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  • Thursday, December 01, 2016 1:39 PM | Anonymous

    Ann Arbor-based branding and design firm Q LTD celebrates 35 years of developing visual identities, brand strategies, and marketing communications for a broad range of local, regional, and global clients.

    To mark the occasion and share a look back at the firm’s history and people, the Q crew developed a custom anniversary website,  www.q35.qltd.com. The site features the Q story, milestones, photos, alumni and interns, and a retrospective of the firm’s own brand history.


    Founded in 1981 by partners Tom Rieke, Jim Frenza, and Doug Hesseltine as Quorum Communications, the company changed its name and brand mark to Q LTD in 1994.

    Today, the firm is owned by Christine Golus and Jeffrey Callender, both longtime Q operatives.


    “Q is the world’s smallest global branding and design firm,” says Tom Rieke. With headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the firm also has satellite offices in Palm Springs, California and Toronto, Ontario. On international projects, Q collaborates with its European partner agency, Q GmbH in Wiesbaden, Germany.


    Over the past 35 years, notable Q clients have included the annual SIGGRAPH conference on computer graphics; the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, School of Nursing, and Wallace House; Yale University’s C2; The Kresge Foundation; Bosch; NuStep; and North Star Reach. Q also designed and developed the first website for Borders Books and Music.


    “We’re proud of the history we have as an independent design firm, and the work we do to help clients. We’re consistently delivering fresh ideas and cutting edge work to our clients. That will always be part of Q’s culture,” says Christine Golus, managing partner at Q LTD.


    About Q

    Q LTD’s expertise includes brand strategy, visual identity, website design and development, print collateral, marketing, advertising, video/animation, naming, content strategy, and tradeshows/exhibits. Learn more at www.qltd.com.
  • Tuesday, October 11, 2016 9:17 AM | Anonymous

    Valeo, one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers, has selected Bianchi Public Relations, Inc. – a public relations agency with deep expertise in the automotive sector – to provide media relations support in North America.


    Bianchi PR will provide Valeo North America with targeted PR counsel, media relations assistance and trade show and industry event support, all aimed to expand awareness across North America of Valeo’s identity as an innovative automotive technology provider, a leader in autonomous driving, safety and CO2 reduction.


    Valeo is an automotive supplier and partner to all automakers worldwide. As a technology company, Valeo proposes innovative products and systems that contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions and to the development of intuitive driving. In 2015, the Group generated sales of $16.4 billion (€14.5 billion) and invested over 10 percent of its original equipment sales in research and development. Valeo has 148 plants, 19 research centers, 35 development centers and 15 distribution platforms, and employs 88,800 people in 32 countries worldwide. Valeo is listed on the Paris stock exchange and is a member of the CAC 40 index. For more information about the Valeo Group and its activities, please visit its website at www.valeo.com.


    About Bianchi PR

    With special expertise in automotive supplier PR, business-to-business PR and related social media, Bianchi PR was founded in 1992 and is ranked among the top five independent PR agencies based in Michigan, according to PRWeek’s 2015 ranking of public relations firms.


    Among Bianchi PR’s ongoing automotive, industrial and business-to-business PR clients are BASF, Cooper Standard, Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies, Johnson Controls and Schaeffler Group. The firm’s experience also includes work with organizations such as SAE International, the Automotive Industry Action Group, the Center for Automotive Research and the Steel Market Development Institute. For more information, visit http://www.bianchipr.com or call 248-269-1122.


    Bianchi PR is a member of the Public Relations Global Network (PRGN), one of the world’s largest international public relations networks. Clients across six continents depend on the combined resources of PRGN to deliver targeted public relations campaigns in markets around the world.  With revenues of more than $110 million, PRGN harnesses the resources of nearly 50 independent public relations firms and more than 900 communications professionals to connect international companies and organizations with individual and culturally diverse markets globally.  Visit PRGN online at www.prgn.com or on twitter at @PRGN


  • Wednesday, September 14, 2016 10:45 AM | Anonymous

    Contract Professionals, Inc. (CPI) was recently selected as one of the 2016 Cool Places to Work in Michigan. The annual list of “Cool Places to Work” was created by Crain’s Detroit Business and Best Companies Group.

    This survey and award program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Michigan, benefiting the state's economy, its work force and businesses.

    “We are grateful to Crain’s for recognizing CPI as a cool place to work. CPI evaluates our employee incentive program every year. We strive to make CPI a “cool place” to work everyday,” said Jim Cowper, president, CPI.

