The court ruling will allow Mr. Johnson to continue to devote his energies to managing the day-to-day operations of all the Piston Companies as a certified MBE. (Piston Group photo)
   

 

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DETROIT - The following statement can be attributed to Piston Group attorney Cinnamon Plonka following a ruling by Wayne County Circuit Court Judge David Groner that restores the auto supplierís minority-business enterprise (MBE) status pending the outcome of ongoing litigation. The courtís decision temporarily halts a move earlier this year by the  Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) and its president, Michelle  Robinson, not to recertify the Piston Groupís MBE status. 

ďWe are delighted by the courtís decision in favor of Mr. Johnson, which restores for the time being the Piston Groupís rightful designation as a certified minority business enterprise. We will continue efforts to vindicate Mr. Johnson and establish to the court that  Vinnie Johnson owns, controls, and manages Piston Group satisfying the necessary criteria to be certified as an MBE. The Piston Group is a minority-controlled business under every applicable standard. The Piston Groupís board of directors is 75% minority. Furthermore, he has employed many minorities in the highest executive positions at his companies over the years.  These have included African American, Asian American, and Indian American men and women.  Regardless of the racial makeup of his executive team, his companies have never been decertified until the MMSDCís incorrect use of arbitrary and erroneous standards to judge the  Piston Companies.

ďThe court ruling will allow Mr. Johnson to continue to devote his energies to managing the day-to-day operations of all the Piston Companies as a certified MBE and supporting our valued customers with outstanding quality, delivery, and service. In addition, we look forward to continuing our  history of successful investments totaling more than $100 million annually in diversity  spend with our minority-business enterprise partners as well as building on the Piston Groupís  philanthropic activities that support numerous educational and cultural opportunities for children  in Detroit and other urban areas across the state, including Rainbow Push Automotive Project,  Ford African American Network, Fiat Chrysler African American Network, Autism Alliance of  Michigan, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Math Corps, NAACP and Special Olympics, on top of a five year, $1 million commitment to the Pope Francis Center that serves the homeless in Detroit.Ē




 

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