Motor City’s Italian connection grows! – CBS Detroit

Southfield (CBS Detroit) – The long-standing connection between Michigan and Italy continues to grow as Allegra Baistrocchi, the Detroit-based Consulate of Italy, spoke during the taping of CBS 62’s “Michigan Matters”.

Michigan Matters presenter Carol Cain with Allegra Baistrocchi, Italian Consulate in Detroit

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Baistrocchi has been working to create two-way economic and cultural bridges between Michigan and Italy since he arrived less than a year ago. She spoke with Carol Cain, Senior Producer/Announcer, about an upcoming event to be held in Italy next month, where Michigan companies and leaders will be in attendance. She also talked about an event to be held in September that will bring Italian companies and designers to Motor City.

Michigan Matters host Carol Cain with Franco Bianchi, President and CEO of Haworth, Inc.

Next, Franco Bianchi, president/CEO of West Michigan-based Haworth Inc., appeared with Cain to discuss the company’s global brand. Bianchi, who was born in Italy, was recently decorated by the Italian government in a program held in Detroit.

Haworth is a privately held furniture manufacturer with over 7,000 employees serving markets across the world. Bianchi spoke about navigating the pandemic over the past couple of years and how it impacted the company.

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Michigan Matters presenter Carol Cain with Roberto Palomba, Serafini Associati Studio

Then Roberto Palomba from Palomba of Serafini Associati Studio popped in to discuss his company’s growing global brand, which includes Detroit.

His Italy-based studio is involved in helping to restore centuries-old and refurbished buildings for new uses and spaces. His company also helped Kia with the “installation” of its EV6 electric car.

He is planning to be in Detroit for the event hosted by Baistrocchi this fall.

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