Current CEO: Al Ver
Automotive Components Holdings, LCC (ACH), headquartered in Dearborn, MI, is a temporary business formed by Ford Motor Company to manage 17 plants that were acquired from Visteon Corporation, Ford’s single largest supplier at the time. ACH was created to ensure that Ford maintained its need automotive parts while preparing to sell ACH plants. This move took place as part of Ford’s overall strategy to ensure that other companies could provide it with the capital and resources needed to produce Ford’s needed parts at competitive prices.
ACH does not directly employ its own workers in the United States. When ACH was formed, approximately 5,000 Visteon employees were leased to work with ACH, along with 80 salaried Ford employees and approximately 18,000 Ford United Auto Workers (UAW) hourly ones. Ford estimates that it will implement about 5,000 buyouts for UAW employees working at Automotive Components Holding. Those looking for ACH careers may find opportunities at some of the plants that were sold or relocated.
In the mid-2000s, Ford sold two plants. The original agreement returned two Visteon businesses to Ford’s automotive operations in 2006 and resulted in the closing of some plants in Michigan and in Indianapolis, IN. From 2005 to 2009, ACH invested approximately $120 million to upgrade one of its largest plants in Saline, MI. Now, ACH is in talks to sell the Saline plant to a French auto supplier. This plant is the largest for-profit employer in that area. This news has left the fate of some workers unknown. In 2011, some ACH workers left the company and accepted out-of-state jobs at Ford plants because of delayed negotiations regarding wages.
The Automotive Components Holdings culture reflects Ford’s North American strategy to remain competitive in the automotive industry. Because ACH is a temporary holding company, it does not have the ability to truly define its own separate culture because its workers are not employed by ACH.
In addition, those working at Automotive Components Holdings still likely uphold the values of Ford or Visteon. Those working at any of the ACH facilities will need to ensure they understand Ford’s marketplace strategy to best position Ford to sell its plants.
ACH does not have direct employees. Therefore, workers do not receive ACH benefits. Those stationed to work at the plants, receive benefits from Ford, Visteon or firms that have bought some of Ford’s plants.