Press Releases

Methode Completes Its Acquisition of Grakon

SEATTLE, September 12, 2018 – Starting today, Grakon is conducting business as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Methode. On September 12, 2018, Grakon and Methode Electronics, Inc. (“Methode”) officially became one company.

Methode Electronics to Acquire Grakon Group

SEATTLE, Aug. 21, 2018 – Grakon Group, a global leader in the design, development and manufacture of advanced lighting and electronics systems for premier vehicle Original Equipment manufacturers, announced on Monday it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Methode Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: MEI), a global developer of custom engineered and application-specific products and solutions.

Grakon, LLC is Awarded Top Performing Supplier Award For 2017 From PACCAR, Tenth Year in a Row

SEATTLE, July 16, 2018 – Grakon was recently recognized by PACCAR through receipt of their prestigious 10 PPM Supplier Quality Award for 2017. The award is presented to suppliers who meet or exceed the rigorous 10 PPM (parts per million) threshold and demonstrate performance criteria for on-time delivery and support of PACCAR’s operating divisions and their customers. Grakon has been recognized by PACCAR for their quality performance 10 years in a row, since 2007.

Grakon, LLC Recognized by PACCAR for 10 PPM Achievement

Grakon, LLC (www.grakon.com) was recently recognized by PACCAR through receipt of their prestigious 10 PPM Supplier Quality Award for 2016. The award is presented to suppliers who meet or exceed the rigorous 10 PPM (parts per million) threshold and demonstrate performance criteria for on-time delivery and support of PACCAR’s operating divisions and their customers. Grakon has been recognized by PACCAR for their quality performance since 2007.

Grakon LLC is awarded Top Performing Supplier Award for 2016 by PACCAR

BELLEVUE, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–PACCAR (Nasdaq:PCAR) annually recognizes the top performing suppliers in its Supplier Performance Management (SPM) program. The SPM program evaluates a supplier’sperformance in the areas of product development, operations support and business alignment with PACCAR objectives.

Grakon LLC Acquires BMAC Limited

Seattle, WA, October 5, 2016 – Grakon LLC (www.grakon.com), a global leader in the design and manufacture of custom LED interior and exterior lighting solutions, heavy duty work lamps, engineered trim components, and electronic modules, announced the acquisition of BMAC Limited, located in Manchester, England. Grakon, headquartered in Seattle, WA, was acquired by Industrial Growth Partners IV, L.P. (IGP) in October 2014.

Volkswagen Group honors its best suppliers for 2016

Grakon, LLC is very pleased to be recognized at the 2016 Volkswagen Group Awards, as a best supplier. Before an audience of some 240 guests from 24 countries, Matthias Müller, CEO of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, and Dr. Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz, Member of the Group Board of Management responsible for Procurement, handed over this year’s awards to the Group’s 21 best suppliers.

Grakon, LLC, acquires Hamsar Diversco Inc.

MAY 10, 2016, SEATTLE, WA: Grakon, LLC, a global leader in the design, development, and manufacturing of custom lighting, electronics and highly-styled engineered components for premier OEM vehicle manufacturers, today announced the strategic acquisition of the business and assets of Hamsar Diversco, Inc. Hamsar, based near Toronto, Canada, primarily develops and manufactures custom OEM lighting and electronics solutions for various vehicle and industrial end markets.

Grakon Partnership with Broadsword

AUGUST 10, 2015, SEATTLE, WA: Grakon, LLC (Grakon) – a global leader components supplier for premier OEM vehicle manufacturers – and Broadsword Solutions Corporation (Broadsword), pioneers of the leading methodology for incremental and iterative process improvement, today announced a strategic partnership to assist Grakon in pursuing its vision for continuous improvement using Auto SPICE.

IGP Acquires Grakon

San Francisco, CA – Industrial Growth Partners, in partnership with management and certain outside investors, has acquired Grakon Holdings LLC (“Grakon” or the “Company”).

Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, and with additional operations in Farmington Hills, Michigan, Helmond, Netherlands, and Dongguan, China, Grakon is a leading designer and manufacturer of highly-engineered and customized lighting systems and components for transportation markets. The Company’s products include customized interior and exterior LED lighting systems, nameplates and trim components for OEMs in the heavy truck, specialty vehicle and rail end markets. The Company is the market leader in the customized lighting market for heavy trucks in North America, and also meaningfully serves customers in Europe and Asia.

Grakon, LLC receives Daimler Masters of Quality Award 2012

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has recognized 44 North American manufacturers from the United States, Canada, and Mexico as recipients of its highest award for its suppliers: the 2012 Masters of Quality Supplier Award. The selected suppliers provide top quality components for Freightliner and Western Star truck brands.

Grakon, LLC Honored with Quality Award from PACCAR, Fifth Year in a Row.

Grakon, LLC announced today that they have once again received the prestigious PACCAR, Inc “50 PPM” Quality Achievement Award. PPM is defined in the industry as “Parts Per Million” defective out of all parts shipped to the customer. According to Rick Ryland, PACCAR Senior Director of Global Supplier Quality, “Grakon has earned the award every year since PACCAR initiated the award in 2007.”

Grakon Launches Full LED Interior Lighting System

Grakon is pleased to announce the launch of an all LED interior lighting system for PACCAR’s new commercial vehicles. The advanced LED lighting system is currently being supplied to both PACCAR North American Truck Divisions for the Kenworth T680 and Peterbilt 579.

Grakon Chooses Synergy 3000 for its Multi-Language Capability

Grakon chooses Synergy 3000 for its Multi-Language Capability. Since implementing Synergy, Grakon has realized immediate benefits. “We can have operators enter data in the plants across the globe, while engineers and managers can monitor the data anywhere in the world,” Don Bartlett, Director of Quality & Customer Service said.

Grakon, LLC Receives Importer of the Year Award

Grakon, LLC was thrilled to be the 2012 recipient of the World Trade Center of Tacoma’s Globe Award for Importer of the Year.

Grakon Interior Lighting Revealed During Presentation of the New Volvo FH

Grakon is pleased to announce the introduction of a complete new interior lighting system that has been designed and developed for the new Volvo FH. This system was presented to the press on the 5th of September 2012.

Grakon Opens Design Center in Michigan

Grakon is pleased to announce the opening of its engineering and design center in Southeast Michigan. The new office is intended to strongly support the strategic growth plans of the Company. The staff located at the office will include Engineers, Designers and Program Managers.

Grakon wins Daimler Masters of Quality Award 2009

Grakon, LLC has announced today they received Daimler’s prominent “2009 Masters of Quality Supplier Award.”

Grakon, LLC Receives PACCAR Quality Achievement Award

Grakon, LLC announced today they received PACCAR’s prestigious “2009 Quality Achievement Award” for achieving 50 PPM or better quality levels. PACCAR’s requirement of 50 PPM consists of maintaining non-conforming parts (NCP) at a rate of less than 50 PPM (parts per million) sold from its suppliers. Grakon, LLC has received this award for the past four years and is committed to continually setting this level of excellence in the future.