 6

The Detroit chapter of TiE, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship in Michigan and globally, has announced TiECon Detroit 2018, Michigan’s largest entrepreneurial conference, will be held on Oct. 6 at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

General Motors Partners With Honda on Next Generation Battery Development

Detroit-based General Motors Co. and Tokyo-based Honda today announced an agreement for new advanced chemistry battery components. The battery will deliver higher energy density, smaller packaging, and faster charging capabilities for both companies’ future products, mainly serving the North American market.

Absopure in Plymouth Township to Distribute Mountain Valley Spring Water in Michigan

Plymouth Township’s Absopure, a provider of bottled water and other refreshment delivery services that was founded in 1908, has partnered with Arkansas’ Mountain Valley Spring Water Co. to deliver its water products throughout Michigan.

Sales Begin for Condominium Development in Detroit’s Brush Park, Move-in Expected in the Fall

James Place Lofts, a new 11-condominium development in Detroit’s Brush Park, are expected to be move-in ready when construction is completed in the fall. Sales have already begun for the site, which is located at 262 Mack Ave. The design was led by Royal Oak’s Krieger Klatt Architects.

West Michigan’s Herman Miller Leads Investors in Acquisition of Netherlands’ Maars Living Walls

Herman Miller Inc., a global designer and furniture manufacturer based in Zeeland, Mich., today announced it is leading a group of investors to acquire Maars Living Walls, a global designer and manufacturer of standard and customized modular walls based in the Netherlands.

Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race Prepares for its 94th Year

Detroit’s Bayview Yacht Club today announced the kickoff for the 2018 Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race. The 94th annual running of the Bayview Mackinac Race starts on Saturday, July 14, with the first boats crossing the starting line at 11:30 a.m. on Lake Huron, just north of the Blue Water Bridge.

Startup Week Returning to Detroit, Josh Luber of StockX a Keynote Speaker

Techstars Startup Week Detroit, a free weeklong celebration of the Detroit entrepreneurial community, is slated to come to Detroit June 18-22. Marcus Lemonis, who is a serial entrepreneur and is on CNBC’s “The Profit,” is the keynote headliner.

DMC to Occupy New $65M Sports Medicine Center and Office Center in The District Detroit

The Detroit Medical Center and Olympia Development of Michigan today announced a long-term agreement to build a state-of-the-art facility along Woodward Avenue, immediately north of Little Caesars Arena, in The District Detroit.

Cadillac To Expand Super Cruise Across Entire Lineup, Other Brands

Cadillac, a brand of Detroit-based General Motors Co., plans to expand the rollout of Super Cruise, the world’s first hands-free driver assistance feature for the freeway. Super Cruise will be available on all Cadillac models, with the rollout beginning in 2020.

Troy’s Cantoro Italian Trattoria Restaurant Opens in Former Tre Monti Space along Big Beaver

Cantoro Italian Trattoria in Troy, the second restaurant for Cantoro Italian Market and Trattoria, has opened for dinner, owners John and Michael Fallone announced Tuesday. Lunch services are expected to begin later this summer.

Novi’s Lineage Logistics Acquires Wisconsin Cold Storage Provider, Four Leased Cold Storage Warehouses

Lineage Logistics in Novi, a provider of temperature-controlled supply chain solutions, Tuesday announced it has acquired Wisconsin’s Service Cold Storage (SCS), a cold storage provider, as well as a portfolio of four leased cold storage warehouses in markets across four states. Terms of the transactions were not disclosed.

PlanetM Launches $1M Grant Program to Support Mobility Startups

PlanetM, Michigan’s mobility-focused brand and business development program, Tuesday announced it has launched a grant program of more than $1 million to support mobility startups. The two-part program includes a PlanetM Pilot Grant and a PlanetM Testing Grant. Both were unveiled during the 2018 ITS America Annual Meeting that was held in Detroit.

Michigan Department of Transportation Tests Vehicle to Infrastructure Technology on SMART Bus

The Michigan Department of Transportation today announced that vehicle to infrastructure technology is being tested on a section of M-97, or Groesbeck Highway, in Macomb County. Six intersections of M-97 have been equipped with dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) devices that transmit information from the signal to inside a bus via an onboard unit to inform the driver of signal timing changes and potential red-light violations.

Troy’s Flagstar Bank to Acquire 52 Branches and $2.3B in Deposits from Wells Fargo Bank

Flagstar Bancorp Inc., which has its headquarters in Troy, today announced that Flagstar Bank has signed an agreement to acquire 52 Wells Fargo Bank branches in Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Ohio. The deal will include $2.3 billion in deposits and $130 million in loans, along with related assets.

Road Commission for Oakland County Selects Toronto-based P3 Mobility for Vehicle Infrastructure Project

Oakland County and the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) have selected Toronto-based P3 Mobility (P3M) through an open bid to launch a pilot program to test connected vehicle infrastructure and determine whether an innovative business model to monetize that infrastructure is viable.

Canada’s Miovision Unveils World’s Smartest Intersection in Detroit

Miovision, a smart intersection technology company based in Canada, today unveiled what it calls the World’s Smartest Intersection in downtown Detroit. The intersection is a system of sensors, video-based detection, connected traffic signals, and remote monitoring capabilities composed of five intersections along Larned Street.

Ann Arbor’s U-M Launches Driverless Shuttle on North Campus

The Mcity Driverless Shuttle, a research project at Ann Arbor’s University of Michigan, launched today on the north campus. Mcity, which operates a 32-acre connected and automated vehicle test facility nearby, is studying how passengers react to the driverless shuttles to gauge consumer acceptance of the technology. The shuttles are equipped with onboard cameras and Wi-Fi communications to capture data generated during operation.

Michigan Department of Transportation Partners With Washington Company for Traffic and Mobility Analytics

The Michigan Department of Transportation has selected INRIX for real-time traffic and mobility intelligence as part of a three-year agreement, INRIX announced Monday. INRIX is a Washington-based company specializing in connected car services and transportation analytics.
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