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Ferndale’s busiest parking lot to close for mixed-use development

The busiest parking lot in Ferndale is scheduled to close at the end of January for a 12- to 15-month construction project transforming it into a five-story, mixed-use development with nearly triple the parking spaces. “It’s a lot more than just a parking structure,” said Barry Hicks, executive director of Ferndale’s Downtown Development Authority. “This is years […]

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Warren plans $170M mixed-use project as first step toward a downtown

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts has long talked about creating a walkable downtown for the city. This week, he unveiled plans for a $170 million mixed-use development project that he says is the first step toward realizing that dream. The proposed Warren Town Center would be built through a public-private partnership that will include the city, […]

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Beaumont Health’s shopping hub on Woodward to open late

The long-awaited but long-delayed renewal of Royal Oak’s landmark shopping center on Woodward Avenue at 13 Mile has blown well past its time line — again. The $33-million center won’t be done by the end of this year as planned because construction is far from done on the complete replacement of the former Northwood Shopping Center. A new […]

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Final winter auto show ends an era but also forges a path to the future

This year’s North American International Auto Show is the end of an era, but it also reflects a transition that’s already starting to happen. Among the changes? More movement on the show floor. An industry in flux from technological advancements — from engineering vehicles to how those vehicles are marketed and sold — caused the […]

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50-year-old Franklin Athletic Club undergoes $4 million renovation as fitness flourishes

As gyms and fitness centers open on what seems like every corner in metro Detroit, the owner of Franklin Athletic Club in Southfield is making a $4 million bet that exercise won’t go out of style. Rick Brode started the largest renovation in the history of his 50-year-old gym on Northwestern Highway in late 2017, […]

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U.S. Signal Picks Van Buren Township for Second Detroit-area Data Center

Grand Rapids-based data center services provider U.S. Signal says it is building its second Detroit-area data center to meet customer growth and to support the region’s prospering business and technology communities. The Van Buren facility, scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of next year, is the company’s fourth in Michigan. U.S. Signal already has […]

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New Nino Salvaggio store opens this month in Bloomfield Township

Nino Salvaggio’s iconic red strawberry has landed in Bloomfield Township. The International Marketplace’s newest location will open Dec. 28 with a full-service cafe, expansive prepared food options, catering services, a bakery, butcher shop, popcorn stand and, of course, fresh produce. Even with all these amenities — plus loads of kosher, gluten-free and locally made products — the 42,000-square-foot […]

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Detroit Region Aerotropolis draws investments as automotive hub

Putting an industrial automotive operation in the Detroit area has obvious advantages. General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and FCA US LLC provide a critical mass of automaker customers, while major suppliers and tech centers carpet the landscape. But finding a site poses a problem. That opportunity — or challenge — is the idea behind […]

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University of Michigan sells 18 acres to KLA-Tencor for $26.7 million

The University of Michigan will sell 17.8 acres of land in the Ann Arbor Technology Park to KLA-Tencor for $26.7 million. The sale was approved by UM’s Board of Regents on Thursday, Dec. 6. The land is located west of Dixboro Road and south of Goss Road in Ann Arbor Township. KLA-Tencor expressed interest in […]

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More online brands opening mall stores

Online retailers are getting physical. A growing number of brands born on the internet are now opening brick-and-mortar stores and moving into the suburban malls once considered doomed as more Americans shopped online. But they’re taking it even further by doubling-down on the tactile experience. Online mattress retailer Casper, for instance, is opening stores that […]

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Hazel Park Raceway redevelopment gets $21.44 million in brownfield financing

The $85 million redevelopment of the Hazel Park Raceway has received state approval for $21.44 million in brownfield financing. The Michigan Strategic Fund board approved the measure for New York City-based Ashley Capital’s redevelopment Tuesday. The second phase of the Tri-County Commerce Center project is slated to bring a pair of new manufacturing, distribution or […]

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Business expansions and community projects to bring 4,000+ jobs to Michigan

Vital support for the Ford innovation hub in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood, along with three other automotive and technology-related business expansions, a new commerce center in Hazel Park, and community revitalization projects including a significant improvement to downtown Battle Creek, was approved by the Michigan Strategic Fund board today. Overall, the MSF board approved projects expected to generate more […]

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Moving (even) more upscale: High-end projects changing the face of Birmingham

Developers are changing downtown Birmingham, no more than five stories at a time (per zoning rules). More than a half-dozen projects totaling well north of $250 million are either under construction or in the serious planning phases, working their way through the various city approval processes. In all, they will bring a new luxury hotel, […]

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BJ’s Wholesale Club Expands to Michigan with 2 New Stores

BJ’s Wholesale Club, a Massachusetts-based company that operates 216 clubs and 136 gas stations in 16 states, is expanding to Michigan with locations in Madison Heights and Taylor. Both are expected to open next year. “BJ’s is known for helping hard-working families save money, and metro Detroit is a great fit for our clubs,” says […]

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Supplier plans $9.27 million investment, 300 new jobs in Detroit expansion

A Troy-based paint finishing system supplier plans to buy property in Detroit to expand its operations there as part of a $9.27 million investment, according to the state. Gallagher-Kaiser Corp. aims to add 300 jobs as it grows its Detroit manufacturing operations, according to a memo from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. The Michigan Strategic […]

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Robotic equipment manufacturer to invest $20.6 million, add 100 jobs in Sterling Heights

Automated welding system manufacturer HTI Cybernetics Inc. is investing $20.6 million to expand its Sterling Heights headquarters at a new site under development. The company that serves automakers and suppliers expects to create 100 jobs in five years, doubling its workforce, according to the Michigan Economic Development Corp. HTI has been approved for a $600,000 […]

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Auto supplier to invest $57.8 million, build on vacant acres in Rochester Hills

German auto supplier Kostal Kontakt Systeme Inc. plans to build a new facility in Rochester Hills, investing $57.8 million into the community and creating 32 jobs. Dr. Markus Bergholz, CEO of the KKS division, said the new state-of-the-art facility — which will be built on 18 acres of vacant land near Adams Road, with M-59 […]

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WABCO Opens Americas Headquarters in Auburn Hills

The new 102,000 sq.-ft. facility demonstrates WABCO’s commitment to advancing innovations for the commercial vehicle industry in North America. WABCO Holdings Inc., the leading global supplier of braking control systems and other advanced technologies that improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open its new Americas headquarters […]

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Como’s rebirth comes with crusty pizza, whiskey and a multimillion-dollar overhaul

Restaurateur Zack Sklar considered tearing down Ferndale mainstay Como’s pizzeria, but in the end he couldn’t do it. Instead, the new owner is ripping up its family pizza recipe and bringing a new Detroit-style pie to the downtown corner restaurant. Como’s is set to reopen in spring. It will keep the name and serve pizza, […]

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Giffin to expand presence in Auburn Hills with $9 million manufacturing center

Giffin Inc. plans to invest $9 million into a new 100,000-square-foot manufacturing center in Auburn Hills, expanding its presence in the Oakland County city, officials announced Tuesday. The supplier is awaiting approval from the city for its plans at 4444 Giddings Road alongside the supplier’s headquarters and R&D center. The new facility will produce paint […]

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Lawrence Tech, Southfield to invest in incubator for small manufacturers

Lawrence Technological University and the city of Southfield are banding together to renovate a 6,300-square-foot center to house a business incubator and accelerator to support small manufacturers and hardware startup companies with product development and prototyping. “We carved out a niche in support of that, as there weren’t other accelerators or incubators in the area […]

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Oakland University negotiating to buy The Palace

