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G.H. Tool & Mold
www.ghtool.com / HQ: Washington, Mo. / Employees: 150 / Specialty: Critical high-production
tooling / Dave Graves, president: "We design and build tools as if we had to run them ourselves."

Midwest

Quality
Minded

g.h. tool & mold tools
parts to operate at very
high levels. by chris kelsch
Since Gerry and Sue Hellebusch
founded G.H. Tool & Mold in 1983, the
company has grown to serve the tooling needs of customers in the North
American automotive, aerospace,
outdoor products, energy and other
markets. Dave Graves, who started
with the company in 1990 in the engineering department and assumed the
role of president in 2014, has seen the
company thrive as it has used creative
design solutions to benefit a variety of
manufacturers. "Our guiding principle was established decades ago by the
company founder," Graves says. "We
design and build tools as if we had to
run them ourselves."
To serve a variety of industries,
G.H. Tool has a full-service engineering department for die cast part development and die design, or what
Graves refers to as "plug and play"
components. G.H. Tool's designs are
well known in various industries for
being easy to maintain and designed
for both manufacturability and serviceability. "We feel like we have a
very high value proposition because
we can tool parts that perform at a
high level," Graves says. "But not only
are they the most reliable, but they are
also the most repeatable."
While the Washington, Mo.-based
G.H. Tool is active in a number of industries, it has worked very hard in
the lawn and garden sector. "We are
committed to expanding and increasing our level of service to that market," Graves adds.
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g.h. tool's designs are well known
for being easy to maintain and
designed for both manufacturability
and serviceability.

To grow in that area, G.H. Tool has
expanded its operations in Statesboro, Ga. Graves notes that the company began operating there in 2000
to service the casting operations for
Briggs & Stratton's engine products
group, also located in Statesboro.
"We have doubled in size and added personnel," Graves says. "We are
very proud of the work we have done
with Briggs & Stratton, and have repeatedly re-invested to provide that
next level of service for them." Graves
notes that G.H. Tool recently added a
second shift of workers in its Statesboro facility, and is adding equipment
throughout 2017.

In addition to its work in lawn &
garden, G.H. Tool has also established itself in the aerospace industry. "Notably, these are the pieces
of equipment that manufacturers
use to build their airplanes." Graves
notes. "We excel at remediating the
unique difficulties that accompany
these tooling projects."
G.H. Tool's largest customer in
this sector is Boeing. In fact, G.H.
Tool has been recognized with the
coveted Supplier Appreciation
Award from Boeing six times in the
past seven years.
"We are very proud of that," Graves
says. "Especially when you consider


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