Billy Vickers

Position: Founder, President, CEO;

Company: Modular Assembly Innovations;

Industry: Automotive;

Country: United States

Billy Vickers

Billy Vickers is President and CEO of Modular Assembly Innovations. Modular Assembly Innovations (MAI), located in Dublin, Ohio, is the parent corporation of a group of certified minority owned companies offering manufacturing and assembly solutions to manufacturers. MAI companies employ more than 350 associates at locations in East Liberty, Ohio, Lincoln, Ala. and Greensburg, Ind. In 2015, revenue generated by the companies was $1.2 billion and was the 4th largest blacked owned company on the Black Enterprise Magazine's 2016 BE 100 listings of Industrial & Services companies.

 

In 2011, Mr. Vickers established Modular Assembly Innovations, LLC., after buying out TAG Holdings interest in Great Lakes Assemblies, Gulf Shore Assemblies, and Indiana Assemblies, becoming majority owner of the three ventures in partnership with Midwest Express, Inc., a Honda-owned company.

 

In 2005 Mr. Vickers joined TAG Holdings as president and chief operating officer with responsibilities for the modular assemblies division which comprised approximately 80% of TAG Holdings’ revenue. While at TAG Holdings from 2005 to 2008, Mr. Vickers launched the three joint venture companies which became Modular Assembly Innovations.

 

Prior to joining TAG Holdings, Mr. Vickers was the owner of Yale Inspection Services, an MBE certified company providing quality-engineering services to the automotive supply base. Prior to owning Yale Inspection Services, Mr. Vickers served as director of operations and later as general manager of New Haven Foundry the (largest minority owned foundry in the United States). Mr. Vickers was successful in guiding New Haven and growing the business into a major tier one supplier to Chrysler and General Motors. Under his guidance, the plant experienced dramatic improvements in quality performance and employee participation while growing profits. Mr. Vickers served as the lead negotiator for two consecutive UAW contracts that eliminated incentive pay for production workers and created a tiered wage scale for new employees.

 

Previous to his employment with New Haven Foundry, Mr. Vickers served as plant superintendent for the Ironton Iron Casting plant in Ironton, Ohio. In this role, Mr. Vickers was responsible for the day-to-day operation of the manufacturing operations, quality, processing and new product launches, including the successful launch of the Ford I-Beam suspension program.

 

Mr. Vickers attended North Carolina State University on a football scholarship and earned a Bachelor of Science degree. He played running back and today ranks 14th on North Carolina State’s list of all time average yards gained in a single season, 10th in all-time career yardage gains – 489 carries for 2,189 yards, and is tied for 11th in all-time rushing attempts in a single game with 30 attempts.

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