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Tim Keenan

Tim Keenan is managing editor of DBusiness magazine, DBusiness Daily News, Tech and Mobility News, Detroit 500, and Michigan Makers. Prior to joining DBusiness, he was a senior account executive at Campbell Marketing & Communications in Dearborn, working with the Motorcraft-Quick Lane racing teams in NASCAR and the NHRA. In other positions, he executed public relations and marketing strategies for several Tier One automotive suppliers. His journalism credits include The Football News-Basketball Weekly in Detroit, The Hardwood News in Lansing, Monday Morning Newspapers in Warren, and Ward’s Communications in Southfield. While at Ward’s, Mr. Keenan was part of a team that won the prestigious Jesse H. Neal Award in 1995. In late 2020, he published “Everybody Loves Mickey,” a biography of retired professional wrestler “Irish” Mickey Doyle. Mr. Keenan also is chairman of the Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame at the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo and is a volunteer for the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in Daytona Beach, Fla. He is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University.

Spartan Motors Acquires Florida’s Strobes-R-Us Upfit Services Company

Spartan Motors Inc. of Charlotte has acquired Strobes-R-Us Inc., a Florida-based provider of upfit services for government and non-government vehicles. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Snyder Lauds Low 3.9% Jobless Rate, Other Economic Successes

Gov. Rick Snyder is taking credit for eight years of job creation during his administration capped by Wednesday’s report that Michigan’s unemployment rate in November remained at 3.9 percent.

Ally Financial, Big Sean Join Forces to Support Top Young Entrepreneurs

Detroit-based Ally Financial is launching Moguls in the Making — a competition designed to increase diversity of thought in the workplace, and find the best and brightest young entrepreneurs across the country — together with Detroit native, entertainer, and entrepreneur Big Sean, and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

Troy’s Protean Electric Joins Multi-continental Effort to Produce In-wheel Motors for Intelligent Connected Vehicles

Troy-based Protean Electric Ltd. has joined two international companies to develop and manufacture in-wheel motors for the next generation of intelligent connected vehicles.

$5.4M Redevelopment Project to Add Residential Housing in Detroit Neighborhood

Jefferson East Inc., a community-based neighborhood nonprofit, and Shelborne Development say they will breathe new life into two long-vacant buildings on Marlborough Street in the Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood with a $5.4 million redevelopment project that is expected to be finished by next fall.

Auburn Hills’ Henniges Automotive to Open Technical and Innovation Center in Czech Republic

Auburn Hills-based Henniges Automotive, a global supplier of sealing and anti-vibration systems, will open a new technical and innovation center in the Czech Republic next year it says will strengthen its R&D in the region.

New Football Helmet from Detroit’s Xenith Debuts at World Bowl

When the top high school football players from around the globe step onto the Azul Stadium field in Mexico City for the Pro Football Hall of Fame World Bowl on Dec. 22 they will be equipped with the latest helmet from Detroit-based Xenith LLC.

Whirlpool Corp. Chairman to Retire at Year’s End

Whirlpool Corp. Chairman Jeff M. Fettig announced Monday that he will retire from the Benton Harbor-based home appliance manufacturer at the end of the year. CEO Marc Bitzer will assume that title on Jan. 1.

DENSO to Produce New Inverter for Electric Vehicles at Tennessee Plant

Southfield-based DENSO says it will produce a next-generation inverter for electric vehicles at its Maryville, Tenn. plant as part of a $1 billion investment to make the facility a North American manufacturing hub for electrification, connectivity, and advanced safety products.

Plymouth Township’s Alliance Franchise Brands Acquires RSVP Publications of Tampa, Fla.

Plymouth Township’s Alliance Franchise Brands has acquired RSVP Publications of Tampa, Fla., via its wholly owned subsidiary, Allegra Holdings. The deal will expand Alliance’s offerings, bringing it to more than 650 locations.