The technology used in the automotive industry has come a long way since the earliest days of Henry Ford, and it continues to advance by leaps and bounds even now in the 21st century. For more than 50 years, Lacks Enterprises has been at the forefront of technology in the manufacturing of components for automakers, and Vice President Larry O’Toole says this is the reason why the company has become a trusted supplier to the world’s largest automakers. “We basically try to focus on the future as opposed to what other companies do,” he says.
Lacks Enterprises specializes in components including wheels, wheel trim, and interior and exterior trim. The company was founded in 1961 by father-and-son team John P. Lacks and Richard Lacks. The company originally concentrated on basic machining, but soon it added metal finishing and decorative painting capabilities. Today, the company has more than 20 facilities throughout North America and Europe serving some of the largest automotive OEMs in the world, primarily the “Big Three” Detroit automakers. O’Toole says the nature of the company’s products are such that the company finds itself selling to wheel manufacturers as well as vehicle OEMs.