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Durr Group sets up North American HQ in Southfield

The Durr Group, a global mechanical and plant engineering firm with a majority of its business in the auto industry, is relocating its North American headquarters to Southfield.

The operation will move its offices into a renovated former DTE Energy facility located on 14 acres on Northwestern Highway. A nearly 100,000-square-foot newly constructed building will include testing, training, and valuation centers.

The redevelopment, which is located in a brownfield-designated area, will bring an investment of about $40 million to the city along with nearly 500 jobs.

The project comes with tax abatements and will include a re-use that incorporates innovative, cost-effective energy saving technologies,

"The resulting campus will enable increased collaboration, communication, and creativity, benefiting employees and customers alike," says Rochelle Freeman, the city's business development manager.

Source: City of Southfield
Writer: Kim North Shine

GM to build Bolt and unnamed model at Orion plant


General Motors will invest $245 million and eventually hire 300 workers at its Orion Township assembly plant to build an unnamed model the company isn't willing to identify.

"Orion Assembly is a breeding ground for manufacturing innovation," said Cathy Clegg, vice president of GM North America manufacturing and labor relations, in a statement. "It serves as a model for how to engage the entire workforce at all levels to achieve success."

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Novi-based Maxion Wheels, ThyssenKrupp to make lightweight wheels for luxury, sports cars


Novi-based Maxion Wheels and ThyssenKrupp Carbon Components have entered into an agreement to develop and market new lightweight aluminum and carbon fiber hybrid wheels for OEMs.

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New Lyon Township facility to add at least 250 jobs


A subsidiary of Magna International, a Canadian-based auto supplier, plans to build a $56 million manufacturing facility in Lyon Township and bring 250 jobs in the initial phase of the project.

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Supply Chain Summit highlights innovation and state's logistics resources

In today's competitive global economy, Michigan businesses are searching for ways to strengthen the backbone of their enterprise - logistics and supply chain. Effectively managing warehousing, distribution, inventory and production are at the core of profitability and the driving force behind the state's newly created logistics and supply chain strategic plan.

That strategy along with the emerging challenges facing small- and medium-size businesses will be among the topics at the "Michigan Supply Chain Innovation Summit," Aug. 30-31 at the Henry Ford Event and Conference Center in Dearborn.

A New Emphasis
"There's a new emphasis in economic development strategy on the significance and priority on the state's supply chain network," said Steve Arwood, CEO of Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which co-hosts the supply chain summit along with Prima Civitas.
"At the MEDC, our role is to serve as a catalyst and facilitator, bringing together the private sector, distinguished academic minds, public sector resources and a strategic approach to meld knowledge with economic opportunity," said Arwood. "The summit is a major step in making the state's logistics and supply chain strategy a reality."

"We are excited to bring together thought leaders and innovators in the supply chain industry," said Arnold Weinfeld, CEO of economic and community development catalyst Prima Civitas. "The Summit will be all about pushing the boundaries of today's best practices."

Located at the heart of the NAFTA corridor, Michigan's supply chain and logistics network combines global know-how and on-going innovation, according to Arwood. The state's strategy focuses on providing key logistical support to a range of small-to-midsize manufacturing and agricultural businesses.

Be Inspired
With the opening session set amid the dramatic landscape of The Henry Ford's exhibits of some of the nation's greatest industrial innovations, the summit brings together today's leading supply-chain-and-logistics thinkers who will offer insight into successful integrated and tailored supply chain solutions, talent development and leadership, along with managing revenue, risk and complexity. By 2020, trade with Canada is expected to further increase with the creation of a new international trade crossing between Detroit and Windsor.

Summit sessions include a critical examination of current supply chain practices, innovations on the horizon, and advice on how to take advantage of Michigan's tactical logistical assets and "knowledge resources."

For details and online registration for the Michigan Supply Chain Innovation Summit, please visithttp://www.michigansupplychainsummit.com 

 Early Bird Discount applies before July 1.

