January / February 2011

Features

Magna Force

Magna Force

Frank Stronach has gone home for the holidays. Home as in Austria, that is — the once war-tattered country where he was raised before setting sail as a teenager, bound for a new country and a new...

The Birth of Industry

The Birth of Industry

Detroit in 1850 exhibited little in the way of mechanical ingenuity. The fur trade was fading as the city’s chief export, replaced by salted fish. The population of 21,019 had developed a fairly...

Where Are They Now?

Former Big 3 Executives (2007-10)

Chrysler Group LLC 2011

Chrysler Group LLC 2011

Chrysler posted better-than-expected financial results from Jan.-Sept. 2010 while raising its forecast. Chrysler says it expects to make a pre-tax profit of $700 million in 2010, up from $200...

Ford Motor Co. 2011

Ford Motor Co. 2011

In 2010, Ford gained U.S. market share and was able to sell its cars and truck at higher prices. In October, the automaker made a final payment to the UAW’s retiree health care trust fund. The...

General Motors Co. 2011

General Motors Co. 2011

In January, General Motors CEO Dan Akerson is scheduled to be elected chairman, replacing Ed Whitacre. GM remains the No.1 car company in the United States. In 2010, for the first time it sold more...

Letter from the Editor

The Little Engine That Could

The Little Engine That Could


What downtown Detroit has in abundance is potential. Offering one of the nation’s most impressive collections of office structures built prior to 1940, the central business district is an...

Ticker

Engage and Enhance

Engage and Enhance


For years, Habitat for Humanity Oakland County rolled out its affordable home program with little deviation — put out a call for corporate donors, gather volunteers, build or renovate dwellings,...

Pop Pop, Fizz Fizz

Pop Pop, Fizz Fizz


When a 50-year-old dormitory at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor developed severe plumbing problems — water flow had slowed to a trickle — a school management team budgeted $11 million...

PDA Q&A: Gary Burkart

PDA Q&A: Gary Burkart


Baby, You Can Drive My Virtual Car

Baby, You Can Drive My Virtual Car


Forget expensive prototypes. Realtime Technology in Royal Oak can project a 3-D image of a concept vehicle and make it appear to hug a hairpin turn or accelerate through a straightaway.

Forward Observer

Forward Observer


In business or in battle, David T. Maccagnone isn’t afraid to advance. The CEO of Multi-Bank Securities Inc. in Pleasant Ridge, which invests funds on behalf of banks, credit unions, and other...

Auto App

Auto App


Is it possible to buy a car using an Apple iPad? The answer is yes, thanks to Mercedes-Benz Financial in Farmington Hills, which developed an online sales tool for the German automaker’s 355...

Global Speak

Global Speak


Jason and Michael Teshuba are used to navigating different business models. In 2002, the siblings designed and built websites for a variety of clients. Two years later, they began offering...

Focus

Tax Detectives

Tax Detectives


Nino Licari is a popular figure these days. Like many city assessors in metro Detroit and elsewhere, Licari’s office is being overrun by tax reps — a collection of lawyers, accountants, and tax...

Perspectives

Fine of the Times

Fine of the Times


At the 34th District Court on Wayne Road in Romulus, the cash register begins ringing early most weekday mornings as dozens of motorists and lawyers, traffic tickets in hand, line up to play the...

The Brain Gain

The Brain Gain


The government restructured the auto industry; now it needs to restructure immigration. Why is that important for Michigan?

Exec Life

Space Collector

Space Collector


Howard Weinberger was on a mission. As a longtime collector of toys from the past, as well as other rare items, he spent seven years in search of little-known silver and gold medallions from the...

Run Silent, Run Cheap

Run Silent, Run Cheap


A team of researchers at Kettering University in Flint has developed a device, called a reformer, that converts gasoline, diesel, natural gas, and other commonly available fuels into hydrogen —...

Closing Bell

Cadillac Man

Cadillac Man


Sailing for England in 1895, William E. Metzger carried letters of introduction from Detroit and New York bankers, but after almost two weeks in London, he remained uninvited to the horseless...

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