Piston Automotive has partnered with Novi's Our Next Energy (ONE) to manufacture the Aries battery pack (pictured) at its Van Buren Township facility. // Stock Photo

Piston Automotive and Our Next Energy Partner to Manufacture EV Batteries

Piston Automotive, a member of Southfield’s Piston Group of companies, has announced a partnership with Novi-based developer of energy storage technology Our Next Energy...
Jackson's Consumers Energy announced $100 million in investments to decrease both the frequency and duration of power outages. // Stock Photo

Consumers Energy Commits $100M to Improve Michigan Grid Reliability in 2022

Consumers Energy, a regulated utility in Jackson, today announced plans for $100 million of investment in 2022 to reduce both the number and length...
Jennifer Gilbert (pictured) of The Gilbert Family Foundation today announced the creation of the Detroit Eviction Defense Fund, investing $12 million over three years. // Courtesy of the Gilbert Family Foundation

Gilbert Family Foundation Creates $12M Detroit Eviction Defense Fund

The Gilbert Family Foundation today announced the creation of the Detroit Eviction Defense Fund, which will invest $12 million over three years into three Detroit-based organizations...
Humanetics is partnering with Spain’s Encopim to develop and manufacture Humanetics’ automotive crash test equipment. // Courtesy of Humanetics

Humanetics Partners with Encopim to Expand Crash Test Equipment R&D, Manufacturing

Humanetics, an automotive crash test equipment manufacturer in Farmington Hills, is partnering with Spain’s Encopim to manufacture Humanetics’ pedestrian occupant protection and E-Liner sled...
Detroit's Fathead has named co-founder of stick company Big Moods Joey Rexford as the company's next CEO along with the acquisition of a stake in Big Moods. // Courtesy of Fathead

Detroit’s Fathead Acquires Stake in Big Moods, Names New CEO

Fathead, a manufacturer of large- and small-scale graphics based in Detroit, announced Joey Rexford — co-founder of sticker and accessories company Big Moods —...
Helio Castroneves headlines the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan’s Kidneys on Track June 2 at M1 Concourse in Pontiac. // Courtesy of IndyCar

DBusiness Daily Update: Indy 500 Champ Castroneves Headlines Kidneys on Track at M1 Concourse,...

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Perfect Storm – Retail is Changing, and Fast

For the past two decades, the retail industry has undergone a metamorphosis as consumer spending habits have shifted with the growth of online shopping,...
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Eagle Wheels – AVs in Ypsilanti

EMU’s vehicle laboratory at ACM supports ongoing research in autonomous vehicle cybersecurity. The university began moving into the space at the start of the...
back and forth In 1962, when Robert Kearns began working on intermittent windshield wipers, he and his wife and four children lived at the north end of Detroit. Kearns earned his Ph.D. at Case Western University in Cleveland. He received a patent for his wiper design in 1975. // Courtesy of Getty Images

Side Swipe – Keeping Windshields Dry

On his wedding night in a romantic country inn in Ontario, Canada, a Detroiter named Robert Kearns suffered a most untimely and improbable injury. A...

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