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Macprofessionals opens new store In Farmington Hills to service iPhones


Macprofessionals, Michigan’s only independent Apple authorized service provider for iPhone, has opened a second location in Farmington Hills. The company’s first retail location is in Bay Harbor in northern Michigan.

Macprofessional’s headquarters is in Novi, where 90 engineers, sales executives, specialists and administrative staff are based. Some 14 new employees were hired to staff the new Farmington Hills store,  located at 30907 Orchard Lake Road.

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ITC passes $1B revenue mark, adds 38 people in Novi

ITC, a Novi-based firm, is the nation’s largest independent electric transmission company. It is posting some big numbers these days, passing the $1 billion mark in revenue and hiring another 38 people in metro Detroit.

It also reorganized its leadership structure, appointing about a dozen people to new executive positions. The moves are meant to set the stage for more growth by adding flexibility to take advantage of more development opportunities.

"The purpose of the reorganization is to drive up operational performance and drum up the value for the customers," says Linda Blair, executive vice president for ITC.

ITC has experienced significant revenue gains since its launch a dozen years ago. In 2003 it recorded $102 million in revenue. A decade later it hit $914 million. Last year its revenues crossed the $1 billion mark.

That has enabled ITC to hire a number of people, growing its staff from 429 people in Michigan by the end of 2013 to 462 by the end of last year. Today it stands at 467. ITC has a total staff of 585 people across the U.S.

The company's leadership expects the current growth curve to continue in 2015 as the firm continues to attract more transmission line work
"This country has seen no meaningful investment in transmission line infrastructure for 30-40 years," Blair says.

Source: Linda Blair, executive vice president for ITC
Writer: Jon Zemke

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Rising market for aluminum body vehicles spurs new bonding technology


Henkel Adhesive Technologies, a German-based company with facilities in Madison Heights and Warren, and auto supplier Novelis, with offices in Novi, today announced a partnership to develop advanced bonding technologies for the use of aluminum in vehicles. 

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Ann Arbor-based OcuSciences, Inc. Named Medical Main Street's INNO-VATOR of the Year

An Ann Arbor-based medical device manufacturer that developed a technology to detect eye disease years earlier than current methods is Medical Main Street’s “INNO-VATOR of the Year.”

OcuSciences, Inc. is a medical diagnostic device company commercializing a rapid, non-invasive test for early detection of retinal disease. Physicians can use the device to screen patients for diabetes and early eye disease. Optometrists and ophthalmologists can use the device to diagnose and monitor disease progression and guide therapy.

“I stand in awe of the work done by OcuSciences and its new imaging techniques to measure damage to retinal tissue from diabetes, macular degeneration and glaucoma,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “This achievement in medical device manufacturing is indicative of the type of world-class research being conducted in the Medical Main Street region.”

The INNO-VATOR of the Year award honors the creators of a medical device which demonstrates the most dramatic change in the health care industry in Michigan. To be considered for the award, the device must have been developed in Michigan, achieved prototype development and validation, and incorporate a game-changing innovation.

The award was presented Oct. 22 during Medical Main Street’s INNO-VENTION 2014 conference at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. In 2013, Ann Arbor-based HistoSonics won for its Vortx Rx® device that uses sound energy to treat tissue inside the body without the need for traditional surgery. In 2012, Sentio LLC of Southfield and Ablative Solutions of Kalamazoo were each named co-winners. Sentio created a device to alert doctors when nerves are at risk during surgery and Ablative Solutions’ technology treats hypertension.
Based on technology licensed from the University of Michigan, OcuSciences has developed a proprietary, ocular imaging technique, Retinal Metabolic Analysis ™ (RMA), as a non-invasive, rapid biomarker for measuring the damage to retinal tissue due to diabetes, macular degeneration and glaucoma. This new measure has been termed a new vital sign for patients – similar to blood pressure or body temperature.

