Dura’s new CEO talks expansion, reputation repair

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Rodriguez, 59, becomes the CEO of the Auburn Hills-based auto parts supplier on Sept. 1 and has used her 35 years of auto restructuring business to suss out a game plan.

“We’ve mapped out a very detailed plan to provide all kinds of support for the company,” Rodriguez said in an interview with Crain’s. “This is a company that has great bones. The team has kind of been put on idle. So we’re taking them off idle and giving the team the resources to follow through on plans that have been developing over a much longer period of time. We need to deliver. Dura has some tarnished elements of its past. We just need to deliver.”

Lexington, Ky.-based private equity firm MiddleGround Capital acquired a majority stake in the body systems supplier from Bardin Hill Investment Partners last week and hired Rodriguez away from Andra Rush’s trucking empire, Rush Trucking,

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Black Cyclists Are Stopped More Often Than Whites, Police Data Shows

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Cycling while Black carries a heightened risk of being stopped, searched, ticketed, and arrested. That’s according to our review of public data from three U.S. cities—Oakland, New Orleans, and Washington, D.C. Our research on police stops of cyclists also confirms that Black neighborhoods tend to be more heavily policed than white areas.

“Being stopped and harassed is one of the top concerns of Black and brown cyclists,” says Charles Brown, a senior transportation researcher at Rutgers University. In Brown’s 2017 survey of more than 2,000 Black and Latinx cyclists in New Jersey, 15 percent said they’d been unfairly stopped by a police officer while riding. Several survey respondents said they avoided certain areas because of an increased likelihood of being stopped and questioned about their activities or rightful ownership of the bike they were riding.

Being stopped and harassed is one of the top concerns of Black and brown cyclists.

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Custom car shops miss out on shows during pandemic

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WILLISTON, Vt. (WCAX) – Custom car lovers are stuck in the garage this summer after multiple car shows were stopped in their tracks because of the coronavirus.

Pete and Tim Quintin own Quintin Brothers Auto and Performance in Williston. They had to make the tough decision to close their shop briefly at the beginning of the pandemic for the safety of their crew.

“We were worried about our help, so we wanted to make sure they were taken care of right off, ” Pete said. “And then the uncertainty of it — we didn’t know what was coming. So, when we decided to close, it was a little rough on us because no income.”

They’re back open and focusing on car projects that take years, not regular appointments.

“General automotive is a little slower now because people are working from home, not driving their cars, not changing their tires,” Tim

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