Our roundup of the latest news from metro Detroit and Michigan businesses as well as announcements from government agencies, including updates about the COVID-19 pandemic. To share a business or nonprofit story, please send us a message.
Ram Unveils 2022 Ram 1500 Limited 10th Anniversary Edition
The Ram brand of Auburn Hills’ Stellantis today unveiled the 2022 Ram 1500 Limited 10th Anniversary Edition luxury pickup.
“The new 2022 Ram 1500 Limited 10th Anniversary Edition celebrates 10 years of luxury pickup truck leadership, featuring the ultimate combination of capability, luxury and refinement,” says Mike Koval Jr., Ram brand CEO for Stellantis. “Ram 1500 Limited buyers have enjoyed the highest quality materials for a decade now and the Limited 10th Anniversary Edition is the latest example of how Ram delivers the most luxurious pickups in the industry.”
The new truck features unique technology, materials, and storage solutions designed to give customers a premium experience while staying true to the hardworking nature of the Ram 1500, according to the company. Authentic and premium materials include real wood, metal, and leather elements.
Ram 1500 Limited 10th Anniversary models are distinguished externally by an available exclusive Blue Shade exterior color, multifunction tailgate, Mopar center-mounted bed step, and adjustable cargo tie down hooks.
Inside, the Ram 1500 Limited 10th Anniversary Edition features quilted leather-wrapped seats and door inserts, new suede headliner, A-pillar, and visors. A 10th Anniversary badge is shown on the center console and a unique graphic appears on the driver’s cluster screen upon start up. A new indigo/sea salt gray interior color is accented with Aluminum Litho bezels, a unique shifter center cap, a 19-speaker premium sound system and a metal pedal kit, giving the Limited 10th Anniversary Edition a well-crafted, high-quality feel and appearance.
It is available in crew cab configurations with the 5.7-liter V-8 with eTorque mild-hybrid assist or 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine.
MSRP starts at $60,175, plus $1,695 destination. The new truck goes on sale in the third quarter of 2021.
State Commits $15M to Detroit PAL for Community Connection Initiative
The state of Michigan has made a five-year, $15 million commitment to Detroit PAL that will allow the organization to expand its Community Connection Initiative.
The funding, announced at the Corner Ballpark presented by Adient, will allow Detroit PAL to grow its Community Connection Initiative to at least 13 other cities in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties including Harper Woods, Highland Park, Southfield, and Eastpointe, along with efforts in Grand Rapids, Flint, Saginaw, Kalamazoo, and other cities across the state.
The Community Connection Initiative, a six- to 12-week youth mentoring program, is designed to strengthen the trust, respect, and admiration for between area police officers, youth, their families, and communities, while also providing youth development and measuring impact. It’s expected to reach 20,000 youth around the state.
“We can’t even begin to put into words what this funding will do for Detroit PAL and our community,” says Robert Jamerson, CEO of Detroit PAL. “Now that we have this much needed funding, thanks to Speaker (Jason) Wentworth and the Michigan House of Representatives, we truly believe our Community Connections Initiative will move from Detroit, throughout the state and ultimately across the nation, which I know will help a lot of families and support our policing objectives and partnerships.”
The program enhances the youth sports and mentorship Detroit PAL has done in the city for more than 50 years with the addition of “critical conversations” between police officers and youth and a specific focus in five areas: goal-setting, resilience, healthy life styles, accountability, and team work. It also will include surveys to measure the level of trust and respect between youth and officers as the program progresses.
For more information, visit, DetroitPAL.org
Domino’s Rolls Out Car-side Delivery Two-minute Guarantee
Domino’s Pizza Inc. in Ann Arbor is launching a new two-minute car-side delivery guarantee.
Customers who order and request car-side delivery online can check in when they arrive at the store and a Domino’s team member will deliver it to their car two minutes or less from the time the order is complete or the next pizza is free.
The company also is partnering with DraftKings.com to offer the Domino’s Carside Delivery 2-Minute Guarantee Over/Under Challenge, giving customers the chance to predict if Domino’s Carside Delivery nationwide will be quicker than two minutes, more or less than 80 percent of the time, for the chance to win a share of $200,000.
