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DroneView Technologies lands seed capital for commercial drone tech

DroneView Technologies has landed an undisclosed amount of seed capital from a big name, R.L. Polk & Co chairman Stephen Polk.

The Bloomfield Hills-based company is developing technology for drone aerial imaging solutions and drone operator training.

"It's an opportunity where we would rather make our own platform," says Michael Singer, CEO of DroneView Technologies. "It's an industry that's really at an inflection point. It was developed by the military and is being adapted to commercial uses."

The 1-year-old company currently employs two employees and 6-12 independent contractors. It is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills but also has an office in New York. The seven-figure seed capital raise will help the company further develop its technology and add to its team.

DroneView Technologies is looking to apply its technology to a broad variety of industries, such as real-estate construction and industrial inspection. Any place where data needs to be collected in hard-to-reach places.

"We want to become a nationally recognized brand in drone space," Singer says.

Source: Michael Singer, CEO of DroneView Technologies
Writer: Jon Zemke

Read more about Metro Detroit's growing entrepreneurial ecosystem at SEMichiganStartup.com.

Will downtown Birmingham valet service end hunt for parking spaces?

Economically, it can be a good thing for a downtown to have a parking shortage. It typically means businesses are thriving and commercial vacancies are low. For shoppers and visitors, however, there's really no upside.

With that in mind, a downtown-wide valet service is coming to Birmingham from April 2 to May 30. The service will be available noon to 6 p.m. Thursday - Saturday. The cost to use the valet is $4. There will be two pick-up locations: next to Roots at Henrietta and West Maple and at Comerica Bank on Old Woodward at Hamilton Row. Shoppers can call the valet when they're ready to be picked up.

"With warming weather, parking use increases significantly in April and May," says John Heiney, executive director of Birmingham's Principal Shopping District. "Plus, our merchants have told us that their customers have asked for this convenience."

He says downtown is at 98 percent occupancy and about 100,000 square feet of office space is being built over the next 18 months. The valet service, which was offered last spring and over the holidays, is a temporary fix to what looks to be a long term parking problem. Demand is increasing, Heiney said.

The city has established a steering committee to look at expanding the parking system and consider short term solutions such as relocating employee parking.

The company, In House Valet, will operate the service, which is being subsidized by the Principal Shopping District, an organization made up of downtown business owners that works in partnership with the city.

Source: John Heiney, executive director, Principal Shopping District
Writer: Kim North Shine

Superior Industries International relocating corporate headquarters to Southfield, adding 75 jobs

Superior Industries International, Inc., the largest manufacturer of aluminum wheels for passenger cars and light-duty vehicles in North America, is relocating its global headquarters to the city of Southfield with support from the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced today. The project is expected to generate $2.5 million in new private investment and add 75 new jobs. 

“Superior Industries’ investment will mean additional well-paying jobs in Michigan for years to come,” said Gov. Rick Snyder. “Michigan is America’s comeback state and this new headquarters tells global companies that Michigan holds great opportunities for growing their business.”

Superior Industries International, Inc. is the largest manufacturer of aluminum wheels for passenger cars and light-duty vehicles in North America. The company operates five manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and Mexico that employ approximately 3,000 people. Superior plans to relocate its global headquarters to Southfield from California, invest up to $2.5 million and create 75 jobs. As a result, the company has been awarded a $900,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Michigan was chosen over competing sites in Texas and Tennessee. The city of Southfield is providing support to the project in the form of expedited permitting through the city’s building department.

“We are excited about transitioning our headquarters to Southfield and to forming a mutually beneficial, long-term partnership with the state of Michigan,” said Don Stebbins, president and chief executive officer of Superior Industries. “Michigan is the heart of the North American auto industry, and being based here will help us develop even closer relationships with our customers.  Michigan also provides a deep talent pool and we are excited to hit the ground running here. We look forward to working closely with the state of Michigan to add long-term value, create jobs, and bring business into the region.”

Individuals interested in career opportunities with Superior Industries International, Inc. should visit www.supind.com or email their resumes to superiorstaffing@supind.com.

“Superior Industries’ decision to locate its global headquarters here underscores Michigan’s business-friendly environment and a manufacturing talent pool that can compete with any region in the world,” said MEDC Chief Executive Officer Steve Arwood. “This investment will provide excellent employment opportunities for Michigan residents and will create a long-term positive impact on the local economy.”

”We are delighted to welcome Superior Industries International to their new home in the city of Southfield,” said Southfield Acting Mayor Donald Fracassi.

The Michigan Business Development Program provides grants, loans and other economic assistance to qualified businesses that make investments or create jobs in Michigan, with preference given to businesses that need additional assistance for deal-closing and for second stage gap financing. 