Last season, the Pistons moved to a new home but hadn’t found a buyer for their previous home, The Palace of Auburn Hills. They might have one now. Rochester’s Oakland University is negotiating with Pistons owner Tom Gores’ Platinum Equity to purchase The Palace, a source with knowledge of the negotiations told The Detroit News […]

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Kar’s Nuts acquires Sanders as Detroit-born brands combine

Regional chocolate and caramel icon Sanders is being acquired by another Detroit-born snack maker, Kar Nut Products Co. Kar’s Nuts, an 85-year-old trail mix manufacturer based in Madison Heights, on Wednesday acquired Sanders owner Morley Candy Makers LLC. They did not disclose a purchase price or other details of the deal. Together Kar’s and Clinton […]

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Healthmark Industries plans $12 million expansion of Fraser headquarters

A healthcare facilities supplier in Fraser has been awarded a $1 million performance-based grant to expand operations at its headquarters, a move that will create 139 new jobs, according to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The grant complements Healthmark Industries’s $12 million, three-year expansion of its global headquarters in the Fraser Industrial Park on Pompo […]

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California-based company to invest $71.1 million, create 500 jobs in R&D center in Washtenaw County

High-tech semiconductor equipment manufacturer KLA-Tencor Corp. is planning to invest up to $71.1 million and create 500 jobs in Washtenaw County. The new research-and-development center would be the first Michigan location for the Milpitas, Calif.-based company, which supplies process control and yield management systems for the semiconductor industry and employs 6,000 people worldwide, according to […]

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Stoney River Steakhouse at Columbia Center in Troy to Open in October

Adding to what is the highest concentration of steakhouses in Michigan, J. Alexander’s Holdings Inc. today announced it will open a new Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill on Oct. 29 at 155 West Big Beaver Road (near Livernois) in the Columbia Center campus in Troy. The new restaurant, the first in Michigan, will offer seating […]

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Why 11 Mile could become the new place to live, party in Oakland Co.

An industrial stretch of 11 Mile Road in southeast Oakland County could be reinvented into one of the region’s newest entertainment districts with restaurants, breweries, new housing and retail. Oak Park, Berkley and Huntington Woods, which border 11 Mile from Woodward Avenue west to Greenfield, are teaming up to see how rezoning, reducing traffic lanes and becoming an […]

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Flex-N-Gate plant opens with Detroiters as half of workforce

Half of the employees so far hired at Flex-N-Gate’s manufacturing plant are Detroiters, the company said Monday. The sounds of whirring machines and clanking metal inaugurated the $160-million manufacturing facility as it begins real production for the Ford Ranger. The plant covers 30 acres of Detroit’s I-94 Industrial Park, not far from the Coleman A. Young International Airport in […]

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Royal Oak pizza restaurant Pasquale’s for sale

Pasquale’s, a Royal Oak pasta and pizza restaurant in business since 1954, is available for sale or lease as the owners look to retire. The family is hopeful that the property on 31555 Woodward Ave., between 13 Mile and Normandy, could continue as Pasquale’s under new leadership, but the options are open. “It’s a little bit […]

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Marijuana business park to be built in Orion Twp.

Groundbreaking is expected Tuesday for a $40 million marijuana business park that developers say will be the first of its kind in Oakland County. The Oakland Business Park on Premier Drive will feature marijuana growers, processors, secure transporters and safety compliance tenants, developers say. The Orion Township Board of Trustees in late 2017 approved an ordinance allowing […]

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Domino’s Pizza, Arbor Research both constructing new office space at Domino’s Farms

Two new construction projects at the Domino’s Farms office park in Ann Arbor Township may help ease the Ann Arbor area’s office space crunch. Domino’s Pizza is launching a major expansion, building a 33,000-square-foot new building on the north side of Domino’s Farms, near the complex’s iconic bison pasture. Arbor Research is also building a […]

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Eastland Center heads to auction; Harper Woods proposes new city hall on site

Harper Woods is proposing to move its civic center to the Eastland Center property as part of a mixed-use redevelopment if the long-struggling shopping mall is sold at auction next month. A concept plan by Northville-based McKenna Associates shows a reuse of the site at 18000 Vernier Road that includes 450,000 square feet of civic […]

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Adell gets another approval for $125 million Novi project; groundbreaking Wednesday

Broadcast entrepreneur Kevin Adell planned to break ground Wednesday morning after he received another Novi City Council approval in his quest to redevelop his former Novi Expo Center site. City Council voted 6-0 Monday to direct the city attorney to draft a planned rezoning overlay agreement for rezoning the 22-acre property at I-96 and Novi […]

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Oakland County launches retail attraction and retention plan

Oakland County, home to one of the most sought-after retail corridors in the country, has launched a retail attraction and retention campaign to bolster interest in select downtowns. The initiative, the first of its kind for the county, comes as efforts to woo retailers to downtown Detroit continue, led by Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock LLC, Olympia […]

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Industrial Site To Be Transformed: $20 Million Housing Development Proposed In Downtown Auburn Hills

We’re pleased to report that Bacall Development LLC has submitted a development application to the City of Auburn Hills to construct a $20 million multi-family residential development called Fountain Circle of Auburn Hills on 16.4 acres of land generally located north of Auburn Road, east of College Drive.  The project is proposed within the City’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) District. The luxury apartment […]

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Rochester Hills ranked as eighth best city to start small business

The city of Rochester Hills has been recognized as the eighth best small city in America in which to start a small business by Verizon Business. The evaluation was based on six ranking factors including the education level of the local workforce, in-city commute times, income per capita, broadband access, availability of SBA loans and overall […]

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U-Haul to transform former Westland Kmart into storage facility

The southeast corner of Wayne and Cherry Hill roads in Westland is about to go from Blue Light Special to orange trim and shipping boxes. That’s because the former Kmart building at 165 S. Wayne is set to become a U-Haul Smart Mobility Center, a move unanimously approved by the city council at its Sept. 4 […]

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Downtown Lansing to Add Meijer Urban Market, Hotel, Residential Mixed-Use Building

Lansing’s Gillespie Group unveiled a four-story, mixed-use concept in downtown Lansing that is designed to transform the 600 block of East Michigan Avenue at the southeast corner of Larch Street. The project was announced Wednesday. The 150,590-square-foot development is pending approvals. Gillespie Group is working with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, city of Lansing, […]

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Offices, dining, hotel could be next for Summit Place Mall

Summit Place Mall’s new owner said Tuesday that its vision for the Oakland County site’s redevelopment includes a business park, casual dining and possibly a hotel. Ari-El Enterprises Inc., a real-estate investment company based in Southfield, last week acquired the abandoned Waterford Township shopping center from SD Capital LLC for an undisclosed amount. Vacant and condemned since […]

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Former Purple Gang hub near Detroit riverfront sells to NYC investor

The Elevator Building near the east Detroit riverfront has sold to a New York City investor who plans upgrades. Jean-Michel “Mitch” Wasterlain closed on the deal for the 28,000-square-foot building at 1938 Franklin St. on Monday, according to Peter Jankowski, vice president of brokerage services for Farmington Hills-based Friedman Real Estate LLC who represented the […]

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Beaumont to build 30 urgent care centers in metro Detroit

Beaumont Health has signed an agreement with Atlanta-based WellStreet Urgent Care to finance and open up to 30 urgent care centers in metro Detroit by the end of 2019. The announcement comes on the heels of Crain’sthis week reporting that Henry Ford Health System, Detroit Medical Center and Ascension Health Michigan are investing more into ambulatory and […]

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Southfield’s Lear Corp. Opens Manufacturing Facility in Flint

