GHSP Puts Global 'Solutions in Motion" for Ford
Ford Motor Company’s renaissance has resulted in the adoption of a new slogan for the Detroit-based automaker: “One Way Forward.” And JSJ-owned supplier GHSP is in the front seat for the ride, providing its own brand of “Solutions in Motion” for yet another major manufacturer in the automotive industry.
Paul Doyle, GHSP’s President and CEO, notes that the company is providing shifters for Ford’s 2013 lineup.
“It’s a significant undertaking and opportunity for us to partner with a global company that is experiencing great growth and success in today’s markets,” said Doyle. “We had very little business with Ford until a couple of years ago, and now, based on awarded new business, we forecast they will be our largest customer in the near future.”
“The Ford work is requiring a truly global effort at GHSP,” reports Doyle. “Product design and development is occurring at the GHSP headquarters in Grand Haven, Michigan, as well as our engineering center in Shanghai, China. Manufacturing and assembly will occur in GHSP facilities in Shanghai, China, and Saltillo, Mexico.” The Ford contract, along with ongoing business with major partners like Honda, Chrysler and others, is expected to lead to additional employment opportunities at all GHSP global operations.
“It’s an awesome development for Ford and for GHSP,” said Doyle. “It really represents what GHSP is looking for in a partner. Ford brought in Alan Mulally as CEO (in 2006) and he recognized that the automotive industry needed a strong partnership with the supply base. After all, 75% of automotive innovation originates in the supply base. Now, we have a true partnership, where Ford is more open to our influence and expertise. And, at the same time, Ford has seriously ramped up their own expectations of quality and that will make us a better company and a stronger supplier.”
“When we execute on all the work they have given us (which includes a number of new products to assist in upgrading transmissions, in addition to the shifters), Ford will be an anchor customer,” acknowledged Doyle. “We have a long history of very good relationships with many customers including Honda and Chrysler. The addition of Ford as a solid partner brings stability to our growth and planning.”
And as a Michigan / USA based company, Doyle added, it's "personally rewarding to help re-establish old school Detroit as an automotive manufacturing center of excellence, even a little bit."