More than 400 people representing more than 150 Michigan manufacturers and service providers spent their Thursday at the General Motors Heritage Center in Sterling Heights. But they weren’t there just to ogle the center’s spectacular collection of classic GM sheet metal. They were there to expand into the aerospace business with Boeing Co. and Kuka Systems North America LLC.
The Michigan State University College of Engineering and Boeing Co. have been awarded a contract worth about $4 million from the United States Air Force to develop new designs of sensors that will better detect cracks in the second- and third-layers in airframe structures.
Nearly 100 Detroit-area companies gathered at the Macomb-OU INCubator at Velocity Center on 18 Mile Road in Sterling Heights Monday to meet with officials of Boeing Co. in hopes of becoming suppliers to the aeronautics giant.