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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Oakland County's Big Four: Foreign Direct Investment, Life Sciences, Automotive and IT/Tech

Read more about Oakland County's Big Four - foreign direct investment, life sciences, automotive and IT/tech - in CAM Magazine here


 

Bistro 82 owner plans another restaurant in downtown Royal Oak

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AFB Hospitality Group, the company that owns Royal Oak’s Bistro 82 and Sabrage lounge, plans to open a restaurant and bar next year featuring live entertainment on Main Street in downtown Royal Oak.

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Time2Talk announces receipt of US Patent for its 'talking' software suite

Time2Talk, LLC has introduced its Talking Power Management Unit (TPMU) software to the medical industry. The recent patent issuance, several years in the making, covers unique aspects of battery and power management used for the growing number of mobile computers in healthcare. “On behalf of the entire team at Time2Talk, we are thrilled to receive protection on our IP, providing further validation to our efforts, said Dean Figlioli, Founder and CEO. Our progress thus far is a real testament to the technological prowess and healthcare leadership in our region and state.

Healthcare IT professionals immersed in a clinical setting hatched the technology. After repeatedly experiencing the problem first hand, a comprehensive solution was created to solve it holistically. The server-deployed software is aimed at shared mobile computing assets like Medical Computer Carts, Laptops, Tablets and Thin Clients used extensively in hospitals.

The problem originates from computer units that run on costly, commercial-grade rechargeable battery systems. Unfortunately, due to shared use and the hectic nature of a clinical setting, plugging them in and allowing adequate time for recharge is an often-neglected task. Thus, deep battery discharge frequently render the assets inoperable and set off a string of costly and inefficient activities within the facility.

TPMU corrects this phenomena using a unique on-screen alert as well as a “talking” feature, both fully configurable, that remind busy clinicians to simply ‘plug in’ assets prior to reaching critical discharge phase. Compliance results are astonishing, reducing incidents by over two-thirds as Clinicians’ respond to on-screen alert and human voice as opposed to blinking lights or alarms that are inherent in many mobile computing assets. TPMU also meets The Joint Commission (TJC) compliance pertaining to noise reduction and associated clinician ‘alarm fatigue’ in hospitals. The company projects an 8:1 Return on Investment for hospitals.

The software suite also includes a comprehensive reporting console to empower decision makers with valuable information capital. “In a development world that supports producing a minimally viable product, pushing it to market to gain initial traction, then fixing the bugs, Time2Talk has taken the opposite approach”, said Figlioli. “Not only was the software fully patented, version 1.3 is the prerelease version that has been meticulously designed and tested to ensure customers needs are met. The company is one-hundred percent market ready to support leading hospitals throughout our region and across the country."
 

CORP! Magazine awards Genisys with Economic Bright Spots Award

Genisys Credit Union which provides services to anyone who lives or works in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, ranked as one of the healthiest credit unions in the nation and has also just received the Economic Bright Spot Award from CORP! Magazine.
 
“Genisys continuously strives to enhance the products and services we provide to our members, and that continued in 2014,” said Jackie Buchanan, President/CEO.  “We are once again extremely honored to accept this prestigious award from Corp! Magazine.”

Since first opening in 1936, Genisys continues to experience growth. In 2014, Genisys opened a new branch in Downtown Royal Oak and in the Village of Oxford.  Additionally, by an overwhelming vote, members of Tri-Pointe Community Credit Union approved a merger with Genisys Credit Union. The combined credit unions will operate under the Genisys name with a total of nearly 2 billion in assets and will provide services to nearly 175,000 members. The expanded operations will include a total of twenty-nine branches, twenty-six of which are in Michigan.
 
Genisys is one honoree out of hundreds of nominations demonstrating that there are Michigan-based companies who are growing, thriving and standing out from the crowd. In 2014, Genisys saw growth in assets and total loan balances, 7.5% and 14.1%, respectively.  Of the 14.1% growth in total loan balances, 28% is attributed to auto loans.  “We are very proud that Genisys continues to receive a 5-star rating from Bauer Financial, an independent rating firm,” Buchanan said.  “Fewer than 10% of all financial institutions in the country have received the 5 star rating for as many consecutive quarters as Genisys.”
 
In order to position itself for continued growth, Genisys has invested in member conveniences and has dedicated many of its resources to giving back to surrounding communities. Genisys has nearly 30,000 surcharge-free ATMs, mobile banking, newly developed mobile deposit applications, and in 2014 contributed nearly 3,500 volunteer hours to local communities on behalf of Genisys staff and family
 
About Genisys Credit Union:
Genisys Credit Union is a not-for-profit, member-owned financial institution that has been committed to helping its members financially since 1936. Based out of Auburn Hills, MI, Genisys is one of the largest credit unions in Michigan, with over 175,000 members and 29 branch locations. They also provide business loans and a range of services for small to mid-sized businesses.  Genisys Credit Union is proud to be making a difference in their communities, and truly believes that Genisys is “where you come first”. Connect with Genisys on Facebook and Twitter by following “GenisysCU”. For convenient access to your account, download the Genisys iPhone App in the iTunes Store and Android App in the Google Play Store. For more information or a calendar of events, visit Genisys online at www.genisyscu.org.
 

Moceri to build loft-style apartments in Birmingham's Rail District

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Moceri Companies, a luxury homebuilder based in Auburn Hills, breaks ground today on an 11-unit loft-style residential development called Irongate on Eaton in Birmingham's Rail District.

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