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All Seasons of Birmingham opens for business


Representatives from around the state of Michigan came into Birmingham for the grand opening celebration of All Seasons of Birmingham independent senior living apartments.

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Pentastar Aviation to open interior showroom at Oakland County Airport


Pentastar Aviation, an aviation services company, will open a designer showroom later this month featuring interior options for outfitting private aircrafts at its maintenance facility at the Oakland County International Airport in Waterford Township.

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Beaumont Health celebrates its first birthday

One year ago this month, Beaumont Health System, Botsford Health Care and Oakwood Healthcare combined forces to become a new organization: Beaumont Health.
“In 2014, we came together because of our common commitment to make high quality, compassionate care accessible to everyone in southeast Michigan,” explains Chief Executive Officer, John Fox. “Now, we’re in a position to be the leading, value-based health care network, focused on innovation, compassion and extraordinary clinical outcomes.”
During the week of Sept. 7, employees are celebrating this historic event with 35,000 slices of birthday cake being served at all eight hospitals, outpatient and business locations throughout the organization.
Beaumont Health has a net revenue of $4.1 billion, eight hospitals with a total of 3,337 beds, 168 outpatient sites, nearly 5,000 physicians, 35,000 employees and about 3,500 volunteers.
Notable accomplishments achieved throughout the first year include:
  •          John Fox of Emory Healthcare, named as president and CEO
  •          Executive team establishes its headquarters at the Southfield Towne Center
  •          Employee job transfers begin between Beaumont Health sites
  •          Legacy Beaumont and Oakwood go-live with same version of the Epic electronic medical record system for seamless sharing of patient information; Farmington Hills hospital launches Epic conversion Oct. 1
  •          Beaumont Hospital – Farmington Hills announces $160 million expansion
  •          Beaumont Health receives Crain’s Mergers & Acquisitions award
  •          Beaumont Health finalizes new logo, color and hospital names
  •          Hospital entrances receive new signage
  •          Community presence grows with new, Beaumont Health, billboard campaign 
  •          Beaumont Health begins strategic plan development
  •          Financial synergies result in year-to-date savings of $31 million
Beaumont Health is a not-for-profit organization formed by Beaumont Health System, Botsford Health Care and Oakwood Healthcare to provide patients with the benefit of greater access to the highest quality, compassionate care, no matter where they live in southeast Michigan. The organization has net revenue of $4.1 billion and consists of eight hospitals with 3,337 beds, 168 outpatient sites, nearly 5000 physicians and 35,000 employees and about 3,500 volunteers. In 2014, the combined organizations had 175,675 inpatient admissions, 16,229 births and 492,148 emergency visits. For more information, visit beaumonthealth.org.

Ulliance announces new business partnerships

Ulliance, Inc. (Ulliance) recently secured several new and renewed business partnerships offering one or more of its human resource service lines to metro Detroit companies and organizations. 
College for Creative Studies and Marywood Nursing Care Center will utilize Ulliance’s training programs for staff and leadership. This training is designed to strengthen employee skills to help them become more effective and efficient within their organizations.
Terumo Cardiovascular interns will benefit from Ulliance’s Career Transition Services, which offer training and coaching on how to effectively search for a job.
Additionally, Ulliance has been selected to provide Life Advisor Employee Assistance Programs to the City of Troy, the City of MidlandCLAW LogisticsCreative Foam CorporationGÜDEL and Oakland County.
“After 25 years, Ulliance continues to build and grow strong relationships with our clients,” said Kent Sharkey, president and CEO of Ulliance. “We are proud to offer our services to organizations and companies, helping them make a positive difference in the lives of their employees.”
For more information about Ulliance and its service lines, please visit www.ulliance.com or call (866) 648-8326.
About Ulliance, Inc.
Ulliance, Inc. (Ulliance) is celebrating 25 years as an international service company headquartered in Troy, Michigan. Ulliance provides human resources services including employee assistance programs (EAP), wellness programs, training programs, organizational and leadership development, coaching, career transition services, and crisis management to more than 260 organizations across the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe serving nearly one million people. Since 1990, Ulliance’s team has assisted organizations of various sizes to greatly reduce behavioral healthcare costs while increasing employee productivity and retention. For more information about Ulliance, please visit www.ulliance.com or call (866) 648-8326.

Oakland Co. economic developers part of MI delegation to meet with Japanese firms on trade mission

The Oakland County Business Development team will meet with more than a dozen Japanese companies during a 12-day trade mission that will crisscross the country and include the 2015 Midwest U.S. – Japan Association Conference.

