Traverse City Record-Eagle

September 8, 2013

Business in Brief: 09/08/2013

From staff reports
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Right to Work

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse Area Human Resource Association will hold a Right to Work seminar from 8 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Sept. 17 at the Hagerty Center in Traverse City.

The cost is $25 for TAHRA members, $40 for non members. To register, send check made out to TAHRA to Karyn Oncu, Grand Traverse Container, 1050 Business Park Drive, Traverse City, MI 49686.

For more information, visit

Biz after hours

SUTTONS BAY — The Leelanau Peninsula Chamber of Commerce will host Business After Hours at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 12, at The VI Café in Suttons Bay in their outdoor seating area, weather permitting.

Health law seminar

TRAVERSE CITY — The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Service’s Health Insurance Consumer Assistance Program will offer “The New Health Care Law: What it Means for You” from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19, in Munson Medical Center, conference rooms 1- 3.

The Munson Community Health Library-sponsored event will focus on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and how it will affect consumer and senior health coverage now and in the future. Information will be presented on the Health Insurance Marketplace.

The program is free and open to the public. However, registration is requested. To register, call the library at 935-9265 or email the library at

IT Happy Hour

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse IT Happy Hour will be held from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 12 at The Filling Station, 642 Railroad Place. RSVP is not required


Michigan projects get $9M in auto grants

DETROIT — Eight automotive technology projects in Michigan are getting a share of $9 million in federal funding.

U.S. Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan on Wednesday said he was pleased with the Department of Energy funding. The work is to speed development of technologies to improve vehicle fuel efficiency and help ensure U.S. automakers can compete in the global marketplace.

The money for Michigan companies and universities is part of $45 million in new funding. Three of the Michigan projects are partly funded through a joint effort by the Department of Energy and the Army, the Advanced Vehicle Power Technology Alliance.

Those getting funding include the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Group.

Verdict reinstated after boy paralyzed

JACKSON, Tenn. — The Tennessee Supreme Court has reinstated a $43.8 million verdict for a Memphis child who was paralyzed in an auto accident.

According to court records, Billy Meals was 6 years old on Jan. 18, 2002. He was riding in the back seat of his father’s car when a drunk driver crossed the line and hit the car head on.

Ford Motor Co. was held to be partially at fault for Billy’s injuries due to issues with the seat belt, and the company was ordered to pay $6.57 million.

The state Appeals Court found the verdict excessive and reduced Ford’s share of the damages to $1.93 million.

Ruling on Friday from Jackson, the Supreme Court reinstated the original verdict of the jury, saying it was reasonable.