Parma, MI – Associates at Michigan Automotive Compressor, Inc. (MACI) are counting down the semi-trucks leaving the building loaded with brand new automotive air-conditioning compressor units. Sometime in just the next three days MACI will ship our 100 millionth product. UPDATE: The One Hundred Millionth compressor unit was shipped at 1300 Hours on Friday, December 11, 2015.
100,000,000 is a milestone of monumental proportions for the manufacturer on the west side of Jackson County, MI, which just celebrated its 25th Anniversary of Production this year. Over the past 25 years, MACI has added 3 major building expansions until it is over 1 million square feet; grown from 250 to 1,050 associates (employees) and added many millions of dollars of new manufacturing equipment, most notably new production lines and cells for the new variable-type compressor which is quickly growing in popularity in the automotive industry.
Earlier in the year, associates submitted estimates of when the actual compressor will ship in an informal competition. The person who proves to have the closest guess will receive a Michigan get-away weekend package to celebrate.
“100 million is a measure of the value added by associates to the metal and materials we use in each compressor unit,” said MACI’s President Todd Ishikawa. “It is the quality focus of associates that is responsible for our success, not the equipment. Our people build our future a little more each day.”
MACI was established in 1989 and started production in June of 1990. The largest manufacturing employer in Jackson, MACI employs 1,050 associates. The company is a joint-venture between Toyota Industries Corporation (TICO) and DENSO Corporation of Japan. MACI manufactures automotive air-conditioning compressor units for many automotive manufacturers including GM, Chrysler, Ford, Toyota, and Honda, as well as Freightliner and John Deere.