Kim Korth has been named president and CEO of injection molder Dickten Masch Plastics LLC.
Korth has been owner and president of IRN Inc., a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based consulting group specializing in the automotive industry. She replaces Steve Dyer, who had served in that role since joining Nashotah-based DMP in 2008.
Korth also was once president and CEO of Supreme Corp., a $300 million publicly held maker of specialty vehicles in Goshen, Ind.
Her appointment appears to be a good fit; she has been vocal in saying one of the biggest opportunities for plastics is under the hood, as carmakers make changes to engines and powertrains.
Dickten Masch made a big move in the under-hood auto market in September, when it bought fellow molder Nyloncraft Inc. of Mishawaka, Ind., with an eye on using both firms' engineering-plastics experience to replace metal components in the transportation industry.
Korth was also named CEO and president of Techniplas, a newly formed company that includes Dickten Masch and Nyloncraft.
“I look forward to working with the DMP team to strengthen and grow the business,” Korth said in a news release.
Techniplas Chairman George Votis said, “I'm confident in [Korth's] ability to encourage collaboration and the sharing of best practices between the companies while driving innovation in meaningful ways that benefit all of our customers,” he said. He is principal investor in Patmian LLC, which has owned DMP since 2010.
Korth has a bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University and a master's in international management from Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management.