Gerald Frank Diez Sr.
The Diez Group
Gerald Frank Diez Sr. is the founder of The Diez Group, a Hispanic minority-owned holding group for steel sales, service and stamping companies. His companies currently employ over 600 people.
Delaco Steel Corporation, part of The Diez Group was founded in 1973 and is 100 percent owned by Mr. Diez. It is a steel sales and service center that specializes in precision slitting and blanking both exposed and unexposed for the North American automotive industry. Delaco is located in a 550,000-square-foot facility in Dearborn, Mich. Delaco Processing is a 140,000-square-foot facility also in Dearborn. Three other divisions are located in Woodhaven, Mich., and Buffalo, N.Y. Delaco-Kenwal, another joint venture, will soon select a site in Tennessee.
In 1988, Mr. Diez purchased controlling interest in Lapeer Metal Stamping. LMS specializes in the manufacturing of high-quality metal stampings and assemblies for the automotive industry. LMS is comprised of three separate facilities, located in Dearborn, Lapeer, and Sebewaing, Mich. LMS manufactures a wide range of metal stampings and assemblies.
The Diez Group’s customer base includes General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Johnson Controls Inc., Tower Automotive, T.I. Automotive, and many second tier customers.
Mr. Diez, who attended Walsh Institute from 1964-1969, is on the executive finance board of the Michigan Minority Business Development Council, is the chairman of the Government Relations Committee for the MMBDC, is a board member of the Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, is chairman of the MHCC golf outing for eight years (largest Hispanic outing in the country), and is a board member of the Minority Business Roundtable in Washington, D.C.
His honors include Hispanic Business Man of the Year and the Minority Business Leadership Award by the National Minority Supplier Development Council, the Community Service Award from Ford Motor Company, The Gift of Life Award by the Church of Madonna/Focus Hope, the Lifetime Achievement Award from Life Directions, the Entrepreneurial Award from Ford Motor Company, 2006 Chrysler’s MBE of the Year Award, 2006 National Minority Supplier of the Year, and JCI’s MBE of the Year Award.