The RMA technology provides a means to detect disease processes several years earlier than current clinical methods and before irreversible structural alterations due to cell death become visible in the retina.

OcuSciences has demonstrated that RMA is more predictive of diabetes than other tests, helping pharmaceutical companies develop ophthalmic drugs more rapidly and precisely.

With 57 million diabetics in the U.S. today, and eight percent of those as undiagnosed diabetics, diabetes is a rapidly growing epidemic, especially among children. The screening for diabetic retinopathy and early treatment can help prevent blindness in 24,000 patients annually and reduce the $174 billion costs associated with diabetes.
The Medical Main Street board includes Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, Beaumont Health System, Beckman Coulter Molecular Diagnostics, Crittenton Hospital, Detroit Medical Center, Ferndale Laboratories, Henry Ford Health Systems, Housey Pharmaceutical Research Laboratories, McLaren Health Care - Oakland, MichBio, State Rep. Gail Haines, R-Waterford, Oakland Community College, Oakland University, Oxus Inc., Priority Health, Rockwell Medical Technologies, St. John Providence Health System, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland and Stryker Corp.


Varnum targets Metro Detroit with 12 newer hires for Novi office

The Varnum law firm has been around a long time. One hundred and twenty-five years, to be exact. And the Grand Rapids-based firm sees a big part of its future in Metro Detroit.

Varnum offers a broad range of legal services, ranging from technology development to employee litigation. It opened an office in Novi 12 years ago, and it has grown significantly in the last year.

"Our firm has concluded that the Metro Detroit area is a place where we have many current clients and many opportunities with clients," says Rich Hewlett, partner at Varnum. "We see a lot of really good attorneys here as well."

Varnum has hired eight attorneys and four paralegals at its Novi office over the last 18 months. It currently has a staff of 29 attorneys, eight paralegals and 18 support staff in Novi. Hewlett expects the Novi office to continue growing for the foreseeable future.

"We have a lot of really good things going on here," Hewlett says. "We see this area as a place that is very favorable to us."

Source: Rich Hewlett, partner at Varnum
Writer: Jon Zemke

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Registration opens for Demonstration Alley at Medical Main Street's INNO-VENTION 2014

Registration is now open for life science and health care companies who want to showcase their innovative products and technologies at Demonstration Alley as part of INNO-VENTION 2014 – a Medical Main Street Conference.

Conference organizers have expanded Demonstration Alley for the 2014 health care and life science event. They are looking for exhibits that have a demonstrable “wow” factor. INNO-VENTION 2014 is set for Oct. 21-22 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. Information on the conference can be found at MedicalMainStreet.org.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for companies to introduce the technology that can change the world to the Medical Main Street community,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “Demonstration Alley has been one of the most popular features of our past conferences and I expect the 2014 edition will be the best we’ve ever had.”

Product evaluation criteria for the demonstration area includes: health care-related products that are new-to-market, visual, and award-winning. Interactive live demonstrations are preferred. Companies wishing to be considered for space on Demonstration Alley should apply online at MedicalMainStreet.com. Submissions must be received by Sept. 5.

The fee to participate in Demonstration Alley is $500, which includes exhibit space and one complimentary conference registration. Questions may be directed to Leslie Smith, CMP at 248-353-0735, ext. 152 or lsmith@esd.org. Those selected will be notified by email by Sept. 12.

Patterson created Medical Main Street in 2008 with the area's leaders in health care, research and development, education and industry.  INNO-VENTION 2013 attracted more than 600 health professionals, clinicians, investors and suppliers. A global audience of more than 95,000 people was reached through social media in the United States, Europe, Asia and Canada.
This year’s conference includes:
  • Expanded Commercialization Competition
  • Michigan Economic Development Corp.’s Pure Michigan Business Connect - matchmaking with purchasing agents from major health care providers
  • Concurrent industry break-out sessions on Oct. 22 
  • Returning will be a networking reception on Oct. 21
  • The INNOVATOR of the Year Award luncheon
The Medical Main Street board includes Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, Beaumont Health System, Beckman Coulter Molecular Diagnostics, Crittenton Hospital, DMC Huron Valley Hospital, Ferndale Laboratories, Henry Ford Health Systems, Housey Pharmaceuticals, McLaren Health Care, MichBio, State Rep. Gail Haines, R-Waterford, Oakland Community College, Oakland University, Oxus Inc., Rockwell Medical Technologies, St. John Providence Health System and St. Joseph Mercy Oakland.

