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Connected Vehicle Task Force

Oakland County supports development of innovative autonomous vehicle network pilot program

Oakland County is seeking bids from providers who have the ability to plan, build, deploy and maintain a pilot connected autonomous vehicle network that would ultimately make driving safer at no cost to taxpayers.

Dürr Systems Inc. Southfield Campus

The Durr Group opens new $40 million technical center in Southfield

The Dürr Group has opened a new $40 million technical center in Southfield, renovating a former DTE Energy call center in order to consolidate its three existing metro Detroit locations in Auburn Hills, Plymouth Township, and Wixom.

M1 Concourse

M1 Concourse brings an experiential retail and entertainment destination for car fanatics to Pontiac

It's not called the "Motor City" for nothing – car culture runs deep in metro Detroit, and nowhere does it run deeper than the Woodward corridor, home of the Woodward Dream Cruise, And nowhere is more perfect a place than redeveloping Pontiac for a car fanatics' concept like M1 Concourse.

Plymouth Technology

Plymouth Technology gives back with internships

Plymouth Technology specializes in helping industrial manufacturers clean up their water, but also helps college students working towards careers in the manufacturing industry get real world work experience and also find out if this is really the right industry for them. 

New World Trailer from Kentucky Trailer

Kentucky Trailer Opens a New Facility in New Hudson

If you've ever seen a semi truck on the road, you've seen a Kentucky Trailer. Kentucky Trailer is the nation's leading custom trailer manufacturer, manufacturing trucks and trailers for a slew of storage and moving facilities. This week they celebrate the grand opening of their new Kentucky Trailer Paint and Reconditioning facility in New Hudson. 

Leila Matta Art Programs Manager at Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, sits in a piece of functional art that is on display in the company’s headquarters lobby. All of the art shown here is on loan from students and graduates of Cranbrook Academy of A

An Inspired Workplace

You might find financial services and art culture strange bedfellows, but at Mercedes-Benz Financial Services in Farmington Hills it is de rigueur. MBF workers aren't only inspired and challenged by their art gallery-like surroundings, they are encouraged to become active participants in Metro Detroit's arts community.

Heather Seyfarth, Mark Rabinsky, and Steven Cohen with a Volt

Metro Detroit Leads The Way On PEVS

Michigan's plug-in electric vehicle industry is poised to churn out more and more of the long-awaited, zero-emission vehicles. As the market grows, the AnnArbor-based Clean Energy Coalition and its partners are leading a statewide effort to make sure Michigan communities are not only ready for the rush but leading the nation in policies and practices.

John McElroy

Bluer Skies for Blue Sky Productions

Blue Sky Productions has been in business for nearly 20 years in both television and video production. The company is best-known for its award-winning weekly show Autoline This Week (formerly known as Autoline Detroit), which is broadcast nationally on the Speed Channel as well as on Detroit Public Television.

Steel Master Transfer

Reinventing the Steel: Steel Master Transfer

Steel Master Transfer in Oxford is no stranger to a challenge.   The one-time metal fabricator has been through its share of hardships but through the vision and determination of its president and CEO, Gus Andreopoulos, its dedicated employees and with the assistance of Oakland County’s Business Center, Steel Master has a brighter future.

Woodward Auto during the 2011 Woodward Dream Cruise.

Woodward Auto Drives Success

Woodward Auto (located on Woodward Ave. in Pontiac) has been an Oakland County staple since 2000, but president and owner John Mihelich has Woodward roots that extend far earlier than that. “In 1988 I leased part of the old Cadillac dealership on Woodward Ave,” Mihelich says. “I keep coming back to Woodward Ave., from growing up near Woodward to working on Woodward; I was born at the hospital on Woodward … it just kept bringing me back!”

Tough Steel

When her husband passed away unexpectedly, Linda O'Brien took the reins of the family's business, becoming the head of Madison Heights' Emerald Steel Processing. With the help of her employees and a business class at Oakland County, she's engineered an impressive turnaround.

Gates Corporation celebrates 100 years of mechanical innovation

100 years. A century. It's a long time, any which way you describe it. The Gates Corporation, formerly The Gates Rubber Company, celebrates its centennial anniversary this year. The company makes belts, hoses and hydraulics that can be used in a vast array of products; ranging from keeping engines running to transferring fluids like fine wine. And it's the the only non-tire producing rubber company that has a presence in all of the world’s major markets.

Featured Video: Paper Street Motors

Government-funded business incubators can't be all things to all people. Sometimes you have to roll up your sleeves and fill the niche no one wants to scratch. Meet Andy Didorosi, who wants to turn Ferndale's Paper Street Motors building into a creative hive for small businesses.

State of the County 2011: Patterson announces 8 new initiatives

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced eight new initiatives Tuesday night at his 2011 State of the County address. He also highlighted the successes of well-established programs such as Automation Alley, Emerging Sectors, and Medical Main Street before an audience at the Marriott at Centerpoint in Pontiac. "We still have the ability to launch new programs that are basically cost neutral to you, or better yet, they actually have the potential of generating badly needed revenue without raising taxes," said Patterson.

Working Habitat: a brave new model for Metro Detroit's white-collar workforce

Tim Calkins has been there. He knows what it's like to be hit by the recession, to have to close a business, to not collect a paycheck for more than a year and not know when another job will come along. He's already lived through it. That's why he thinks he may be the man to help the thousands of unemployed white-collar workers in the state find their niche in a new economy.
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