It's October 21 and Larry Holt paces his office at Multimatic Inc. headquarters in Markham, Ont.
His mind isn’t on his company’s induction the next day into Canada’s Motorsport Hall of Fame. Rather, it’s absorbed with ensuring a reliable supply of high-quality, low-volume parts to build about 1,000 of Ford’s globally anticipated GT supercars.
“We’re a supplier of parts to the industry, so you’d think I’d be sympathetic to suppliers, but I’m not,” says Holt, 58.“There are 6,000 parts [in the GT] and if we’re missing just one, then we don’t have a car.
“Right now [as release dates loom], the challenges aren’t coming hour by hour; they’re coming minute-by-minute.
“You’d think suppliers would be lining up to sell us parts for a supercar, but they’re not. They line up to sell 800,000 pieces a year for an F-150, but when it’s 250 pieces a year . . . that’s just not a priority, even if they are high-quality pieces that cost a lot of money.
“It's a priority for us, but not for them.”