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Oliver Thomas in Birmingham Wins Lawsuit Over Diamond Quilted Handbags

Oliver Thomas in Birmingham, which in 2017 launched a line of handbags and accessories, has announced that it won a complete victory in a lawsuit filed last year by MZ Wallace Inc. in New York over the right to use a diamond quilted pattern on its handbags.

Folktellers in Royal Oak Launches National Education Program for its Book Series

Folktellers in Royal Oak has announced that it launched a pilot called the Transmedia Storytelling Program for school children with an interactive YouTube Video Contest based upon their new “Excerpts from an Unknown Guidebook Series.”

Aptiv in Troy Partners with Affectiva on Advanced Sensing Solutions for Vehicle Occupants

Aptiv, which operates a large mobility technology center in Troy, today announced it signed a commercial partnership agreement with Affectiva, a Boston-based MIT Media Lab spin-off and leader in Human Perception artificial intelligence (AI).

General Motors Appoints Mark Reuss President, Announces 2018 Sales Results

General Motors Co. in Detroit today announced the appointment of Mark Reuss as president, effective immediately. Reuss currently leads the Global Product Group and Cadillac, and will now assume responsibility for the Quality organization.

Armaly Sponge Co. in Walled Lake Becomes World’s Largest Distributor of Natural Sponges with...

Armaly Sponge Co. in Walled Lake, which produces and distributes the popular Brillo brand and is a global leader in consumer household cleaning products, and Armaly ProPlus brand America’s Best Soft Tools, the No. 1 brand in professional and do-it-yourself surface preparation, finish, and cleaning, today announced it has acquired Acme Sponge Co.

Stoneridge in Novi Receives Federal Exemption Approval for Camera Monitor System on Commercial Vehicles

Stoneridge Inc. in Novi today announced the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration approved its exemption application to federal law in late-December. The move allows the company’s MirrorEye Camera Monitor System ("CMS") to be installed as an alternative to conventional rear-vision mirrors currently required on commercial motor vehicles in the United States.

Hudson-Webber Foundation Announces $3.1M in Grants for Detroit’s Riverfront, Other Projects

The Hudson-Webber Foundation in Detroit today announced more than $3.1 million in grants for projects that support small business development and long-term neighborhood stability, fund new research into the connection between immigration and neighborhood revitalization in Detroit, expand physical and program enhancements to the Detroit riverfront, and support initiatives to develop and strengthen Detroit’s community development system.
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Letter from the Editor: Amazon Appeal

Detroit has a good chance of landing Amazon, which next year plans to announce where it will locate a second national headquarters, bringing with it up to $5 billion in spending and 50,000 jobs. Why?
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Letter from the Editor: The Long Play

To expand her IT and business services company, which last year recorded $321.3 million in revenue, Cindy Pasky could poach workers from her competitors or seek out immigrant workers.
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Letter from the Editor: Global Ambitions

Downtown Detroit has never looked better, at least in many decades. But more work needs to be done, from adding a major soccer stadium to improving aging public amenities like the Thomas Alva Edison Memorial Fountain in Grand Circus Park, if we are to tout ourselves as a world-class city.