Coastal Automotive hosts MEMA, State Representative Mary Whiteford, and US Representative Fred Upton

Coastal Automotive welcomed US Representative Fred Upton, State Representative Mary Whiteford, the Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and other automotive manufacturers to its Holland-based manufacturing headquarters on August 30. The visit was coordinated as a part of The Supplier Advocacy Network (SAN) program developed by MEMA. 

The program aims to educate members of Congress on motor vehicle parts suppliers and the issues that directly impact industry leaders. SAN encourages and assists local manufacturers from 12 states in welcoming local representatives to their facilities for roundtable discussions and facility tours. 

“We are proud to welcome congressman Fred Upton, State Representative Mary Whiteford, and other industry leaders to our Holland facility,” said Mark McConnell, Vice President of Finance for Coastal Automotive. “Coastal Automotive understands that policies made at the federal level directly impact our company and many other companies in West Michigan and across the globe. These events ensure automotive manufacturers keep a strong industry voice in Washington, D.C.”

Mike Pendy, of the Southfield MI OESA office, and other local business representatives attended the event, participating in the roundtable discussions centered around the passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

“The supplier industry is facing a critical time with the wave of new policies directly impacting our companies,” said Bill Long, MEMA president and CEO. “We at MEMA have worked hard to be the voice of this invaluable industry for 115 years and we advocate for those policies that best promote growth and strength for the supplier industry.”

The event was congressman Upton and Representative Mary Whiteford’s first visit to Coastal Automotive. 

About Coastal Automotive

Coastal Automotive is a forward-looking, Tier 1 global automotive company, whose products and solutions increase the safety of interior passenger spaces in motor vehicles. Coastal Automotive works with unique products and innovative processes to create value for their customers and generates enhanced safety and comfort for the passengers who use their products. Coastal Automotive and its sister company, Coastal Container, have earned recognition as leaders in innovative solutions. For more information visit:  

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