Throughout the Gardner family’s ownership of Superior Trim, we have made, and continue to make, significant investments to ensure that Superior Trim has all of the appropriate technologies in-house and available to produce cost-competitive, high-quality interior and exterior trim products for medium/heavy duty trucks and other commercial vehicles that our customers expect.
Michael J. Gardner acquired Superior Trim in 1997. At that time, it was a small, one plant operation with approximately 40 employees and less than $10 million in annual revenues. Over the past two decades, Michael's vision and business acumen allowed Superior Trim to grow into a multinational, six plant operation and 400 employees in 2015. Michael instilled his beliefs in all of his employees, from management to production workers, and created a family-like culture resulting in a steady employment force dedicated to supplying products of the highest quality and delivering them on time for the commercial vehicle industry. His acquisitions and new plants were, and remain, strategically located to key customers in order to help them minimize their logistics costs and allow Superior Trim local, hands-on support of those customers.
Michael's untimely passing in 2015 was a great loss not only to Superior Trim but to the Findlay community. His spirit and beliefs are still with the family that remains the sole owner of Superior Trim, as well as with all of its employees. The family and our employees are dedicated to carrying on his legacy for many years to come.
Tyler’s career at Superior Trim began at the Molded Products Division, where he held the position of Materials Manager and then eventually taking over as Plant Manager. Tyler later went to the Formed Products Division where he held the role of Plant Manager. He then moved into the Director of Operations role, overseeing the six Superior Trim manufacturing plants before moving into the role of President.
Director – Business Development
Chris graduated with a BA from Michigan State University in 1991, and has been working in the heavy truck and bus industry ever since. Chris has 25 years of experience with program management, account management, and sales of interior trim parts and assemblies. His hands-on understanding of the manufacturing process and communication skills make him an integral part of the Superior Trim team.
Director – Human Resources
Tyler has been a valuable member of the Superior Trim organization for the past 7 years, originally serving as the Business Operations Manager where he helped in varying positions within the organization. Due to his outstanding contributions, he received the title of director in early 2018, where he was given responsibility for HR over all 6 manufacturing locations. Tyler received his undergrad from Bowling Green State University, and earned two master’s degrees from University of Findlay in Human Resources Development and Business Administration. In his role overseeing Human Resources, Tyler has made a profound impact on the quality of the support for our personnel and is a critical and valuable member of the team.
Vice President – Sales
Trevor received his bachelor’s degree from Washington State University, where he graduated in 2008. Since that time he has worked in a variety of different industries in both the public and private sectors, where his acumen for business was developed. For the last 10 years he has specialized in AIAG level customers in the Truck, Automotive and Recreational Vehicle markets. Trevor was promoted from within in 2018 to the role of Director, where he manages the sales and marketing departments, and spearheads new business relationships development. His knowledge of the markets, production processes, and ability to cultivate success, makes him a key strategic member of the Superior Trim team.
Director - Supply Chain
Matt has spent the last 16 years at Superior Trim where he has worked his way from Materials Clerk to Materials Manager, and finally being promoted in early 2021 to the position of Director of Supply Chain. While working, Matt spent his free time studying Business Management. In his role as Director, Matts primary focuses are to coordinate spend throughout all 6 Superior Trim facilities, to manage and improve existing suppliers, as well as to introduce new suppliers to mitigate supply chain risk. With the introduction of this new Director level role, Matt has made dramatic improvements to Superior Trim’s materials flows. Matt’s experience and expertise in materials, coupled with his ability to build relationships with suppliers, is a valuable addition to Superior Trim’s executive team.
Herm bridges the gap between Superior Trim and our customer’s accounting departments in addition to compiling and analyzing all the financial information from all six Superior Trim manufacturing factories. Maintaining detailed records and offering accurate summary reports for management, Herm has a deep understanding of Superior Trim’s private structure.
Working with the management team over the course of 17 years, Herm is key to keeping Superior Trim in financially sound condition.
Director - Engineering
Dave has spent his entire career in the heavy truck industry in the positions of Trim Engineer, Process Engineer, Industrial Engineer, and Engineering Manager. He brought his 20 plus years of engineering and costing experience to the Superior Trim Engineering Department in 2009 as a Cost Engineer for several of the Divisions, and the Process Engineer at the Molded Products Division. He moved into the Director of Engineering role in 2019