“Our growth has happened because of technologies and R&D and where we spent money,” Lacks added. “It’s been a challenge. It’s been physically tough. It’s been emotionally tough. It’s been mentally tough.”
Lacks said he doesn’t expect a shift in leadership style and company culture under Hrnyak.
“Even though Nick’s last name isn’t Lacks, it might just as well be, because he’s an extension of the Lacks family in his thought process,” Lacks said. Hrnyak “understands exactly what has to happen, how it should happen.”
Hrnyak said he plans to continue to capitalize on interior technologies and carbon-fiber wheels.
“We see significant growth potential with our finishing technologies in the interiors space,” Hrnyak said. “These are initiatives that have been in the works that are hitting the marketplace, and we have a lot of momentum in these categories.
“We have a lot of thought around what an electric vehicle is going to require: extended battery, miles per charge,” he added. “Initiatives in lightweighting and carbon fiber will align nicely with what we’re seeing as a complete environment change in the OEMs’ mentality on electrification in vehicles.”