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Chevrolet Introduces New 2018 Equinox

Detroit-based Chevrolet has introduced its new 2018 Equinox, which includes updated design, connectivity, and safety features. The vehicle will go on sale in the first quarter of 2017 in North America, and roll out to 115 additional global markets later in the year.

Global Engineering Company Opens $5M Research and Technology Center in Troy

DSM Engineering Plastics, a global supplier of engineering thermoplastic products, has opened a new $5 million research and technology center at its Americas headquarters in Troy.

Sika Automotive Opens New Brazil Factory

Sika Automtoive, a Madison Heights-based supplier of automotive bonding, sealing, damping, and reinforcing products for vehicle body-in-white, body structure, interior, and exterior components, has opened a new factory in Sao Paulo for its adhesive and acoustic products.

Midland’s Dow Launches First North America Pack Studios for Laminating Adhesives

Midland-based Dow Chemical Co.’s Packaging and Specialty Plastics business has opened its first North American Pack Studios — a center designed to enable collaboration to deliver more efficient commercialization of new products — that’s focused on laminating adhesive. The facility, located in Ringwood, Ill., is the company’s seventh Pack Studios location globally.

Art Van Furniture Collaborates with Celebrity Fashion Photographer Nigel Barker on New Collection

Warren-based Art Van Furniture has partnered with Nigel Barker, a celebrity fashion photographer, TV personality, and radio host, to develop a new furniture collection. The line, called the Nigel Barker Collection, is now available at select Art Van Furniture stores throughout the Midwest.

2016 Komen Detroit Race for the Cure Raises Over $1M, Donates to Local Programs

The 25th Susan G. Komen Detroit Race for the Cure, locally presented by Karmanos Cancer Institute in May, raised more than $1 million in net proceeds. After a needs assessment process, nearly $719,830 of the funds has been awarded to three Detroit-area breast cancer programs.

Two-level Corktown Loft in Detroit Draws Record Price of $531K

Corktown has drawn a record price for a residential loft in Detroit’s oldest neighborhood, a two-level, two-bedroom industrial-style condominium in the historic Grinnell Building at Michigan Avenue and Brooklyn Street.

Michigan Strategic Fund Approves Expansions That Total $20M in Private Investments

The Michigan Strategic Fund has approved two business expansions and one community improvement project that are expected to generate nearly $20 million in total private investment and create or retain 170 jobs.

At Home Opens Bloomfield Township Store, Sixth Michigan Location

At Home, a Texas-based home décor superstore, has opened a new location in Bloomfield Township. The more than 122,000-square-foot store marks the company’s sixth location in Michigan.

Chevrolet Partners with RV Association to Enhance Trailering Experience

Detroit-based Chevrolet is partnering with the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association and the National Association of Trailer Manufacturers to develop technologies that improve trailering experiences.

5Qs: Tom Kelly, Executive Director of Automation Alley, on Industry 4.0

Tom Kelly, the recently appointed executive director of Troy-based Automation Alley, a nonprofit technology business accelerator, has years of technology and manufacturing experience. DBusiness Daily News spoke with Kelly on emerging technology, his goals for Automation Alley, and how he plans to help the organization’s southeast Michigan members succeed. Prior to his new role, Kelly served as Automation Alley’s COO and director of entrepreneurship.

Michigan’s Spartan Motors Awarded $3.6M Contract From United States Postal Service

Charlotte-based Spartan Motors, Inc., a company that specializes in vehicle design, manufacturing, and assembly, today announced that its Spartan Fleet Vehicles and Services business unit has received a $3.6 million contract from the United States Postal Service to build fully functional prototypes for its Next Generation Delivery Vehicle Program.

Report Shows Pending 2025 Fuel Economy Standards Could Wipe Out 1.2M Jobs

Ann Arbor-based Center for Automotive Research (CAR), a nonprofit global automotive industry organization, has released three new reports on the potential effects of the pending U.S. fuel economy mandates for 2025. Pushed by the White House, the pending standards require automakers to achieve a corporate average fuel economy of 54.5 mpg across their respective offering of passenger cars and light-duty trucks.

Olga’s Kitchen to Expand Across Michigan, Remodel Existing Restaurants

Livonia-based Olga’s Kitchen Inc. plans to expand across Michigan, with up to 10 new locations across the state, including possible sites in northern Oakland and Macomb counties, southern Wayne County, and in the Lansing and Grand Rapids markets.

American Expedition Vehicles Completes Move to New Wixom Headquarters

American Expedition Vehicles, a company that designs and manufactures Jeep accessories and vehicle packages, has completed its move from its Commerce Township facility to a new 110,000-square-foot headquarters in Wixom.
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Silver Bullet

If Indiana Jones ran an antiques store, it would be in downtown Rochester.

A Matter of Taste

After earning a business degree from the University of Detroit Mercy, Nick Ritts wanted to acquire an existing restaurant. He conducted a search, and settled on Terry’s Terrace in Harrison Township.

Academic Review

The University of Michigan sprang up in Detroit 1817, but the institution’s official seal had the incorrect founding date until 1929.

A Homecoming

Award-winning journalist and Detroit native David Maraniss had nearly given up on his hometown, until a car commercial cast things in a new light.

Lessons Learned

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Michigan Franchise Report: That’s A Wrap

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The Century Club

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Hudson Man

Roy D. Chapin’s golden touch and prodigious talents propelled the fledgling auto industry.

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The Outside Media Opine on the Motor City

Matty Moroun, Detroit's Border Baron

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

Luxury Pickups Stray off The Ranch

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Fiat Tries Again in the U.S.

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

Whole Foods' Detroit Gamble

Source: WallStreetJournal.com

Chrysler's Chief Marketer

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

Reinventing Lincoln

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

Detroit Valentine

Source: The New Yorker

She Drive A Cadillac?

Source: Fast Company

Sysco's New System

Source: Fast Company

One House at a Time

Source: MetropolisMag.com

Art Motors On

Source: W magazine

So Cheap, There’s Hope

Source: The Economist

Does America Need Manufacturing?

Source: The New York Times Magazine

Sergio’s Star Turn

Source: Forbes

Grumpy Old Car Guys

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

Detroit: City of Hope

Source: Forbes

Dodge Will Test Fiat Alliance

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Rival Bid Pits Detroit vs. Donor

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Detroit Pushes Back With Young Muscles

Source: The New York Times

Dave Bing on Fixing Detroit

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

Charged for Battle

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

Epiphany in Dearborn

Source: The Economist

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