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Midwest

H.S. Die & Engineering

H.S. Die has 220,000 square feet
of production area in Grand Rapids,
Mich., including a 24,000 square foot
try-out facility with 50,000 square
feet dedicated to its growing automation business line. The try-out
facility has 10 injection mold presses
ranging from 500 to 3,200 pounds and
is completely equipped with end-ofarm tooling to simulate its customer's
press operations.
Of its 275 employees globally,
about 250 employees are based in its
Grand Rapids headquarters. H.S. Die
also has a sales office in Detroit and
an engineering design office in Hyderabad, India.

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ciplines related to the plastic injection molding industry and is having a
good degree of success. According to
Zuspann, automation equipment is a
product line that has recently contributed greatly to the company's success.
He adds that the company has aggressive growth targets for this line.
"Our automation equipment sales
grew 300 percent in 2017 and now accounts for about 25 percent of H.S.
Die's business," Zuspann explains.
"We have high expectations that it will
continue to grow at twenty percent or
more annually. We have good relationships from the tooling side of our business and have just begun to scratch the
surface when it comes to serving our
long time tooling customers."
H.S. Die offers a wide array of automation equipment including robotics
integration, stand alone systems and
turnkey assembly lines. Zuspann also
attributes H.S. Die's significant automation growth to its ability to attract
and hire highly skilled talent, including controls engineers. In addition,
"the company produces plastic parts
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as a small part of its business," Zuspann notes. "Our parts production is
only five percent of our business and
we are looking for opportunities to
grow it to a more substantial percentage of our business."

H.S. Die will celebrate its 49th year
in business in 2018. In an effort to
modernize its business, the company
hired a new management team to help
guide the transformation. The first
hire in the fall of 2016 was President
John Way. "It's been John's vision and

h.s. die is committed to being a
full-service mold manufacturing
organization for its customers.


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