“While Domino’s is no stranger to guarantees, this is the first time DraftKings has created a betting pool based on a company’s performance,” says Art D’Elia, executive vice president and chief marketing officer at Domino’s. “We want to make every delivery to customers’ cars an easy and fast experience, and if we don’t, we’re going to make it right. As a company that prides itself on transparency, and to show how much we believe in our franchisees and stores across the country, we’re giving customers the opportunity to predict how we’ll do and have a little fun, for free!”
Domino’s Carside Delivery 2-Minute Guarantee Over/Under Challenge is free to play and is taking place now through July 12, at draftkings.com/dominos and on DraftKings’ Daily Fantasy app. Those who correctly predict Domino’s performance will split the cash prize of $200,000 at the end of the challenge.
For more information, visit here.
Belfor Franchise Group Takes Blue Kangaroo Packoutz Unit National
Belfor Franchise Group in Ann Arbor has developed and launched the Mount Clemens-based Blue Kangaroo Packoutz franchise to help with the cleaning and restoration of belongings that often includes family heirlooms, items of great personal and emotional value, and critical business assets.
While the primary focus within the restoration industry is on the structural property that is damaged, there’s a growing need for experts who can handle and restore the contents inside the homes and businesses that experience a water, fire, or other type of loss. That’s where Blue Kangaroo Packoutz steps in.
Blue Kangaroo Packoutz has quickly earned customer trust in the markets where it has existing locations. As it looks to expand its geographic footprint to serve the need for content restoration on a national scale, the brand is steadily adding entrepreneurs and new locations across the country.
Behind the company’s success are the services it offers and its proprietary inventory management, cleaning, and restoration technology. When a commercial or residential property is damaged, Blue Kangaroo Packoutz utilizing its real-time inventory management system that carefully documents and tracks the items through all stages of packout and restoration.
Digital photography and barcoding ensure transparency and foster proactive communication with customers throughout every step of the restoration process. Whenever possible, salvageable items such as furniture, upholstery, artwork, electronics, documents, and clothing are treated and restored to pre-loss condition.
“Going the extra mile to ensure that peoples’ contents and valuables are fully restored is a point of pride for Blue Kangaroo Packoutz team members,” says Tim Fagan, president of Blue Kangaroo Packoutz. “We know that to be successful, we need to be more than just experts in our field. It takes a love for the role we serve in our communities and compassion for our customers and their belongings. When you combine the sensitivity and empathy our franchisees bring to every customer with our sophisticated systems and world-class training, you can’t help but be excited about where this brand is headed and how many more customers in need we can help across the country.”
As a member of the Belfor Franchise Group, Blue Kangaroo Packoutz has access to restoration resources and benefits from decades of operational knowhow. Blue Kangaroo Packoutz has the capabilities to dispatch highly specialized team members and contents restoration experts to any location in the country.
To learn more about the Blue Kangaroo Packoutz franchise opportunity, visit here.
Fix my Feet Opens New Store in Brighton
Fix my Feet, a walk-in clinic where professionals provide consultations and support promoting foot health, has opened a new location in Green Oak Village Place in Brighton.
Located at 9620 Village Place Blvd., this is Fix my Feet’s fifth location in metro Detroit.
The other four consultation centers are in St. Clair Shores, Royal Oak, Shelby Township, and Plymouth.
The Brighton location is 3,300 square feet and features the latest computerized scanning technology to map out the soles of customer’s feet and diagnose potential causes of pain. From aching feet to fallen arches and hammer toes to plantar fasciitis, based on the foot scan, specialists provide custom-designed arch supports and inserts to improve alignment and eliminate pain ranging from heel-to-toe and even provide support for knee, hip, and back pain.
“We are happy to welcome the clinical expertise Fix my Feet provides and bring growth to our neighborhood town center,” says Sean Valentino, director of retail operations at REDICO, which operates Green Oak Village Place. “Fix my Feet will offer fitting solutions to anyone experiencing with tired achy feet, or even lower back pain. We want our shoppers to feel good and stay healthy as they experience Green Oak Village Place and the stunning selection of goods and services it has to offer.”