Lear Corp. in Southfield, a global supplier of automotive seating and electrical systems, celebrated the grand opening of a new manufacturing seating facility in Flint this past weekend. The 156,000-square-foot facility is expected to employ about 600 people by the end of 2019. More than 400 will be new hires. The facility will build seats […]

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Southfield talks with developers as Northland Center demolition takes another step

The old Firestone building at Northland Center will meet the wrecking ball Monday morning as the city of Southfield moves forward on plans to redevelop the 125-acre site. Demolition of the structure near Greenfield and Eight Mile roads was scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Dore & Associates Contracting Inc. of Bay City is overseeing […]

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Subaru to build tech center in suburban Detroit, hire 100 workers

Subaru will receive $1.5 million from the state of Michigan to build a 60,000-square-foot tech center in Van Buren Township in western Wayne County. The tech center will employ up to 101 people, according to state documents. Subaru said it would invest up to $48.2 million in the site. Documents say the tech center will help […]

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Michigan Metal Coatings to expand Port Huron presence, add jobs and investment dollars

The city of Port Huron has beat out competing sites in Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky to have Michigan Metal Coatings expand its presence there. The news means dozens of new jobs and millions of dollars in capital investments for the city. The company has announced its intent to purchase 66,375 square feet to grow its operations […]

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Why $510M milk processing site is major for Michigan

Mid-Michigan will gain 300 new jobs soon thanks to a major new $510-million milk processing campus that will be built in St. Johns, north of Lansing. The larger of two new facilities will cost $425 million and will include a 146-acre dairy processing facility built in St. Johns and create 259 new jobs. That plant will process more […]

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Credit Acceptance’s $35 million-plus expansion takes shape with Raleigh Officentre purchase in Southfield

Fast-growing automotive lender Credit Acceptance Corp. (NASDAQ: CACC) has purchased a large property in Southfield to consolidate its office footprint and expand its payroll in the next several years in a $35 million to $40 million investment and build-out. The company founded by Donald Foss in 1972 purchased the two-building Raleigh Officentre at Telegraph and […]

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Developers buy Wixom property, aim for $300 million hotel/water park development

A massive $300 million-plus hotel water park and mixed-use development could be coming to Wixom if a local developer’s grand vision comes to fruition. Wixom-based Damas Group LLC has purchased 82 acres of empty land surrounding its home base at 28345 Beck Road, just north of I-96. The property was sold by Wixom 96 LLC […]

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Livonia snags Illinois company, bringing 56 high-tech jobs and $1.7M investment

An Illinois company is uprooting after 102 years and moving to Livonia, where it plans to invest $1.7 million and create 56 high-tech jobs. Aetna Bearing Co. — a company that designs, manufactures and sells bearings to the aerospace, automotive, agriculture, mining, industrial and military sectors — is moving closer to its expanding customer base, officials […]

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Autoliv to modernize Auburn Hills headquarters with $32 million investment

Swedish automotive safety systems supplier Autoliv is proposing a $32 million expansion of its North American headquarters in Auburn Hills. The supplier of airbags, seatbelts and steering wheels submitted plans to the city to modernize its head office and technical center at 1320 Pacific Drive near I-75 and Joslyn Road, including the addition of a floor to […]

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Nelson father-son duo plans to maintain Eastern Market’s identity

Sanford Nelson has had a two-year crash course in Detroit commercial real estate, with the result being a 142,500-square-foot Eastern Market portfolio quietly acquired over the last 18 months. Son of millionaire serial entrepreneur Linden Nelson, the 29-year-old has his eyes set on a $20 million effort to buy and improve no fewer than 11 […]

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Auburn Hills’ Faurecia to Open Production Facility in Toledo

Faurecia Interiors, which has its North American headquarters in Auburn Hills, Thursday announced plans to open a new production facility in Toledo. The facility is expected create more than 100 new jobs and officially begin production activity in April 2019. “Faurecia is proud to open this new site and to provide new opportunities for local jobseekers,” […]

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New Midland Mall owner plans to bring movie theater, national retailers

After going through foreclosure, the Midland Mall has a new owner who hopes some creative ideas can bring a resurgence of business to the 27-year-old property. Kohan Retail Investment, based in Great Neck, New York, closed on the mall property at 6800 Eastman Ave. on Thursday, June 28, for $9.4 million, the firm’s founder Michael Kohan […]

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Future of Corktown: Detroit introduces outreach program for neighborhood framework

The city of Detroit introduced Monday a nearly yearlong plan to engage residents and community stakeholders for input on the future of Corktown. A request for proposals will be issued by the city Aug. 31 for the strategic framework of the greater Corktown area, and a comprehensive course of action will be decided by the […]

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Waterford Township’s Corporate Eagle Breaks Ground on New Headquarters

Corporate Eagle, a provider of membership-based fractional and managed business aviation programs in Waterford Township, Tuesday broke ground on its new headquarters. The new facility will be located on 5.7 acres at the corner of M59 Highland Road and Patterson Parkway. It will include 56,000 square feet of hangar space, more than 9,000 square feet […]

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SIGNATURE ASSOCIATES WINS 3 CRAIN’S BEST IN CLASS REAL ESTATE AWARDS

Crain’s Detroit Business Special Report:  Last year was a year for dealmaking — and dealmakers. In this, our inaugural Best in Class: Real Estate awards, we aim to honor both. We solicited nominations from you, our readers, for the most impactful deals, projects and people in commercial real estate in 2017. With help from a […]

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Dearborn’s Ghafari to Design Mazda Toyota Manufacturing U.S.A. Plant in Alabama

Ghafari in Dearborn will design an automotive plant for Mazda Toyota Manufacturing U.S.A. Inc. in Alabama. The plant will produce a new Mazda crossover and the Toyota Corolla. Ghafari, a global full-service engineering, architecture, process design, consulting, and construction firm based in Dearborn, today announced it has been awarded a contract to provide comprehensive architecture […]

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Loc Performance to hire 700 for growth in Lansing, Plymouth

Loc Performance Products Inc. plans to hire 700 and invest up to $96.5 million in the greater Lansing area and at its home base in Plymouth, armed with a new state grant and upcoming defense contracts. Loc, a full-service provider of driveline, suspension and track systems for military tracked vehicles and the industrial market, will […]

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Cosworth opens $50 million plant in Shelby Township

British automotive engineering company Cosworth has opened its new $50 million production plant in Shelby Township. The plant is the company’s first in Michigan and will serve as its North American headquarters. The 60,000-square-foot manufacturing facility is in the Cherry Creek Business Park off Shelby Parkway, just south of 24 Mile Road. Its neighbors include JVIS USA […]

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Troy-based Automation Alley’s Trade Mission Program Reaches $1B in Total Export Sales Made by Michigan Companies

Automation Alley, a technology and manufacturing business association in Troy, Monday announced the total amount of export sales made by Michigan companies as a result of participation in its trade mission program and other trade-related activities has reached $1 billion. The program is funded by Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) and began in 2001. Its […]

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Ford’s play for train station to build Auto 2.0 campus would transform Corktown

As symbols go, nothing better projects Detroit’s decades-long decline than the Michigan Central Depot. Built just before the opening of World War I, the gap-toothed hulk sat empty for the past 30 years, looming over Corktown and marring the city’s narrative of reinvention. The neighborhood would be transformed by Ford Motor Co.’s plans to anchor its […]

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Pet spa, yoga studio part of Royal Oak apartment-retail development

Metro Detroit residents looking for a place to live in a couple of years will have a housing option where they can live, have access to a bistro cafe, get their pets pampered and practice yoga, all in the same complex. Construction started this week on an apartment-retail development at the northeast corner of Woodward Avenue at I-696 in Royal Oak, […]