Oakland County is among the leading counties in the United States for foreign investment, with 1,000 international firms from 39 countries having business locations here. Of that number, 279 companies are Japan-based.

"Japan continues to be an important market for Oakland County," County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. "We are meeting with companies such as Denso which have a significant presence here and several others we'd like to bring into the fold. We are proud of the business climate we've created for international companies and the infrastructure created to support them."

The County is part of the Michigan Delegation, which includes representatives from the Detroit Regional Chamber, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and the cities of Novi and Southfield. Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to address the conference, which was formed in 1967. It includes 10 states and at least 100 corporate members that have direct economic ties to Japan or are interested in developing them, including Toyota, Saison Group, Sumitomo Chemical and Sony.

In 2014, foreign direct investment in Oakland County totaled over $171 million – more than a quarter of the $658 million total business investment in the county. The investment created 1,941 jobs. In 2014, more than two international businesses a month either expanded or located in Oakland County.

The County will also attend a meeting of the Japanese Automotive Parts Industry Association.

HIROTEC AMERICA to open its new headquarters in Auburn Hills

HIROTEC Group, a global automotive supplier specializing in production of body-in-white closures, exhaust systems, and closure manufacturing equipment announced that they are currently in the process of moving into a new start-of-the-art facility located at 3000 High Meadow Circle in Auburn Hills.

The 216,000-square-foot facility, which is located in the Oakland Technology Industrial park will house HIROTEC AMERICA’s corporate headquarters, a body-in-white closure tooling integration site, as well as a new stamping die tryout center. Their employees are scheduled to start moving this week, with the grand opening to take place in October.

“We are excited to move into our new headquarters,” stated Katsu Uno, Chairman & CEO of HIROTEC AMERICA. “This expansion increases our local capacity to provide our customers more of Hirotec’s technologies and industry leading manufacturing solutions.”

Their current facility located at 4567 Glenmeade Lane in Auburn Hills will continue to be HIROTEC AMERICA’s primary location for manufacturing, tooling build, hem die tuning, purchasing, technical writing/training, and field service.

About HIROTEC Group. 
HIROTEC Group Companies have worldwide sales in excess of 1.4 billion dollars and 25 locations in 9 countries worldwide. For over 80 years, HIROTEC has been providing world-class body-in-white closures, exhaust systems, and innovative and highly flexible closure manufacturing solutions to automotive customers around the world. For more information, please visit www.hirotecamerica.com.

Hyatt Hotel, apartments, retail, office planned for vacant Royal Oak car dealership

Plans to turn a vacant car dealership on Main Street in Royal Oak into a Hyatt hotel with connected residential, retail, and office space are moving ahead following the approval of incentives from the state.

The $48-million development will stand atop 3.5-acre property currently containing a car dealership that closed in 2008. The site will include a 120-room, 5-story Hyatt Hotel, according to the Michigan Economic Development Corp.

The hotel will be a part of a contemporary-style building expected to be built at 400 N. Main St. It will also have space for 56 apartments, a parking deck, and retailers.

Besides generating $12 million in property tax revenue for the city and creating 144 new jobs, it may breathe new life into the north part of Royal Oak's downtown district.

The MEDC is granting the developers a $4.5-million Michigan Community Revitalization Program loan, and the city of Royal Oak is supporting the project by providing $3 million in tax increment financing reimbursement.

Source: Nate Pilon, Michigan Economic Development Corp.
Writer: Kim North Shine

OpTech awarded second prime contract with U.S. Navy

OpTech, a Troy-based IT, engineering and healthcare workforce solutions provider, has been extended on the U.S. Navy’s SeaPort-e prime contract vehicle for technical support services for the next four years. SeaPort-e is a multiple award contract and the Navy’s electronic platform for acquiring support services in 22 functional areas including Engineering, Information Technology and Program Management.

“We are honored to be awarded this new contract, which is testimony to OpTech’s outstanding service to our federal customers,” says Scott Goodwin, senior vice president of government services. “We look forward to providing the Navy with innovative technical solutions and support in the areas of systems and software engineering.”

OpTech is qualified to support all 22 functional areas in all 7 regional zones. These Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contracts allow awardees to compete for task orders issued by Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Air Systems Command, Military Sealift Command, Naval Facilities Command, Strategic Systems Programs, Office of Naval Research, and the U.S. Marine Corps. The Seaport-e contract vehicle was established in 2002 by the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Warfare Centers to meet the wide variety of challenges that face the U.S. Navy and to increase efficiencies.