The MSF considers a number of factors in making these awards, including: out-of-state competition, private investment in the project, business diversification opportunities, near-term job creation, wage and benefit levels of the new jobs, and net-positive return to the state. Business retention and retail projects are not eligible for consideration of these incentives.

 

Computing Source becomes relativity premium hosting partner

Computing Source, an all-in-one digital evidence and legal support firm, announced today that it has enhanced its extensive electronic discovery (e-discovery) services by becoming a Relativity Premium Hosting Partner. Computing Source CEO and Managing Director Mark St. Peter made the announcement.
 
As a Premium Hosting Partner, Computing Source can now host client document review data in industry-leading software Relativity, on-site within its Madison Heights, Mich.-based data center—one of the largest of its kind in the Midwest—and at its Chicago, Detroit and Grand Rapids locations, as well as through its extensive secure, private cloud and computer network covering the Great Lakes region and accessible worldwide.
 
“Computing Source combines industry-leading expertise with unprecedented convenience and state-of-the-art technology to provide our clients with every legal support service they will need during the lifecycle of their cases, all under one roof,” said St. Peter. “Partnering with kCura, developers of Relativity, was the logical next step as we work to continually expand and enhance our service offerings.”
 
Relativity is a fully featured, web-based solution Computing Source provides for the review, analysis and production stages of electronic evidence. The flexible and scalable platform enables users to build and automate custom workflows; use a complete set of text analytics capabilities including computer-assisted review; and build custom applications on top of Relativity to manage and search all kinds of case-related data and information.
 
“We’re excited that ­­­­Computing Source has selected Relativity to meet their customers’ diverse needs,” said Andrew Sieja, President and CEO of kCura. “We’re looking forward to helping them provide a great e-discovery experience for their customers.”

 

PeachWorks scores $4M in VC, opens Southfield HQ

Software startup PeachWorks has landed a few million dollars seed capital and is opening its first headquarters in Southfield this spring.

The 8-year-old company, formerly known as WhenToManage, provides cloud-based software for the restaurant management industry. Its $4 million Series A was led by Indiana-based Allos Ventures. Other early stage venture capital firms participating in the round are Ann Arbor-based Huron River Ventures, Florida-based Arsenal Venture Partners, and downtown Detroit-based Invest Detroit.

"We're rolling out a new general product and platform," says Mark Symonds, CEO of PeachWorks. "We're also building out staff and marketing."

PeachWorks principal product is a subscription-based software platform for restaurants. The platform handles recipe and inventory management, point-of-sale analytics, and staff scheduling. It can be used by restaurants, hospitality businesses, speciality retailers, and food service markets.

"Our sweet spot is fast casual, casual, and fine dinning," Symonds says.

Symonds recently joined PeachWorks as CEO after serving as the CEO of Plex Systems, a software firm that specializes in cloud ERP for manufacturers. He says PeachWorks had been more virtually based before this year with staff spread across the U.S. Metro Detroit contained the highest concentration of those staff. The company currently employs 35 people after hiring eight over the last year. It is currently looking to add another six people.

"Southfield is centrally located," Symonds says. "We also have an office in downtown Ann Arbor."

Source: Mark Symonds, CEO of PeachWorks
Writer: Jon Zemke

Read more about Metro Detroit's growing entrepreneurial ecosystem at SEMichiganStartup.com.

3Con USA establishing headquarters in Wixom, adding 136 new jobs

3Con Corporation, doing business as 3Con USA, is establishing its North American headquarters in the City of Wixom with support from the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced today. The project is expected to generate $6.4 million in new private investment and add 136 new jobs. 

“3Con’s investment means Michigan residents will find good job opportunities that could well have gone to other states,” said MEDC Chief Executive Officer Steve Arwood. “3Con’s decision to establish its North American headquarters here underscores Michigan’s business-friendly environment and a manufacturing talent pool that can compete with any place in the world.”

3Con Corporation, dba 3Con USA, is a specialty equipment supplier to the automotive interior systems market. The company plans to establish its North American presence by initially leasing a building in the City of Wixom to house its North American headquarters and R&D operations. Within five years the company plans to build its own permanent facility. The project will generate a total capital investment of $6.4 million and create 136 jobs, resulting in a $550,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Michigan was chosen over a competing site in South Carolina. The City of Wixom has offered property tax abatement in support of the project. Individuals interested in pursuing career opportunities with 3Con USA should contact Tonya McCallum at Tonya.mccallum@3con.com

“3Con is extremely pleased with the ability of the state of Michigan to help bridge the gap for our organization. Both Michigan and 3Con will benefit from our location here as opposed to competing states,” said 3Con President of US Operations Raymond Costello. “The automotive talent pool and infrastructure cannot be compared to anywhere else in the nation. For those reasons, we have planted our permanent roots here in Oakland County and have begun hiring. Come on out and join our team!”

