Eco-Vehicle Systems Finds its Leader

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Eco-Vehicle Systems announced Mike Talaga as General Manager.

“Adding Mike Talaga to the EVS family is a dream come true for me,” said Rob Lykins. “Mike was my very first boss in the automotive industry at UTA back in 1994 so our careers have clearly come full circle”.

Eco-Vehicle Systems is excited to announce the addition of Mike Talaga as General Manager. Mr. Talaga is has been a successful automotive industry executive for over 40 years, most recently serving as Vice-President of Operations for Cooper-Standard for the last 12 years. At Cooper Standard, Talaga was responsible for operations in North America, Europe and a joint venture between Cooper Standard and Nishikawa Rubber Company with financial responsibility exceeding $1 billion, 11 manufacturing plants and over 21,000 employees. Prior to Cooper Standard, Talaga spent 10 years with United Technologies Automotive (UTA) and 10 years with Prestolite where he held various leadership positions ranging from Quality Assurance Manager to General Manager, overseeing multiple facilities and with roles of Plant Manager and Continuous Improvement Director in between. Mr. Talaga will be responsible for all of the Eco-Vehicle Systems operations and will report to Rob Lykins, President.

“Adding Mike Talaga to the EVS family is a dream come true for me,” said Lykins. “Mike was my very first boss in the automotive industry at UTA back in 1994 so our careers have clearly come full circle”.

“Mike is a man of great integrity, loyalty and passion for everything he does and is probably the most competitive person I’ve ever met. I have an enormous amount of respect for him and I would not be where I am today had he not believed in me way back in 1994”. “It is truly an honor to call Mike Talaga our leader and we are extremely excited about what the future holds for our company and my hometown of Union City”, Lykins concluded.

Talaga, who is based in Union City, Indiana, is an automotive industry veteran with over 40 years of experience and has extensive training in the Toyota Production System and Advanced Quality. He holds an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University and is married with two children.

About Eco-Vehicle Systems:
Eco-Vehicle Systems is a cost effective, designer, manufacturer, calibrator, installer of innovative bi-fuel and dedicated gaseous fuel systems (CNG/LPG), and a specialty vehicle modifier for custom upfits, body installs, special equipment, decals, ladder racks, custom vehicle interiors, transportation services required by OEM and fleet customers throughout North America. Eco-Vehicle Systems offers a “one-stop shop” comprehensive vehicle solution for alternative fuels and custom upfit customers through their high volume OEM conversion/upfit center in Union City, Indiana.

Additional information is available at http://www.ecovehiclesystems.com.

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