OpTech is an award-winning professional services firm specializing in connecting Fortune 500 and government clients to top information technology, engineering and healthcare talent from coast to coast. Based in southeast Michigan with offices located in Washington, D.C., and Denver, CO., OpTech’s innovative solutions address the critical needs of clients in the banking, manufacturing, insurance, utility, healthcare and government sectors.

OpTech offers its employees outstanding career opportunities supporting innovative companies with cutting-edge technology. Visit www.optechus.com to learn more about OpTech.


Wixom-based Kidpreneur to open second location in Madison Heights


Kidpreneur, a Wixom-based program that offers technology and programming-focused classes for kids, will open its second classroom location near Oakland Mall in Madison Heights in September.

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Opening date set for Emagine theater and Ironwood Grill in Birmingham


Emagine Entertainment, Inc. is promising a “brand new movie theater concept” with the grand opening of the Emagine Palladium and Ironwood Grill in downtown Birmingham.

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Southfield-based Lear Corp. acquires technology offering in-vehicle connectivity


Lear Corp., a Southfield-based supplier of automotive seating and electrical distribution systems, today announced it has acquired intellectual property and technology from Autonet Mobile, a software developer for automotive connectivity applications. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Is Pontiac the model for blight removal in Michigan?

The city of Detroit's fight against blight is well documented, but it is not the only city in southeast Michigan dealing with this issue. Pontiac, too, is getting aggressive when it comes to the remediation of problem properties, particularly vacant homes, in distressed neighborhoods.
According to a recent opinion piece for Crain's Detroit Business by Bill Pulte, founder of the Detroit Blight Authority and managing partner of Bloomfield Hills-based Pulte Capital Partners LLC, Pontiac is a shining example for how cooperation across sectors can effectively combat blight and increase property values in distressed neighborhoods.
Writes Pulte:
"I have been invited to visit great cities, large and small, across the United States to present time-tested experience, guidance and solutions for their blight challenges. When I am there, I always share the Detroit success stories from the original pilots, but the story that I tell most is that of Pontiac's politicians and leaders working together to solve the problem and put the credit aside. From the beginning, the question in Pontiac has been: How do we quickly and completely remove all blight from our neighborhoods and our city to create a blight-free, truly prosperous city?"
To date, Pontiac has removed over a third of the 905 homes identified as blighted during a 2014 survey of the city's residential properties.
Read more: Crain's Detroit Business

Oak View Hall gets LEED Gold certification for green building

Oak View Hall, Oakland University’s newest 500-bed student housing complex, recently struck gold in green building certification.

Oak View Hall’s unique architecture and design has captured LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Gold certification status.

To reach LEED status from the U.S. Green Building Council, building projects have to earn points based on their ability to save money and resources and have a positive impact on its residents, while promoting renewable, clean energy, according to the building council.

Oak View was awarded 63 points in green energy building categories such as sustainability, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation and design process. Only Platinum certification is higher than Gold, which is between 60 and 79 points out of 100.

Oak View, which offers bike racks, preferred parking for low-emission vehicles and shielded light fixtures, hit many green building requirements that helped it achieve its LEED Gold status. It also features dual-flush toilets, low-flow bathroom fixtures and showerheads, and an enhanced refrigerant management system that consumes 18 percent less energy than a typical dorm building.

The building’s project managers also thought green during the construction process, recycling more than 95 percent of the construction waste generated by the project and using about 15 percent of recycled materials. Twenty percent of the construction materials were sourced regionally, as well.

The student hall has also received the Masonry Institute of Michigan's President Award for its use of masonry throughout. 

The 164,724 square-foot, $30 million facility was officially opened in August 2014. University officials broke ground on the project in 2013. The residence hall was constructed due to a nearly 40 percent increase in housing rental agreements in the previous four years.

FCA US invests $2.5M in technical center upgrades


FCA US LLC showed off its $2.5 million upgrades at its Chrysler Technology Center in Auburn Hills today, including its updated climate test chamber capable of creating temperatures of 40 below zero and wind speeds up to 100 mph.

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Meadery, cidery latest venture to hit Hazel Park


Cellarmen’s, a microbrewery, meadery, and cider producer, is the latest venue planning to open in Hazel Park in mid-September.

“Every town needs its own brewery and this town was screaming for it,” says Jason Petrocik, co-founder of Cellarmen’s along with Ian Radogost-Givens. “Everyone in Hazel Park greets you with a smile.”

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