For more information, visit here.
WCCCD Partners with Utah University
Wayne County Community College District graduates are now eligible to receive a 5 percent tuition discount on 60 accredited undergraduate and graduate degrees offered through a partnership program created by the Michigan Community Colleges Association and Utah’s Western Governors University aimed at increasing bachelor’s and advanced degree attainment.
The program offers graduates and employees of WCCCD, as well as 27 other member community colleges throughout the state, seamless transfer of coursework to the accredited, online university, and 5 percent off tuition for up to four academic terms. WCCCD graduates and employees also will be eligible to apply for scholarships of up to $2,000 through the WGU Community College Partner Scholarship fund.
“Our mission has always been to provide pathways to better lives through higher education,” says Curtis L. Ivery, chancellor of WCCCD. “This program is firmly within that mission and expands on our existing transfer programs and university partnerships to help more students obtain advanced degrees seamlessly and in their own backyard.”
WCCCD’s Mary Ellen Stempfle University Center offers seamless transfer to advanced degree programs offered through university partners that include Michigan State University, University of Michigan-Dearborn, Ferris State University, Northwood University, and more.
The 60 programs available for discounted tuition at WGU are within its College of Business, Teachers College, College of Information Technology, and College of Health Professions.
For more information, visit here.
MEDC Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for Detroit Amphitheater Project
A public performing arts space and community green space with ADA accessibility will be completed in Detroit’s West Campau/Banglatown/East Davison neighborhood, made possible through a new crowdfunding campaign launched by the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and nonprofit Carrie Morris Arts Production.
The campaign is being offered through the Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity.
If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $25,000 by July 26, the project will win a matching grant with funds made possible by MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Places program. For project details and to donate, visit here.
“Public arts programming creates accessible gathering spaces for all to enjoy and brings culture and creativity to our communities,” says Michele Wildman, senior vice president of community development for the MEDC. “We are pleased to support and provide resources for this project through our Public Spaces Community Places program.”
CMAP is local arts nonprofit that for years has offered free outdoor puppetry and performing arts events in Detroit’s West Campau/Banglatown/East Davison neighborhood. The organization has continued to expand upon its outdoor performance and public gathering space by adding a tiered amphitheater but wants to make this space fully accessible to all community members. This campaign will complete that effort with the installation of an ADA-certified pathway that provides access for patrons of all abilities across the entire site, eight multi-language signage panels, solar lighting, and raised garden beds.
The funding from this campaign will build out a 1.3-acre community green space for puppetry and performance to be more accessible to patrons of all abilities. This will support the implementation of landscaping elements that were created through a community-centered collaborative design process, ensuring that this space reflects the community it is created to serve.
Grace Centers of Hope Raises $105K+ in May
Grace Centers of Hope in Pontiac has raised more than $105,000 in individual and corporate donations, exceeding a $10,000 matching grant fundraising challenge that was made by Madison Heights-based CAPS Remodeling in May.
The funds raised will support GCH’s comprehensive homeless and life skills education programs that provide daily meals, personal hygiene, clothing, individual and group therapy, work skills development, case management, among other life-changing services.
“We are truly humbled by the outpouring of generosity from our individual donors and corporate partners who never hesitate when a call is made for financial support,” says Kent W. Clark, pastor and CEO of Grace Centers of Hope. “We would especially like to thank Jeff Cates at CAPS Remodeling for leveraging his gift to encourage others to give to our mission. As a nonprofit organization that doesn’t accept any government funding and solely relies on our generous neighbors in the community, we are so very thankful to everyone who supported this effort.”
For nearly 80 years, GCH has assisted thousands of men, women, and children who have faced difficult challenges in life, including addiction, abuse, poverty, and spiritual emptiness. Each night, Grace Centers of Hope accommodates between 150-200 men, women, and children. It serves more than 127,000 meals annually and provides more than 55,000 nights of stay.
CAPS Remodeling is a home modification company that offers handicap accessible remodeling and durable medical equipment solutions for those with restricted mobility. It works to find solutions that best enable people to live in their homes.
For more information about GCH, visit here.