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GR Spring & Stamping receives major Nissan recognition

Only two North American automotive suppliers got the quality improvement award for 2013.

October 18, 2013
| By Pete Daly |
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GR Spring & Stamping Inc. in Grand Rapids has been awarded Nissan’s 2013 Most Improved Supplier designation among suppliers in Nissan’s Americas region, which includes the United States, Mexico and Brazil.

The award, one of only two presented in the Americas region, recognizes outstanding improvement in quality over the last three years, according to GRS&S.

GRS&S president Merle Emery was presented the award at a ceremony held Oct. 8 at Nissan’s North America headquarters in Franklin, Tenn.

“This is an award the entire organization can be proud of,” said Emery, adding that all employees at GRS&S “are committed to continuous improvement each and every day. This award recognizes those efforts.”

Emery said Nissan has been a GRS&S customer since 2002 and is the company’s largest automotive customer. For Nissan, GRS&S produces a variety of parts, ranging from dashboard assemblies and instrument panels to components for automobile power trains and engines.

“We supply parts to every Nissan facility in North America and also export some to Japan — also to Russia, Spain and other parts of the world,” said Emery.

In the U.S., Nissan has assembly plants in Smyrna, Tenn., and Canton, Miss., plus an engine/transaxle plant in Decherd, Tenn.

The other U.S. company that won Nissan’s top quality improvement award for 2013 was Tower Automotive in Livonia.

GRS&S has more than 425 employees in West Michigan and more than $100 million in sales, with plants in Grand Rapids, Walker and Comstock Park, two others in Richmond, Ky., and an office in Japan. In total, GRS&S has more than 600 employees supplying auto industry OEMs and their Tier One suppliers with stampings and complicated welded assemblies. It also supplies parts to the office furniture, medical and electronic manufacturing industries.

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