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Logistics supplier enters Grand Rapids market

October 29, 2013
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Logistics supplier enters Grand Rapids market
Wynright’s “intra-logistics” equipment can be used throughout a warehouse. Photo via

A national manufacturer of material-handling systems is moving into the Grand Rapids market with an engineering office.

Elk Grove, Ill.-based Wynright Corp. recently moved into a space in Walker, at 701 Three Mile Rd. NW.

Wynright opened the office with six employees and expects to double its workforce within a year.

Engineering talent

The company chose the Grand Rapids metro, because its clients will have easy access to the office by car or air and there’s a wealth of engineering talent in the region.

Western Michigan University, Michigan Tech University and Grand Valley State University will serve as good talent pools that the company can draw from for future employees, said Gordon Hellberg, executive vice president of sales for Wynright.

“The opening of this office continues Wynright’s commitment to hiring the best people and allowing them to live where they want,” Hellberg said. “Rather than centralizing all functions or requiring that everyone in a department work in the same space, we have offices all over the Midwest that house employees in multiple functional areas.

“There is a tremendous quality of life in Grand Rapids, which the people we’re bringing in value," Hellberg added. "This office will allow them to continue to enjoy it."

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Wynright has been in business since 1972, and it employs more than 200 engineers throughout the company.

Wynright designs, manufactures, integrates and installs what it calls "intra-logistic" products: conveyor and sorting systems, voice-and-light-directed ordering equipment, warehouse controls and robotics.

Hellberg said the company services and supports its products around the clock.

“As our retail customers move deeper into multi-channel distribution, there is a growing need for automated system solutions,” Hellberg said. “The engineers who will operate out of this office have a specialized knowledge of these advanced channels of distribution and deep experience in implementing them.”

Parent company

Wynright is a subsidiary of Daifuku Webb Holding Co., which recently acquired the company. The U.S operation of Daifuku Webb is based in the southeast side of the state in Farmington Hills.

Modern Materials Handling magazine rates Daifuku Webb as its number-two supplier, with revenue of $2.37 billion last year, and places Wynright in the 16th spot, with revenue of $216 million in 2012.

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