The Michigan Business Development Program provides grants, loans and other economic assistance to qualified businesses that make investments or create jobs in Michigan, with preference given to businesses that need additional assistance for deal-closing and for second stage gap financing. 

The MSF considers a number of factors in making these awards, including: out-of-state competition, private investment in the project, business diversification opportunities, near-term job creation, wage and benefit levels of the new jobs, and net-positive return to the state. Business retention and retail projects are not eligible for consideration of these incentives.

Pure Michigan is a brand representing business, talent and tourism initiatives across Michigan. These efforts are driven by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which serves as the state’s marketing arm and lead advocate for business growth, jobs and opportunity with a focus on helping grow Michigan’s economy.

For more on the MEDC and its initiatives, visit michiganbusiness.org. For Michigan travel news, updates and information, visit michigan.org. Michigan residents interested in seeking employment with any of Michigan’s growing companies should check mitalent.org, where more than 93,000 jobs are currently available in a variety of industries.
 

OCC nets cash for skilled trades equipment

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Oakland Community College will receive $4.5 million to purchase equipment for training in auto servicing, collision repair, medium/heavy truck and commercial driving.

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Palace of Auburn Hills to install smart seating over next three years

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As part of an ongoing effort to deploy technology upgrades, Palace Sports & Entertainment in 2016 will begin a three-year plan to replace all of the seats at the Palace of Auburn Hills with seating that will be able to communicate with fans’ mobile devices.

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Digital marketer HelloWorld to move to Southfield

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HelloWorld, a digital marketing company, has signed an 11-year lease at the Southfield Town Center in Southfield. The company will relocate by the end of the year from its current space inside a former brewery in Pleasant Ridge.

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Unitask announces continued channel distribution expansion

As a leading provider of Oracle E-Business Suite solutions, Unitask Software today announced the continued and immediate expansion of its Solution Centric Partner Enablement Program. The Unitask Partner Advantage Program provides customers with easy and efficient access to the Company’s solutions directly, as well as through a variety of value-added partners such as:
  • Referring Partners
  • Resellers
  • Distributors
  • Systems Integrators
  • Solutions Providers
The Customer Centric market today is one that is demanding of deep and immediate domain expertise in the Oracle EBS space. New implementations, upgrades and expansion all demand attentive resources and solutions, which can be rallied for timely success,” said Dale D. Royal, Chairman & CEO of Unitask Software. The expansion of our program ensures that all parties are engaged and focused on the delivery of a solution, not on an administrative, territorial process that does not support the efficient rollout of solutions for the Customer.

Providing software solutions that address the tedious and manually intensive tasks associated with Publishing Oracle EBS reports as well as the Migration & Promotion of required Changes, the Unitask Partner Advantage Program facilitates delivery based upon the customers working model.

The Unitask Partner Advantage Program enables participation on a variety of levels to accommodate differing business models. These levels include the Enhanced Level and Elite Level, as well as Exclusive Geographical Distributorship.
  • The Unitask Enhanced Level is designed for those organizations providing services, but not products.
  • The Unitask Enabled Level is designed for those organizations providing product, delivery and integration services solutions.
  • Exclusive Distributorship is designed for Partners with full expertise in International Geography.
In each case, all products within the Unitask Solution portfolio are available for inclusion in the program.

About Unitask Software
Unitask Software develops and deploys solutions that accelerate the realized value of Oracle E-Business Suite Implementations. Based upon over a decade of experience in the Oracle E-Business Suite enterprise, Unitask products eliminate implementation and operational risk of the installation, while improving the application quality and usability. For more information, please visit: http://www.unitask.com

Golf year-round at new downtown Birmingham business

Golf pro Bob Krause has turned a downtown Birmingham office space into a year-round place to learn and practice golf.

4-Seasons Golf, a members-only club inside Suite 21U inside the shorter of the two buildings at 555 South Old Woodward, is outfitted with two indoor golf simulators and three practice bays, one of which will be used for private lessons.

The business is in soft-opening mode after an open house last week that welcomed prospective members.

"We've had great feedback and we're signing up members now. We want to take our time so we can give members the best service possible," says Stephanie Krause, Bob's wife and acting general manager.

"It's a very unique business model," she says. "There's nothing else like it here."

The company's market is all golfers, especially those who can't go south to play during the winter and those who want something other than public golf domes and sports bar simulators to practice in the off-season.

