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June Auto Sales: Ford, FCA Reach Record Sales, GM Sales Down 1.6%

Ford Motor Co. sales increased 6.4 percent in June versus a year ago with 239,096 vehicles sold, while FCA LLC US reported U.S. June sales of 197,073 units, a 6.5 percent increase compared to last year and the group’s best June sales in 11 years. General Motor Co. sold a total of 255,210 vehicles in June, down 1.6 percent year-over-year.

Oakland County Reaches Highest Employment Level in 15 Years

More than 621,000 Oakland Country residents held jobs in May — an increase of 8,555 positions from April — giving the county its highest number of employed residents in the past 15 years, according to federal statistics.

Daifuku North America to Establish $15M Headquarters in Novi

Daifuku North America Holding Co., a manufacturer of automation and material handling systems, plans to establish a new headquarters facility in Novi.

AT&T Launches Faster Internet Option for Michigan Businesses

AT&T is unveiling faster internet speeds for more Michigan businesses through its Business Fiber network, which now offers download and upload speeds of up to one gigabit per second (Gbps).

Detroit’s Mexicantown Revives Main Street Program to Support Added Growth

The Mexicantown-Hubbard Communities Main Street Program, which previously operated from 2002 to 2008, has been reactivated to engage businesses, community organizations, and residents within the commercial district of Detroit’s Mexicantown and Hubbard communities.

Northville Home Monitoring Company Launches Portable Device

HouseSetter, a Northville-based home monitoring company established by several former founding members of OnStar, has launched a portable device in the shape of a dog that monitors and provides alerts to homeowners.

Tropical Smoothie Opens Westland Location

Tropical Smoothie Cafe, a fast casual restaurant that focuses on smoothies and healthy food options, has opened a new location in Westland. The new location is the company’s 37th store in Michigan and 500th store total.

Detroit’s Cornerstone Schools Launches $50M Capital Campaign

Cornerstone Schools in Detroit today announced the launch of a $50 million capital campaign along with the goal of educating 5,000 students, up from 2,800 students, by 2020. The initiative, called Cornerstone Education Group, followed a two-year study.

West Bloomfield’s Cauley Ferrari to Expand and Remodel Dealership

West Bloomfield Township-based Cauley Ferrari, the only authorized Ferrari dealership in Michigan, will expand and remodel its store along Orchard Lake Road.

Auburn Hills’ On-Demand Mail Services Acquires Livonia Processing Company

On-Demand Mail Services, a postal optimization firm that provides mail commingling, drop shipping, postal consulting, and international mailing, has acquired the assets of Livonia-based international mail processing company RCS International Inc. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

State of Michigan Launches Digital Platform for Construction Plans

Michigan architects, engineers, and others involved in the construction and remodeling industries can electronically submit project plans for review by the Bureau of Construction Codes using the new Accela e-PlanCheck platform developed by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

Cadillac ATS and CTS 2017 Receive Design and Technology Updates

Cadillac’s ATS and CTS model lines will receive updates for 2017, including new trim levels, design features, and technology.

Benton Harbor’s KitchenAid Expands Black Stainless Appliance Collection

Benton Harbor-based KitchenAid is expanding its lineup of appliances available in a black stainless steel finish to include existing dishwasher models, under counter wine cellars, beverage centers, refrigeration units, and icemakers.

Detroit’s DDA Approves Plans to Redevelop Paradise Valley Historic District

Detroit’s Downtown Development Authority today approved a comprehensive plan to redevelop nine properties in the Paradise Valley historic district (formerly Harmonie Park), which it says will lead to $52.4 million in new construction and renovations. The district is located just south of the Detroit Athletic Club at Madison and Randolph streets.

Detroit’s Cobo Center Launches Technology Department, Expands Event Host Ad Revenue

Rounding out its $279 million renovation, Cobo Center in downtown Detroit has launched a Technology Services department that now provides attendees, exhibitors, and show management with various technology offerings supported by the facility’s new in-house team.
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Source: The Wall Street Journal

Whitacre's Crash at General Motors

Source: Financial Times

Detroit's Class Act

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Source: Bloomberg BusinessWeek

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Source: NYTimes.com

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Source: The Wall Street Journal

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Henderson's Strategy to Fix GM

Source: Businessweek.com

The Triumph of Optimism

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The Waxman-Pelosi Follies

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