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  • Ohio's Cliffs sells Brazil iron ore stake

    Ohio’s Cliffs sells Brazil iron ore stake

    Cleveland-Based Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. and UK mining giant Anglo American plc have agreed to sell their Brazilian joint venture, Amapá, to Zaman Ferrous. The value of the transaction was not disclosed, but an internal valuation done by Anglo American last year estimated that Amapá was worth $1.5 billion, according to Reuters. Anglo American gained […]

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    Brazilian swimmer joining Wolverines

    The University of Michigan women’s swim team announced yesterday the signings of four swimmers and two divers to National Letters of Intent for the 2013-14 season; one of them is Julia Salem of São Paulo’s Domus Sapientiae university: Salem, a sprint freestyle swimmer, comes from Brazil, where she swam with Pinheiros Sports Club. She is […]

  • Milwaukee's Briggs & Stratton to acquire Branco

    Milwaukee’s Briggs & Stratton to acquire Branco

    Milwaukee-based Briggs & Stratton said it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Brazilian light power equipment producer and distributor Companhia Caetano Branco. Based in Curitiba, the capital of the southern state of Paraná, Companhia Caetano Branco currently employs 150 people has annual sales of about $40 million. Popular products bearing its Branco brand include water […]

  • Milwaukee firm Prolitec enters Brazil through partnership

    Milwaukee firm Prolitec strikes partnership in Brazil

    Milwaukee-based Prolitec Inc. has entered into a partnership with Rio de Janeiro company Aromatizar to bring its Air/Q Atmospheres ambient scenting technology and services to Brazil. “Green-building standards like Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design are catching on in Brazil,” said Aromatizar’s founder, Ricardo Novais. “By using Air/Q, you can actually earn points toward a […]

  • Minnesota-based NTIC signs contract with Petrobras

    Minnesota-based NTIC signs contract with Petrobras

    Northern Technologies International Corporation announced Monday the signing of a new contract between its Brazilian subsidiary, Zerust Prevenção de Corrosão, and Brazilian energy giant Petrobras. Under the contract, Petrobras will receive $3.7 million  in Zerust products to help protect its offshore oil production platforms from corrosion damage. This is the third product supply contract awarded to […]

  • Gallery: Women's capoeira @ Livre Como Vento

    Gallery: Women’s capoeira @ Livre Como Vento

    I made a stop at Livre Como Vento Capoeira Center while visiting Urbana-Champaign last Saturday, and I happened to walk into a women’s capoeira class. Contra-Mestre Denis Chiaramonte, who hails from Jundiaí, São Paulo, founded Livre Como Vento in the Spring of 2010, along with his wife, Aisha, a Puerto Rico native who’s also a […]

  • Dendê brings the sounds of Bahia to the Midwest

    Dendê brings the sounds of Bahia to the Midwest

    With his flowing dreadlocks and a penchant for shades and Afro-chic threads, multi-instrumentalist Dendê may seem like a dead ringer for his mentor, Timbalada mastermind Carlinhos Brown. But there’s one crucial difference: Did you ever notice how hard it is to find a photo of Brown smiling? Whether he’s onstage, posing in the studio or […]