Google Engineer To Create Endowed Chair At Alma Mater, MSU

EAST LANSING — A senior software engineer at Google has made a $2 million commitment to create an endowed chair of computer science at the Michigan State University College of Engineering.

The gift, established through an estate plan, is from Doug Zongker of Mountain View, Calif., who graduated from MSU in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science.

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TriMas Profit Falls, But Sales Hit Record

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — TriMas Corp. Thursday reported net income of $26.2 million or 58 cents a share in the second quarter ended June 30, down from net income of $26.9 million or 68 cents a share in the second quarter a year ago.

The company had 45.2 million shares outstanding for this year’s quarter, vs. 39.9 million shares a year ago.

Revenue for the quarer was $404 million, up from $378 million a year earlier.

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Tower International Swings Back To Profit On Higher Revenue

LIVONIA — The Livonia-based auto supplier Tower International Inc. (NYSE: TOWR) Thursday reported net income of $16.1 million or 75 cents a share in the second quarter ended June 30, an improvement from a loss of $45.1 million or $2.22 a share a year earlier.

Revenue was $576.6 million, up from $555.9 million a year earlier.

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MEDC: Two Expansions, 271 Jobs

LANSING — The Michigan Economic Development Corp. announced approval of two business expansion projects that are expected to generate nearly $13 million in investments and add up to 271 new jobs in Southeast Michigan.

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ESD Offers Professional Engineer Licensing Review Courses

SOUTHFIELD — Attention engineers! This fall, make a commitment to re-energize and grow your career by enrolling in The Engineering Society of Detroit’s proven Professional Engineer Licensing Review Courses.

Since 1941, ESD has successfully helped thousands of engineers prepare for the state licensing exam in a variety of disciplines ranging from civil and environmental to mechanical and electrical engineering. Students learn in a small, classroom-like setting from instructors who have first-hand knowledge of the course material. ESD’s 70-plus years of experience will help participants pass the state exam on the first try.

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Plex Adds 30+ New Customers In First Half

TROY — The manufacturing management software developer Plex Inc. says it added more than 30 new customers in the first half of 2014 — a period during which 25 new customers also went live on Plex.

Plex said its software is now at work at nearly 1,200 customer manufacturing plants worldwide for almost 400 customers.

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Dow Corning Sales, Profits Jump

MIDLAND — Dow Corning Corp. Wednesday announced net income of $109 million in the second quarter ended June 30, up from $87.2 million in the second quarter of 2013.

Revenue was $1.5 billion, up from $1.43 billion a year earlier.

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Ford: Plug-In EVs, Utilities About To Start Talking

DEARBORN — Ford Motor Co. says it’s collaborating with seven of the world’s largest automakers and 15 American utilities to develop technology for plug-in electric vehicles to talk to the power company via the cloud.

Ford says the move that would help manage energy use and improve the efficiency of the power grid.

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Detroit Medical Center Opening DMC Heart Hospital

DETROIT — Detroit’s newest hospital, Detroit Medical Center Heart Hospital, will open Aug. 4, DMC officials announced this week.

The $78 million hospital will offer comprehensive cardiovascular care, including a wide range of the latest minimally invasive treatment options and preventive services.

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