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Grand Rapids-based Blackford Capital Invests in Ellison Bakery

Blackford Capital, a national private equity firm headquartered in Grand Rapids, today announced its investment in Fort Wayne, Indiana-based Ellison Bakery Inc., a manufacturer of cookies, snack bars, crunch, and inclusion products, and products for the industrial market, food service industry, and retail and private label space.

Shinola to Open a Store at the Somerset Collection in Troy by May

Detroit-based leather and lifestyle goods manufacturer Shinola today announced the opening of its newest store, to be located at the Somerset Collection in Troy. It is scheduled to open by the end of the month.

Pet Supplies Plus Debuts Healthier Ingredients for Dogs and Puppies

Livonia-based Pet Supplies Plus, which has 390 locations in 29 states, is adding a new line to its Redford Naturals portfolio of dry dog food Limited Ingredient Diet (LID) formulas.

MSU Researchers Examine What Qualities Make A Good Boss

A new series of studies from researchers at Michigan State University indicate bosses who were supportive and set clear expectations can effectively motivate their employees, even if they weren’t described as “transformational leaders” or having “grand visions.”

Comedian Seth Meyers to Headline Forgotten Harvest’s 25th Annual Comedy Night in June

Forgotten Harvest in Oak Park today announced late-night host Seth Meyers will headline the group’s 25th annual Comedy Night on June 17, a celebration of the organization’s food rescuing efforts and supporters. Comedy Night began in 1992 with the support of actor and Michigan-native Tim Allen and local comedian Mark Ridley.

Wolverine Human Services’ Core Orchards to Begin Planting Demonstration Apple Orchard in Detroit

Core Orchards Detroit, a division of Wolverine Human Services (WHS), today announced that it will begin planting 350 Honeycrisp apple trees to create a demonstration orchard on the city’s east side. The trees will grow in a high-tech, high density growing system located on land at Lenox and Charlevoix St.

Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford Returns to Ancestral Home to Mark Centenary of Ford in Ireland

William Clay Ford, Jr., executive chairman of Ford Motor Co. and great-grandson of company founder Henry Ford, traveled to Cork, Ireland and unveiled a plaque and bench in Ballinscarthy to commemorate 100 years of Ford in the country.

Bosch Invests $40M to Expand Silicon Valley Research and Tech Center

Global technology and services supplier Bosch, which has its North American headquarters in Farmington Hills, today announced it will locate its Palo Alto-based Research and Technology Center to a new 104,000-square-foot, single-tenant office in Sunnyvale, Calif. by the end of 2017. The move consolidates associates from three suites in Palo Alto into one work space.

ZIFiT Infrared Fitness to Open in Birmingham in June

ZIFiT Infrared Fitness, a fitness studio created by entrepreneur Allie Mallad, that uses infrared technology to naturally raise core body temperature and produce a healthy and detoxifying sweat, recently announced it will open its newest location in Birmingham in June 2017. ZIFiT currently operates 96 locations nationwide, including studios in Allen Park, West Bloomfield, Livonia, and Lansing.

Gloria Jean’s Coffees to Open New Location in Auburn Hills, More Locations Planned

Brian Balconi, president of Retail Food Group USA in Santa Fe Springs, today announced Gloria Jean’s Coffees will open in May in Auburn Hills. There are three existing locations in Michigan – Rochester Hills, Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills, and Portage. More locations in Michigan are planned.

Instacart’s Grocery Delivery Service Coming to metro Detroit

Beginning on April 27, residents at 1.6 million households in the metro Detroit area will have access to grocery delivery services through Instacart, a San Francisco-based company that partners with local grocery stores to deliver food and home goods to members doors.

Down Syndrome Achievement Center to Open Facility in Metro Detroit

GiGi’s Playhouse, an internationally recognized achievement center focused on individuals with Down syndrome, recently announced plans to open a new facility in metro Detroit. An exact location is yet to be determined, but fundraising and awareness activities are currently planned for the coming months to garner the needed support.

Pinnacle Homes Unveils $250M Aspire Collection in Metro Detroit, Homes for Ages 50+

Bloomfield Hills-based home builder Pinnacle Homes today announced the launch of the Aspire Collection, a group of seven luxury communities throughout metro Detroit geared toward empty nesters and adults ages 50 and older living an active lifestyle.

Moceri Partners With Beaumont Health on Education, Active Living Community

A new partnership between home builder Moceri Co. and Beaumont Health will bring wellness education, health programming, and on-site health clinics to those living in Blossom Collection communities, a portfolio of active adult communities for residents 55 and older. The partnership provides for Beaumont Health physician-staffed clinics on-site at the communities, as well as classes on heart and brain heath, balance, disease prevention, screening, and vaccination programs.

LG Chem in Troy Launches Range of Residential Battery Systems in North America

As a backup solution from a power loss caused by a storm or other incident, Troy-based lithium-ion battery manufacturer LG Chem today announced the formal launch of its range of residential battery systems in the North American market.
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