Armor Express in Antrim County got the close to $60 million contract from the U.S. Marine Corps. The Northern Michigan-based company will make lightweight body armor for troops.
The Upper Peninsula was selected by USA Today readers across the country as the best destination in America to view fall foliage.The multi-week competition was held as part of USA Today's 10Best Readers' Choice Awards for 2018. The U.P. and all its glory beat out 19 other locations around the country.
More than 429,000 readers submitted millions of ratings as part of the award, sharing their recent travel experiences. Mackinac Island was listed as No. 6 on the list, alongside tropical paradises like Maui and Oahu and picturesque getaways like Nantucket and Hilton Head.
A $480,350 donation from tech billionaire Elon Musk will pay for the purchase and installation of ultraviolet filtration systems in all 12 Flint school buildings and the district's administration building by January 2019.
Alpine Electronics of America, Inc., plans to invest $5.1 million, and create 100 jobs, by expanding its operations in Auburn Hills. Configit, Inc., is investing $803,000, and creating 51 jobs, by opening a new office in Southfield.
West Michigan Compounding LLC (WMC) will expand its plastics manufacturing operations at 1300 Moore St. The company is expected to invest $6 million and create at least 33 full-time jobs.
A bill that could help get the funding needed to expand the Soo Locks has passed the House. The Water Resource Development Act will help fund the building of a new Soo Lock, advances research on eradicating invasive species such as Asian Carp and Zebra Mussels, and takes aim at resolving toxic algal blooms in the Great Lakes.
Long Road Distillers, 537 Leonard St. NW, was named "Best Craft Specialty Spirits Distillery in the United States" as part of USA Today's 10Best awards for the second year in a row. The Grand Rapids distillery topped a list of 20 nominees from around the country over the course of the 4-week competition.