Certainty in auto industry driving jobs in Muskegon

11:32 PM, Jan 17, 2014   |    comments
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DETROIT (WZZM) -- The leader of a West Michigan parts supplier is happy excitement is returning to the North American International Auto Show. It's due to a more clear picture of what the future holds for GM, Chrysler, and Ford.

With 800 employees and three facilities in Muskegon, ADAC Automotive continues to grow. The company makes door handles and exterior mirrors for the Big Three automakers.

ADAC President and CEO Jim Teets says he's looking forward to his yearly business trip to Cobo Hall. "Going to the Auto Show, if you are an auto guy, it is like a kid in a candy shop." Teets is a show regular. "This will be my 21st straight year of going to the Auto Show and it never gets old."

Never old, but as the leader of a tier one supplier, Teets says the show felt different when the Big Three were in all kinds of financial trouble several years ago. "I would even say in 2010 it was kind of a solemn place with not a lot of excitement and buzz."

Some of ADAC's parts go on the Chevy Volt, Ford F-150, Honda Odyssey, and a Tesla vehicle. "You are down there looking at your product; you are looking at competitors products and looking at trends."

And Teets will be looking for new business as consumers are again buying a large number of cars, trucks, and sports utility vehicles. "The North American production volumes numbers are expected to rise. We are happy the Detroit Three are healthy and vibrant again."

ADAC is now the second largest industrial employer in Muskegon County. The largest order in the company's history will be in full production in 2016 and that should lead to more growth, including the hiring of 14 new engineers to prepare for the job.

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