HIROTEC AMERICA Expands Executive Team, Appoints Bob Hayes to Director & Chief Operating Officer

Auburn Hills, MI., August 7, 2019 – HIROTEC AMERICA, a member of the HIROTEC Group, a global automotive supplier specializing in the production of body-in-white closures, exhaust systems, and closure manufacturing equipment, announced the appointment of Bob Hayes to Director and Chief Operating Officer.

Bob has been with HIROTEC for over 15 years and has served as HIROTEC Tooling de Mexico’s President since 2014. During his tenure, Bob significantly increased sales, while doubling HIROTEC Tooling de Mexico’s footprint to include 151,000 square feet of manufacturing and integration space. Bob has also previously held the positions of Controls Manager, Manager of Project Management and Controls, and General Manager.

"Bob has been instrumental to the growth and success of HIROTEC and we are excited to welcome him back to HIROTEC AMERICA,” said Katsu Uno, HIROTEC AMERICA Chairman and CEO. “Bob’s outstanding leadership and deep understanding of HIROTEC’s operations and unique manufacturing processes will help ensure our continued success as we work hard to deliver high-quality and innovative manufacturing tooling to our customers.”

Effective immediately, Bob will provide strategic direction and executive leadership for HIROTEC AMERICA’s operations. In addition, Jim Toeniskoetter, HIROTEC AMERICA’s current President and previous Chief Operating Officer has been appointed Chief Technology Officer. Jim will use his technical expertise and decades of executive leadership to oversee Research and Development, Sales, and Information Technology.


HIROTEC Group was established in 1932 to deliver body-in-white closures, exhaust systems, and highly flexible closure manufacturing tooling to automotive customers around the world. With a worldwide headquarters in Hiroshima, Japan, HIROTEC operates 28 facilities in eight countries with a workforce totaling over 6,000 global employees. For more information, please visit www.hirotecamerica.com.

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