For more information on how to get involved, conference sponsorships and programming from INNO-VENTION 2014, visit MedicalMainStreet.com.

ITC establishes power-engineering scholarship at Lawrence Tech

ITC Holdings Corp., the nation’s largest independent electricity transmission company, based in Novi, has donated $250,000 to Lawrence Technological University to establish the ITC Power Engineering Endowed Scholarship in LTU’s College of Engineering. 
It will provide a fulltime student with half tuition each year. ITC will also offer a paid internship each year to the student who is awarded the scholarship as a way to increase the recipient’s hands-on experience.  
Power engineers develop, maintain, and modernize “the Grid,” the vast network of transformers, generators, motors and electronics that supply electrical power. 
“This expanded relationship with ITC will benefit our students and help us develop the top talent that the power industry requires,” said Phil Olivier, chair of LTU’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
The new scholarship fund expands the ITC-LTU partnership. “As a corporation, we’re also hoping to engage with Lawrence Tech in areas like academic programs, research initiatives, and industry collaboration as we look to provide students with real-world experience,” said Joe Welch, chairman, president and CEO of ITC, who recently joined the board of trustees at Lawrence Tech. “A highly skilled workforce is the cornerstone of America’s economic competitiveness today, and engineers comprise a significant segment of our industry and ITC’s workforce. Supporting and encouraging top students to pursue power engineering as a career will only serve to strengthen and improve our company and our industry.”
ITC invests in the electric transmission grid to improve system reliability, expand access to markets, lower the overall cost of delivered energy and allow new generating resources to interconnect to its transmission systems. ITC’s regulated operating subsidiaries include ITCTransmission, Michigan Electric Transmission Company, ITC Midwest and ITC Great Plains. ITC also has been a leader in preparing more American students to pursue STEM degrees to build the 21st century economy.  
The ITC Endowed Scholarship adds to the financial aid at LTU for qualified students pursuing degrees in electrical and power engineering. Thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation, LTU also offers 10 scholarships of up to $10,000 per year for two years to community college graduates to complete a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering with a power engineering concentration.
Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 100 universities for return on undergraduate tuition investment, and highest in the Detroit metropolitan area.  Lawrence Tech is also listed in the top tier of Midwestern universities by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review. Students benefit from small class sizes and experienced faculty who provide a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus include over 60 student clubs and organizations and a growing roster of NAIA varsity sports.

IT firm Red Level Networks grows sales 30%, adds 9 jobs in Novi

Last year was one of those years the folks at Red Level Networks will remember for a while, and for all the right reasons.

"We had a great year in 2013," says David King, president of Red Level Networks. "It was one of our biggest growth years in a while."

The Novi-based IT firm grew its revenue by 30 percent and added 48 new clients. Those new customers are in the manufacturing, finance and healthcare industries, among others.

"They're across all industries," King says. "Word gets around when you're good."

Red Level Networks has hired nine people in sales and marketing over the last year. It now has a staff of 32 employees. It is looking to add a few summer interns and hire four more people for data center engineering, help desk and administrative staff.

"We expect to expand our service offerings and staff," King says. "We want to have a staff of 40-50 people within the next 1-2 years."

Source: David King, president of Red Level Networks
Writer: Jon Zemke

Read more about Metro Detroit's growing entrepreneurial ecosystem at SEMichiganStartup.com.

