• Founder Q&A
o When was it opened and who was your first customers?
DYPiston was opened in 2005 and the first customer was Chrysler.
o What do you manufacture?
We are specialized in manufacturing engine pistons for passenger cars. We have an assembly line in Canton, Michigan. We also have logistics, sales and R&D center in 35,000 sq ft facility in Canton.
o Where do you find employees?
We find our employees through Contract House. After the obligated period, we hire directly to the qualified workers.
o Where have you turned to find capital to grow your company and which institutions have provided it?
Most of the fund is invested from Korea.
o What are some of the advantages to doing business here?
We built up our headquarter in Michigan not only because of the close contact with customers but of a lot of inter-related resources, such as infra, network, workforces and research lab and colleges for high technical support.
o If you could change one thing about this region, what would it be?
High medical insurance cost, wage is a burden for the small business owners.
Insurance cost for employees in Michigan is three times more than that of Alabama, as an example. I would like to have a package deal for automobile related companies as a whole.
Detroit airport is not friendly to foreigners. Coming through Chicago airport is less stressful. In Detroit, they open almost every foreigner’s baggage.
The service of the direct flight by Delta between Detroit and Seoul is also poor. The air fare is very high. We used the direct flight in the beginning but more people travel through Chicago nowadays.
DY Piston USA, Inc.
42001 Koppernick Rd., Canton, MI 48187
Fax : 734-667-7053
DY Piston is the largest piston manufacturer for Hyundai and Kia in Korea and expanding its market to American based OEMs as well as European auto companies. DY Piston produces high-quality internal combustion engine pistons from a motorcycle, a gasoline, diesel to industrial engines.
Written by Tack Yong Kim
The Michigan Korean Weekly