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Tooling group hires local president

July 18, 2019
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Mary Nicholson
Mary Nicholson. Courtesy Die Cad Group

A tooling group based on the state’s east side has named a president for its local subsidiary.

Macomb-based Tooling Tech Group, or TTG, appointed Mary Nicholson as president of its company Die Cad Group, which has three West Michigan offices and is based at 3258 Clear Vista Court NE in Grand Rapids.

“Mary’s broad experience across company operations, as well as her years in the tooling industry, will be a real asset to the Tooling Tech Group of companies,” said Lee Childers, CEO of TTG. “We are excited to have her join our team and look forward to growing the business together.”

Die Cad Group specializes in engineering and tooling design services for the metalworking and plastics industries.

Nicholson will be responsible for running the Die Cad Group operations, continuing to grow the business organically and through new opportunities.

Nicholson has more than 34 years of experience in the automotive industry.

Prior to joining Die Cad, she spent 31-plus years working with AutoDie in Grand Rapids, most recently serving as vice president and COO, where she was responsible for the overall implementation of world class manufacturing. While there, she made operational improvements and expanded the company into the aerospace, defense and production stampings markets.

She earned a B.S. degree in business from Ferris State University and a master’s degree in business administration and management from Aquinas College.

She was recognized by Metalforming magazine as one of the “Women of Excellence in Metalforming and Fabricating” in 2017.

Die Cad Group

Founded in 1995, Die Cad Group provides die and special machine design, detail sourcing, simulation, transfer press optimization and other tooling support services for the metal stamping and plastic injection molding industries.

The company was acquired in 2018 by TTG.

Tooling Tech Group

Founded in 1982, TTG builds custom tooling for a variety of applications, including thermoform molding, high compression composite molding, blow molding, rotational molding, die casting and stamping.

The company also provides secondary equipment and automated solutions.

TTG serves the following industries: automotive, appliance, lawn and garden, agricultural, aerospace, marine and off-road vehicle industries, among others.

Its various divisions include Tooling Technology, Majestic Industries, G.H. Tool, Century Tool & Gage, TTG Automation, Die Cad Group and Alpha Integration.

TTG has about 600 employees across 13 locations in four states.

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