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New shops, breweries coming to Oakland County downtowns

Downtowns across southeast Oakland County are welcoming a fresh batch of entrepreneurs to tempt shoppers, diners and the curious with everything from Peruvian food to hair pomade. Here’s a look at some of the new or future storefronts: Ferndale Ferndale visitors will be transported to Peru at Culantro at 22939 Woodward Ave., a fast-casual restaurant at the […]

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Accenture’s move to Detroit supported by innovation hub in suburbs

Accenture plc is preparing to add 200 highly skilled tech jobs in downtown Detroit, a move supported by its opening this week of an innovation hub in Livonia. The 10,000 square-foot lab and demo space at 13600 Otterson Court offers a place for clients of the Ireland-based professional services firm to create and test technologies to support […]

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Advanced Manufacturing Employment in Michigan Reaches New Heights

Advanced manufacturing employment in Michigan has reached more than 700,000 workers, according to a new report from Detroit-based Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT). The employment level is the highest in the industry since 2006. The quarterly reports, highlighting employment trends, top jobs, and required skills in advanced manufacturing, are completed with research and analysis from […]

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Ashley Capital buys closed Hazel Park Raceway for redevelopment

The Hazel Park Raceway has a new owner that plans a large-scale development on the shuttered horse racing track’s remaining 95 acres. New York City-based industrial/warehouse developer Ashley Capital, which has its local office in Canton Township, completed the purchase Friday, said Susan Harvey, senior vice president of the office. The plan is to develop […]

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First major retail center in more than a decade planned

A Commerce Township plan for the first major retail development in Southeast Michigan in more than a decade moved a step closer to becoming a reality last week. The township approved a planned unit development for the mixed-use project last week. As envisioned by developer Robert B. Aikens LLC, the $100 million first phase of […]

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Exhibits manufacturer Tectonics to move from Warren to Auburn Hills

Graphic display and exhibits manufacturer Tectonics plans to move its headquarters from a Warren facility it has outgrown to Auburn Hills by August. About 100 employees work in the Warren location, CEO Lee Skandalaris said in an email. The company has around 200 staff total, including in Lithia Springs, Ga., Las Vegas and Chicago. Tectonics, […]

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Former Chi-Chi’s site to become an Aldi after being vacant for a decade

Maybe now people can stop calling it “the Chi-Chi’s site” and start calling it “the Aldi’s site.” After more than a decade of vacancy, the northeast corner of Schoolcraft and Middlebelt roads in Livonia will finally see development after a site plan for the lot was approved by the city council. The council voted 5-0 […]

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Parts of Monroe now labeled ‘Opportunity Zones’

The U.S. Department of Treasury announced the designation of two U.S. Census tracts in the City of Monroe as Opportunity Zones. The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act created the zones as a preferential tax incentive tool to spur new investment in distressed communities throughout the country. The first property is the area north of […]

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Hazel Park Raceway closes after nearly 70 years of horse racing

An era of thoroughbred horse racing is over in Michigan. Hazel Park Raceway has announced it is closing, effective Thursday, after nearly 70 years of horse racing. The track, located at 10 Mile and Dequindre, announced in a news release that it has entered into an agreement to sell its assets. The deal is expected […]

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Cities by the bay: Saginaw, Bay City back from the brink as downtowns rebound

-Saginaw Future, Bay Future have helped drive tens of millions in development in comeback downtowns -240-acre Great Lakes Tech Park in Saginaw County is offering free shovel-ready land for approved projects -$12 million Phoenix Building in downtown Bay City one among many historic renovation, new construction projects Saginaw and Bay City have something in common […]

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Glass fabricator plans $5.6 million expansion, 76 new jobs in Highland Township

-Company to add 55,000 square feet onto plant -Aims to complete expansion around December -It reported $21 million in revenue last year, projects $25 million this year Midwest Glass Fabricators is planning a $5.6 million expansion that will double the size of its Highland Township plant and add 76 new jobs over the next three […]

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New Signs Proposed To Proclaim Corporate HQ’s Along I-75

We wish to report that a development application has been submitted to the City of Auburn Hills by General Development Company to allow the installation of new monument signs along I-75 adjacent to the Oakland Technology Park. This proposal will allow three additional signs for a total of five along this stretch of I-75.  All the signs will be evenly […]

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Tenneco buying Southfield-based Federal-Mogul in deal worth $5.4B

The debt-heavy auto parts company Federal-Mogul, based in Southfield and owned by Carl Icahn’s company, is being sold in a deal worth about $5.4 billion. Icahn Enterprises will get $800 million in cash and 29.5 million shares from buyer Tenneco. The Lake Forest, Ill., auto parts maker said Tuesday that it will split the company into […]

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Amazon celebrates its Livonia fulfillment center

Internet retail giant Amazon opened its doors Friday to officials and the media to get a look inside the company’s new regional fulfillment center – the first to open in Michigan. About 1,000 are employed at the 1 million-square- foot facility at 39000 Amrhein. Workers pick, pack and ship large-sized customer orders. The facility took […]

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Emagine to break ground on $15 million cineplex in Hartland

Emagine Entertainment Inc. is continuing expansion with a scheduled groundbreaking of its newest theater — a 55,000-square-foot complex in Hartland Township. The $15 million project is slated for groundbreaking April 6 at the Hartland Towne Square Plaza, near U.S. 23 and M-59 in Livingston County. Paul Glantz, founder and chairman of Troy-based Emagine, said the […]

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New Olga’s Kitchen owner opening new locations, renovating older

More than two years out of bankruptcy, Olga’s Kitchen has opened new locations, renovated older ones and exited some shopping malls as its new owner continues on a revitalization path for the storied metro Detroit restaurant chain. “It was a brand that just deserves a whole lot more,” said Mark Schostak, executive chairman of Livonia-based Team Schostak Family Restaurants, which bought Olga’s out of bankruptcy in […]

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Toys ‘R’ Us-owned stores could be fertile ground for redevelopment

Wayne, N.J.-based Toys “R” Us Inc. announced Thursday that it would be closing all of its iconic toy stores, plus its Babies “R” Us stores, across the United States, leaving American landlords in the lurch. The company, which has more than $5 billion in debt, locally owns half of its 14 stores in Wayne, Oakland […]

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Eckhart opens 47,000-square-foot tech center in Warren to employ 170

Lansing area-based machining manufacturer expands in Southeast Michigan Tech center currently employs 60 workers, plans to grow by 100 or more Plant to also house 3-D printing lab   Eckhart Inc. is opening a 47,000-square-foot tech center in Warren with an expansion plan that includes employing 170 or more workers in the next two years. […]

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Company investing $6.9M, creating jobs in Northville Township

A global company that produces rubber and metal parts for the automotive and other industries is moving to Northville Township, investing $6.9 million and creating about 80 jobs, officials say. Zhongding USA hopes by late April to begin construction of its two-story, 30,000-square foot North American Technical Center northwest of Five Mile and Beck roads, said […]

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Battle Creek makes more than cereal

Fort Custer Industrial Park home to 80 companies and 13,000 employees Battle Creek has courted Japanese firms since ’70s with tax incentives, cultural comforts Latest company is BASF Group, Todo Kogyo Corp. joint venture   “The Cereal City” is Battle Creek’s motto. But as important as cereal — and the Kellogg Co. and Post Foods, […]

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Troy’s MOTOR Information Systems Adds Data System for Tire Industry