DTE, Denso, Valeo among employers seeking talent at upcoming ESD job fair

The Engineering Society of Detroit will hold an Engineering and Technology Job Fair on April 7 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

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IT firm Red Level Networks aims for staff of 50

Red Level Networks is riding a wave of growth coming from the industry-wide trend of demanding better IT services and a new partnership with computer-maker Dell.

The Novi-based company has hired 10 people over the last year, expanding its staff to 31 employees and the occasional summer intern. The new hires include engineers, technicians, help-desk support, sales associates and a COO.

"The demand for better services has helped propel our growth," says David King, president of Red Level Networks. He adds that many businesses cut back on IT during the recession. Now that the recovery is well underway, the demand for fast, reliable IT services has done nothing but climb.

Also helping fuel that is Red Level Networks' work with Dell. The 9-year-old IT firm is a channel partner with Dell. That partnership allows Red Level Networks to sell its services and other products directly to the end users of Dell products.

"We expect more business to come our way because of our partnership with Dell," King says.

King is optimistic that Red Level Networks will be able to cross the 50-employee threshold within the next year.

"We want to be that go-to company, so when people think of IT services they think about us," King says.

Source: David King, president of Red Level Networks
Writer: Jon Zemke

Read more about Metro Detroit's growing entrepreneurial ecosystem at SEMichiganStartup.com.

12 Oakland County businesses named 2013 Michigan "Top 50 to Watch"

Twelve Oakland County companies including a Southfield medical device firm that shared Medical Main Street's inaugural Innovator of the Year award were honored for being among the top 50 businesses to watch.

Sentio LLC, the co-winner of the 2012 Medical Main Street award, was honored during the "Michigan Celebrates Small Business" awards dinner as one of a dozen Oakland County second stage businesses named to the Michigan Top 50 to Watch. The awards were handed out on May 2 in Lansing.

In 2012, six Oakland County companies made the list.

"We've had our strongest two-year period of job growth in the past 20 years and University of Michigan economists George Fulton and Don Grimes predicted the county will add 42,000 jobs by 2015," Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. "Companies such as Sentio and the others recognized for their strong performance are the backbone of our business community. I applaud the success and recognition of these hard working entrepreneurs."

To be eligible for the award, candidates must be privately held, commercial enterprises with the intent and capacity for further growth. Companies must employ between six and 99 full-time employees and have between $750,000 and $50 million in annual revenue or working capital from investors or grants.

The Oakland County companies honored are: Check Corp (Troy), Daycare Works; Daycare Works (Rochester); Kyyba, Inc. (Farmington); Marvel Technologies (Novi); MatchRX (Royal Oak); Mills Pharmacy & Apothecary (Birmingham); NITS Solutions Inc. (Farmington Hills); Panther Global Technologies (Wixom); Plymouth Technologies (Rochester Hills); PROLIM Corp. (Farmington Hills) and Sentio.

Michigan 50 Companies to Watch is presented by Michigan Celebrates Small Business in association with its founders: Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center, Michigan Economic Development Corp., Small Business Association of Michigan, the U.S. Small Business Administration – Michigan, the Greater Lansing Monthly and the Edward Lowe Foundation. 

According to Michigan.companiestowatch.org, the 2013 honorees generated $333 million in total revenue in 2012, a 29 percent increase in total annual revenue compared to 2011. The total annual revenue is projected to increase to $486 million.

The companies employed 1,448 full-time employees (1,284 in Michigan) and project 360 new jobs will be created in 2013 (295 in Michigan).

Winners were selected by Michigan-based judges from the banking, economic development, entrepreneurship development industrial and venture capital communities.

South University, Novi adds Bachelor of Science in nursing program

South University, Novi announced the addition of a new Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program to the offerings of the Twelve Mile Road campus. The program is designed to prepare students for careers in the nursing field.

