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State OKs tax capture for Aptiv's creation of advanced-safety engineering center in Troy


Aptiv PLC will get to keep up to $30.7 million of its employees' tax withholdings by creating 500 new jobs at its Troy headquarters.

The Michigan Strategic Fund approved the 10-year Good Jobs for Michigan tax capture for the autonomous-vehicle technology supplier, allowing the company to keep the income tax withholdings for 500 new engineers, support staff and electronic labs technicians as part of the relocation. Aptiv is expected to invest between $20 million and $30 million on the project.

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Technosoft Corp. adding tech jobs in Michigan

Technosoft Corporation (Technosoft), founded in 1996 and headquartered in Southfield, MI, combines strategy, technology, and creativity to help companies accelerate their digital transformation journeys. Technosoft offers solutions for data science, robotic process automation, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, application lifecycle management, CRM-ERP (Salesforce, SAP, Oracle), and IT infrastructure management. The company has more than 4,400 employees globally.

Technosoft recently announced plans to create a Digital Transformation Center of Excellence at its Southfield facility. From this center, Technosoft will deliver projects to help companies transform how they do business using digital technologies such as Blockchain, robotic process automation, and data science. The initiative is expected to generate a total private investment of $878,000 and create 104 high-paying jobs. To support this ambitious expansion, Technosoft has been awarded an $800,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Michigan was chosen over a competing site in Texas. “Southfield is business-friendly and Southeast Michigan has the talent we need to grow. We’re able to find bright, young technical talent by tapping into technical universities such as Lawrence Tech, UM, MSU, and other strong Michigan universities.”, said Radha Krishnan, President and CEO of Technosoft. The city of Southfield has offered expedited permitting in support of the project.

Mark Adams, Oakland County Sr. Business Rep. said, “Technosoft is an outstanding technology firm with visionary management and a talented workforce. County Executive L. Brooks Patterson has worked with many partners to create a diverse business community through the County’s emerging sector program. These jobs represent the type of high paying skill talent that makes up the Oakland County workforce. This success story was a result of teaming with Southfield and the MEDC to partner with Technosoft.”

About Technosoft 
Technosoft Corp. (Technosoft) combines strategy, technology and creativity to help companies accelerate their digital transformation journeys. We help our customers gain insights from data that others can’t see and we provide bold ideas for innovation. Technosoft offers solutions for digital transformation, data science, robotic process automation, artificial intelligence, Blockchain, cloud management, application lifecycle management, quality assurance and testing, CRM-ERP (Salesforce, SAP, Oracle), and IT infrastructure management. Technosoft has extensive domain knowledge of the manufacturing, banking and financial services, healthcare, retail, and high tech industries. Headquartered in Southfield, Michigan, Technosoft has 4,400+ global employees and is trusted by more than 35+ Fortune 1000 customers in North America and India. Learn more at http://www.technosoftcorp.com

Aptiv creates new jobs through expansion of mobility technical center

Michigan entered in to the final four with high hopes and emerged the victor, beating out three other states in the process.

This isn’t college basketball we’re talking about but instead a tournament of jobs. While there isn’t a trophy to hoist--that we know of, at least--there are approximately 500 new jobs and $20 million in private investment to tout.

The global technology and mobility company Aptiv recently announced that it will be renovating its facilities in suburban Troy, Michigan, creating 500 new jobs in the engineering- and software-related fields. The Troy technical center will serve as a mobility research and development facility for the company.

As a result of the investment, the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) approved a 100 percent Good Jobs for Michigan tax capture for up to 10 years valued at $30.6 million.

“[Michigan] Governor [Rick] Snyder met with Aptiv executives last year and made the case that there is no better place in North America for high-tech companies to expand and succeed than Michigan,” says Jeff Mason, chief executive officer of MEDC, the state’s chief marketing and business attraction arm that administers programs and performs due diligence on behalf of the MSF.

“Aptiv’s investment is a catalyst for attracting other technology companies and underscores the strength of the state’s high-tech automotive assets.”

The Dublin, Ireland-headquartered Aptiv has approximately 150,000 employees across 14 technical centers, as well as manufacturing sites and customer support centers in 45 countries.

Justin Robinson, vice president of business attraction for the Detroit Regional Chamber, characterizes Aptiv’s decision to invest in Troy, “A tremendous win for the region,” and, “A testament to our ecosystem’s continued strength as a global center for leading mobility companies.”