Troy-based MOTOR Information Systems has launched MOTOR TireTech, a data delivering system for up-to-date OEM tire specifications for North American passenger cars, light duty trucks, and vans. “The tire business has become increasingly more complicated,” says Peter Largen, executive vice president, operations, at MOTOR. “With the OEMs increasing tires’ size counts, specifying varying design attributes and […]

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BorgWarner in Auburn Hills Supplies Ford with Fuel Efficient Eco-Launch System

BorgWarner Inc. in Auburn Hills, a Tier 1 auto supplier focused on clean and efficient technology solutions for combustion, hybrid, and electric vehicles, today announced it assisted Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn in delivering better vehicle efficiency with the Eco-Launch stop/start solenoid valve and hydraulic accumulator. Engineered to deliver fast, smooth launches during engine restarts, […]

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Emagine, Big Sean plan to open new Detroit movie theater

Emagine Entertainment Inc. and Detroit-born rapper Sean “Big Sean” Anderson are opening a new movie theater in downtown Detroit. Although the Troy-based company has not yet determined a precise location for the theater, which would also include a new music venue, it would provide a new movie option in a city where few exist. “There […]

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HAP to move Southfield operations to United Shore’s Troy building

Health Alliance Plan of Michigan will be the new occupant of the United Shore Financial Services building in Troy. The Detroit-based nonprofit health plan announced it will move 1,100 employees and contractors from its building in Southfield at 21700 Northwestern Hwy. to 1414 E. Maple Road, a building being vacated by United Shore as it moves […]

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Livonia development would mix retail, residential use

A 280,000-square-foot mixed-use development is planned for Livonia, pending city approval of a rarely-tapped ordinance provision that would allow retail and residential use on a commercially-zoned site. Bloomfield Hills-based AF Jonna Development LLC owns the 11-acre site on Haggerty Road north of Seven Mile Road, proposed for the brownfield redevelopment. The industrial property sits between […]

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760-mph Hyperloop transit system considers Detroit-Chicago route

A California-based company is in talks with Michigan transportation officials to consider whether Detroit could be a potential stop for a futuristic transportation system. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) is looking to create a high-speed tube-based transportation system from Cleveland to Chicago that would theoretically reach speeds up to 760 miles per hour. “Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has reached out to us regarding […]

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Mining and steel company opens facility in Detroit

A mining and steel company opened Monday in the city’s I-94 Industrial Park, bringing 80 new jobs to an area that is being revived by major manufacturing companies. The $83 million facility for ArcelorMittal Tailored Blanks on Mount Elliott will be the company’s first location in Michigan, officials said during a press conference. ArcelorMittal Tailored […]

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The Promise of Small-Scale Manufacturing in Detroit Highlighted in New Research

New research from the Urban Manufacturing Alliance (UMA) features the growth potential of the manufacturing sector in Detroit. The research, from State of Urban Manufacturing: Detroit Snapshot, comes from the second of a six-city series produced by UMA. The program provides unique data on city-based manufacturing, emphasizing makers and small-scale manufacturers. In partnership with the Detroit Creative […]

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New York City-based The Hummus and Pita Co. to Open Five Restaurants in Metro Detroit

New York City-based The Hummus and Pita Co., a Mediterranean restaurant, has announced it will be expanding to Michigan. The company says it has signed a five-unit franchise deal to open locations in Detroit, Ann Arbor, Troy, Warren, and Canton Township. The menu offers a variety of choices including Moroccan beans, Israeli couscous, pita and […]

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Assessed value of industrial property in Detroit rises 64%

– Detroit’s assessed value of industrial property increased 64 percent from 2017 – Reassessment in 2016 “significantly undervalued” industrial parcels – For first time in 17 years, residential assessments rose citywide   The assessed value of industrial property in Detroit rose sharply by more than 64 percent for this year after city officials concluded they […]

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A collaborative approach to economic development pays off for St. Clair County

– Civic and business leaders in St. Clair County work together to push priority projects forward – Currently pushing for a coding school, a new main library and a theater festival – Residential development surging in the region   The dramatic recent economic resurgence in Port Huron and St. Clair County hasn’t come as a surprise […]

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Efforts to attract high-tech development for Five Mile and Ridge Road area ramps up

Plymouth Township is ratcheting up efforts to lure high-tech companies to develop a 71-acre site southwest of Five Mile and Ridge roads. Township-based Hillside Investments is being recommended by brokerage firm Signature Associates to potentially buy and develop the land, located on the western edge of the Michigan International Technology Center, an emerging high-tech corridor […]

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New high-tech Panera Bread now open in Bay City

The popular cafe and bakery chain opened its Bay County location at 3983 Wilder Road on Wednesday, Jan. 17 2018. An updated exterior design features muted colors and awnings, with plenty of patio space. A drive-thru gives motorists easy access from either side of the corner of Wilder Road and State Street Road. Now open Its first official day […]

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January store closings pile up in Toledo area

Traditionally, January is a dark month for retailing — a time when store closings typically are announced — and Toledo is no exception. Three popular local small businesses soon will disappear from the local retail landscape. But in an unusual turn, all will leave because of various circumstances that do not include finances, which usually […]

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Keurig buys Dr Pepper Snapple Group

Keurig is buying Dr Pepper Snapple Group, bringing together the make-at-home coffee brand with the company behind Dr Pepper soda, Mott’s apple juice and Snapple iced tea. The combination lets the company offer “hot and cold beverages to satisfy every consumer throughout the day,” said Larry Young, chief executive of Dr Pepper Snapple. Keurig Dr […]

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Novi-based Better Health Store to Expand and Relocate Locations in Grosse Pointe and Ann Arbor

Novi-based Better Health Store today announced that its Ann Arbor location will triple in size and expand its selection of products as it relocates in April to 3500 Washtenaw Ave, less than two miles east of its current location. In order to reflect the store’s wider variety of options, company will update the name of […]

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Lear Corp. in Southfield Reports 2017 Revenue of $20.5B, Net Income of $1.3B

Lear Corp., a large automotive supplier in Southfield, today reported 2017 revenue of $20.5 billion, up 10 percent from 2016, along with $1.3 billion in net income, up from $975 million the prior year. During the fourth quarter, the company posted revenue of $5.4 billion, up 16 percent from the same period in 2016. During […]

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Willow Run now magnet for industry

The American Center for Mobility last month opened its 500-acre automotive proving ground here at the historic Detroit- area manufacturing site known as Willow Run. Once home to a thriving General Motors vehicle assembly plant — bulldozed in 2014 — a Kaiser-Frazer vehicle manufacturing plant and the Ford Motor Co. production plant for B-24 bombers […]

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Auto show and downtown Detroit share identical tech-happy future

Downtown Detroit and its annual auto show share a rapidly evolving identity as a home to tech start-ups. Overlooked mostly until now, this trend represents a big change for both. The North American International Auto Show no longer is just about sedans and trucks. Now it offers a growing menu of mobility-related start-ups in its […]

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Autoliv creating 384 jobs over 5 years

The auto-safety manufacturer Autoliv is consolidating its operations in Southfield into one facility and is expecting to create 384 jobs over five years boosted by a $2.6 million grant approved by the Michigan Strategic Fund. “It was a cost-saving move to consolidate all four of our electronics-based employees under one roof for our employees to better collaborate and efficiently […]

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Outlook brightens for Michigan economy, jobs

Nearly nine years into the economic expansion that helped lift Detroit from its metaphorical knees, Michigan’s economy continues to look up. The state’s economic outlook is at a six-year high, according to the annual Michigan Economic Outlook Survey prepared by the Ann Arbor-based Baker Strategy Group and to be presented Thursday at the Detroit Economic Club. […]

