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R.J. King

R.J. King is editor of DBusiness magazine, DBusiness Daily News, Tech and Mobility News, Detroit 500, and Michigan Makers, all of which cover companies in metro Detroit and Michigan that are expanding locally, nationally, and internationally. He is author of four books — “Detroit: Engine of America,” a gold medal recipient of the Midwest Book Awards, “8 Track: The First Mobile App,” “Passport to the Corner Office: The Starter’s Guide to Corporate Life,” and “Mystical.” Since 2011, DBusiness magazine has been honored with more than 45 Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals in the Editorial Excellence Awards from the Alliance of Area Business Publishers, including being named the top regional business magazine in the country. Prior to launching DBusiness in 2006, Mr. King was a business writer for The Detroit News for 16 years, where he wrote more than 4,000 articles covering economic development, automotive, aerospace, health care, technology, transportation, and other business sectors. Mr. King is a board member of the Brother Rice Business Alliance, Beyond Basics, Detroit Aircraft Corp., Detroit Spacecraft Corp., ASX, and the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he serves on the Board of Trustees for The Parade Co. and Detroit Sessions. He is a member of the Detroit Athletic Club, and on the board of the DAC Executives Club and the DAC Car Club as well as a member of the DAC Marketing and Communications Committee. Named a Knight of Woodward, he is a member of the Boston-Edison Historic District and the University of Michigan Alumni Association. In 2014, Mr. King was inducted into the International Heritage Foundation’s Heritage Hall of Fame.
Cobo Center

Brand Plan

Some of the world’s top thought leaders will converge from June 3-6 at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit for the Sustainable Brands conference. It will be the first time the annual event will be held in the Motor City.
1150 Elijah McCoy Drive

Henry Ford Health System, Michigan Medicine, and St. Joseph Mercy Will Open $48M Medical...

Henry Ford Health System, Michigan Medicine, and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System today announced they have formed a joint venture to build and operate a $48-million modern medical laundry service facility in Detroit.
David Ellis, Anne Nicole, Bethany Heerspink, LaRon Johnson, Riki Parikh, Aaron Moore

LinkedIn Office Opens in Downtown Detroit

A social networking service for professionals, LinkedIn opened a 75,000-square-foot office for 50 people in the historic Sanders and Grinnell buildings along Woodward Avenue (1523 Woodward) on April 24. More than 100 guests toured the space and heard a panel discussion on workforce development that included representatives from Midnight Golf, Wayne State University, Detroit Public Schools Community District, and Detroit Workforce Initiatives.
R.J. Scaringe, Bill Ford

Ford Will Develop New Vehicle Using Rivian’s Flexible EV Skateboard Platform; Invests $500M

Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn today announced an equity investment of $500 million in EV maker Rivian in Plymouth Township. In addition, the companies have agreed to work together to develop an all-new, next-generation battery electric vehicle for Ford’s EV portfolio using Rivian’s skateboard platform.
R.J. King

Letter From The Editor: Short Fuse

Nearly every global automaker has plans to introduce pure electric vehicles. Earlier this year, General Motors Co. announced it would debut 20 such vehicles by 2023.
Fred Jacobs

PDA Q&A: Fred Jacobs

The E-Interview, Founder of Jacapps, Bingham Farms
Mawby Wines

Mawby Wines in Northern Michigan Adds New Owners, Expands its Offerings

A northern Michigan winemaker since 1973, Mawby Wines in Suttons Bay on the Leelanau Peninsula has added to its ownership group, expanded its food and wine pairing events, and in January launched a strategic rebranding.
Chesterfield Commerce Center

Burton-Katzman Announces up to 1.2M Square Feet of Industrial Space along I-94 in Chesterfield...

Burton-Katzman in Bingham Farms, which invests, develops, and manages industrial, commercial, and residential properties across the country, has announced it has site-plan approval for 66 acres of land within an existing business park along I-94 in Chesterfield Township. The property can accommodate almost 1.2 million square feet of space.
2020 Shelby GT500

Ford’s Design of 2020 Shelby GT500 Includes Supercomputers, 3-D Printing, Famed Racetracks; Debuts Grabber...

In designing the 2020 Shelby GT500 that is set to be introduced this fall, Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn leveraged its design simulation tools, including the Ford Performance Technical Center in Concord, N.C., and rapid 3-D prototyping systems at its Advanced Manufacturing Center in Redford Township to validate and streamline the design process. In addition, the automaker utilized its wind tunnels in Michigan and the wind shear rolling wind tunnel in Concord to test various design concepts.
DoubleTree by Hilton in Bloomfield Hills

Industry Outlook with Michigan’s REIT CEOs Will be Held March 14 at the DoubleTree...

The newly-renovated DoubleTree by Hilton in Bloomfield Hills will be the setting on Thursday, March 14, for a unique opportunity when three CEOs of some of the best-known REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts) in Michigan and the Midwest will be part of an industry outlook forum.