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Metrology company acquires competitor's operations

August 3, 2016
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Grand Rapids Metrology calibration lab
Grand Rapids Metrology operates various locations across the state and serves a range of industries. Photo via

A local metrology company has expanded its presence in the state by acquiring the operations of a competitor.

Grand Rapids Metrology in Grand Rapids said today that it has acquired the Michigan operations of Poca, West Virginia-based Kanawha Scales & Systems.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Grand Rapids Metrology, or GRM, is a provider of measurement and weighing products and services and operates five facilities in Michigan: Grand Rapids, Benton Harbor, Battle Creek, Romulus and Bay City.

Kanawha has done business in Michigan since 1998. The company continues to operate sales and service operations throughout the eastern U.S.


Kanawha’s Clio location and four employees will be absorbed into GRM’s Bay City branch, and Kanawha’s Taylor location and six employees will join GRM’s Romulus facility.

Richard Spruit, CEO of GRM, said the acquisition increases GRM’s workforce by 25 percent and its annual revenue by 30 percent.

With the addition of Kanawha’s Michigan staff, GRM now employs more than 80 people statewide.


Grand Rapids Metrology was founded in 1922, initially selling wagon scales in Grand Rapids.

The company offers sales, service and calibration of scales, balances and testing equipment for “every measurement need.”

It also designs and installs custom systems to meet the measurement and material handling needs of small and multi-national customers.

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