Those interested in careers at Aptiv can view opportunities online.

Advanced manufacturing lab coming to Milford High School


The Huron Valley Schools District wants to help fill the region's critical skilled trades talent gap. 

In partnership with SME Partnership Response in Manufacturing Education, an initiative focused on closing the skills gap, and regional business partners, the district is seeking to build a $315,000 advanced manufacturing lab in Milford High School. 

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Inteva products wins Best of MichBusiness award

Inteva Products, a leading global Tier One automotive supplier of engineered components and systems, announced that it was selected as a 2018 Best of MichBusiness winner. 

This annual award commemorates the most unique, innovative and successful companies in the State of Michigan and is testament to Inteva’s efforts to invest in the future while simultaneously promoting an innovative culture for its employees. The Best of MichBusiness Awards honor and celebrate heroes throughout the statewide business community that are blazing trails of their own on their journey through business. 

Inteva was one of 10 companies honored in the “Manufacturing Marvels” category during the annual Best of MichBusiness Awards and Gala at the MGM Grand Hotel in Detroit on November 29, 2018. This category recognizes companies that have filled a niche and created the products that we love and use every day. For more information on the event, visit https://michbusiness.com/event/2018-best-michbusiness-awards-gala

About Inteva Products 
Inteva Products is a leading global automotive supplier providing automakers with innovative, reliable, environmentally friendly products that enhance vehicle quality, safety and performance. Inteva has global resources for engineering, manufacturing and customer service for Closure Systems, Interior Systems, Motors and Electronics, and Roof Systems. Formed in 2008, the tier-one supplier is focused on achieving sustained global growth, providing excellent customer service and driving innovation. Inteva was founded on innovative solutions and the use of applied technology to drive value-based solutions. The company employs more than 12,000 people in 50 sites on five continents and maintains its World Headquarters in Troy, Michigan USA. For future company updates, please visit the Inteva Products website, or the company’s Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram pages. 

Samsung building $62.7 million manufacturing facility in Auburn Hills, creating 461 jobs


A major investment is being made in Auburn Hills. 

Samsung SDI America, which manufactures rechargeable batteries for the automotive industry, is planning to expand its current facility, located at 3201 University Drive, and build a $62.7 million high-volume battery pack manufacturing facility, the first of its kind in The United States. The investment is expected to create 461 jobs by the end of 2024, according to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).

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Lake Orion students take part in county Manufacturing Day


For Teddy Anderson, a junior at Lake Orion High School, seeing what the professionals at Atlas Copco Tools and Assembly Systems do could be a glimpse into his future.

Teddy and 17 of his classmates toured Atlas Copco in Auburn Hills as part of Oakland County’s fourth annual Manufacturing Day on Oct. 5.

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Two high-tech companies move operations, jobs to Oakland County

More than 150 new jobs and nearly $6 million in capital investments are coming to the cities of Auburn Hills and Southfield.

Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. has been making car stereos for decades. Now the Torrance, California-headquartered company is moving closer to the automobile industry.

The manufacturer of high-performance mobile electronics Alpine is moving its headquarters to Auburn Hills. The move puts the company closer to the autonomous vehicle industry, allowing it to develop technology and products for the automakers jointly.

The move will create 100 jobs for the city and generate a total capital investment of $5.1 million. As a result, the state has awarded the company a $650,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Auburn Hills is offering a 50 percent property tax abatement, too.

"This new investment will allow Alpine to continue developing technologies for work in the autonomous vehicle industry," says Auburn Hills Mayor Kevin McDaniel.

"Our City Council and staff have worked diligently to support this exciting project, and we are looking forward to their continued success."

Also in the news is Danish company Configit, which makes configuration technology for leading manufacturing companies. With offices all over the world, the company is opening an office in Southfield for its U.S.-based software product development team.

The move will create 51 high-tech and administrative jobs and generate a total capital investment of $803,000. As a result, Configit has been awarded a $365,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant, and the city of Southfield plans to expedite the permit process.

"We’re pleased Configit has chosen Southfield as the location for its software product development team in the United States," says Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson.

"Oakland County is connecting many of its 2,000+ IT companies operating here through our Tech248 initiative and a global company such as Configit fits perfectly into the strategy."

Got a development news story to share? Email MJ Galbraith here or send him a tweet @mikegalbraith.

