DBusiness Daily Update: Collected Detroit to Host Neuroplasticity + Brainworxx Brain Health Exhibition, and More

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Native metro Detroiter Jamie Wineman (aka) Wolfganggang is the artist behind Neuroplasticity + Brainworxx. // Courtesy of Elaine Melko/Collected Detroit
Native metro Detroiter Jamie Wineman (aka) Wolfganggang is the artist behind Neuroplasticity + Brainworxx. // Courtesy of Elaine Melko/Collected Detroit

Our roundup of the latest news from metro Detroit and Michigan businesses as well as announcements from government agencies. To share a business or nonprofit story, please send us a message.

Collected Detroit to Host Neuroplasticity + Brainworxx Brain Health Exhibition

Collected Detroit and the Metropolitan Museum of Design Detroit (MM-O-DD) has announced the collaboration of culture and science — Neuroplasticity + Brainworxx — by native metro Detroit artist Jamie Wineman (aka) Wolfganggang.

The free exhibition features design, art, and brain wellness. It opens Feb. 4 from 6-9 p.m. at Collected Detroit (905 Henry) on the fringe of Detroit’s entertainment district. The exhibit runs until March 4.

The exhibition is inspired by the accomplishments and knowledge of four Black designers from varied genres of design including editorial, fashion, product, and accessory design. They answer the questions “What is your take on brain health?”

“We spend 75 percent of our lives indoors,” says Kiana Wenzell, co-director of Design Core Detroit. “The quality of our indoor environment has a tremendous impact on the quality of our lives.”

K’Kio Hardin, the exhibit’s editorial designer, says: “Without a healthy brain, you can’t sustain healthy creative expression. The two go hand in hand.”

For more information, visit collecteddetroit.com and mm-o-dd.org.

Terrazzo & Marble Supply Cos. to Sponsor Detroit Design Awards

Detroit Design magazine and Hour Media are proud to partner with Terrazzo & Marble Supply Cos. as the presenting sponsor for the Detroit Design Awards from 6-10 p.m. June 5 at the One Campus Martius Building – 16th floor in Detroit.

The awards program is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2023.

The Detroit Design Awards is an annual competition to identify the best in design and craftsmanship among a number of residential and commercial categories from top designers, architects, and builders in the metro Detroit area, and larger cities throughout the state.

The program includes a strolling dinner, cocktails, the awards ceremony, and concludes with an afterglow party and dancing. General admission tickets are $115.

Terrazzo & Marble Supply Cos. is employee-owned and the largest stone supplier in the Midwest, with locations in Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. It was founded more than 75 years ago and has built and maintained relationships with quarry owners around the world.

Access to some of the most exclusive, high-quality stone available makes the company a leading supplier of natural stone, custom epoxy terrazzo, and resinous flooring and a premier resource for designers and architects. Terrazzo & Marble Supply is known for “world class” service, “wonderful” client relationships, and “unmatched” customer relations.

“T&M is thrilled to be the presenting sponsor for this year’s Detroit Design Awards,” says Tina Brittain, Michigan sales lead at Terrazzo & Marble Supply. “Our client relationships are everything, and we are so excited to be in a room surrounded by friends, celebrating our incredible Detroit design community.”

Tickets for the awards ceremony, which is open to the public, are available here. To view a recap of last year’s program, visit here.

State Secures $10M Michigan Manufacturing Commitment from Swiss Company

Güdel Inc., a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of Swiss-based Güdel Group located in Ann Arbor, is expanding its manufacturing capacity.

Güdel, a global manufacturer of tracks for industrial robots, gantry robots, and solutions for industrial automation, says it is expanding its U.S. facilities by building an additional 39,000-square-foot space and adding production capacity.

In addition to the building, the company says it will create new jobs. The hiring of new employees will take place over the next three years, ranging from engineers and project managers to welders, electricians, and machinists.

The company manufactures the tracks that heavy industrial robots often use to extend their reach and provide them with a seventh axis of movement. Additionally, Güdel Ann Arbor provides full turnkey automation solutions for various industries, including material handling and stamping press automation.

“We are actively expanding our capabilities and production capacity in the Americas, says Armin Haller, CEO of the Güdel Group, Armin Haller. “There were several locations we considered, but the Ann Arbor, Michigan location has been a fantastic partner for our business with close access to the economic and human resources we need to grow and succeed.”

Güdel’s customers include the automotive Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co., Tesla, and Rivian, their suppliers, as well as companies involved in aerospace, warehouse, and material handling logistics, and various other industries.

Gesher Human Services Offers Career Coaching Program

Gesher Human Services in Southfield is offering a potentially life-changing career coaching program starting Feb. 14.

The MyCoach program will be offered at Gesher’s headquarters (29699 Southfield Road) from 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 14, 16, 21, and 23.

The program includes four masterclass group sessions, plus an individual coaching session for participants. While there is a $75 fee for the program, scholarships are available.

“For anyone who made that New Year’s resolution to change their job or look into a new career, but isn’t confident about taking the next step, our program offers practical advice and support from professional career experts to take that leap successfully,” says Sherrie James, career counselor at Gesher Human Services.

The program offers:

  • Identification of skills
  • A personal coach
  • Career inventory
  • Opportunity for professional growth
  • Awareness of market trends
  • Confidence building
  • High-powered job search tools

To register, contact James at sjames@geshermi.org or call 248-233-4472. Individual career and job search advice also is available to metro Detroiters at no cost; email employmenthelp@geshermi.org or call 248-233-4245.

Eisenhower Dance Detroit Wins Dancentric Film Festival Award in Florida

Eisenhower Dance Detroit in Bloomfield Hills has won a prestigious award from The Dancentric Film Festival in Florida for its “Five Tangos” film, which was shot at various iconic Detroit locations.

“Five Tangos,” delayed by the CEOVID-19 pandemic, also has been included in the Inspired Dance Festival in Brisbane, Australia.

Adjudicators from the Dancentric Film Festival selected “Five Tangos” as the winner in the Best Experimental category. The festival will be live streamed Feb. 17-27, when the award will be presented.

“When we suggested creating a film version shot on location with the dancers and musicians, the DIA enthusiastically pivoted with us,” Anne Bak-Marine, executive director of Eisenhower Dance Detroit. “Bringing Zazu Creative Studio into the collaboration couldn’t have been a better fit.

“The resulting film project, in my opinion, was a stronger representation of the collaborative arts community in Detroit than the stage version would have been. A showcase of Detroit dancers, musicians, choreographers, film makers, and architecture. This film has certainly seen a wider international audience than the stage version would have.”