Plant Manager for Newly Acquired Automotive Tier 1 Manufacturing Facility in Michigan

A U.K.-headquartered automotive tier 1 supplier required support with identifying and selecting the future plant manager for their newly established manufacturing facility in Michigan. The company had not previously operated their own manufacturing capabilities in North America and had entered the U.S. market by way of acquiring the assets of an established player. As part of this new venture, existing manufacturing equipment needed to be relocated from Illinois while a new plant was being built in Michigan to accommodate this as well as machines being brought in from U.K.-based operations. The spec called for an individual with previous exposure to European business culture and significant experience in automotive manufacturing serving the top end of the passenger vehicle market. TH Bender identified and approached a total of 85 suitable candidates across North America and presented a slate of 5 finalists, all of whom were multi-lingual and either Michigan-based or willing to relocate. The search was closed in under 90 days and resulted in the placement of an experienced leader with a strong track record of establishing new plants and driving significant growth. As a result of our placement, the company was able to establish their U.S. operations on time and within budget.

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