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Sterling Heights’ BAE Systems Receives $413M U.S. Army Contract to Begin M109A7 Full-Rate Production

Sterling Heights-based BAE Systems has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Army to begin full-rate production of the company’s M109A7 Self-Propelled Howitzer and M992A3 ammunition carrier vehicles. The contract includes an initial $413.7 million award to execute the third and final option for low-rate initial production on the program, with additional options that could […]

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Emagine Entertainment appoints new CEO as theater chain looks to expand

Emagine Entertainment Inc. has appointed a new CEO as the Troy-based luxury theater chain looks to ramp up expansion. Anthony LaVerde, 38, officially started in his new role Tuesday, succeeding Emagine co-founder Paul Glantz, who will remain chairman and oversee the company’s strategic growth initiatives. Glantz hired LaVerde seven months ago as chief of staff. […]

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Michigan’s Automotive Industry Includes 2,200+ Facilities

MICHauto, an economic development initiative of the Detroit Regional Chamber, has announced the results of an examination of Michigan’s automotive and technical expertise at its annual summit held this week. By combining a list from more than 5,000 individual records, the study found more than 2,200 automotive facilities statewide, including OEMs, suppliers, tool-and-die shops, R&D […]

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Indiana-Based AM General Opens Technology and Engineering Center in Auburn Hills

South Bend, Indiana-based global mobility solutions provider AM General today announced it has moved into a new Technology and Engineering Center in Auburn Hills. The facility houses engineering, product planning, and prototyping departments along with business development, U.S. defense, and strategic marketing functions. “AM General recognizes the importance of proximity not only to the vast number […]

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Detroit’s new skyscraper to be ‘city within a city’

A “city within a city” is what architects promise for the $900 million mixed-use development on the former site of the iconic J. L. Hudson Co. department store. “We’ve heard the stories about what Hudson’s was to Detroit, but how is this site going to change as we move forward? What are those experiences going […]

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Meet Our New Neighbor – Wescast Industries, Inc.

Last week, the City Council approved plans that will pave the way for Wescast Industries, Inc. to move their North American headquarters and technical center from Brantford, Ontario to the former GKN Automotive building located at 3300 University Drive.  The facility, which has been vacant for three years, is located adjacent to the Auburn Hills Civic Center Campus. Wescast is […]

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Mahindra to build small off-road Roxor model at new Auburn Hills plant

Mahindra Group, the India-based industrial conglomerate, will build a new plant in Auburn Hills, where it will produce an all-terrain jeep-like vehicle called the Roxor. The plant will be built on Rex Road and cover about 150,000 square feet. Mahindra is investing $22.3 million in the project that will employ about 105 people initially. This […]

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Cooper Standard opens innovation center in Michigan

A wild, fun future is on the horizon for the automotive industry, and Cooper Standard Automotive Inc. is prepared to meet it head on. The firm recently opened a new 137,750-square-foot global technology center in Livonia, offering capabilities in material science, tooling, development, production and validation. The site will serve as the company’s global hub […]

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Empty big-box retail stores a growing problem (or opportunity) for suburban Detroit

For clues to what may happen to all those empty big-box stores and ailing shopping centers in suburban Detroit where people once swarmed, look to the shopping district around Westland’s namesake mall. When retailers such as Value City, Circuit City, Service Merchandise and Macy’s at Westland Shopping Center closed, they left behind large and vacant store buildings, a type of retail space that […]

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Brose to invest $105 million, add 300 jobs in Auburn Hills, New Boston

Brose North America Inc. is further expanding its Southeast Michigan operations. The U.S. subsidiary of Germany’s Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. KG plans to invest $105 million over five years at its U.S. headquarters in Auburn Hills and its New Boston manufacturing plant, adding 300 jobs. The new investment dovetails on a previous investment plan […]

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St. Louis-Based Datix Opens Troy Office

St. Louis-based software consulting firm Datix today announced the opening of an office at the Columbia Center II in Troy to better serve clients in the automotive industry. Along with its St. Louis headquarters, the company currently operates offices in Houston and Bellville, Ill. Datix began expanding its automotive services in 2016 by partnering with […]

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Judge dismisses lawsuit contesting Royal Oak civic center project; appeal vowed

An Oakland County Circuit Court judge last week tossed out a lawsuit challenging a $100 million-plus new development in downtown Royal Oak, a decision that could pave the way for the project to move forward. Ron Boji, one of the developers behind the mixed-use Royal Oak City Center project, said Monday that groundbreaking is expected in late January […]

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Could a second IKEA furniture store be coming to Michigan?

IKEA, the Swedish retailer that opened a furniture store in Canton, may be seeking to open another location in Michigan, according to reports. The company, based in the Netherlands and known for pick-it-up and assemble-it-yourself furniture, said it has not announced plans to open a second Michigan store and would neither a confirm nor deny reports that it is […]

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Prime + Proper to open soon in Detroit’s Capitol Park

Long-awaited modern steakhouse Prime + Proper is readying to open soon in Detroit’s Capitol Park. The debut could come as early as this weekend, pending some inspections, said owner Jeremy Sasson. Housed in the 105-year-old Capitol Park Loft building at 1145 Griswold, Prime + Proper is a 10,000-square-foot, two-story restaurant that aims to specialize in […]

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Humanetics Innovative Solutions Opens Headquarters in Farmington Hills

Humanetics Innovative Solutions, a global supplier of automotive crash test dummies, has moved its headquarters to an updated facility in Farmington Hills. Located 10 miles north of the company’s former headquarters, the new 100,000-square-foot facility was customized to meet Humanetics needs for manufacturing, engineering, calibration, software development, corporate administrative functions, and consolidating all Michigan-based operations […]

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Major retail execs plan to explore a new land: Detroit

Can Detroit — a city of one cinema multiplex and no Target stores — help major retailers figure out the future of shopping? That could be one of the goals next September when an estimated 200 professionals who design stores for such chains as Walmart to Louis Vuitton to Apple gather in Detroit for the design:retail […]

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Beaumont buys First Center in Southfield to consolidate up to 3,000 employees

Beaumont Health is moving up to 3,000 employees into the First Center Office Plaza in Southfield by the end of 2018 following a purchase of the property that sits on 31 acres. The health system, which Crain’s reported in August was considering a move to the 686,000-square-foot First Center, said Monday that employees currently occupy 16 leased […]

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Woodward Corners’ first tenants serve coffee, burgers

Visitors to Beaumont Hospital will eventually be able to get a cup of joe from New Order Coffee and a burger from Wahlburgers. But a meeting with Mark Wahlberg may be asking too much. Beaumont Health announced Friday the coffee shop and burger place will set up shop at its new development at Woodward Avenue […]

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Detroit Seeks Proposals for Old Redford Revitalization Project

City of Detroit officials are seeking developers to remake a one third square mile section of Old Redford by rehabilitating 43 vacant houses and demolishing 23 others that are not salvageable. Similar to the recent announcement of the Ella Fitzgerald revitalization project, the Old Redford project will include landscaping and ongoing maintenance of 175 vacant […]

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Brewery, market, residences planned in $32 million project in Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge

A $32 million transformation of a vacant 13-acre industrial site in Ferndale and Pleasant Ridge is expected to include apartments, a new brewery and a new market. The project, set for several parcels at 10 Mile Road and Bermuda Street straddling the two communities, received Michigan Strategic Fund approval for $3.53 million in brownfield financing […]

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Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chao to open first Michigan location

