Jiffy-tite Inc. is a Tier II OEM supplier of fluid connection systems for the automotive industry and is the OEM’s choice for plumbing connections on brands all over the world. There are over 300 million Jiffy-tite devices in service in some of the world’s most recognized brands including Chevrolet®, Ford®, Cadillac®, Dodge®, Mercedes-Benz® and Harley Davidson®, to name a few. Michael Rayhill joined the Jiffy-tite team in August 2010, becoming the company’s President in January 2011, and is making huge strides in guiding them to further global expansion.
“What surprised me when I joined Jiffy-tite is how well known we are within the original equipment sector of the automotive industry, and how little everyone else knows about us,” states Rayhill. “I am convinced that if our connectors are so highly sought after by the OE’s, then there’s a whole new playing field for us in the global automotive aftermarket. And while we make about 145,000 parts every day, we could easily handle more aftermarket volume as we already have the tools and equipment available that made the OEM versions and the necessary facilities and production capacity.”
What makes Jiffy-tite so successful, even in today’s economy is their philosophy of innovation and efficiency. For example, Jiffy-tite recently used their core competencies of designing and manufacturing reliable fluid connections to develop a new product line of specialized electrical connectors for hybrid and electric vehicles. And that’s just one of many success stories for the company. Another significant factor for success is that Jiffy-tite designs and manufactures all of their key production machinery in-house, which is helpful in maintaining their proprietary quality systems and staying ahead of copy-cat manufacturers, while protecting the company’s intellectual property.
ABOUT MICHAEL RAYHILL
Michael Rayhill began his illustrious career in the automotive industry over thirty years ago with the Harrison Radiator Division of General Motors, a division that later became part of Delphi Corporation. During his tenure with GM and Delphi, he held executive positions in engineering, marketing, business development, program management, and general management. In addition, he has held senior executive positions in both Europe and Asia regions for Delphi. Among his many assignments, Rayhill served as the President of Delphi Automotive Systems Korea, the Executive Vice President of Daewoo Automotive Components, and the Global Chief Engineer of the HVAC Product line for Delphi Thermal Systems. He was also active as an officer of the American Chamber of Commerce of Korea and co-authored the annual automotive trade paper submitted to the U.S. Trade Representative and the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.
Jiffy-tite manufactures quick-connect fluid couplers, oil thermostats, compact filters, turbocharger cooling and lubricating couplers as well as fittings for hybrid and electric vehicles. For more information, please contact Jamie Evans @ 1-888-605-7788, or visit www.jiffy-tite.com.
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