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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."

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Bloomfield Hills' Karamba Security introduces automotive cybersecurity protection platform

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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

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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.

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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.

2018 OAKLAND COUNTY MANUFACTURING DAY TOUR HOSTS:
  • 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

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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.


Pontiac's Deliver My Ride launches online car-buying platform

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Pontiac-based Deliver My Ride, an online car buying service launched by Birmingham’s MadDog Technology, has announced the introduction of its newly enhanced platform.

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Tech248 connects Oakland County tech businesses the old fashioned way

As marketing manager with Bingham Farms-based custom app developer jacapps, Jacquelyn Smith recognizes the value of spending time with other professionals in the tech industry. And when that connection can be made the old-school, in-person way, all the better.

It seems that tech-based businesses across Oakland County agree, given the attendance of monthly meetups of a program called Tech248, an initiative of Oakland County’s economic development department. Each month in a different location, tech businesses gather to share ideas.

“We really think Tech248 is a great place for like-minded tech businesses to network and meet new partners and clients,” says Smith. “We are always looking to join more local groups, and this has been a great starting point for us.”

This summer, jacapps hosted a unique meetup at their offices on Telegraph Road. Their format offered three separate simultaneous presentations that attendees could rotate through, with networking time in between. The short presentations allowed 80 participants gather information, ask questions, and connect with new people each time.

For jacapps, the format was an experiment.

“It’s the first time we have hosted here, and we approached it as a trial and error,” says Smith, who brainstormed with Oakland County to come up with an appropriate format for a larger crowd. Like most companies, space is limited for jacapps, and Tech248 has about 1,358 members who could, in theory, attend any event.

“We thought of a way to incorporate more space, so we could fit a larger group of people. We created segmented areas so people could spread out. Our team was excited to speak in front of the group,” she says.

Sharing tech solutions

The event was a way for jacapps to educate fellow Tech248 members about mobile technology, and about their specific services. In one room, business development director Sari Zalesin talked about the rise of smart speakers, and custom marketing solutions for companies to leverage the 100 percent increase in smart speaker ownership between 2017 and 2018.

“With open architecture for Google and Amazon smart speakers, anyone can create tools called skills,” says Zalesin. “Invoking a skill requires saying the right command, and the invocation must be well branded and marketable.” Many industries, including automotive and healthcare, are researching ways to fold natural voice commands into their products and services, Zalesin says.

In an adjacent room, jacapps president Paul Jacobs shared the results of recently-published research about how people are using technology in their daily lives. With smartphone ownership at 90 percent, Jacobs says the only person who doesn’t have this technology “is Aunt Mildred, if she is over 90 years old.” Like Zalesin, Jacobs shared the explosion of voice-controlled tech.

“Voice will change the way we do business,” Jacobs says. “You will talk to your fridge, and you will talk to your car. There is a major revolution going on with the way we communicate. We are being trained by the wave of voice.”

In a final presentation, jacapps chief operating officer Bob Kernen talked about how custom mobile apps can change the way companies do business. Given that most adults own a smartphone, companies can leverage that already present hardware investment with apps that allow employees to work smarter.

Kernen shared a success story about an app jacapps developed for a Michigan-based limestone company that helped streamline logistics, making operations more efficient.

“It only has about 300 downloads, but they are the right 300 downloads,” Kernen says. A surprising byproduct of this mobile app is the interest it has piqued from potential employees from the millennial generation, an age group he says is moving away from construction in favor of other industries.

“We all work in businesses where efficiency is critical,” Kernen says. “With mobile apps, there are so many different, interesting, innovative ways to drive sales, coordinate teams, and create efficiency.”

Michigan releases Hot 50 jobs outlook through 2026, includes annual wage projections

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The Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget Wednesday released the latest long-term employment projections, which includes information about careers that are expected to be in the highest demand through 2026 in Michigan.

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Manufacturing Day highlights vibrancy of Michigan's advanced industry

"I want to come work here!"

That's a quote from a high school student who toured Shelby Township's Cosworth Powertrain, U.S. during Manufacturing Day in October 2017, and it was music to general manager Ken Gembel's ears.