Henry Ford West Bloomfield, Premier Private Physicians form alliance to expand access to health care

Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital and Premier Private Physicians Management of Troy and Clarkston today announced an affiliation agreement to expand access to direct primary care in southeast Michigan.
Direct primary care, or concierge medicine, is a relatively new kind of medical practice, where patients receive direct access to their personal private physician 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Primary care physicians provide personalized service with extensive clinical education.  Patient appointments are longer (approximately one hour) and can be scheduled on short notice with little wait time.  Patients receive unlimited office visits with no co-pays or deductibles throughout the year. Since there is very little insurance involved, providers have the necessary time required to develop a meaningful patient-physician relationship built on trust.
For a fixed monthly fee, patients have direct access to their doctor, whether it’s in person, or by phone or email.  Primary care physicians handle routine health care, like physicals, infections, vaccinations and flu shots, as well as helping their patients with chronic conditions like diabetes or heart disease maintain their health and experience better outcomes.  The goal is to provide cost-effective health care with exemplary service.
“This model is a win-win for patients and physicians,” says Lori Washe, M.D., a family medicine specialist at Premier Private Physicians.  “My patients appreciate having more time to spend with me and I appreciate having more time to devote the care necessary to create individualized plans for each of my patient’s optimal health and well-being.”
Physicians like the model, as it allows them to practice medicine the way they intended, and the financial need to see 30 patients a day is eliminated.  In addition, the complication of third party reimbursement is reduced.  Freed from insurance paperwork, the doctor can focus completely on the patient.
Patients like the personalized service and, as deductibles and co-pays rise, the enhanced service comes without much additional cost.  Employers like it because the improved preventative care will reduce their health care costs in the long run and protect their most valuable human resource assets.
“My doctor takes a personal and sincere interest in my health,” says patient Michael Brown.  “Having a physician like him, who is accessible 24 hours a day and takes the time to explain my medical health status to me in simple, easy to understand terms has inspired me to improve my health.  I am so grateful to have Dr. Keith Christmon as my personal physician.”
Americans are required by law to have health insurance, but those who use direct primary care have less-expensive policies, because they only need coverage for surgery, hospitalization, and specialized care. 
Nine states, including Michigan, have direct primary care laws, and five more have legislation pending.
Physicians at Premier are able to provide exceptional access and care because each physician limits his or her practice to 500 patients, instead of the traditional 2,500 patients.
Premier Private Physicians currently serves approximately 2,000 patients, and has corporate contracts with companies for their executives, including FIAT Chrysler Automobiles, United Shore Financial Services, Continental Automotive, MASCO and FANUC. 
The program has great potential to grow.  A similar program in the Seattle area started at the same size and currently has more than 50,000 patients in a broad socio-economic group.
“We are extremely proud of our affiliation with Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital,” says John Blanchard, M.D., CEO of Premier Private Physicians Management, LLC. “This affiliation gives our patients access to the world-class hospital services and specialists of the Henry Ford Medical Group. When it comes to quality health care, access is everything.  We look forward to working with Henry Ford to expand access to the enhanced private physician services we offer.”
For 100 years, Henry Ford has established itself as an innovator and leader in healthcare excellence. The affiliation with Premier Private Physicians is a reflection of its commitment to find value-based health care solutions and give patients access to an innovative model of primary care delivery. 
Both organizations recognize the importance of maintaining the integrity of the physician-patient relationship, as health care delivery moves from volume to value.
“There are many ways to access health care,” says Betty Chu, M.D., vice president of Medical Affairs and chief medical officer of Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital. “We want to deliver primary care the way patients want it. This affiliation gives Henry Ford patients more options.”
About Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital
Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, part of the Henry Ford Health System, is a 191-bed LEED silver-certified hospital and community center for well-being. Opened in 2009, the hospital is staffed by the Henry Ford Medical Group, the Henry Ford Physician Network, and community physicians. Visitors discover a health care experience unlike any other, offering the latest in medicine, technology and patient safety, integrated with wellness and prevention programs. Specialties include cardiology, neurology, orthopedic surgery, women’s health, and treatment for prostate, breast and lung cancers. Additional services include complementary medicine in Vita, the wellness center, a healthy food culture, cooking classes for the community in the Demonstration Kitchen, an organic greenhouse, and a healing arts program. 
About Premier Private Physicians
Premier Private Physicians Management provides operating and management services to Premier Private Physicians PLC.  Premier offers people of all ages unrestricted access to comprehensive, preventive, acute, and chronic illness care for one low monthly membership fee.  Premier limits the number of patients cared for by each physician to 1/5 of a traditional doctor’s office.  The practice does not exclude anyone for preexisting conditions and offers 60- minute same or next day no-wait appointments, and direct access to the patient’s private physician 24/7 by cell and email. Studies show the Direct Primary Care model gives patients and employers access to exceptional care, while saving up to 30 percent on comprehensive health care costs when bundled with a lower premium insurance plan.  For a low monthly fee, Premier Private Physicians is a great way for employers and individuals to improve medical access and quality while decreasing cost. For more information, please visit premiermd.com.

