About Us

History

Designed for a lifestyle, built for a lifetime.

Imagine embarking on a multi-day journey astride a motorcycle without the ubiquitous personal electronics we've come to depend on. Or imagine snowmobiling for long hours though blustery winter terrain without heated clothing. By putting the 'power' back in powersports vehicles, the original co-founders of Warren-based Coliant Group LLC, John Swiatek, Dave Meerhaeghe, and Adam Bonislawski focused their early efforts on a motorcycle rider's comfort, convenience and safety.

Coliant was founded in 2004 by acquiring the assets of Jastek Engineering, LLC. Leveraging the Powerlet and Luggage Electrix brands, we started designing, manufacturing and distributing rugged electrical accessories that are intuitive and universally adaptable. Under the company's Powerlet brand, Coliant developed its first product line to withstand water, vibration, UV rays and oil/gas, meeting its own global compliance standards for an electrical interface.

Coliant quickly won Michigan's SBA Best Small Business of the Year.

Although focused initially on the motorcycle market, the Powerlet product line has applications in numerous industries and on various powersport vehicles. Powerlet sales grew throughout the U.S., UK, Europe, Asia, and Australia providing support for the power outlets found on BMW, Triumph, KTM and Ducati motorcycles. No matter if it is a short commute or traveling across the globe, Powerlet products are designed for a lifestyle and built for a lifetime.

In 2006 Coliant executed a comprehensive renovation of an automotive landmark building located in an area designated as a federal and state historic district. We worked tirelessly with the historic committee, city officials and a private environmental company to secure a Baseline Environmental Assessment (BEA) and rescued the first Chevrolet dealership (1928) in the region from demolition. Coliant converted the near century old structure into an energy-efficient, effective, office and light manufacturing space which now serves as the Coliant Group LLC headquarters.

Over the years, Coliant raised capital from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), the First Step Fund, the Michigan Preseed Fund and private investors to develop it's Powerlet and Luggage Electrix products and brands.

We released a line of heated jacket liners and gloves in 2010. Motorcyclist Magazine provided a long term review of Coliant's RapidFIRe heated clothing. "After more than a year in all kinds of weather, the RapidFIRe liners still keep us more comfortable more of the time than anything else. The best high-tech personal heat source for anything short of space travel. 5 out of 5 Stars", said Tim Carrithers, Editor, Motorcyclist Magazine. The Rapidfire Heated Jacket liners also went on to received a perfect 10/10 rating from Adventure Bike Rider (ABR) in Europe in May of 2013. All of the world top manufactures of heated clothing were evaluated. It clearly took first place and was the only jacket of the ones reviewed to receive a perfect score. These early successes allowed management to green light the launch of Atomic Skin, Inc. a developer of personal climate control systems.

The Laystitch and ASC Craft brands were acquired by Coliant in Sept 2014. These two strategic brands were acquired to further Coliant's leadership position in designing and manufacturing personal climate control systems.

Milestone and Award Timeline

July 2004 - Founded in a residential garage in Shelby Twp. Michigan.

November 2004 - Coliant Corporation received the SBA Small Business of the Year award from the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC).

November 2007 - Coliant Corporation became the 11th company accepted into the Michigan 21st Century Jobs Fund through TechTown and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

September 2009 - Won a scholarship and graduated from the University of Michigan Product Realization and Technology Commercialization Program.

March 2010 - Coliant Corporation awarded Best Company to Watch by SCORE, a resource partner with the Small Business Association (SBA).

February 2011 - Powerlet Products' RapidFIRe Heated Liners selected as a Nifty 50 award winner by the editors of Powersport Business magazine.

November 2011 - Selected for MEDC Economic Gardening Program.

February 2012 - With submissions from 46 states, Coliant Corporation was the 7th company approved nationally for the State Trade and Export Promotion Grant (STEP) Grant Initiative CFDA# 59.061.

May 2012 - Motorcyclist Magazine provided a long term review of Coliant's RapidFIRe heated clothing. "After more than a year in all kinds of weather, the RapidFIRe liners still keep us more comfortable more of the time than anything else. The best high-tech personal heat source for anything short of space travel. 5 out of 5 Stars", Tim Carrithers, Editor, Motorcyclist Magazine.

November 2012 - Coliant Corporation won the top prize for the Next-Generation Manufacturing Sector in the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition.

May 2013 - Powerlet's Rapidfire Heated Jacket liner received a perfect 10/10 rating from Adventure Bike Rider (ABR) in Europe. All of the world top manufactures of heated clothing were evaluated. It clearly took first place and was the only jacket of the ones reviewed to receive a perfect score.

September 2014 - Acquire Laystitch and ASC Craft of Milford Michigan.