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Packard Motor Car Co.

Scientific Management

A pioneer of efficiency consulting, Frederick Winslow Taylor studied factory processes to increase productivity.
automated factory illustration

Sensory Overload

Artificial intelligence in the form of Industry 4.0, where machines are armed with sensors, can enhance every aspect of manufacturing — from the back office to the loading dock.
Ed Clark, Michael Lyons, and Francis Lyons

Atomic Father

How a Detroit boy of French heritage pioneered local radio, became a missionary priest, and gained a top-level security clearance for nuclear bomb production.
Le Mans

Speed Racer

Hollywood portrays Ford’s winning ways in a lavish new film.
cannabis plant

The Next Gold Rush?

Complexity, risk, and frustration abound as the recreational cannabis industry in Michigan moves out of the shadows.
Russel Wheel and Foundry Co

Heavy Metal

Russel Wheel and Foundry Co. in Detroit produced rail cars, logging equipment, and structural steel until being wiped out by the Great Depression.
Ellen Browning Scripps

United Press

Ellen Browning Scripps helped her brothers build a national newspaper empire from Detroit.
The Jam Handy

Handy Man

Olympian, ad genius, and tech innovator Jam Handy made Detroit industry his cinematic subject.
James Witherell

Frontier Justice

Detroit faced indistinct prospects when James Witherell became a territorial Supreme Court judge in 1808.

Talent Drive

As the Motor City faces the era of autonomous mobility, spiritual heirs of Charles Brady King and Henry Ford will write code, tune a robot, and design a vehicle. But how will Detroit create and attract the multidisciplinary talent to expand on its standing as the automotive capital of the world?