Taking Control
of Comfort.

Taking Control
of Comfort.

Achieving the Perfect Mix.
We stop at nothing to deliver excellence in all we do. The perfect mix of innovative planning, manufacturing excellence and continuous improvement ensures each project meets stringent objectives. Our customers take comfort in knowing every project receives the benefit of DTS advanced manufacturing technology, diligent program management, and a relentless focus on quality.




Our Mission

DTS believes that delivering automotive comfort and building customer confidence both begin with exceptional manufacturing. We develop and manufacture high quality climate control systems and components, employing a diverse workforce. We utilize state-of-the-art technology and proven manufacturing methods to produce automotive heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. We are a leading minority-owned company in the automotive industry and are certified as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE).

Our Purpose.

At DTS we want to prove that teamwork and passion for excellence lead to innovative solutions and winning outcomes.

Our Vision


We want customers to think of our ability to find solutions to their concerns. DTS believes that delivering automotive comfort and building customer confidence both begin with exceptional manufacturing.

We comfort.

Our Values.

At Detroit Thermal Systems, safety is a top priority. We are committed to creating a safe, hazard free and healthy work environment. Every process we employ is based on industry best practices. Training of team members is continuous. If safety and operational results ever come into conflict, our employees and contractors have a responsibility to choose safety.

We take pride in providing products and services of the highest quality. We operate with the understanding there is no substitution for diligent preparation and thorough quality control. This ensures customer satisfaction, profitability and a strong future for our entire team.

Our products and services deliver "best in class" value. We continuously improve and vigorously adapt processes to deliver manufacturing excellence and superior value. Today is never as good as tomorrow!

Our team members value collaboration, diversity and a sense of partnership, sharing and caring. Our project teams address challenges head-on with a passion to solve problems and achieve positive results.

  Our Leadership

Our Leadership

Vinnie Johnson

Piston Group
Founder, Chairman & CEO
Piston Group
For many people, being a perennial fan favorite with two NBA rings would mark the peak achievement of a lifetime. For Vinnie Johnson, it was just the beginning.

Following his success with the Detroit Pistons, Vinnie took on a new challenge by establishing Piston Automotive in 1995 as a means of creating economic vitality, jobs and opportunity in Detroit. The company quickly established itself as a supplier of choice for major international automotive companies, particularly Ford Motor Company and GM.

Today, Vinnie serves as the Piston Group’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Under his leadership, the Piston Group has expanded from a single facility in Detroit to multiple locations across the Midwest including Michigan, Ohio, Missouri and Kentucky. Mr. Johnson has led the company through successful joint ventures with industry leading firms such as Lear Corporation, Continental Teves and Sachs Automotive. He has also served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the joint ventures JL Automotive LLC and PASA Modules, LLC.

In addition to his philanthropy and charity work, Mr. Johnson is a member of the Michigan Minority Business Development Council, and the Detroit Chamber of Commerce.

Kurt D. Hall

President & Chief Executive Officer

Kurt D. Hall is president and chief executive officer of Detroit Thermal Systems (DTS). In this role, he has led strategic and operational initiatives for the enterprise since its inception in 2012.

Hall is a long-time executive to Vinnie Johnson led manufacturing ventures and served from 2001 to 2006 in roles including president and chief operating officer for Piston Group. Instilling a passion for customer service, teamwork, and quality excellence throughout organizations, he challenges teams to continuously improve and contribute innovative thinking to drive winning outcomes.

Hall boasts an accomplished career spanning 35 years in the automotive and transportation industries with a specialty in business strategy and transformation. Hall has led effective imperatives for business start-up, growth, new operation deployment, turnaround and lean operations performance improvement. Through each initiative, he leverages deep experience in team building, change management and development of creative strategies with tactical solutions.

Prior to joining Detroit Thermal Systems LLC, Hall led the Vehicle Control Systems business unit for MeritorWABCO within NAFTA, with responsibility for the profitability, strategic direction, commercial and engineering customer interface for chassis control and safety systems for the commercial vehicle market. An automotive supplier industry veteran, Hall was vice president at Continental where he spent 23 years in prominent leadership roles and achieved world-class levels of talent development, product and process execution, lean/quality systems and operational performance. Early in his career, he was director at ITT Automotive where he served for 11 years in roles of increasing responsibility. During his tenure at Continental Automotive, he served in a variety of executive leadership positions, including corporate officer and vice president of the Foundation Brake business unit within NAFTA. He also served as general manager, Piston Modules, LLC, a tier 1 joint venture between Piston Automotive and Continental which produced brake corner modules.

Earlier in his career, Hall held key positions with Unit FTT, Inc. (now GATX) a tier 1 material distribution company to GM, as the controller, and with Federal Mogul as a financial analyst within the Engine, Transmission Products Group. Hall began his career with Volkswagen as a member of the startup team to launch a second assembly plant in North America.

Hall received his master’s degree in business administration from Wayne State University and holds a bachelor’s of business administration in finance. He has completed the International Development Program of the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University as well as executive education programs at the University of Michigan.

  Our Commitments

Our Commitments

Quality Policy

DTS believes in the core principles of high-quality HVAC products, meeting and exceeding customer expectations, a safe working environment and continuous improvement. In addition, DTS is committed to world-class PPM levels and 100% on-time delivery.

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Environmental Policy

Pollution Prevention through Continuous Improvement and Meeting State and Governmental Requirements.

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Our Suppliers

Our commitment to quality excellence extends to our supply base. DTS suppliers deserve fair and equitable treatment, clear agreements and honest feedback on performance. We consider our suppliers’ needs in conducting all aspects of our business. The DTS supplier portal gives access to important documents, policies and procedures.

These Terms apply when incorporated by reference in a Buyer Purchase Order or in other applicable documentation.

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This Equipment Purchase Order Addendum applies when incorporated by reference in a Buyer PO or other applicable documentation.

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