New Asian market featuring fresh seafood, bubble tea to open in Madison Heights


An Asian market offering fresh seafood, a Chinese barbeque station, and a variety of Asian-brand grocery items is now open in Madison Heights.

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Old stone church to get new life as condos in Milford


The massive stone tower where church bells used to ring out across Milford is now a viewing perch over the historic downtown. A frame of 2-by-4-studs stretches where the communion rail once ran.

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New ownership purchases historic Birmingham 8 Theatre


It was announced that new ownership is taking over the majestic Birmingham 8 movie theater July 1 with plans to add luxury seating, an enhanced sound system and other amenities.

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Farmington Hills archery range targets residents, visitors looking for new things to do

Farmington Hills is upping the amenities in the city  -- there already is an ice rink and performance stage for the community -- by adding an archery range.

The Riley Archery Range is scheduled to open at Heritage Park June 13 and give visitors to Farmington Hills another reason to come to town.

The range will have eight shooting lanes with distances between 10 and 30 yards. The varying lanes accommodate a wide range of ages and abilities. There will be open shooting times, group reservations, and lessons offered, as well as lanes for rent for camps and birthday parties.

The Riley Archery Range was funded by the Riley Foundation, Panasonic, Safari Club International, ROWE Professional Services, and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Bryan Farmer, deputy director for the city of Farmington Hills Department of Special Services, calls the community archery range "our next, big, interesting, unique venture" and says "it's like no other."

A grand opening celebration is set for July 13, a month after opening day.

Source: Bryan Farmer, deputy director, City of Farmington Hills Department of Special Services
Writer: Kim North Shine


LTU's new academic complex is taking shape

Now that much of the steel structure for the A. Alfred Taubman Engineering, Life Sciences, and Architecture Complex has been put in place in the past few weeks, it is easier to envision how LTU’s Quadrangle will look once the project is completed.

Joseph Veryser, Lawrence Tech’s campus architect, said that the project remains on schedule. The building should be ready for occupancy by the end of May 2016. It will take another two months to get the academic facilities ready in time for the fall semester that begins in August 2016.

Detroit-based Albert Kahn Family of Companies is the architect of record, and the DeMaria Building Company of Detroit and Novi is the general contractor. Pritzker Architecture Laureate Thom Mayne of Morphosis is the design architect.

The building is named after retail developer and philanthropist A. Alfred Taubman, who died in April after contributing the lead gift in support of the structure.

General RV Center debuts on old Ford Wixom assembly plant site


General RV Center has opened its new corporate headquarters on a section of the former Ford Wixom Assembly plant site.