Popular Brazilian steakhouse chain Fogo de Chao is opening its first Michigan restaurant in Troy on Nov. 6. The two-level restaurant, located at 301 W. Big Beaver Road, will offer a variety of fire-roasted meats, including: ribeye, double-cut lamb chops and house-specialty Picanha, “the most prized Brazilian steak,” the company announced Thursday. Thiago Moreira, who grew up […]

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Village at Bloomfield construction set to start spring 2018 in Oakland County

Construction could begin next spring on a new retail, residential and commercial project that will replace the ruins of Oakland County’s failed Bloomfield Park along Telegraph Road. The new $122.6 million development — The Village at Bloomfield — would include a two-story Menards, a grocery store, a new hotel and a large community of 432 residences, among other things. It is being developed […]

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New Amazon warehouse in Livonia opens

Amazon.com shipped its first item from its new 1- million-square-foot warehouse in Livonia today, in advance of the start of the holiday retail season. Kyle Vashner took the first order. It was, of all things, for custom-fit floor liners for a car. The new warehouse, which employs about 1,000 workers, specializes in shipping larger items — such […]

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Dearborn’s retail district lauded as model of partnership

Members of the International Council of Shopping Centers took a walking tour of Dearborn on Thursday, showcasing why the city was chosen as a representation of public-private partnerships. The ICSC East Michigan P3 Program’s tour began with a presentation at West Village Commons, followed by stops at Common Grace Coffee Company, Brome Modern Eatery, Mint […]

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Google to move from suburbs to downtown Detroit

Google is moving from the suburbs to downtown Detroit, company officials confirmed Tuesday. The tech giant plans to double space from the 17,000 square feet it occupies in Birmingham. The office has 100 employees that focus on digital advertising for auto industry. The move to a larger space in Detroit will accommodate any future growth, […]

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Westbound I-696 to shut down between I-94, I-75 for construction in Spring 2018

A $90 million construction project will shut down westbound I-696 between I-94 and I-75 in Spring 2018. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced Wednesday due to poor condition the freeway must undergo concrete replacement on this stretch in Macomb County. Some bridges over I-696 will under maintenance work, too. The construction is scheduled to begin in Spring 2018 […]

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Latest plans for 9-story mixed use development in Ann Arbor

Plans for a $40 million mixed-use development between the University of Michigan’s medical campus and downtown Ann Arbor are headed to the City Council for approval. The city’s Planning Commission voted 6-1 on the nine-story, 139,903-square-foot development known as The Glen, with Commissioner Julie Weatherbee dissenting, Tuesday night, Sept. 19. The proposed building includes 162 […]

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Birmingham Starbucks first in Michigan to have Reserve bar

The countdown is on for a new Starbucks to open in downtown Birmingham. The location at 101 N. Old Woodward is set to open Sept. 29, according to a Starbucks spokesperson. At 3,400 square feet, the store is more than twice the size of the existing Starbucks in Birmingham and promises to offer some premium selections that […]

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MDOT confirms finish of I-75 in Oakland Co. by 2020

A different route for financing road projects is enabling the state to finish a project to rebuild Interstate 75 in Oakland County up to 10 years ahead of schedule, state officials said Monday. “We came out last year and announced this modernization project and we took a pay-as-you-go approach,” said Michigan Department of Transportation spokesman Rob […]

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Advance peek at world’s first combo IHOP/Applebee’s coming to Detroit

Design renderings are out for what will be the world’s first combination IHOP and Applebee’s restaurant when it opens next spring in downtown Detroit. The newly released images show the eatery with two connecting sections: -A quick-serve IHOP Express featuring a coffee bar, smoothies, grab-and-go sandwiches and top-selling IHOP menu items. -A table-service area where diners can order from a condensed Applebee’s and IHOP […]

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Amazon to receive $4.5M grant for Shelby Twp. center

Michigan is giving Amazon $4.5 million for its previously announced fulfillment center in Shelby Township. The Michigan Strategic Fund approved the request Tuesday for the grant, which will help create 1,025 new jobs and bring a capital investment of up to $40 million into the northern Macomb County community, officials said. The Michigan Economic Development […]

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Move over mall walkers, fitness chains want to pump you up

Forget mall walking. Across America, fitness chains are hoping they can help ailing malls get healthy again by adding gyms — and even work out resorts to shopping centers. Some, may even be coming to Michigan. “The story has been written over and over that malls are dead,” said Jason Thunstrom, a vice president at […]

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Will southeast Michigan’s industrial rebound spread to Flint?

As southeast Michigan’s industrial economy improves, the market for buildings to house new and expanding companies is growing alongside it. Deals with Amazon, Renaissance Global Logistics and Fiat Chrysler are powering demand for industrial space, pushing prices up and available space down – and prompting hopes that the activity will extend north along the I-75 corridor to […]

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Long-term sustainable growth is possible, and Michigan is well-positioned for it

There’s no secret to economic development success. Today, we must renew our commitment to a long-term vision to build an economy that serves all Michigan residents, while remaining mindful of opportunities as they arise. In the intense competition to attract businesses, those of us in economic development often ask: How can we strengthen our partnerships […]

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Denso gets $950,000 grant from Michigan for N.A. headquarters expansion

Project to include $75 million and 120 jobs The state of Michigan will offer Denso International America Inc. a $950,000 grant as the Toyota-affiliated auto supplier expands its North American headquarters in suburban Detroit, Gov. Rick Snyder’s office said Thursday. Snyder met with Denso executives on the first day of his trade trip to Japan, […]

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Old Thunderbird Lanes bowling alley now rad office space

Thunderbird Lanes in Troy was for decades among the area’s most popular bowling alleys, the setting for countless children’s birthday parties and the 1980s “Beat the Champ” bowling show on WDIV-TV (Channel 4). Today, it is a unlikely magnet for clients and new millennial-generation employees of a fast-growing marketing agency that now has its headquarters there. Under pressure from the decline in the bowling business, […]

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Royal Oak Approves $100M Plan for New City Center, Awards No-bid Contract to Private Developer

On Monday night, the seven-member Royal Oak Commission unanimously approved a plan to gift $5.5 million in public funds to Lansing-based Boji Group and its partners to build a private office tower on a city-owned parking lot along Third Street, just east of Main Street. The project, which has drawn the ire of nearby business […]

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As auction looms, Wayne County picks up pace of search for McLouth Steel site buyer

Wayne County officials are racing the clock to line up a responsible buyer for the defunct McLouth Steel site in Trenton before the tax-foreclosed property would have to be offered at the annual tax foreclosure auction in September — when a speculator could buy it and possibly leave it undeveloped for years. Khalil Rahal, Wayne […]

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Thousands of jobs, billions of investment headed for Pontiac, developers say

Pontiac’s leaders say the city is on the verge of making major strides toward a comeback as a major economic hub in Metro Detroit. The city’s resurgence, however, won’t be based on an over reliance on auto manufacturing this time, and instead supported by a series of developments and corporate moves diversifying its economy. “Pontiac has come […]

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Commercial development projects up in southeast Michigan

The number of nonresidential development projects in Southeast Michigan increased in 2016, up 11 percent from the previous year, according to data released by the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments. The annually tracked data shows what SEMCOG considers a solid showing with 8.2 million square feet of floorspace completed and 11.4 million square feet under […]

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Maker of Solo cups plans $40M technical center in Michigan

A company that makes Solo and foam cups as well as plastic utensils and carryout containers is planning a $40 million technical and innovation center in Michigan. The project is planned at Dart Container Corp.’s campus in the Lansing-area community of Mason. The food and beverage packaging maker’s President Jim Lammers tells the Lansing State […]

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Manufacturing giant Masco unveils new Livonia headquarters

