Kraig Leases Vietnamese Factory For Spider Silk Used To Protect Soldiers

ANN ARBOR—Kraig Biocraft Laboratories Inc., the developer of “spider silk” textiles through genetic engineering, announced that its subsidiary Prodigy Textiles has signed a new five-year lease on a 50,000-square-foot factory in Quang Nam province, Vietnam. Company officials, in a press release, said the new factory “is expected to play a major role in supporting the

By |2019-05-12T15:49:22-04:00May 12th, 2019|ESD, New Products / Contracts|

Aviation Startup Launches Seed Equity Round

DETROIT—Airspace Experience Technologies, an aviation technology start-up that is developing an electric-powered vertical takeoff and landing aircraft that can be rented by the public, announced the launch of an equity funding round through the crowdfunding platform SeedInvest. The company, based at Detroit City Airport, seeks to produce and operate fleets of safe, reliable, emission-free aircraft.

By |2019-05-12T13:30:32-04:00May 12th, 2019|Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurs, ESD|

Pixel Velocity Adds To Management Team

ANN ARBOR—Pixel Velocity, the Ann Arbor-based provider of industrial Internet of Things software and services, announced the addition of several new executives. Pixel Velocity’s Event Velocity is a digital operations software platform for automating the monitoring and management of remote and hazardous assets. Patrick Talley joined the company as executive vice president of sales. Talley has

By |2019-05-12T13:30:32-04:00May 12th, 2019|ESD, IoT|

Businesses, Plymouth-Canton Academy Partner For Manufacturing Careers

PLYMOUTH—Wayne County businesses have joined forces to partner with the SME Education Foundation to make available education opportunities for students of Starkweather Academy, an alternative and adult education program that is part of the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools. Seven companies—Alpha USA, Clips and Clamps Industries, Link Engineering Co., Loc Performance Products Inc., Master Automatic Inc., Roush Industries Inc.,

By |2019-05-06T07:09:43-04:00May 2nd, 2019|ESD|

FCA To Set Up Connected Vehicle Ecosystem With Harman, Google

AUBURN HILLS - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. announced that it will use technology from Harman International Industries Inc., a Stamford, Conn.-based subsidiary of South Korea’s Samsung Electronics, and Google, to power a new “ecosystem” that will enhance the connected life of FCA vehicle owners globally. Harman manufactures connected products for automakers, consumers and enterprises, including

By |2019-05-01T16:23:11-04:00May 1st, 2019|Auto Tech, ESD|

Holland Robotics Maker Sold To Hitachi For $1.4 Billion

HOLLAND – The New York City-based private equity firm Crestview Partners announced the sale of Holland-based JR Automation Technologies LLC for $1.425 billion in cash to Hitachi, Ltd. Established in 1980, JR designs, builds, and programs advanced automation systems for the automotive, aerospace, e-commerce and life science industries. It has more than 2,000 employees. Crestview

By |2019-04-25T14:12:01-04:00April 25th, 2019|Auto Tech, ESD|

Michigan Growth Capital Symposium Announces Presenting Companies

ANN ARBOR—Organizers of the Midwest Growth Capital Symposium announced the ventures that will present at the 38th annual event, which will be held May 14-15 at the Marriott Resort in Ypsilanti. A total of 32 companies actively seeking funding that represent the best of the emerging growth companies across the Midwest will showcase their ventures to an audience of more than

By |2019-04-25T14:12:01-04:00April 25th, 2019|Entrepreneurs, ESD|

New Judicial Management Software From ImageSoft

SOUTHFIELD—ImageSoft Inc., the document management software developer, has introduced CaseShare, software that serves appellate court cases as a stand-alone system or integrated with lower courts’ case and document management systems. The company said the software was the product of collaboration with the Virginia District Court. Officials said the software automates the case assembly process, including

By |2019-04-18T16:54:43-04:00April 18th, 2019|ESD, Software|

Whirlpool Sustainability Report: Reduced Emissions, Improved Efficiency

BENTON HARBOR—Whirlpool Corp. officials have released the company’s 2018 Corporate Sustainability Report, highlighting the company’s progress and accomplishments in the 2018 operational year, with particularly strong results in its efforts to reduce the amount of natural resources required in manufacturing its appliances. Milestones and progress outlined in the 2018 Corporate Sustainability Report Summary include: Sustainable

By |2019-04-18T16:54:43-04:00April 18th, 2019|Clean Update, ESD|

State Creates Industrial Hemp Agriculture Pilot Program

LANSING—Farmers, processors and institutions of higher learning who are interested in Michigan’s newest agricultural crop, industrial hemp, will now have an opportunity to test the waters under the state’s new Industrial Hemp Ag Pilot Program. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development announced the State of Michigan’s Industrial Hemp Ag

By |2019-04-18T16:54:43-04:00April 18th, 2019|ESD, Politics, Politics/Government|