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Tattoo lifestyle brand Ink Addict opens store in downtown Ferndale

Ink Addict, an apparel brand that celebrates tattoos and tattoo artistry, has expanded by opening its own retail store in downtown Ferndale.

The new store at 22007 Woodward Ave. opened April 25 and sells Ink Addict's original designs for clothing and accessories in a space that also showcases local art -- also for sale -- and features rotating guest tattoo artists.

Ink Addict, which was started in 2007 by then-college students Nathan Martin and Jim Doyon from a basement in Royal Oak, has become a globally-recognized tattoo lifestyle brand available online and in more than 400 stores in the U.S. and in 25 countries.

The owners moved their production facility to Ferndale in 2013 and decided to renovate the front portion of the 10,000-square-foot space into what the owners are calling Ink Addict's flagship store and home base for connecting tattoo enthusiasts.

“We wanted to make a difference in a struggling economy,” co-owner Jim Doyon says of their decision to start Ink Addict. “For the first couple years, we put everything we made back into the company. We didn't get financial help. We just worked our asses off and believed that one day it would pay off. We surrounded ourselves with some amazing people and are so thankful for all the individuals who have become our family in this journey."

Source: Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce
Writer: Kim North Shine

Women's boutique opens in downtown Farmington

A women's clothing and accessories boutique from Commerce has relocated to downtown Farmington.

POSH by Tori Boutique opened in mid-April at 33411 Grand River Ave.

Owner Tori Thompson is hoping to attract a new customer base while still serving the clients who have kept her boutique in business for four years.

POSH by Tori sells trendy fashions and fashion classics at affordable prices, offers later operating hours that allow working customers to shop, and hosts special events as ways to open the boutique to more shoppers.

Source: Farmington Downtown Development Authority
Writer: Kim North Shine

Local organization steps up to be part of the rebirth of Pontiac

Pontiac is open for business. With a renewed spirit, the City of Pontiac is on the cusp of rebuilding. To support local small businesses and address a main concern – lack of financing, The Center for Empowerment and Economic Development-CEED has stepped up to provide loans to small businesses located in Pontiac.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, the major constraint limiting the growth, expansion, and wealth creation of small firms – especially women- and minority-owned businesses is inadequate access to capital.

CEED has made a commitment to provide $500,000 in loans available for the next 5 years at a fixed interest rate of 5%. Loans up to $50,000 can be used for machinery, equipment, inventory and some working capital.

“It is vital that the City of Pontiac create opportunities for our small businesses to gain access to capital” says Mayor Deirdre Waterman. “We look forward to working with CEED to support as many Pontiac small businesses as possible.”

CEED is no stranger to being a loan provider. As a pioneer in the industry, they were one of the first microlenders in the country in 1984 and have provided more than $5.5 Million in loans creating over 1,800 jobs. The organization has a stellar history of working with neighborhood business districts. By partnering with local municipalities, CEED is able to connect their resources with businesses in need.

“A loan from us comes with more than money. Part of the loan relationship is technical assistance which can range from help with bidding on federal contracts to using social media as part of your marketing strategy” says Michelle Richards, CEED executive director.

“Alternative solutions paired with, or without, traditional banking options are key to our City's business growth right now” says Glen Konopaskie, Executive Director of the Pontiac Downtown Business Association. “I look forward to integrating this program into our new Business Attraction Program that we will be rolling out soon for Downtown."

Learn more about how you may qualify for up to $50,000
Monthly Small Business loan orientations are scheduled in Waterford at the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center (2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Building 41W, Waterford, MI 48328). Attendance is free; registration is available through the Advantage Oakland or CEED website – www.miceed.org.

About CEED – www.miceed.org
The Center for Empowerment and Economic Development is a Michigan-based nonprofit organization which advances business owners by certifying 1,000 women business owners as a regional partner for the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, training 15,000 business owners and lending more than $5.5 million resulting in the creation of more than 1,800 jobs and over $11.6 billion in revenue generated. 
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