Bloomfield Hills' Karamba Security introduces automotive cybersecurity protection platform


Bloomfield Hills’ Karamba Security, a provider of end-to-end automotive cybersecurity prevention solutions, has announced ThreatHive, which provides automobile OEMs and Tier-1 suppliers a view of actual, online attacks on their engine control units (ECU) during development.

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Kelly Services in Troy invests in business talent group to advance the gig economy


Troy-based Kelly Services, a large workforce solutions company, announced it has made an equity investment in Business Talent Group (BTG), a leading market place?for on-demand consultants, experts, and executives. 

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Speaker series examines both how to get better jobs and how to provide them

A speaking event for employees and the companies that employ them is taking place at Lawrence Technological University this month.

It’s a result of radio station WWJ Newsradio 950 and Lawrence Technological University partnering for another year of their Leaders and Innovators business speaker series.

This year’s programming, which runs through mid-April, kicks off with the Your Next Job event on Thursday, Sept. 20. Your Next Job will examine both how employees can improve their chances of landing better jobs but also how employers can better retain employees, thus dissuading them from leaving for competitors.

According to a release, a recent study shows that six out of 10 employees would leave their current company for better pay and/or benefits.

Murray Feldman, business editor for WWJ Newsradio 950, will moderate the event. The panel will include Pete Davis, president of Impact Management Services, an employee recruitment and personnel consulting firm with offices in Southfield, Chesterfield Township, Chicago, and Appleton, Wisconsin.

Additional events include:

  • Thursday, Oct. 18: Weed in the Workplace
  • Thursday, Nov. 15: Crash Course: Financial Fitness in the Workplace
  • Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019: Business and Taxation
  • Thursday, March 21, 2019: Women Entrepreneurs
  • Thursday, April 18, 2019: Topic to be determined

The first event in the Leaders and Innovators business speaker series, Your Next Job, is on Thursday, Sept. 20 at the University Technology and Learning Center Gallery at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield. A continental breakfast and networking sessions begin at 7:30 a.m. The program runs from 8 to 9 a.m.

Visit the event online for ticket information.

Got a development news story to share? Email MJ Galbraith here or send him a tweet @mikegalbraith.

Record number of high school students and companies to participate in 2018 Manufacturing Day

Nearly 1,000 Oakland County high school students and 43 companies will take part in Manufacturing Day in Oakland County – the largest local participation in the program ever.

The event, which showcases advanced manufacturing to students and careers that are available, is set for Oct. 5 at 43 advanced manufacturers throughout Oakland County. This is the county’s fourth year of involvement in the national celebration that takes students into the facilities to see first-hand the opportunities that await them.

“Manufacturing Day in Oakland County has grown each year,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “It’s encouraging to see the increased numbers of students going on tours and the large number of Oakland County companies interested in hosting students. We expect the event to inspire our young people to consider pursuing a career in advanced manufacturing or the skilled trades, which are both so important to the future of our county and virtually all of our companies and communities.”

Oakland Schools Technical campuses in Clarkston, Pontiac, Royal Oak and Wixom are sending a total of 650 students on tours. In addition, 16 school districts are sending a combined 350 students on tours.
Patterson plans to attend the kick-off activities at the Northeast Technical Campus in Pontiac as will other state and local government officials.

“With nearly 110,000 manufacturing career openings through 2024, exposing students to opportunities in this high-demand, high-wage field is extremely important for Michigan’s continued economic success,” said Workforce Development Agency Director Stephanie Beckhorn. “Manufacturing Day events held not only in Oakland County but around Michigan play an important role in helping students learn about the vast opportunities available in professional trades careers like manufacturing.”

Students will spend the morning getting a behind-the-scenes look at a wide range of technologies and careers in advanced manufacturing. They will interact with employees about what they do each day and the skills required to be successful.

Among the tour hosts is Encore Automation of Auburn Hills. President Steven Becroft said his company is especially interested in prospective employees with a fundamental knowledge of controls, robotics, vision and sensors, and manufacturing processes.

“There is a shortage of candidates with this background for us and other companies in this area,” Becroft said. “Manufacturing Day provides a window for students into these areas, to show them there are lucrative and fulfilling careers available to those who are interested and motivated to engage in the excellent training and lab experiences from vocational-tech schools and colleges in Oakland County.”

Manufacturing Day in Oakland County is organized by Oakland County Michigan Works!, the Oakland County Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs, Oakland Schools and Oakland Community College.

