Lakeshore and Manufacturing

Koops Inc. marks 25 years

It designs and builds automation systems for factories all over North America.

November 28, 2014
| By Pete Daly |
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Koops Inc., a manufacturing automation company that began in Holland in 1989, now counts 100 employees and is marking its 25th anniversary.

The company has had an Employee Stock Ownership Plan since 2012.

Koops (pronounced “copes”) was founded by Wesley Koops in a pole barn near his home. Koops is a mechanical engineer who previously had worked for Clark Equipment and JWI before he struck out on his own.

The company designs and builds sophisticated automated systems for factories throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico, and has a plant in Greenville, N.C., as well as its two facilities in Holland.

According to Koops CEO Paul Brinks, the company’s biggest market is the automotive industry, but it also designs and installs systems for the medical and pharmaceutical industries, aerospace, renewable energy and construction, plus others.

Special services offered by Koops include 3-D mechanical design, project management, production line integration and electrical controls design.

According to its website, its customers have included Johnson Controls, Ford, Herman Miller, Stryker, GM, Haworth, Grupo Antolin, Shape Corp., Magna, Chrysler, Baxter, Lacks, Toyota Honda and others.

Brinks said the auto industry “is really strong for us right now.”

During the recession, Koops’ business declined temporarily, but the company did not have to enact any long-term or permanent layoffs, according to Brinks.

The company does not reveal its sales revenue. About 60 of its 100 employees now own stock in the company.

The corporate headquarters are at 987 Productions Court, off East 32nd Street in Holland.

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