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Oakland Press | 2/20/2017
One of Michigan’s largest technology and manufacturing business associations foresees a growth in the tech industry in Oakland County.
WDET | 2/15/2017
A new report says Michigan’s manufacturing industry is seeing a fourth revolution. The Industry 4.0 Report  from Troy based Automation Alley surveyed technology and manufacturing executives across the country. The questions focused on the rapid convergence of technology into manufacturing practices. Tom Kelly is the Executive Director of Automation Alley. He tells WDET’s Amy Miller technology is forcing major changes. | 2/13/2017
Do you embrace, fear or ignore technological changes?

Those are questions facing the average consumer and many workers. But the stakes are higher in the answers from corporate executives in manufacturing, with implications for jobs, productivity and the nation's economy across the $5.8 trillion sector.

Many companies are not yet focused on the technology changes coming to manufacturing, according to Automation Alley's annual technology report, released Feb. 13.

Crain's Detroit Business | 2/12/2017
U.S. manufacturers are rapidly boosting investment in advanced digital technologies, according to a survey to be released Monday by Troy-based technology business association Automation Alley.

The survey coincides with the association's 2017 Technology Industry Outlook event on Feb. 13 at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Nearly 400 manufacturing and technology business leaders are expected to attend.
Metromode | 12/15/2016
Tom Kelly is preparing for the revolution. And he wants Michigan to be prepared, too.

Technology is rapidly changing the way things are manufactured, and Kelly wants to make sure that Michigan's manufacturing companies are at the forefront of what some are calling the world's fourth industrial revolution—or Industry 4.0, as it's been coined.
Crain's Detroit Business | 10/14/2016
Royal Oak-based Vectorform LLC was named the top technology company of the year at the 16th annual Automation Alley awards gala Friday night at the Detroit Yacht Club on Belle Isle.
Xconomy | 10/11/2016
As Automation Alley prepares to host its annual awards gala this week, it’s a good time to look at what the organization is up to and what progress it has made since its founding nearly 20 years ago—and how the recent boom in autonomous technology has affected the organization’s long-term strategy.
DBusiness | 9/22/2016
Tom Kelly, the recently appointed executive director of Troy-based Automation Alley, a nonprofit technology business accelerator, has years of technology and manufacturing experience. DBusiness Daily News spoke with Kelly on emerging technology, his goals for Automation Alley, and how he plans to help the organization’s southeast Michigan members succeed. Prior to his new role, Kelly served as Automation Alley’s COO and director of entrepreneurship.  
Detroit Free Press | 9/18/2016
There’s something about the fall that invites change, which might explain the flurry of transitions in business taking place. Tom Kelly just took over as executive director of Automation Alley as Ken Rogers retired from the job after 17 years. Kelly, who served as COO of the large technology association, is planning more changes there, too.
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