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BRIDGEWATER INTERIORS NAMED COMPANY OF THE YEAR

BRIDGEWATER INTERIORS NAMED COMPANY OF THE YEAR

In little more than a decade, Bridgewater went from being a startup with one customer to a billion-dollar business with four manufacturing facilities that serve nearly every major automaker.

The constant hum of heavy machinery fills the air at THE 125,000-square-foot plant where nearly 350 employees are hard at work. In two shifts, the team will assemble nearly 1,200 seats for the Ford Focus and 300 for the Cadillac DTS and Buick Lucerne. It takes only 12 minutes for the quick, efficient crews to complete a set of seats for the Focus, and 20 minutes for the more complex Cadillac.

Nearly 75% of the process is automated: Large robotic machines meticulously assemble, scan, test, and move components on to the next stage of production.

Business has picked up for Bridgewater Interiors L.L.C. (No. 2 on the be industrial/service companies list with $1.6 billion in revenues). The 12-year-old Detroit-based assembler of automotive interiors has returned to profitability, thanks to increasing demand for parts from its customers: Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, and Honda.

Bridgewater Interiors was formed as a joint venture between Johnson Controls Inc., a $34 billion automotive supplier, and Epsilon L.L.C., a holding company controlled by Bridgewater CEO Ronald E. Hall Sr. Epsilon, whose major shareholders are African American, owns 51%. (more)

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Article by ALAN HUGHES, B.E. Magazine | Read full article here