Gembel says the girl, just 16, was not yet old enough to work for Cosworth, but he was pleased both by the girl's keen interest in the company's coordinate measuring machine and by the overall participation of students.

"The students were excited and we were excited to see their enthusiasm," Gembel says. "It was the first opportunity for a lot of these kids to see that the new face of manufacturing isn't dirty, dingy, or dumpy. We got to show them our state-of-the-art facility that's almost hospital clean, with the most robust computers with advanced controls and precision tooling."

Last year was the first time Cosworth Powertrain participated in Manufacturing Day, and Gembel says he thinks the event "will help influence the younger generation" to consider manufacturing as a career path.

Manufacturing Day events in southeast Michigan are part of a national "celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers." School systems and local governments set up their own programs to celebrate Manufacturing Day, with Macomb County now coming up on its seventh year and Oakland County on its fourth.

The main message of Manufacturing Day in southeast Michigan is that manufacturing is still a vibrant industry in Michigan and that jobs don't have to be dreary or dirty but can involve contributing to areas ranging from robotics to connected and autonomous vehicles.

Manufacturing remains strong in southeast Michigan

While other rust belt states are losing manufacturing jobs, advanced manufacturing is still strong in Michigan, in part because advanced manufacturing is a key support industry to the blossoming mobility sector springing up around connected and autonomous vehicles.

John Paul Rea, director of Planning & Economic Development in Macomb County, says southeast Michigan is at an "amazing intersection of this great legacy of producing things and technological innovation."

"The world-class cluster of manufacturing assets in southeast Michigan rivals anywhere across the globe," Rea says. "Macomb has 1,600 manufacturing firms employing over 75,000. We have a global tech center, the most advanced aerospace companies the world has ever seen, and the folks working on advanced composites are reshaping the way things are built."

Jennifer Llewellyn, manager of Workforce Development for Oakland County, says that southeast Michigan needs to take advantage of the infrastructure, skill sets, drive, and knowledge that are already ingrained in the economy and the workforce of the region.

"We're born and raised on the impact of advanced manufacturing in southeast Michigan," she says. "There's real value in that. As advanced manufacturing is shifting to more robotics, more automation, and virtual reality, the scope of advanced manufacturing tech is changing, but… priding ourselves on making great, innovative things is still a part of our core mission."

While more high-tech, high-wage jobs are available in southeast Michigan, the talent pipeline hasn't caught up yet.

Positive trends in Macomb county include increasing wages and the highest educational attainment figures that county has ever seen, but the downside is that county officials believe there are 17,000 unfilled jobs in the county. That situation requires creativity in creating new talent pipelines for high-tech jobs in the county.

"We need to develop creative partnerships and connect the classroom to careers," Rea says. "One of the most rewarding things for me is talking in local school districts and showing students that there are opportunities right in our own backyard. Your career path could take you all over the country or even the world, but some of the world's most advanced technological capability in manufacturing is happening right where you are growing up."

Inspiring students to explore advanced manufacturing careers

Rea says that Macomb's sponsorship of Manufacturing Day is an "organic, community-driven solution to the talent issues we face."

Llewellyn notes that while an unemployment rate of 2.9 percent in Oakland County sounds great, it also means that manufacturing companies need to be "more innovative and more aggressive in creating a pipeline of talent."

Manufacturing Day is one of those creative ways of encouraging more young people to pursue manufacturing careers, and it’s good exposure for participating companies as well.
"It gives them an opportunity to open the door to young people and gives the company visibility," she says. "It sticks with young people when they get to have a great tour of GKN or GM or DASI Solutions. For the company, it's a good chance to connect with young people and increase awareness of the industry as whole."

Manufacturing Day works roughly the same way in Macomb and Oakland counties, with students being paired with nearby companies that match their interests for a half-day tour.

In Oakland, the day has mainly been aimed at students already pursuing training in skilled trades such as welding or machining, but there's a push to offer Manufacturing Day tours to all students, including ones who have never thought of manufacturing as a viable job.

Oakland has also expanded on the Manufacturing Day concept to create an entire Manufacturing Week that includes information sessions and tours for parents, teachers, and administrators as well, according to Jarrad Grandy, executive director of student services for Oakland Schools, the intermediate school district serving Oakland County.