The event’s platinum sponsor is Magna International; gold level sponsors include Automation Alley, Hi-Tech Mold & Engineering, Kelly Services, Lawrence Technological University and Oakland Community College. NLB Corp. is a silver sponsor and Hirotec, MPD Welding and WENZEL are bronze sponsors.

“Oakland County Manufacturing Day could not take place without the generous support of our organizing bodies and sponsors,” said Jennifer Llewellyn, manager of Oakland County Workforce Development. “Interest in the event is at an all-time high. In fact, we have secured a record number of sponsors to help fund the event and ensure its success.”

For more information on Oakland County Manufacturing Day, visit OakGov.com/MfgDay.

  • AAM-Auburn Hills Manufacturing, Auburn Hills
  • ABB Inc., Auburn Hills
  • American Axle, Royal Oak
  • Ascent Aerospace - Odyssey Industries, Lake Orion
  • Atlas Copco Tools and Assembly Systems, Auburn Hills
  • Automation & Modular Component, Inc., Davisburg
  • Behco-MRM, Madison Heights
  • Berkley Screw Machine Products, Rochester Hills
  • Brose North America, Inc., Auburn Hills
  • Comau LLC, Novi
  • DASI Solutions, Pontiac
  • DENSO, Southfield
  • Deshler Group | UniBond, Ferndale
  • Eaton Steel Bar Company Inc., Oak Park
  • Encore Automation, Auburn Hills
  • Esys Automation, Auburn Hills
  • FATA Automation, Inc., Auburn Hills
  • Ferndale Laboratories, Inc., Ferndale
  • FRIMO Inc., Wixom
  • Garden Fresh Gourmet, Ferndale
  • General Motors Global Propulsion Systems, Pontiac
  • General Motors Company - Orion Assembly Plant, Orion Township
  • GKN Driveline, Auburn Hills
  • Gonzalez Production Systems, Pontiac
  • Hirata Corporation of America, New Hudson
  • HIROTEC America, Inc., Auburn Hills
  • Hi-Tech Mold & Engineering, Rochester Hills
  • INDUCTOHEAT INC., Madison Heights
  • Kawasaki Robotics (USA), Inc., Wixom
  • K-Tec Systems, Ferndale
  • Lear Corporation, Rochester Hills
  • Magna International, Troy
  • Magna: Cosma Body Assembly Michigan, New Hudson
  • Mahindra, Auburn Hills
  • Makino Inc., Auburn Hills
  • Moeller Precision Tool, Wixom
  • MPD Welding Inc., Lake Orion
  • NLB Corp., Wixom
  • Precision Coatings, Inc., Walled Lake
  • Tectonics, Auburn Hills
  • Visioneering, Inc., Auburn Hills
  • WENZEL America, Wixom
  • Witzenmann USA, Troy

MiCareerQuest Southeast nearly sold out as more than 9,000 students registered for inaugural event

More than 9,000 high school students from nearly 100 southeast Michigan schools have registered for MiCareerQuest Southeast, the region’s largest-ever career exploration event, which takes place November 28.

The huge response has shattered event organizer expectations, who anticipate the 10,000-student limit will be reached much sooner than planned. Once the limit is reached, schools will be placed on a waiting list, as each school’s registration numbers and arrival schedule are confirmed in early October.

“The strong response to MiCareerQuest Southeast is very exciting,” said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. “I think everyone recognizes this is not your typical job fair, and they want their students to be part of it. We’re connecting working professionals eager to demonstrate what they do on the job with young people who want to learn as much as they can about the career opportunities before them. We have room for less than 1,000 more students. If your school has not registered yet, do it now. I would hate for an interested student to miss out on this singular event.”

High schools interested in registering should visit OakGov.com/MiCareerQuestSE. The school registration period will close on October 1, or when all the available student slots are filled.

Event organizers started communicating with public and private schools in February. Notices were sent to all public high schools by the Intermediate School Districts in Oakland, Macomb, Wayne, Washtenaw, Livingston and Monroe counties.

More than 90 companies, trade associations, labor organizations, universities, community colleges and vocational schools are participating in the event, with new ones committing each day. They are preparing hands-on, interactive demonstrations to showcase the skills and education needed to compete for today’s most in-demand jobs in advanced manufacturing, construction, health sciences and information technology. The event will feature a minimum of 20 occupations in each of the four career quadrants. The current list of participating exhibitors can be found at OakGov.com/MiCareerQuestSE.

