About

AGM Beginnings

What started as a small lighting company in 2001 has grown to include a diverse product range featuring overhead consoles, ambient lighting, courtesy lighting, electronic assemblies, exterior lighting, plastic components, and floor mats and carpets. We serve OEM, Tier 1, and Tier 2 customers. Our global operations include locations in North America, South America, Europe and Asia.

Here are some of the highlights in our story: 

2001

AGM Automotive is founded in Warren, Michigan

2002

Awarded high volume assist handle program for the Toyota Camry

2003

Awarded Ford’s first direct Tier-1 floor mat business

2004

Second North American facility in Troy, Michigan is opened to meet increasing demand

2005

Launched the first LED interior lamp for Cadillac

2006

Launched high-volume Chrysler interior trim program

2007


  • Awarded General Motors’ first LED ambient light to support product in North America, Europe, and Asia

  • Awarded Tier-1 overhead console and lighting programs with General Motors and CAMI that included direct sales to Korea

2008

Established manufacturing operations (KAGM) in Kunshan, China

2009

Successfully launched three critical overhead console programs for General Motors

2010

Developed and launched first lightweight acoustic floor mat program

2011


  • Awarded first Tier-1 business by Shanghai General Motors (SGM)

  • Completed construction of new corporate headquarters in Troy, Michigan

2012


  • Honored by General Motors with Supplier Quality of Excellence Award

  • Awarded first fiber optic ambient by General Motors

  • Awarded Certificate of Achievement Award by Chrysler

2013


  • Completed construction of second facility in Troy, Michigan

  • Honored by General Motors with Global Supplier of the Year Award

  • Awarded General Motors’ first corporate common SSP overhead console program

2014


  • Opened new facility near Shanghai, China

  • Acquired Chicago Miniature Lighting

  • Trive Capital becomes financial backer

  • Honored by Chrysler as Emerging Supplier of the Year

2015

Acquired Durmont Austria

2016


  • Expansion of global footprint continues with new manufacturing facility in Queretero, Mexico

  • Construction of new distribution facility in Sterling Heights, Michigan is completed

  • Costa Rica operations and KAGM awarded Q1 status from Ford

2017


  • Honored by GM with Supplier of the Year Innovation Award

  • Acquired by Flex

Global Footprint

AGM, Applied Global Manufacturing, is a worldwide organization. With locations in the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, China, and Europe, AGM is home to over 1,400 employees.

controls to turn globe

Global Headquarters

Troy, Michigan, USA


  • 44,200 Sq. Ft.

  • Corporate Supply Chain, Finance, IT, HR, Sales, Quality, and Program Management

  • Product Development and Validation Center

Hartberg, Austria
Troy, Michigan, USA

AGM 1707 Northwood

Troy, Michigan, USA


  • 28,750 Sq. Ft.

  • Warehouse, Distribution, and Sequencing

Troy, Michigan, USA
Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA

AGM Progress Park

Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA


  • 73,000 Sq. Ft.

  • Assembly, Warehouse, Mechanics, Distribution and Service

Troy, Michigan, USA
Kushan, China

KAGM

Kushan, China


  • 57,000 Sq. Ft.

  • Design, Engineering, EMV Manufacturing, and Complete Assembly

Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA
Suzhou, China

AGM Durmont China

Suzhou, China


  • 54,000 Sq. Ft.

  • Floor Mats converting

Kushan, China
Queretaro, Mexico

AGM Durmont Mexico

Queretaro, Mexico


  • 90,000 Sq. Ft.

  • Floor Mats Manufacturing, Extrusion, Die Cutting and Converting


Suzhou, China
Alajuela, Costa Rica

AGM Costa Rica

Alajuela, Costa Rica


  • 66,000 Sq. Ft.

  • Injection Molding, Wire Harness and Electronic Manufacturing, and Complete Assembly

Queretaro, Mexico
Hartberg, Austria

AGM Durmont

Hartberg, Austria


  • 180,000 Sq. Ft.

  • Carpet Tufting and Coating Manufacturing

Alajuela, Costa Rica
Troy, Michigan, USA
originativity

Originativity. It’s more than just a word to us.

It’s AGM’s ability to infuse original, creative designs with ingenious functionality and inventive implementation for automotive applications.

From brainstorming, to design, manufacturing, processing, and logistics, the idea of being original and creative is the driving force behind everything we do—even the way we approach and solve problems. That’s Originativity. That’s AGM.

How do we prove it?

  • We create innovative products.
  • We design and implement our own processes.
  • We constantly look towards the future.

