Be it engines or global growth, get down to the nitty-gritty

ChemicoMaysLeon Richardson, head of Southfield-based ChemicoMays LLC, said the past year was a solid one with no surprises — almost.

The company spent 2013 preparing for the launch of a new line of business last January when it moved into the high-precision cleaning of engines being built at automotive plants. ChemicoMays takes the new engines, ships them to another location, cleans the mill grease and stamping oils off them and ships them back.

Sounds simple enough. But in the high-intensity world of automotive manufacturing — with its tight margins, lean inventories and breakneck deadlines — small missteps are expensive. … Read more at