History

Designed for a lifestyle, built for a lifetime.

 

Coliant was founded in 2004 by acquiring the assets of Jastek Engineering, LLC. Leveraging the Powerlet™ and Luggage Electrix™ brands.  The company started designing, manufacturing and distributing rugged electrical accessories that were 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.

Although focused initially on the motorcycle market, the Powerlet™ product line has applications in numerous industries and on various power-sport 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.

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.

In 2010 Coliant Group released a line of smart garments including heated jacket liners and gloves. After being on the market for two years Motorcyclist Magazine had conducted long-term testing of several heated clothing manufacturers, one of them being 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's 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™ and MicroClimate Technologies™.

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.

 
 

 
 

Leadership

"Some say it takes a village to raise a child; from my experience it takes        a community to build an enduring global brand."  
            - CEO, John Swiatek

 
 
 

John A.
Swiatek

Founder / CEO

From a strong natural urge to create, Mr. Swiatek is driven to build organizations and often pushes others to achieve distant goals. Abandoning ineffective procedures and identifying repetition of error has always been his approach. With an innovative, entrepreneurial spirit, Mr. Swiatek continually scans his environment for better methods.  Often asked to take a leadership role during meetings, he will inspire and motivate others with positive, powerful convictions. Communicating confidently and clearly that everyone has untold potential inspires each Coliant employee to grow and develop more than they ever thought possible.

 

Dave
Meerhaeghe

Founder / Director of Information Technology

Mr. Meerhaeghe has over 20 years professional experience in Information Technology and has worked as a Network Engineer supporting both LANs and WANs for a fortune 500 company. He later implemented and administered mid-range systems in the data center. Mr. Meerhaeghe worked on B2B integration projects and the replacement of legacy networks with Internet-based solutions. He also spent time designing and implementing network security systems.

 

 
 
 

Adam
Bonislawski

Founder / VP of Business Development

Mr. Bonislawski has over 30 years of experience in marketing, sales, business development and product development. Prior to joining Coliant, Mr. Bonislawski managed various commercial and private firms in executive roles utilizing his expertise in sales. He has directly managed areas such as marketing, brand and product development at Coliant. Current his primary focus extends to developing the OE and Tier1 sales at Coliant Group, LLC.

Bryce Moe

Chairman of the Board

Bryce Moe is the Managing Director of Skypoint Ventures. Mr. Moe holds a BA in Accounting from Michigan State University, an MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, and a CPA. He has over 18 years of professional experience in public accounting, industry, private equity, and start ups. He currently serves on multiple boards of start up companies and has a passion for innovation and entrepreneurship; especially those ventures that propose a symbiotic relationship between business and community.

 
 
 

Jim Ruma

Board of Directors

With 40 years of industry experience, Mr. Ruma served as Vice President of Engineering Programs and Project Management at General Dynamic Land Systems (GDLS) located in Sterling Heights, Michigan. He has also served as a board member and past President of the Michigan National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Michigan chapter. Jim interfaces with local companies associated with the NDIA and government defense agencies. In addition, Jim provides his time and experience to Mac-OU INC clients that are looking to enter into business with large industrial customers, municipalities and government agencies.

 
 

 
 

University Partners

 

 

Coliant's university partnerships continue to attract funding to support life-changing research and innovations. These innovations draw the interest of commercial businesses and venture capitalists, helping stir investment in the region that have created jobs in the private sector. Our university-business partnerships can also be seen in the form of internships, testing lab usage and licensed technologies.

We are proud to have developed working relationships and partnerships with the following universities:

University of Dayton Research Institute, IDRI

300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469

http://www.udri.udayton.edu

Lawrence Technological University

21000 W 10 Mile Rd.
Southfield, MI 48075

http://www.ltu.edu/

 

University of Montana

32 Campus Dr.
Missoula, Mt 59812

http://www.umt.edu/

 

Michigan State University

2727 Alliance Drive
Lansing, MI 48910 USA

http://www.egr.msu.edu/cvrc/

Georgia Institute of Technology

North Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30332

http://www.ien.gatech.edu/

 

Oakland University

2200 N Squirrel Rd.
Rochester, MI 48309

http://www.oakland.edu/