Oregon-based Warn Industries, coming off its acquisition by LKQ Specialty Products Division, will now be led by Kyle Shiminski, the vice president and general manager of LKQ’s Specialty Products Group. Shiminski has more than 32 years’ experience leading manufacturing, global supply chain, and continuous improvement organizations with companies such as Ingersoll Rand, Textron, and LKQ Corp., Keystone’s holding company. Shiminski assumes the role previously held by Warn Industries’ past president, John Stransky, who recently retired.
Also joining the Warn Industries team will be industry professional George Lathouris, who will fill the previously vacant role of vice president of global sales and will report directly to Kyle Shiminski. Lathouris has been part of the automotive aftermarket since the late 1970s and has worked for several manufacturers, including Lund International and Dick Cepek. He has also worked for warehouse distributors such as American Specialty and, for the last 20 years, has been a part of Keystone Automotive. His experience has encompassed most facets of the aftermarket business with key roles in category management, sales, and customer support.
LKQ has a proprietary business in the automotive aftermarket segment and one in the RV aftermarket segment. Between these two groups, there are 15 proprietary brands. Warn Industries comes into the group as a standalone manufacturing entity and premium brand offering a full line of products including winches, mounting systems, hubs and accessories for trucks/SUVs; winches, mounting systems, plow systems, and accessories for ATVs/UTVs; and a lineup of winches, hoists, and accessories for utility and industrial applications.