Construction by the Numbers

Is the construction industry healthy, or is it on the downward slide? Right now, some experts are predicting that the United States could be heading toward another housing bubble. At the end of last summer, mortgage interest rates spiked and cooled demand, but didn’t curb high...

Blast Off: How northern Michigan is launching as an aerospace contender

Satellites, spaceports, and heat-treated aircraft parts: these are a few elements of Traverse City’s growing aerospace industry. Up until a couple years ago, no one would have mentioned “Traverse City” and “space technology” in the same breath. Now, northern Michigan is a growing epicenter for activity,...

Ampel Feedback gets customers’ comments on the spot

Local entrepreneur Sebastian Garbsch got the idea for his latest startup business in the least likely of places: an airport bathroom. As Garbsch recalls it, he was catching a connecting flight at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago about six years ago. While washing his hands in...