DETROIT -- Each day on the job, Jerry Mosingo faces his past.
Directly across the street from Cadence Innovation LLC in Sterling Heights, Mich., where he is CEO, is the Collins & Aikman injection molding plant that he helped transform from a shuttered shell to a state-of-the-art facility.
Now, more than two years after he left the president's job at Collins & Aikman Corp., Mosingo, 54, says he can see that plant as a symbol of what he and his management team can accomplish at Cadence.
"It's very odd to look across the street and see it, but I remember when we launched that facility with one-piece flow," Mosingo said last month during an interview at his office. "It was vertically integrated. It was an excellent facility.
"When I look across the street, it's another learning curve. We now have the management team (at Cadence) that put that plant into place."
Cadence is relying on Mosingo and his team to transform its operations.
The company got its first shot of confidence in late 2005 when the Chrysler group awarded it a multiyear contract to make hard plastic trim for the Pacifica crossover vehicle. Other contracts for future business are in the works.
"There's so much turmoil now," Mosingo said. "Everybody's asking what's going to happen. Everybody needs to settle down, and they need somebody they can settle on. Everybody needs somebody they can believe in. I think that's what we offer."