Our Executive Committee

Robert (Bob) Blinstrub

President and CEO

Learn More

Jeff Hunt

Vice President of Electronics and Lighting

Learn More

Todd Chu

Vice President of Asia Operations

Learn More

Michelle Gangwer

Vice President of AGM Durmont

Learn More

Michael Young

Vice President of Global Sales

Learn More

Think you have what it takes to join our team?

Check out our LinkedIn page to apply.

Apply Now
Back to Leadership

Robert (Bob) Blinstrub

President and CEO

Robert (Bob) Blinstrub is President and CEO of AGM Automotive headquartered in Troy, MI with 9 locations globally including Costa Rica, Mexico, Austria, and China.
As an original founder of AGM, Bob has overseen its development into a Global Automotive Supplier with OEM customers representing the largest American, European, and Asian OEM’s. AGM has historically doubled its revenue base every 18 months (profitably). During the past 2 years AGM has acquired and successfully integrated two competitors in the North American and European markets. AGM has accumulated countless Supplier awards from its customers for World Class Quality, Product Design, Engineering, Innovations, and Service. Prior to AGM, Bob has led multiple startups and operational turnarounds in his career.

Bob studied Finance and Marketing at the Broad College of Business at Michigan State University.

Jeff Hunt
Back to Leadership

Jeff Hunt

Vice President of Electronics and Lighting

Jeff is the Vice President of Electronics and Lighting responsible for the division’s financial operations and performance. He has executive oversight of engineering and advanced product development, program management and quality, as well as the Costa Rica and Kunshan China manufacturing operations and North American distribution operation. Jeff has over 15 years of experience in the automotive industry, and has been a part of the Executive Committee since 2015.

Jeff has a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Education with a focus in Mathematics and Statistical Measurement from the University of British Columbia. He was also a PhD candidate at the University of Calgary, studying the efficacy of the statistical measurements of an organization’s true performance.

Robert (Bob) Blinstrub
Todd Chu
Back to Leadership

Todd Chu

Vice President of Asia Operations

Todd is the Vice President of Asia Operations. He manages the business operations of KAGM, KAGM Trading, SAGM, and critical strategic supplier partnerships in Asia. Todd has spent over 20 years in the automotive industry, and has been a part of AGM’s Executive Committee since 2014. During Todd’s time at AGM, he has set up three legal entities, managed business growth from $6.6 million to around $100 million, grew staff from less than 20 to over 400 employees, and created a product portfolio including handles, lamps, and complicated overhead consoles. Todd was recognized by customers with an award for quality excellence, QSB+ and Q1 certified.

Todd received his MBA from the University of Hong Kong-Fudan with an emphasis in Supply Chain, Finance, Marketing, HR, and Strategy. He is also a graduate of Shanghai Jiaotong University.

Jeff Hunt
Michelle Gangwer
Back to Leadership

Michelle Gangwer

Vice President of AGM Durmont

Michelle is the Vice President of AGM Durmont. She oversees and manages the Automotive Flooring and Accessory Mat Business Unit. Michelle has more than 25 years of experience in the automotive industry and has been a part of the Executive Committee since 2016.
As one of the first employees at AGM Automotive, Michelle has been a key member of the organization and has been instrumental in supporting the company’s entry into the Automotive OEM market. While at AGM, she has established the global supply chain strategy which involved developing and working with suppliers throughout the world in order to streamline the material and logistics process. She has also been active in AGM’s textile business start-up and helped with long-term sales growth since 2003. She was the lead for the global ERP implementation from 2011-2014, as well as the lead for the Queretero, Mexico floor mat conversion operations start up in 2016.

Michelle is a graduate of the University of Michigan-Flint with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Todd Chu
Michael Young
Back to Leadership

Michael Young

Vice President of Global Sales

Michael is the Vice President of Global Sales. He is responsible for business development in North America, Europe, and Asia. Michael works with key OEMs to introduce new products and programs, develop customer relationships, and grow AGM’s business. Michael has 38 years of experience and has been a part of the Executive Committee since 2015. During his time at AGM, Michael has implemented a robust sales forecast model and budgeting process. He has continued to establish and improve new and existing relationships with AGM’s customers. Michael has secured new business with key customers for both the Electronics & Lighting and AGM Durmont textile divisions, securing stable growth for the next five years.

Michael earned his Bachelor’s of Arts degree at the University of Western Ontario and his MBA at Eastern Michigan University.

 

Michelle Gangwer
hyundai logo
mercedes-benz logo
ford logo
toyota logo
general motors logo
fiat logo
audi logo
volkswagen logo
nissan logo
opel logo
honda logo
infiniti logo
porsche logo