Vintech Industries Inc., an automotive industry Tier 2 supplier, is expanding its extrusion operations into Latin American markets in an effort to cut logistics costs.
The Imlay City, Mich., firm recently completed and validated an extrusion plant in Apodaca, a suburb of Monterrey, Mexico.
Customers we serve both in the United States and Mexico have asked us to support their production lines down in Mexico and to keep the cost of logistics and the time it takes to ship to a minimum, said Rick Taylor, manager of Vintech's Imlay City plant, in a Nov. 10 telephone interview.
President Jim Schoonover and fellow extrusion manufacturing veteran Vincent McNish started Vintech in 2004. The company's products are supplied to customers including Detroit-based Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC, as well as Toyota Motor Corp. of Toyota City, Japan, and Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. of Yokohama, Japan.
Supplied parts include decorative and functional extrusions, bodyside molding, window laces, seals and channels.
In a news release, Schoonover said Vintech has a manufacturing agreement with Redall Industries, a metal roll-forming and stamping company in Yale, Mich., that also has a plant in Apodaca. Redall's 55,000-square-foot [Mexican] facility is located in a large industrial complex which has a number of North America-based Tier 1 suppliers, he said.
Redall is an ISO TS 16949: 20020 certified company with capabilities in all aspects of manufacturing.
Vintech has 11 extrusion lines in Imlay City. According to Taylor, its Apodaca plant has 1-2 Davis-Standard extrusion lines.
As we grow, we will be adding extrusion lines and people, he said.
Taylor said Vintech is made up of core Americans and [has] no plans to move out of the United States.
We'll always be here. It's very, very expensive to ship from Michigan to Mexico and, if you take that cost out of it, you become very competitive, he said.
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