"This is a great time to add a nursing program in this area. There are a growing number of students seeking education and training in nursing and health care programs," said Ted Blashak, president of South University, Novi. "The curriculum is comprehensive, and I expect students accepted into the program will find it engaging and challenging."

South University's Nursing Program Director, Rosalind Woodson, says the program is designed for the non-registered nurse student seeking a career in the nursing profession. "South University already offers advanced practice graduate programs in nurse practitioner specializations and an RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program for nurses with current registration. This is our first program for undergraduates that want to pursue nursing."

Students accepted into the program may complete prerequisite courses in as few as six quarters and then apply for admission to the nursing program, which is taught over seven quarters. The program allows highly motivated full-time students to complete the program of study in nursing in a concentrated period of time. After successful completion of the nursing program, the graduate must pass the National Council Licensure Examination Registered Nurse (NCLEXRN) in order to obtain licensure and begin practice as a registered nurse.*

For information on requirements to apply to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, transfer credits and the admission process, please contact the admissions office at 248.675.0200 or visit www.southuniversity.edu.

Limited Access Program
Nursing is a limited access program. Qualified applicants are considered for selection after successful completion of all prerequisite courses and all admission requirements.

About the College of Nursing and Public Health
In December of 2010, South University announced the College of Nursing and Public Health received a 10-year accreditation for its traditional and online baccalaureate and master's degree programs by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The 10-year accreditation is the result of an examination of an extensive self-study and a comprehensive onsite evaluation of the College's curricula and resources in April 2010 by CCNE representatives.

Acknowledged as the nation's top nursing school review body, CCNE awarded the College of Nursing and Public Health the highest level of accreditation a nursing program can receive. The accreditation confirms to current and prospective students that South University offers programs of study in nursing that are nationally recognized and reaffirms the College of Nursing and Public Health as a leader in nursing education.

CCNE is an autonomous accrediting agency officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency ensuring the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate and residency programs in nursing. Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education may be contact at this address: One DuPont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036-1120; 202-887-6791; http://www.aacn.nche.edu/

For more information about the job outlook for registered nurses, please visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012-13 Occupational Outlook Handbook at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm.

About South University
Established in 1899, South University (www.southuniversity.edu) is a private, accredited, academic institution dedicated to providing educational opportunities for the intellectual, social and professional development of a diverse student population. South University offers over 50 degree programs across its 15 campuses located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia. South University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of South University. OH Registration # 11-07-1971T; Licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License No. 2987.

See suprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important information.

Lotus Bank's expansion includes new Farmington branch

Lotus Bank will open its second branch in Farmington Hills later this month, a move that will help the Novi-based bank expand its staff by seven people in 2013.

"We needed more retail locations and space from a personnel standpoint," says Neal Searle, president & CEO of Lotus Bank.

The 6-year-old bank has hired three people in the last 30 days and now employs 18. Another four employees will be added to the payroll when the Farmington Hills branch opens within two weeks.

Lotus Bank is a full-service bank with $82 million in assets and $71 million in deposits. It grew by 17 percent in 2012 and expects to continue expanding its reach in Metro Detroit this year. The bank, which is 80-percent owned by Indian-Americans, has a five-year strategic plan of opening one new branch annually and its sights are set on suburbs like Troy, which has a large Indian-American population, in the near term.

"This is an opportunity to take it to the next level," Searle says.

Source: Neal Searle, president & CEO of Lotus Bank
Writer: Jon Zemke

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Red Level Networks hires 6, looks to add 3 more

Red Level Networks has watched its business grow in Novi by double digits and its staff has gone up significantly because of it.

The 8-year-old IT company now employs 26 people after hiring six in the last year, including promoting one intern to a full-time employee. The company currently has three open positions in sales, help desk, and engineering.

"We have added a significant number of new clients and new business," says David King, president of Red Level Networks. "It has really stretched our ability to service that with existing staff levels."

