18. Global Automotive Alliance L.L.C.

With revenues of $261.2 million in 2008, Global Automotive L.L.C. is the third largest minority-owned automotive supplier in the Motor City.

Founded by legendary Detroit entrepreneur William Pickard in 1999, the company operates six manufacturing entities with eight plants in four states and Canada.

One of Pickard’s most successful subsidiaries is Vitec, a leading manufacturer and supplier of fuel delivery systems in the automotive industry. Established as a joint venture between Global Automotive Alliance and TI Group of London, England, Vitec produces plastic fuel tanks that represent a leading edge in technology.

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