    To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:

    - Be a for-profit or not-for-profit business or government entity;

    - Be a publicly or privately held business;

    - Have a facility in the state of Michigan;

    - Have at least 15 employees working in Michigan;

    - Must be in business a minimum of one year.

    Organizations from across the state entered the two-part survey process to determine the Cool Places to Work in Michigan. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determined the top organizations and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration, survey and analysis process and determined the final rankings.


    Public announcement of the entire list and rankings of the 3rd annual Cool Places to Work in Michigan program was published by Crain’s Detroit Business on August 29, 2016. Program partners are Crain’s Detroit Business and Best Companies Group. For more information on the Cool Places to Work in Michigan program, visit www.CoolPlacestoWorkMI.com

    ABOUT CPI Contract Professionals, Inc. was established in 1982. It is a privately held, certified veteran owned Michigan corporation headquartered in Waterford, Michigan with branch offices in Scottsdale, Arizona, De Pere, Wisconsin and Killeen, Texas.  For more information, please visit www.cpijobs.com. @CPIJobsInc.


  • Thursday, August 11, 2016 12:25 PM | Anonymous

    August 10, 2016 - Ann Arbor, Michigan

    HouseSetter, a Michigan­-based company, has introduced a low-cost, portable monitoring solution to give homeowners peace of mind while they’re away.


    At $120 for the hardware, and service starting as low as $5 a month, HouseSetter’s canine-shaped device monitors a home’s vitals: power, temperature, and humidity. If something goes awry, owners will receive text or email alerts until the issue is resolved. HouseSetter has built-in wireless capability and operates on Verizon’s award-winning wireless network, so there’s no need for a home internet connection, Wi-Fi, or phone line.

    “We want to provide people with the simplest, lowest cost way to keep an eye on their house,” said Walt Dorfstatter, CEO of HouseSetter. “And while it takes a lot of advanced technology to make that work, our intent is to deliver our service in a way that makes all that complexity invisible so we’re providing peace of mind instead of unwanted science lessons.”

    Ann Arbor­-based development company Logic Solutions is one of HouseSetter’s key partners in the venture. Logic’s team designed and built HouseSetter’s public facing website with an eCommerce module to enroll subscribers and manage renewals; developed the communication software between the web server and the Verizon wireless carrier; and created the client facing web UI to engage, renew, and send reports to users.

    “Michiganders provide a great use case for HouseSetter,” said Matt Sarkesian, Chief Technology Officer of Logic Solutions. “When ‘snowbirds’ spend winters in another region of the country, they are unaware of power outages in Michigan. With HouseSetter, they can get alerted of issues – such as extremely low temperatures in the house that can cause pipes to freeze – and instantly take steps to avoid a major financial consequence.”

    For more information about HouseSetter and Sherlock, please visit www.housesetter.com.


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    About HouseSetter
    HouseSetter is a Michigan-­based company established by several former founding members of OnStar. With their deep background in wireless networks and connectivity, they decided to create a simple, low­-cost solution to help homeowners keep an eye on their homes while away. Given the founders’ mutual affection for “man’s best friend,” the HouseSetter device naturally took the shape of a dog. For the latest updates on HouseSetter, visit www.housesetter.com or follow them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/housesetter.

     

     

    About Logic Solutions

    Logic Solutions is an international, privately held development firm headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan. With a team of 200 experts in six offices worldwide, Logic provides eCommerce solutions, custom software, websites, and mobile application development. Visit www.logicsolutions.com for more information.


    Media Contact:

    Angela Kujava
    angela.kujava@logicsolutions.com
    734-930-0009


  • Wednesday, August 03, 2016 9:21 AM | Anonymous

    The Marketing & Sales Executives of Detroit(MSED) is accepting nominations of noteworthy marketing and sales professionals in southeastern Michigan for the organization’s coveted Platinum Awards.

    Two Platinum Award winners will be honored at the 22nd MSED Annual Awards Dinner in November. The awards recognize work which led to the awarding or generation of new business and/or cost savings from Jan. 1, 2014 through June 30, 2016. Nominees do not have to be MSED members and the nominations can be made for a team or individual.

    “Marketing and sales professionals are continuing to thrive in this growing economy,” said Dan Wolan, chairman of the 2016 MSED Platinum Awards and director of sales, Production Plus. “The Platinum Awards provide the opportunity for recipients to be recognized by their peers and to celebrate their business success.”


    The nomination process starts with an executive summary form, which can be downloaded here
    http://www.msedetroit.org/Platinum, that must be submitted by August 15. If selected, the nominees will be required to submit additional information by September 15.

    Judges, which will be made up of marketing and sales executives and past Platinum participants, will then select finalists based on qualifications, interviews and in-person presentations.


