LIVONIA, Mich. -- Here in the industrial heartland transformed by Henry Ford's genius of mass production, bigger is usually thought of as better. After all, Big Three auto executives call the suburbs that ring Detroit home. Kmart's corporate headquarters is in nearby suburban Troy. Mighty Kroger located its Michigan headquarters right here in Livonia. To suburban Detroit locals, the rewards of mass production, distribution and merchandising are all around. Yet in the shadow of a massive ...

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