LIVONIA — The automotive firm Roush recently opened its first Oakland County technical center bringing expanded engineering design and development services dedicated to hybrid and electric vehicles, electric propulsion and battery systems, autonomous vehicles, advanced software development and data analytics.
HOUGHTON — When Jennifer Shute and Jody Hand took leadership roles in Michigan Technological University’s inaugural Women in Automotive Engineering (WIAE) program in July, one of their goals was to provide young women with something they didn’t have when they were students at Michigan Technological University — female role models in the automotive industry.
Women in Automotive Engineering, sponsored by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), was conducted by Tech’s Center for Pre-college Outreach as part of the Summer Youth Program (SYP). Both women work for FCA — Shute is product investigations manager in vehicle safety and regulatory compliance and Hand works as a reactive problem solving master blackbelt instructor.
LANSING — State officials said Tuesday that Northville-based ZF North America Inc. is expanding its Michigan tech center operations, investing up to $71 million to add almost 210,000 square feet and create 571 jobs.
The company will receive a Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant through the Michigan Strategic Fund. The MSF approved the incentive of up to $4 million to support the expansion in Michigan rather than South Carolina.
State officials also approved aid to other projects that would create another 255 jobs and see the investment of another $87 million in Michigan.
DETROIT — The high-tech future of the automotive industry was on full display Tuesday at Detroit’s Cobo Center for the MichAuto Summit, a program of the Detroit Regional Chamber.
The event opened with Ralph Gilles, president and CEO of motorsports for Chrysler Group LLC and senior vice president of product design, and Jeremy Glover, exterior designer of the Jeep brand design studio at Chrysler, talking about the Detroit Three’s “world class ambitions.”