Online Tech Expands Into Indiana With $10M Acquisition

ANN ARBOR — Online Tech Inc., the Ann Arbor-based data center services provider, announced Wednesday it had purchased a data center in downtown Indianapolis.

Online Tech’s purchase of the purpose-built corporate data center and planned upgrades represents an investment of more than $10 million.

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Akervall Technologies Expands in Ann Arbor Region

ANN ARBOR — A company manufacturing a Swedish doctor’s invention, a high-tech mouth guard for athletes and nighttime teeth-grinders, is expanding into a 15,000-square-foot plant in Saline with assistance from Ann Arbor Spark.

The new location for Akervall Technologies Inc. includes a wet lab for research and development, offices for management and sales, and a manufacturing area. Akervall will make its Sisu Mouth Guard and Sisu Nova Night Guard at the new plant.

A video on Akervall Technologies and its expansion is available at this link.

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Power Electronics Industry Group Gets $500K NIST Grant; NextEnergy Part Of Research

DETROIT — The Power Electronics Industry Collaborative has been awarded a $500,000, two‐year grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology for a program titled “Strengthening the Domestic Power Electronics Ecosystem.”

Detroit’s NextEnergy, the state’s advanced energy industry accelerator, will receive more than $300,000 of the money to support grant activities.

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Denso Funds Undergrad Dynamometer At Michigan Tech

HOUGHTON — The Denso North America Foundation has given Michigan Technological University $25,000 to remodel and expand engine lab space in the Advanced Technology Development Complex, in the southwest corner of Michigan Tech’s Houghton campus.

The grant allows three of Michigan Tech’s Advanced Motorsports Enterprise teams to work together for the first time. The funding enables the Formula SAE, Supermileage Systems and Clean Snowmobile teams to share the remodeled space. In the new DENSO Undergraduate Dynamometer Facility, low walls now divide the lab into three work areas, so all three teams can use the equipment at the same time.

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Michigan Project Users Group Re-Convening

GRAND RAPIDS — Whether you’re a professional project manager of an accidental one, a trade group is re-convening for its first meeting since 2011 to help you get better at it.

The Michigan Project Users Group will hold its first meeting since 2011 on Tuesday, June 3 at the Microsoft Southfield office, 1000 Town Center, Suite 1930, from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

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Consumers Energy Donates 85,000 CFLs

JACKSON — Consumers Energy announced it has donated 85,000 energy-efficient light bulbs to Michigan families through food banks.

This month, Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank is giving
out about 40,000 Energy Star-qualified compact fluorescent light
bulbs through its network of food pantries. Another 2,500 will be
distributed through the Food Bank of South Central Michigan in
Battle Creek during the week of May 26. Through the program, families receive a package of two CFLs, along with information on the bulb’s benefits and other energy-saving tips.

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Continental Sensor System Tells You When Your Tires Are Bald

AUBURN HILLS — The global auto supplier Contiental has developed new tire sensors that not only tell you when your tires are underinflated — they also tell you when your tires are bald.

Today’s tires have a built-in tread wear indicator but that requiers visual monitoring. Now there’s a sensor in each tire that tells the driver when tread depth is less than the safe minimum required to avoid skidding on wet or icy roads.

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India’s Mahindra To Build Electric Scooters In Ann Arbor

ANN ARBOR — The GenZe electric scooter business of India’s manufacturing giant Mahindra plans to build a high-tech electric scooter in Ann Arbor.

Initially, the company will invest $2 million to create 34 jobs in vehicle research and manufacturing, according to Ann Arbor Spark, the economic development agency for the Ann Arbor area.

It’s Mahindra GenZe’s first site in the United States.

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Huron Capital Launches Third Specialty Chemicals Business

DETROIT — The Detroit private equity firm Huron Capital Partners LLC has founded a new company to make acquisitions and investments in specialty coatings companies.

Valentus Specialty Chemicals Inc. was co-founded by Huron Capital and New York-based industry veteran Ray Chlodney, a former executive with .

Through Valentus, Huron Capital plans to invest in regional specialty coatings producers to build a company with technically advanced and environmentally friendly coating products serving a variety of industries and regions.

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DTE Tops First Quarter Target For Michigan Business Connect

DETROIT — DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) said Thursday it spent more than $200 million with Michigan companies during the first three months of the year, as part of its ongoing commitment to supporting in-state businesses through the Pure Michigan Business Connect Initiative.

From January to March, DTE spent $202 million with suppliers based in Michigan, surpassing its stated goal of $169 million for the quarter. As part of that supply chain investment, DTE spent $41 million with Detroit-based companies during the period.

DTE Energy chairman and CEO Gerry Anderson noted that the utility holding company estimates that its ongoing procurement with Michigan companies supports more than 5,000 jobs.

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