"Golf is an important game to play all year long if you want to keep up your game," says Krause.

The 4,000-square-foot facility was renovated to give it a country club feel, including a pro shop, lockers, changing area, liquor lockers, and other amenities for members. Members can entertain guests for an additional fee or can play against fellow members on the simulators, which are in comfortably furnished rooms and offer a choice of 30 courses.

The practice bays are connected to a software that analyzes every ball hit into nets covering the ceilings.

Private lessons for members and non-members are available, and the entire space can be rented for special events and parties.

Source: Stephanie Krause, acting general manager, 4-Seasons Golf
Writer: Kim North Shine

Detroit area developer stoked to do condo for car buffs

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This winter's snow and ice can't melt fast enough for Brad Oleshansky, Birmingham car buff and founder of the planned 87-acre M1 Concourse off Woodward Avenue in Pontiac.

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Automation Alley receives a multi-million dollar in-kind software grant from Siemens PLM Software

Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association, has received a multi-million dollar in-kind software grant from Siemens PLM Software to be used in hands-on training of individuals enrolled in classes at the Automation Alley Technology Center. The grant includes licenses of NX™ software, Solid Edge® software, Teamcenter® software and the Tecnomatix® portfolio — the same commercial software used to develop some of the world’s most sophisticated and innovative products. Trainees will learn how to use this software to design, test and manufacture products in a variety of industries. 

Located inside OU INC — a Smart Zone business accelerator on the campus of Oakland University — the Automation Alley Technology Center opened in February 2014 to address the need in Southeast Michigan for affordable training of local employees, students and individuals in product lifecycle management (PLM) technologies and processes. PLM is a set of software technologies and processes used to manage and execute every phase of a product’s development, delivery and service throughout its lifecycle, from conception and design, through manufacture, to customer support and disposal. In the fall of 2014, the center expanded its offerings to allow for the inclusion of additional technology resources and partnerships.

“I would like to thank Siemens PLM Software for their generous grant to the Automation Alley Technology Center. This software will allow us to equip the local workforce with the skills necessary to compete in today’s highly digital manufacturing environment,” said Alex Violassi, director of the Automation Alley Technology Center. “Siemens is a valued partner in our mission to help make small and medium-size businesses become more competitive and keep manufacturing here in Southeast Michigan.”

“Siemens PLM Software is a proud supporter of Automation Alley and their efforts to provide local companies with access to new and emerging technologies,” said Gerald Deren, executive director of business development and consulting for Siemens PLM Software. “We believe the software we are providing, coupled with the efforts of Automation Alley and its partners, will help manufacturers optimize their digital enterprises and realize innovation.”

The Automation Technology Center is located on the campus of Oakland University at OU INC, off Adams Road, south of Walton Boulevard. 

For more information about available training, contact Alex Violassi, director of the Automation Alley Technology Center, at 248-648-4701 or violassia@automationalley.com.

About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is a technology business association and business accelerator dedicated to growing the economy of Southeast Michigan and enhancing the region’s reputation around the world. Automation Alley offers talent and business development programs and services to tech-focused businesses of all sizes — from startups to large corporations — to help them grow and prosper. 

Since its founding in 1999, Automation Alley’s membership has grown to include nearly 1,000 businesses, educational institutions, government entities and nonprofit organizations from the city of Detroit and the surrounding eight-county region. 

Automation Alley provides a variety of exclusive benefits to its members to help them succeed, including networking opportunities, meeting space and public relations tools. Automation Alley also serves the general business community in five key areas: entrepreneurial services, talent development, international business services, emerging technologies and defense and manufacturing.

Automation Alley collaborates with regional partners to provide its members and clients with the best business resources available, to drive local economic growth, and to positively influence the stories being told around the globe about the people and businesses of Greater Detroit.

For more information, visit automationalley.com.
 

Speak-easy-style Rochester Tap Room opens this week; here's a look inside

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After five months of preparation, Rochester Tap Room celebrated its grand opening Thursday.

As Crain's first reported last month, the Rochester Hills speak-easy-style restaurant will feature 60 craft beers on tap —more than any bar in Oakland County, according to its owners. The drink menu will also feature specialty wines and cocktails. It will be a full-service restaurant open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Saturday and Sunday brunch will also be offered.

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Beaumont breaks ground on $40M proton beam center in Royal Oak

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Beaumont has broken ground on a $40 million single-room proton therapy center at its Royal Oak campus. When Beaumont completes its proton center in the spring of 2017, the two-story, 25,200-square-foot facility will be located next to its cancer center in the southeast section of the Royal Oak campus.

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