“Our exhibitors are putting a lot of thought and energy into this event so they can grab the attention and imaginations of students, many of whom are considering their career options for the first time,” said Jennifer Llewellyn, Oakland County manager of workforce development and one of the lead planners of MiCareerQuest Southeast. “Our ultimate goal is to feed the long-term talent pipeline in southeast Michigan, a challenge shared by virtually all of our employers.”

MiCareerQuest Southeast is being organized by the Oakland County Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs and Michigan Works! The Michigan Talent Investment Agency is presenting sponsor. Platinum sponsors include Beaumont Health (health sciences quadrant) and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (advanced manufacturing quadrant). In addition, DTE Energy, Consumers Energy, Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council and MUST (Management and Unions Serving Together) have joined together for the platinum sponsorship in the construction quadrant.

Event organizers are still seeking a platinum sponsor for the information technology quadrant. Additional major sponsors include Oakland Community College and Automation Alley. There also are more than 20 smaller sponsors, representing their respective career quadrants. The full list of sponsors is available at the event website. Organizations interested in a sponsorship should contact Beth Tomaszewski at tomaszewskie@oakgov.com.

Lawrence Tech President's Symposium to cover future of transportation, self-driving cars


Communities and society are profoundly affected by how efficiently, effectively, and safely people and goods move. But what are the proper roles of society and industry in designing future transportation systems?

In the 2018 installment of the President’s Symposium Series at Lawrence Technological University on Thursday, Oct. 11, a panel of experts will discuss those roles, and explore the full-scale implementation of autonomous and advanced driver-assist technologies.

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Lawrence Tech President's Symposium to cover future of transportation, self-driving cars

Communities and society are profoundly affected by how efficiently, effectively, and safely people and goods move. But what are the proper roles of society and industry in designing future transportation systems?

In the 2018 installment of the President’s Symposium Series at Lawrence Technological University on Thursday, Oct. 11, a panel of experts will discuss those roles, and explore the full-scale implementation of autonomous and advanced driver-assist technologies.

The event is titled “Accessibility, Mobility, and Connectivity: The Edge of Future Transportation Systems.” Moderating the panel discussion will be Michigan Department of Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle, PE, a 1987 Lawrence Tech engineering alumnus, who recently announced his retirement after 31 years with the state agency. Panelists for the event are to include:

  • Carla Bailo, president and CEO, Center for Automotive Research, a non-profit organization in Ann Arbor that conducts research and analysis to educate and advise stakeholders, policy makers, and the general public on critical issues facing the auto industry, and the industry's impact on the U.S. economy and society.
  • Soraya Kim, chief innovation officer, American Center for Mobility, a non-profit testing and product development center for connected and automated vehicle technology, located on the former Willow Run site in Ypsilanti Township.
  • Alisyn Malek, chief operating officer and co-founder, May Mobility Inc., an Ann Arbor-based  developer of autonomous vehicles, funded by BMW and Toyota, among others.
  • Douglas Patton, senior technical advisor, DENSO International America Inc., the Southfield-based U.S. headquarters of the Japanese auto supplier.
  • Jeremy Tuggle, engineering manager, systems engineering and testing, Continental Corp., Auburn Hills, the U.S. headquarters of the German auto supplier Continental AG.

The event begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. and the program starts at 7 p.m. The venue is the Mary E. Marburger Auditorium, Room S100, Science Building, LTU, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road, Southfield, MI, 48075 (see www.ltu.edu/map). The event is sponsored by LTU’s College of Engineering.

“This event will feature people who are at the top of their field, discussing state-of-the-art technology in mobility,” said Nabil Grace, dean of the College of Engineering at Lawrence Tech. “These technologies, in transportation and infrastructure, represent the future of Michigan. Students and young people in particular should be interested in this program, because these are the technologies they will be working on in their future careers.”

LTU’s President’s Symposium is an annual presentation series created by Virinder Moudgil, the university’s president since 2012, focusing on technology and its applications to improve the quality of life.

The President’s Symposium is free and open to the public. For further information, contact Tamara Botzen, administrative assistant, Office of the Dean, College of Engineering, at tbotzen@ltu.edu or (248) 204-2500.

Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology, and Engineering. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 100 universities for the salaries of its graduates, and U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.

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