Coastal Automotive is a forward-looking automotive safety manufacturer.
We are focused on providing our customers with high quality products at great value. Our team works constantly to fill innovation gaps in the automotive industry and provide our customers with the newest technology.
We are dedicated to our Employees
We nurture a great place to work by hiring talented, dedicated people. We encourage professional development and promoting from within. We provide regular performance feedback and share in our success with company-wide bonuses.
We are dedicated to our Suppliers
We build long-term business relationships focused on mutual prosperity. Our approach ensures all partners in the supply chain deliver quality and value.
We are dedicated to our Community
We are proud and active members of the Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) – working to improve vehicle safety for all consumers and the sustainability of our products.
Our Leadership Team
Long-time company leader, Shaun Sikora, has worked with Coastal Automotive since its inception—bringing over 25 years of automotive expertise to the role.
Director of Operations
Toby has over 15 years of operations experience in his 20+ years in the automotive industry. He balances a results-driven engineering background with his passion for building a great work culture that engages his team.
Jason Gaide is a result-driven sales professional with over 20 years in the automotive industry. He is passionate about developing and maintaining strong relationships centered on trust with every customer.
Director Human Resources
A strategic Human Resources leader with experience spanning several industries and global regions, Wendi Rudholm brings 30 years of experience to the Coastal team.
Chief Financial Officer
Over the years, Mark McConnell has served in several finance roles within Coastal Group, most recently as Chief Financial Officer.
Director of Advanced Engineering
Dave Hinman brings decades of expertise in the industry and supports Coastal Automotive’s growth and diversification initiatives through innovation of new materials and lightweight composites for the global mobility industry.
Advanced Materials Engineer
Tony is a product developer and materials scientist with experience in developing innovative products for the aerospace, automotive, and architectural interiors industry.
|2007||VeriCorr Packaging, a North Carolina company owned by Bryan Smith and Kerry Vickers, partnered with DOW Automotive and founded a contract manufacturing business in Troy, Michigan. Their innovation was a new process to manufacture components made from IMPAXX™ foam, which has since become instrumental as a passive safety countermeasure in the automotive market. This original startup was called Vericorr Fabricating.|
|2008||Vericorr Fabricating was purchased by Coastal Group, a Holland, Michigan based diversified holding group. With the Great Recession of 08/09, the packaging side of Vericorr Fabricating was consolidated to Holland, Michigan and joined with Coastal Container, another subsidiary of Coastal Group. The automotive parts operation moved to Research Drive in Rochester Hills, Michigan and was renamed to Coastal Automotive. By the end of 2008 it had grown from 3 to 15 employees.|
|2010||Coastal Automotive established a long-term partnership with Dow Automotive to transition from a contract manufacturer, to Coastal Automotive managing the business as a full-service provider for IMPAXX™ energy absorbing products to the market. With this agreement, Coastal Automotive became a direct supplier to the OEM’s and all major Tier 1 suppliers.|
|2011||To complement the IMPAXX™ product line, Coastal Automotive’s innovation and marketing efforts led to a similar collaborative license agreement with Sealed Air to manufacture components using a foam with unique properties to assist with airbag deployment. These innovations led to Coastal Automotive becoming a world leader in foam-based safety products for the global automotive market.|
|2016||Continued growth at Coastal Automotive required the first long term plans for global expansion. An additional plant was opened in Holland, Michigan to increase capacity and improve capability. In 2017 and 2018, Coastal Automotive established its first presence in Europe, India, Asia and Mexico. Coastal Automotive has grown every year, expanding in customers, applications, products and team members.|
|2018||At Coastal Automotive, we currently employ over 150 team members and we offer a collection of unique automotive products including IMPAXX™ components and SDR foam.|
Coastal Automotive has grown every year, expanding in products and team members. We look forward to continuing our growth and providing our customers with the newest automotive technology
|2013||Honored as GM Supplier of the Year|
|2016||Michigan 50 Companies to Watch|
|2016||Honored as “Michigan Economic Bright Spot”|
|2016||Honored with GM Supplier Quality Excellence Award|
|2016||Honored as GM Supplier of the Year|
|2017||Honored with GM Supplier Quality Excellence Award|
|2018||Honored as GM Supplier of the Year|
|2018||Honored with GM Supplier Quality Excellence Award|
|2019||Honored with GM Supplier Quality Excellence Award|
Coastal Automotive is dedicated to our community.
Coastal Automotive was selected to participate in a pilot program with MEDC providing gas cards, Uber, and other services to support sustained job opportunities for workers in communities hardest hit during the economic downturn. This project has helped many residents get to work who would otherwise not have transportation, including many of our employees.
Other initiatives Coastal Automotive supports:
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