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GDX Automotive History::

  • In 1984, GenCorp becomes the parent holding company for General Tire, while in 1986, General Tire combines the Chemicals/Plastics and Industrial Products divisions into a company called Diversitech General.As a response to 1987’s market conditions, GenCorp takes a new strategic direction, changing the company mix once again by selling General Tire and RKO General. To make better use of core competencies restructuring continues through 1988. Diversitech combines business segments to form GenCorp Automotive.GenCorp Automotive specializes in vehicle sealing and vibration control products, including weatherstripping, vibration control products, reinforced plastics, soft interior components and polymer products. The flexible flush glass sealing system becomes a key innovation in the product line.GenCorp strengthens their automotive segment in 1988 when they acquire the Bailey Corporation. Bailey provides GenCorp with key strategic strengths including inner and outer belt technology and increased extrusion capacity.



GDX Automotive History::

  • In By the 1970’s, General Tire has flourished and diversified. In 1972, the company counts five business segments which include General Tire, as well as Aerojet General, a company solely dedicated to aerospace and defense production, and RKO General, an entertainment company.Chemicals/Plastics and Industrial Products are divisions formed to produce manufactured goods such as extruded rubber products and automotive weatherstrips.


  • In 1930, General Tire and Rubber launches their first international manufacturing operation in Mexico. This international expansion continues in 1934 when the company establishes a manufacturing operation in Canada. 1937 sees the company begin extruding gaskets for refrigerators and automobiles, marking the birth of GDX Automotive.dedicated


  • W.F. O’Neil establishes the General Tire and Rubber Company in Akron Ohio, and introduces GenCorp, which later becomes GDX Automotive, to the Automotive market.



GDX Automotive Corporate Structure::

Michael BryantPresidentGDX Automotive

Steve JeskeVice President Sales/MarketingGlobal

Janice StippVice PresidentFinanceGlobal

Doug CooperSenior Vice PresidentLawGlobal

Troy CooleyVice PresidentPurchasingGlobal

Burkhard BruhlManaging DirectorOperationsEurope

Scott PaquetteSenior Vice PresidentOperationsNorth America

Jeff GilbertVice President EngineeringGlobal

Wolfgang FriesVice PresidentHuman ResourcesGlobal


Global Presence Means Local Support::

North AmericaFarmington Hills, MI* Batesville, ARNew Haven, MOSalisbury, NCWabash, INWelland, ONT

EuropeGrefrath, Germany** Rehburg, GermanyValls, SpainPalau, SpainChartres, FranceCorvol, FranceSt. Nicolas, FranceOdry, Czech RepublicPribor, Czech Republic

AsiaWanyuan, China*World Headquarters**European Headquarters


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