Richard Manoogian marveled at the new Masco world headquarters Monday morning, wondering what his father would think of it. The chairman emeritus and son of the company’s founder, Alex Manoogian, said he would be pleased at the growth his company has seen in recent years. “I cannot express how truly honored I am to be […]

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Steel Going Up For Hutchinson’s HQ Facility

As an update, construction on Hutchinson’s new 60,502 square foot corporate headquarters is moving along on schedule.  The $8 million development is located on property west of Cross Creek Parkway, south of University Drive.  Hutchinson will lease the facility from General Development Company upon completion. The project was approved by the City Council in late April, mass grading began in May, […]

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Michigan jobless rate falls to lowest level in 17 years

Michigan’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.8 percent in June, the lowest it’s been in 17 years. Part of the reason for the decline is that there were fewer people in the labor force, officials said. Still, experts say the figures released Wednesday by the Department of Technology, Management and Budget indicate an overall positive trend […]

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Investors spy something special in St. Clair County

The 2013 renovation of Port Huron’s Thomas Edison Inn as a DoubleTree by Hilton hotel drew numerous benefits to St. Clair County, including the adjacent Blue Water Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and Baker College’s Culinary Institute of Michigan. But perhaps most importantly, the Hilton development planted a flag in the sand for investors from […]

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Black Rock Bar & Grill targets September opening in Davison Township

The long wait for the doors to open at Black Rock Bar & Grill in Davison Township is expected to soon come to an end. A message on the restaurant’s Facebook page states the business is scheduled to open by mid- to late-September, approximately one year after owner Lonny Morganroth was given the go-ahead for […]

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Southfield-based Lear Corp. Announces Detroit Office Plans

Southfield-based automotive seating supplier Lear Corp. today announced renovation plans for the Hemmeter Building located at 230 East Grand River Ave. in Detroit (Paradise Valley). The company plans to use floors four to seven for administrative office space, executive offices, and a new business incubation center; the remaining floors will be leased to business partners […]

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Work progresses on Amazon facility in Livonia

Internet retail giant Amazon gave a first look Wednesday inside the company’s new regional fulfillment center under construction in Livonia. When it opens this fall, the $90 million facility at 39000 Amrhein is expected to create 1,000 full-time jobs for workers who will pick, pack and ship large-sized customer orders. The goal is to be […]

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Oakland County’s Emerging Sectors Program Reaches $4 Billion Investment Milestone

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson has announced that four June investments in the Emerging Sectors business attraction program totaling $367 million have pushed the program to more $4 billion of total investment since its creation in 2004. European advanced electronics companies Elektrobit and Autoliv Electronics America both contributed to last month’s investments, and will […]

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Cobo Center Lands Detroit Auto Show Through 2025

Cobo Center — and the City of Detroit — can breathe easy knowing that the convention center will continue to host the Detroit auto show for the next eight years. That means the North American International Auto Show, arguably Detroit’s most widely recognized events, will continue to take place at the convention center through 2025. […]

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Redevelopment Plans for Old Kmart HQ Could be Unveiled Next Year

The owner of the former Kmart corporate headquarters in Troy says redevelopment plans for the massive property could be finished and unveiled in the near future. Forbes Co. of Southfield is “engaging in a master planning process” for the 40-acre site at 100 W. Big Beaver Road, across from the Somerset Collection, and expects to present a […]

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United Shore to Move Headquarters to Pontiac

Nation’s No. 1 wholesale mortgage lender and Top 50 workplace to build out 60-acre campus featuring state-of-the-art amenities United Shore, home to No. 1 wholesale lender United Wholesale Mortgage (UWM) and the fastest-growing independent mortgage lender in the country, announced today at its company rally that it will move its corporate headquarters to Pontiac in the summer […]

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Panera Bread Opening Bay City Location

Panera Bread is bringing its healthy sandwiches and salads to Bay County. The restaurant chain plans to open a location at the intersection of Wilder and State Street Road where The Bellows used to operate. There are five buildings on the property, including an e-cigarette company, that will be demolished for the new development. Bruce […]

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Sterling Heights’ Key Safety Systems to purchase Takata assets in bankruptcy

For Takata, the bankruptcy is a stunning fall from grace.  Founded in 1933 in Japan, it grew to become the world’s largest air bag maker. Beleaguered Japanese airbag supplier Takata filed for bankruptcy Sunday night in the U.S. and Japan, saying it also has reached a deal to sell most of its assets to Sterling […]

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FEV expands in Auburn Hills, will add 250 workers

Engineering and design consultant FEV North America has begun a $27-million expansion of its Auburn Hills laboratories and offices that is expected to create 250 jobs once finished. The centerpiece of the 25,600-square-foot expansion will be a vehicle emissions testing center featuring a chassis dynamometer, where vehicles can be driven on rolls in simulated driving conditions. The center is scheduled […]

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Trenton secures loan to buy McLouth Steel site

The Michigan Strategic Fund approved a $3.2 million loan for Trenton on Tuesday to buy the former McLouth Steel and start investigating environmental cleanup costs at the site. Trenton City Manager Jim Wagner said Tuesday the loan will help the city pay for a full environmental assessment of the 188-acre plot and to market the […]

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Search for new office space brings Ford Motor to downtown Ann Arbor

Ford Motor Co. is advancing its software capabilities with an Ann Arbor office devoted entirely to new projects in the mobility industry. Aaron Rajda is IT director for the new Ann Arbor office known as FordLabs and said it is a more specialized unit of the company with a focus on software development and implementation. […]

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Autoliv to consolidate 4 operations into single site in Southfield

Autoliv ASP Inc. plans to invest $22.6 million to consolidate four Southeast Michigan operations into one location in Southfield. The consolidation is an effort to house the entire electronics operations of the auto supplier under one roof, while also allowing for hiring growth. The project is expected to result in 384 new engineering jobs,  which […]

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i.M. Branded Bringing Jobs and Innovation to Pontiac

Anyone driving on I-75 lately who glances up at the Chrysler World Headquarters and Technology Center has seen the work of i.M. Branded. The Michigan-based company creates the eye-catching 18,000 sq. ft. graphics that wrap the side of the building, as well as thousands of other unique graphic displays and commercial furniture for automotive clients […]

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Spirit of Detroit Plaza Opens to Public Today at Woodward and Jefferson

The new 20,000-square-foot Spirit of Detroit plaza was unveiled today by officials who said the public space could become a permanent fixture, bringing a robust downtown scene closer to the riverfront area. “We are committed to making downtown and the riverfront a gathering place for all Detroiters and a place everyone can come,” said Mayor Mike Duggan […]

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Grupo Antolin Breaks Ground on USD 61 Million Facility in Shelby Township

Grupo Antolin, which specializes in the production of automotive interiors recently broke ground for its new factory in the United States. The new plant will be located in the Cherry Creek Industrial Park in Shelby Township, Michigan. The company will be investing USD 61.2 million in the factory which will cover 360,000 square feet and […]

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Silverdome Demolition Hits Another Bump

The long-awaited demolition of the Pontiac Silverdome hit another bump, with the city attorney seeking a one-week adjournment in a hearing to determine the method and date for the end of the arena. A motion hearing was set for Wednesday to allow Triple Investment Group LLC, the property owners, to meet the terms of a […]

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Autoliv To Expand Parking To Facilitate Growth

Swedish-based Autoliv has submitted plans to construct a parking lot expansion containing 124 new parking spaces in the rear of their North American headquarters located at 1320 Pacific Drive.  The new parking will increase the number of spaces at the site to 589.  The additional parking is needed to accommodate Autoliv’s growing business. Autoliv is a Fortune 500 company and one […]

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