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Report: Drivers Prefer to Keep Sunglasses Close, Smart Phones Safe

Today’s drivers want easy access to their belongings, but especially their sunglasses, says a new report by Johnson Controls, a Tier 1 automotive supplier with extensive facilities in Plymouth Township and Holland.

New Report: Half of Customer Banking is Done Online

More than 85 percent of customers ages 18-49 handle at least half of their banking needs remotely, followed by 76 percent of people 50 and older, says a new report from Ann Arbor-based CFI Group.

Innovation in Rust Belt Cities Drives Future Car Colors

Innovation in Rust Belt cities and sustainable living will drive North American color choices for 2018 model year vehicles, says a report released today from BASF Corp., which has offices in Southfield.

Solar Module Manufacturer Invests $12.5M in Saginaw Township Plant

Norcross, Ga.-based Suniva Inc. will invest $12.5 million in its second U.S. manufacturing plant in Saginaw Township to produce solar cells and modules that power everything from water treatment plants to grocery stores.

MSU Seeks $28M Renovation of Breslin Student Event Center

A national search is underway for qualified architectural firms and construction managers for an estimated $28 million renovation of the Jack Breslin Student Event Center, home to both the men’s and women’s basketball teams at Michigan State University.

Suburban Collection Acquires Ann Arbor-based BMW, Mercedes-Benz Dealerships

The Troy-based Suburban Collection announced today its acquisition of two dealerships — BMW of Ann Arbor and Mercedes-Benz of Ann Arbor — from Charlotte, N.C.-based Sonic Automotive. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Severstal to Sell Dearborn, Columbus Steel Plants for $2.3B

Russian steel company OAO Severstal announced today it is selling its U.S. steel plants in Dearborn and Columbus, Ohio for $2.3 billion to AK Steel Corp. and Steel Dynamics Inc., respectively.

Continental Launches Production of World’s First Aluminum Turbocharger

Continental Automotive Systems Inc. in Auburn Hills announced Tuesday it has launched production of the world’s first aluminum turbocharger. Reducing weight and boosting fuel economy, the new system helps lower overall vehicle emissions.

Henry Ford Researchers Find Antibiotic Therapy Effective in Hemodialysis Patients

Researchers at Henry Ford Health System have found an antibiotic therapy resulted in 73 percent fewer catheter-related bloodstream infections in hemodialysis patients and reduced mortality by 68 percent.

Arotech Subsidiary Releases New Portable Power Management System

Ann Arbor-based Arotech Corp. has unveiled a new portable hybrid (battery-fuel) power management system that has military or other commercial applications to optimize generator usage in potentially remote areas.

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