    Finalists will be evaluated by MSED judges based on helping their companies achieve critical business success by overcoming obstacles, creating new sales and marketing approaches, meeting business goals, exhibiting exemplary leadership and delivering significant accomplishment during 2014, 2015 and the first part of this year, with the winners being announced at MSED’s Annual Awards celebration on November 9.


    Past Platinum Award winners include individuals or teams from companies such as Dow Automotive, Priority Health, Grede Holdings, SKF, Rehmann, The Pink Fund, Reliance One, Altair and Little Caesars Enterprises.


    For more information on the MSED Platinum Award nominations, event sponsorships or advertising opportunities, contact Meeting Coordinators at 248-643-6590 or visit the MSED website at www.msedetroit.org.

  • Thursday, July 28, 2016 11:03 AM | Anonymous


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    A veteran owned global staffing company, Contract Professionals, Inc. (CPI) recently won Metro Detroit's Best and Brightest Companies to Work For 2016.  This is the second year in a row that CPI has been honored with this award.

    According to 101 Best & Brightest Companies, it takes determination, exceptional leadership, and daily ingenuity to maintain a successful organization. CPI excels in all three areas.

    “We are proud to win this award from the 101 Best & Brightest committee for two consecutive years,” said Jim Cowper, President, CPI. “This award belongs to every employee at CPI. Without them, CPI wouldn’t exist.”

    Along with many other companies competing in different categories, CPI will be honored at Metropolitan Detroit’s Best & Brightest Companies To Work For event on September 23, 2016 at The Detroit Marriott Renaissance.

    The Founder and CEO of CPI, Steve York is proud of CPI’s dedication to developing human resource plans, which focus on work/life balance, employee wellness and company perks.  “We are honored to receive this award. We will continue our efforts to ensure that our veterans and our employees have the resources they need to succeed in their careers,” said York.

    ABOUT CPI
    Contract Professionals, Inc. (CPI) was established in 1982. CPI is a privately held Michigan corporation headquartered in Waterford, Michigan with a branch offices in Scottsdale, Arizona and Green Bay, Wisconsin. CPI is certified by both the National Veteran Business Council (NVBDC) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VOSB) as veteran owned. Part of CPI’s mission is to put veterans to work. For more information please visit www.cpijobs.com. #CPIJobsInc


  • Tuesday, July 19, 2016 12:55 PM | Anonymous

    NovaStar Solutions’s  ISO/IEC 17025 accredited instrument calibration laboratory expanded their capabilities by building a new facility for calibrating LISN’s at their Livonia, MI location.

    LISN, or Line Impedance Stabilization Network, is an instrument used to isolate unwanted RF signals while testing the DUT (Device Under Test) to provide a Radio Frequency (RF) noise measurement port. The main function of a LISN is to provide a precise impedance to the power input of the DUT in order to take measurements of the DUT RF noise present in the LISN.

    Novastar provides transmission, reflectance and impedance data for LISN’s from 100 kHz to 3 GHz. While NovaStar has the ability to test up to 3 GHz, frequency ranges most often fall within manufacturer specifications of 100 KHz to 1GHz.

    Novastar can now provide this service to Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) labs across the USA.  The calibration results are compared to published specifications in CISPR25:2008 and are performed using methods described in ANSI C63.4-2014.

    Guy Howe, Director of NovaStar Calibration Services, said, “Adding the LISN’s to instruments that NovaStar calibrates is the first step in expanding our RF capabilities”. NovaStar continues to add new technology to service the needs of the test and measurement industry.

    NovaStar Solutions is a leading provider of new IT hardware and engineering software, IT asset management, and instrument calibration services. Our growth since 1998 is fueled by excellent service resulting in high levels of customer satisfaction. Located in Livonia, MI NovaStar serves automotive, manufacturing, aerospace, medical device makers, nuclear energy companies, and major universities among many other diverse businesses.

    For more information, please visit www.novastar.net


  • Tuesday, July 19, 2016 12:53 PM | Anonymous

    dSPACE and BTC Embedded Systems now offer a solution that considerably improves test depth for the real-time validation of safety-critical applications. The combination of the new dSPACE Real-Time Testing (RTT) Observer Library and the tried-and-tested specification tool BTC EmbeddedSpecifier®makes it easier for testers to perform simulation-based formal verification. Formal verification is for example recommended by the ISO 26262 standard for testing the functional safety of road vehicles.
     
