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Humanetics in Farmington Hills creates crash test dummies to increase senior safety

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Humanities, a Farmington Hills-based designer, supplier, and manufacturer of crash test dummies and calibration equipment, announced that a dummy designed to address the needs and characteristics of senior drivers and passengers has entered advanced testing for vehicle safety systems. 

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Vitrine Gallery & Gifts opens in downtown Berkley

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Vitrine Gallery & Gifts has opened in downtown Berkley, featuring work by local artists, global artisans, Michigan food products and fair trade products. Susan Rogal is the owner of the 1,500 sq. ft. shop. She also owns ArtWear Detroit, a functional art fashion, accessories and housewares company and has a studio at the shop.

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Auto supplier Hella breaks ground for new Northville Township HQ

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Automobile industry supplier Hella is relocating its North American headquarters to Northville Township, where it is also planning to expand its work force.

The German company, which develops, builds and markets lighting and electronic components for auto manufacturers and suppliers, recently broke ground for a 115,000-square-foot office and technical center on Technology Drive near Beck Road.

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Martinrea International opens new Auburn Hills facility

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Martinrea International Inc. announced the opening of its new state-of-the-art facility in Auburn Hills. The 108,000 sq. ft. structure includes office and lab space for research and development, and houses 160 employees, according to a press release from the supplier.

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Owner of Southfield salon to open Detroit studio and launch national brand

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Dana White, the owner of Paralee Boyd Salon of Southfield, recently launched her national brand with the grand opening of her second Paralee Boyd salon. The new salon is at 3939 Woodward Avenue in Midtown, Detroit.

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Indiana-based AM General opens Technology and Engineering Center in Auburn Hills

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South Bend, Indiana-based global mobility solutions provider AM General 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.

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Holly schoolhouse to become boutique hotel and banquet center

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Holly’s queen of re-purposing has another grand transformation in the works – the conversion of a 1913 schoolhouse into a boutique hotel and banquet center with a speak-easy.

Cari Cucksey, host of HGTV’s Cash & Cari and owner of RePurpose and The Holly Vault, announced at an Oakland County Planner’s Gathering that she and her husband Vince would be opening the hotel by the end of 2018.

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Auburn Hills-based Continental debuts fifth-generation radar sensors for autonomous driving

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Auburn Hills-based automotive technology supplier Continental today announced the fifth generation of its short and long range radar sensors, which will enter series production in 2019. The sensors cater to vehicle manufacturers’ varying requirements and electrical-electronic architectures for emerging autonomous vehicle technologies.

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Denso in Southfield, Symbio collaborate on Finnish innovation center

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Denso, an automotive component manufacturer with a North American headquarters in Southfield, today announced a plan to open a joint innovation center in Finland with software company Symbio.

The facility will be based in Symbio’s premises in Espoo and activities will begin this year following a letter of intent to establish the innovation center signed on Oct. 24.

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Hart Marx Advisors opens new office in Bloomfield Hills

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Hart Marx Advisors, a consulting firm that assists buys and sellers in the automotive and heavy-duty industries, has opened a new office in Bloomfield Hills, next to its sister company, Marx Group, a full-service marketing communications agency specializing in the automotive and trucking industries.

The new 2,800 square-foot space will offer the company maximum exposure to automotive and commercial vehicle suppliers as the business continues to expand.

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Orion Twp. completes phase 1 of Clarkston Road Safety Path

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Orion Township is a mile closer to connecting the Paint Creek and Polly Ann trails with the completion of a portion of the Clarkston Road safety path.

Bikers and pedestrians can now use the path, which consists of an elevated wooden boardwalk along the north side of Clarkston Road near Camp Agawam.

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Popularity of beards has metro Detroiters looking for relief with balm

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It started with an itch and grew into an enterprise that sells products to make beards more bearable.

"When you start growing a beard, you get itchy and irritable," said Steve Henes, who this summer purchased Detroit Grooming, a Ferndale-based company, with a business partner, Victor Simon. "So the founders developed this oil, shared it with other people, and they said, 'You've got something that works!' "

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13 acres in Ferndale and Pleasant Ridge to be redeveloped into residential, retail, and office space

A large redevelopment project that straddles the cities of Ferndale and Pleasant Ridge is one step closer to reality, thanks to the recent approval of brownfield tax credits from the Michigan Strategic Fund.

In an area more recognizable for its industrial past, a 13-acre site anchored by the vacant building at 660 E. 10 Mile Rd. will be transformed into a mixed-use campus featuring a marketplace, brewery, beer garden, and more.

Five remaining buildings on-site will also be rehabilitated, featuring office space, retail space, fitness center, and, in keeping in the spirit of the site's past light industrial life, a fire suppression company.

The project will also feature the construction of 75 new residential units.

"Iron Ridge is an exciting project that transforms a contaminated, defunct site into a shared gathering place for two communities -- Ferndale and our neighbors in Pleasant Ridge," says Jordan Twardy, Ferndale's Community and Economic Development Director.

"The mix of uses creates a sense of place that connects residents with unique places to dine and shop, and given its location near I-696, it will function as a unique gateway destination to both communities."

The development team behind the mixed-use campus, Iron Ridge Holdings LLC, was able to secure $3,531,500 in local and school tax capture for the alleviation of brownfield conditions at the site. Announcement of the County of Oakland Brownfield Redevelopment Authority receiving MSF approval for the brownfield tax credit was announced Tuesday, Oct. 24.

According to officials from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the Iron Ridge redevelopment will, "Reactivate a group of vacant or underutilized industrial and residential parcels into a vibrant mixed-use campus, bring new housing to the city of Ferndale and will increase density and economic activity in the area."

Officials expect the project to create 200 new jobs and generate a total capital investment of $32 million.

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Autoliv breaks ground at new Southfield location

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Autoliv has broken ground in Southfield for their new 180,000 square foot Electronics Technical Center.

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First Tesla Michigan gallery opens at Somerset

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Silicon Valley-based Tesla Inc. opened its first stand-alone gallery space in Michigan in the Somerset Collection mall off of Big Beaver Road. The gallery is located next to the Apple Store which opened in 2002 and has been an inspiration for the luxury carmaker’s direct-to-consumer, shopping-center marketing.

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