ASC Inc. is consolidating its sunroof and convertible operations into one entity.
The company also is forming a stand-alone organization to design prototype vehicles for automakers.
Company President Larry Doyle said he wants to offer customers a wider array of sunroof and convertible options. One large division to han-dle sunroofs and convertibles will give him 'the critical mass' to do so.
'Our focus is on technologi-cal development' of new convertible roof systems, Doyle said.
Under the plan:
Sunroof and convertible operations will be combined within one division, to be called the American Sunroof Co.
Prototype vehicles will be designed by a new unit called Aeromotive Services Co. The Toyota Solara show car is one example.
Low-volume niche vehicles will continue to be produced by the Automobile Specialty Co. This operation will seek to produce specialty vehicles like the Dodge Viper or Plymouth Prowler.
Meanwhile, ASC's commercial-truck trim operation will continue as a stand-alone division.
ASC's central corporate organization will operate as a holding company, with the divisions gaining more authority to act on their own. The parent company will consider making acquisitions to beef up the divisions, Doyle said.
The company also hopes to forge some business alliances with other suppliers in Europe and Japan, Doyle said. ASC wants to expand overseas operations, if possible.
ASC is the nation's 92nd largest original-equipment supplier to the North American auto industry, according to Automotive News.
The reorganization follows the recent resignation of ASC President Don Barefoot and marks the first major move by Doyle, his successor.