Ernst & Young (EY) recently announced that Linda Torakis of McKechnie Vehicle Components (MVC) in Roseville, Mich., is a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Award in the Michigan and Northwest Ohio Region. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Linda Torakis serves as President and Majority Owner of MVC. She was selected as a finalist from more than 50 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 5 at the MGM Grand Detroit.
“We’ve made a lot of changes in the last several years and are trying to move our business in a new direction to better serve our customers,” Torakis said. “Many people, not just me, have worked hard to rebuild and re-energize this company. On their behalf, I’m very pleased to accept this recognition.”
Now in its 28th year, the awards program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world.
Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 15, 2014. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
MVC designs and manufactures exciting decorative components that bring life to its customers’ products. MVC prides itself on being the automotive industry’s experts in chrome plating and painting of plastic and stainless steel parts. The company can complement these parts with a full range of decorative emblems and assemblies. MVC has a fully integrated process that includes tool design and build, component manufacturing, finishing and assembly. It offers the flexibility to bring customers exciting and innovative solutions that make their finished products shine. Based in Roseville, Mich., MVC is 56 percent woman owned and certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE). The company operates design, tooling and manufacturing facilities near its customers in the Midwest and Southeast United States.
About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.
MVC in Newberry, S. C. is now running a 2,200-ton injection mold press. It enables the company to produce the largest decorative parts – like truck grills, grill surrounds and roof racks – with greater quality control and efficiency.
"This is a game changer for our business," said Linda Torakis, president and majority owner of MVC. "We are now able to manufacture almost any decorative part imaginable and provide the exceptional quality our customers have come to expect."
The press is 48 feet long and weighs more than 300,000 pounds. It's so large it took seven trucks to deliver it to the MVC facility in Newberry.
According to Alex Harold, General Manager of MVC Newberry, the operations team is running the press in pre-production mode as part of MVC's Advanced Quality Planning program. They will begin production of six different truck grills in August.
MVC is a wholly owned subsidiary of MVC Holdings, LLC. The company is a leading manufacturer of interior and exterior decorative trim products for the automotive and commercial truck industry. Based in Roseville, Michigan, MVC is 56 percent woman owned and certified as a Women's Business Enterprise (WBE) in 2014. The company operates design, tooling and manufacturing facilities near its customers in the Midwest and Southeast United States.