Grandy says manufacturing has gotten "a bad rap" and Manufacturing Day is a way to improve the industry's image.

"Parents and kids have seen a decade of lost jobs and consider manufacturing dirty, and all these stereotypes," he says. "Manufacturing Day is really about providing awareness and inspiration opportunities for students in Oakland schools about these high wage, high tech jobs in manufacturing."

Grandy notes that Oakland County is "on the cutting edge," leading the world in research and development for the automotive industry.

"When it comes to automation and robotics, we're leaders in the world, and on the K-12 education side, we have the best robotics teams in the world here," he says. "It takes more than one day to move the needle, but Manufacturing Day is an important day that highlights opportunities for kids and gets some energy around it for schools and employers."
Greg Lovell, instructor and software design engineer at KUKA Systems North America, has his own classroom inside KUKA's facilities where he trains engineering graduates to be the engineers of the future. They come in with advanced engineering degrees, and then Lovell trains them in controls engineering and prepares them to hit the ground running in their positions at KUKA.

He brings that love of education to the Manufacturing Day site tours he helps coordinate.

Students stop at several areas of KUKA, including Lovell's engineering classroom. Lovell says he isn't looking at the event as a recruiting opportunity but more as a way KUKA can give back to the community.

"We are exposing the students to our facilities, varied fields of profession, projects, and our effort to educate our new employees," Lovell says. "The efforts we make for the Manufacturing Day tour show the southeast Michigan community that we are motivated to create the best mass production equipment for manufacturing our customers' products, as well as nurturing our young staff to succeed and be the future of manufacturing and engineering. We hope the Manufacturing Day tours encourage southeast Michigan youth to pursue a professional career in manufacturing here at KUKA."

Both Oakland and Macomb are still recruiting companies to be site partners for Manufacturing Day on Oct. 5, 2018. Macomb companies interested in participating can find more details and contact info at the Macomb Business website. Oakland companies can find more information, including a tour host commitment form at the Advantage Oakland website.

This feature is courtesy of Driven, the story of how the Detroit region is leading the world in next-generation mobility.

Clean transportation nonprofit Calstart to open office in Troy

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Calstart, a national nonprofit organization based in California that focuses on growing the clean transportation technology industry, has announced it is opening an office in Troy.

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Capture 3D innovation conference coming to Troy in October

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Capture 3D, a technology company specializing in 3-D measurement, inspection, and digitization solutions, will hold its Innovation Conference and Expo Oct. 2-4 at the Marriott Hotel in Troy. The biennial event focuses on how optical noncontact 3-D metrology can be used to quickly solve quality issues, eliminate unforeseen costs, optimize the manufacturing process, and improve product quality.

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Lawrence Tech business incubator wins NEI grant, looks toward expansion

The LTU Collaboratory, Lawrence Technological University’s business incubator and accelerator, is planning to expand its business and technology-based mentorship services, workshops, and events. The move is made possible thanks to a one-year $40,000 grant from the New Economy Initiative. It’s the first time NEI has awarded a grant to the Southfield-based university.

Small manufacturers and emerging hardware startups in Southeast Michigan stand to benefit most from the grant. The money will also be used to engage more high schoolers, college students, and young adults in product and manufacturing-related innovation challenges.

"As a leading resource to small and start-up companies developing innovative, engineered products, the LTU Collaboratory can now provide additional key resources for these companies to grow and scale up their operations, thanks to this NEI grant," said Mark Brucki, executive director of community and corporate partnerships at LTU.

"We are looking forward to getting more students involved in manufacturing as well."

It’s another improvement for the LTU Collaboratory. LTU is planning on a new 6,300 sq. ft. accelerator space for its Southfield campus by spring 2019.

NEI Senior Program Officer Maria LaLonde cites Southeast Michigan’s abundance of engineering talent, manufacturing expertise, patent research initiatives, and export activity in praising the deal.

"We are very excited to be partnering with LTU to offer small manufacturers and hardware entrepreneurs critical resources to keep them on the leading edge of innovation and growth," said LaLonde.

"As a university-based accelerator program, LTU is also a key partner to engage and develop the next generation of design, engineering and manufacturing talent in Michigan."

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

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