    Extension of Classical Test Methods
    The new solution complements existing model-in-the-loop (MIL), software-in-the-loop (SIL) and hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) environments by so-called “Requirement observers”. They are always active and monitor the compliance with every single safety requirement in real time. Any violation of the requirements is registered immediately, triggering an informative message for the user. Continuous requirements monitoring increases the achieved test depth, so more test cases can be covered for each function. This minimizes the risk of undetected errors caused by side effects.
     
    Easier Compliance with Safety Standards
    With BTC EmbeddedSpecifier®, informal requirements typically recorded in textual format can be conveniently translated to a formal representation that makes it possible for a computer to interpret the requirements. The tool-supported formulation further increases the quality of the requirements and makes it easier to comply with safety standards such as ISO 26262. In a second step, users generate the executable observers for the dSPACE real-time platform automatically at the click of a button. The requirements can be traced back to their original form at any time. Validating safety-critical applications is therefore possible with only little additional effort.
     
    Optimal Integration and Cross-Platform Use
    The optimal integration of the observer technology into the dSPACE tool chain for HIL tests and virtual validation lets users work comfortably in a familiar environment. Predefined templates are available for the test automation software dSPACE AutomationDesk and layouts for the experiment software dSPACE ControlDesk®. The generated observers can be used for an early verification in line with the virtual validation on the PC-based simulation platform dSPACE VEOS®. They can also be reused without any modifications at all on dSPACE HIL systems based on SCALEXIO or the DS1006 Processor Board.

  • Tuesday, June 14, 2016 10:46 AM | Anonymous

    Jun 13, 2016 | Ann Arbor, Michigan

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    Q LTD recently completed a rebranding and responsive website design and development project for Wallace House at the University of Michigan, home to the Knight-Wallace Fellowships and the Livingston Awards, as well as the staff and leadership of these highly respected programs for journalists.
     
    The rebranding strategy now unifies both the Knight-Wallace Fellowships program and Livingston Awards under Wallace House and reinforces the organization’s affiliation with the University of Michigan.
     
    Q worked in partnership with Charles Eisendrath, Director, Wallace House; Birgit Rieck, Associate Director; and Melissa Riley, Program Manager. The rebranding was also based on insight gathered from Knight-Wallace Fellowship alumni and stakeholders.
     
    “Wallace House and the University of Michigan have established two very important programs that recognize and foster excellence in journalism, and we’re proud to play a supporting role through our work,” said Paul Koch, brand strategist at Q LTD.
     
    The new Wallace House brand design will be implemented across all marketing and communications materials, such as the Wallace House Journal, an HTML newsletter, print and digital advertising, awards programs, and a range of recruiting and informational brochures. The rebranding also includes a strategy for co-branding the two programs.
     
    “The Q team has produced exceptional work for us. They understood the transformative opportunities that our journalism programs offer and communicated these through both the brand messaging and design,” said Eisendrath.
     
    Experience the new Wallace House brand and website at wallacehouse.umich.edu.
     

    About Q LTD

    Q LTD’s expertise includes brand strategy, visual identity, website design and development, print collateral, marketing, advertising, video/animation, naming, content strategy, and tradeshows/exhibits. Q LTD is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan and also has satellite offices in Palm Springs and Toronto. On international projects, Q collaborates with its partner agency in Europe, Q GmbH (Germany). Learn more at www.qltd.com.



  • Tuesday, June 07, 2016 12:49 PM | Anonymous

    Jun 6, 2016 | Livonia, MI

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    ITEC strives to assist the automotive industry in the conversion from traditional vehicles to advanced electrified vehicles. The conference is “focused on components, standards, and grid interface technologies, related to efficient power conversion for all types of electrified transportation.” By displaying various existing electrical vehicles, ITEC hopes to inspire industry leaders to shift their innovations to create an environmentally friendly existence.

    In support of the electric automobile design and testing, NovaStar offers the following accredited electrical calibration services: force, torque, acceleration, electrical, thermodynamics, acoustics, pressure/vacuum, dimensional, hardness, and PH/conductivity.

    NovaStar will be exhibiting alongside Ford, General Motors, and Mercedes. With 12 keynote speakers, 5 training courses, and several industry exhibits, this conference is inviting to any automotive company or partner interested in the electrification of automobiles. For more information about ITEC, visit itec-conf.com.

    NovaStar Solutions is a leading provider of new IT hardware and engineering software, IT asset management, and instrument calibration services. Our growth since 1998 is fueled by excellent service resulting in high levels of customer satisfaction. Located in Livonia, MI NovaStar serves automotive, manufacturing, aerospace, medical device makers, nuclear energy companies, and major universities among many other diverse businesses.

    For more information, please visit www.novastar.net
     


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