To accomodate that growth, Red Level Networks has expanded its office space in Novi, adding another 3,000 square feet to bring its total square footage to just less than 8,000. The new space give the company room to double its staff to up to 55 new employees, which the firm hopes to do within the next 2-3 years.

"We expect 20-25 percent growth ion 2013," King says. "We are preparing for that with our latest office expansion."

Source: David King, president of Red Level Networks
Writer: Jon Zemke

Read more about Metro Detroit's growing entrepreneurial ecosystem at SEMichiganStartup.com.

Preh wins top Novi business award

Preh, Inc., a leading global provider of automotive electronic driver control systems and sensors based in Novi, Mich., was named a winner of a Novi Business Recognition Award, as announced by the sponsors of the awards—the City of Novi, the Novi Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club. Preh’s North American headquarters has been in Novi for 10 years, and the company was cited as the “Best Place to Work,” based on the award criteria for the small business category.

Nick Lontscharitsch, president of Preh, Inc., received the award from Novi Mayor Bob Gatt in a “Toast of the Town” gala held Friday evening January 25 in the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.
“Preh is honored to have been awarded the ‘Best Place to Work’ Business Recognition Award, and this reflects not only on our success as a Novi-based company but also on our reputation of being a great company to work for," Lontscharitsch said. "At Preh we strive to offer our employees an outstanding work environment, as well as exceptional opportunities for achievement and career growth. A collaborative spirit and shared vision are the foundations for our values-based culture.

“As we begin 2013,” Lontscharitsch added, “the passion that our colleagues have shown for each other, the company and our customers will continue to be reflected in Preh’s development of innovative automotive products coupled by further growth in the global marketplace.”

Last November, Preh was recognized as a “Cool Place to Work in Michigan” for 2012, by Crain’s Detroit Business magazine – an initiative designed to find and recognize Michigan’s best employers. Preh was one of a group of 50 companies in Michigan that were selected from hundreds of applicants large and small.

Preh is well-known for its innovative products, quality execution and responsive customer service.  This is reflected in a shelf full of prestigious awards from OE partners and industry experts: Automotive News’ PACE Award (2006) and finalist (2007), DAF Euro 4 System Supplier Award (2006), GM Global Supplier of the Year (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008), Hitachi Top 10 Supplier Award (2008), ZF Top Supplier Award (2010) and the Claas Award for the Supplier of the Year (2011). This year, the company has again been named a PACE Award finalist, and will be featured in a gala award ceremony in April.
About Joyson/Preh
Preh is owned by the Joyson Group of Ningbo, China, an automotive supplier that also operates a real estate division. With a staff of about 5000, the group generated total sales of CNY 6 billion in 2012. The automotive activities are combined in the exchange-listed company Joyson Electronics, which consists of the business divisions Automotive Electronics (Preh) and Automotive Components (Joyson). The automotive electronics supplier Joyson was founded in 2004, while Preh, founded in 1919, boasts a company tradition of almost 100 years.
Preh is a global automotive supplier with 3,200 employees in Germany, Portugal, Romania, Mexico, the U.S.A. and China. The company’s head office is located in Bad Neustadt a. d. Saale. Preh’s development and manufacturing expertise focus on air conditioning and driver control systems, electronic control devices, sensors and assembly systems for the world’s major automotive manufacturers.
Founded in 1919, Preh is a globally operating group of enterprises with more than 3,000 employees. The company is headquartered in Bad Neustadt a.d. Saale, Germany.  Preh’s development and production competencies focus on vehicle interior control systems, sensor systems, electronic control units and assembly systems for the world’s leading vehicle manufacturers.
Apart from the parent manufacturing and development center in Bad Neustadt, Preh oversees manufacturing facilities in Portugal, Mexico, Romania and China, as well as a customer support center headquartered in Novi/Detroit, U.S.A.  Preh achieved revenues of approximately €460 million in 2012.  For more information, please visit: www.preh.com.
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