saline http://michiganradio.org en Auto parts maker to buy plant in Saline, Michigan, employ 500 people http://michiganradio.org/post/auto-parts-maker-buy-plant-saline-michigan-employ-500-people <p>A French auto parts maker says it plans to buy a parts plant in Saline, Michigan. Faurecia SA says the interior components plant will be part of a joint venture.</p><p>From the <a href="http://www.mlive.com/newsflash/index.ssf/story/french-auto-parts-maker-expanding-reach-in/8590333a87f44f8d98f7195c325f5e61">Associated Press</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Faurecia and Rush Group announced Thursday that they&#39;re creating Detroit Manufacturing Systems, a joint venture to build and automotive interior components in Detroit.</p><p>The companies say the venture expects to employ about 500 people in Detroit within the next three years and will make parts at first for Ford Motor Co.</p></blockquote><p>Here&#39;s more from a Faurencia SA <a href="http://www.faurecia.com/pressroom/all-press-releases/Pages/Faurecia_to_acquire_FordACH_automotive_interiors_businessin_Saline_Michigan.aspx">press release</a>:</p><blockquote><p><span style="font-size:13px;font-family:arial">Faurecia will acquire the Saline business, which generates $1.1 billion annual sales supplying cockpit modules, instrument panels, door panels and center consoles for 12 vehicle programs assembled at eight Ford plants throughout North America. With this acquisition, Faurecia&rsquo;s objective is to create a new operation that is optimized for efficient production, in line with the Faurecia Excellence System.<br /> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:13px;font-family:arial">In conjunction with the Saline acquisition, Faurecia will enter into a new joint venture with Rush Group Ltd., one of the Rush Group of companies that together comprise one of the largest Native American and woman-owned businesses in North America. The joint venture, called Detroit Manufacturing Systems (DMS), will do injection molding, assembly and sequencing of interior trim components from a new facility in Detroit. Rush Group will hold the majority of the capital and the management of DMS, while Faurecia &ndash; with 45% of the capital &ndash; will bring its technology and manufacturing expertise to the joint-venture. As a result, the Saline plant will focus in the future on core technologies such as injection molding, skin manufacturing and foaming operations with annual revenues of nearly $400 million.</span></p></blockquote><p> Thu, 03 May 2012 15:26:17 +0000 Mark Brush 7319 at http://michiganradio.org Auto parts maker to buy plant in Saline, Michigan, employ 500 people Trickle down effects of changes in education, a student perspective http://michiganradio.org/post/trickle-down-effects-changes-education-student-perspective <p>Wednesday&nbsp;<a href="http://www.changinggears.info/2012/01/25/teaching-after-a-year-in-the-crossfire/">we heard from some teachers at Saline High School in Michigan about changes in education over the past year</a>. Today, we&rsquo;ll hear from two students at the school about how these changes have trickled down to them. Christine Houle and Aaron Mukergee are the co-founders of a student group called STRIVE.</p><p>They work on school reform issues. Aaron says their voice, as students, has been lost in the debate over changes in education.</p><p>Saline is an affluent district and its high quality schools are known to draw people to the community. But Christine says even in Saline, funding cuts are affecting students in very real ways. Fri, 27 Jan 2012 17:49:07 +0000 Sarah Alvarez 5976 at http://michiganradio.org Trickle down effects of changes in education, a student perspective 13-year-old to represent Michigan in 2011 National Geographic Bee http://michiganradio.org/post/13-year-old-represent-michigan-2011-national-geographic-bee <h3>Jacob Tanner, 13, from Saline, Michigan will go to Washington D.C. to participate in the 23<sup>rd</sup> annual National Geographic Bee. He&rsquo;s a student at Saline Middle School. He recently spoke with Michigan Radio&rsquo;s Jenn White. Here&rsquo;s the interview.</h3><h3>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-969870.mp3</h3><p>This week, 54 of the nation&rsquo;s brightest young people will compete for a top prize of a $25,000 in college scholarship money and a trip to the Galapagos Islands.</p><p>The finalists are all winners of their state-level geographic bees. Tanner says winning the competition would be the biggest accomplish of his life so far.</p><p>Tanner prepares for the GeoBee with his teachers and parents and says making up rhymes helps him retain information.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;A couple days ago I was studying the geography of Germany, so I just made all the cities that I needed to remember into a rhyme.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>In addition to knowing the names of cities and countries, Tanner says he also has to know a lot about science and economics.</p><p>In his free time, Tanner says he likes to &quot;read books, play video games, go on the internet, those kinds of things.&quot; And when he grows up, Jacob says he wants to be a professor. Mon, 23 May 2011 20:55:55 +0000 Mercedes Mejia 2596 at http://michiganradio.org 13-year-old to represent Michigan in 2011 National Geographic Bee Saline wins "Snowman Building Champion of the Free World" trophy http://michiganradio.org/post/saline-wins-snowman-building-champion-free-world-trophy <p>Looking at the photos... they don't really look like snowmen - more like snowbots, but I guess that's the kind of quality you can expect when the goal is <em>quantity.</em></p><p>The cities of Zeeland, St. Clair and Saline took part in a snowman building contest over the weekend.</p><p>As <a href="http://michiganradionews.org/post/three-cities-preparing-build-armies-snowmen-weekend">Michigan Radio's</a> Lindsey Smith reported, the goal of the contest was to see who could build the most snowmen (at least 4ft. tall) in a 2 hour period with 50 volunteers.</p><p>The volunteers employed garbage cans, pickle buckets, and Pam cooking spray to help them churn the snow creatures out.</p><p>The city of Saline came out on top winning the soon-to-be coveted, wood-carved trophy known as "Frosty."</p><p>Here are the final tallies:</p><p><strong>1st Place - Saline </strong>with <strong>483</strong> snowmen like creatures</p><p><strong>2nd place - Zeeland</strong> with <strong>268</strong></p><p><strong>3rd place - St. Clair</strong> with <strong>113</strong></p><p>St. Clair Downtown Development Director Dan Lockwood blamed their poor showing on "terrible packing snow."</p><p><a href="http://photos.mlive.com/4469/gallery/zeeland_competes_in_snowman_building_contest/index.html?fromentry=5641219&amp;fromblog=3625">The Grand Rapids Press</a> has several photos of the contest as it took place in Zeeland.</p><p>You be the judge, do they need to tighten up their definition of a snowman? Or should snowbots count? Mon, 31 Jan 2011 16:35:59 +0000 Mark Brush 1093 at http://michiganradio.org Saline wins "Snowman Building Champion of the Free World" trophy