|OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - GroveTec employs milling equipment that is up to 70 years old, while at the same time using advanced CNC machining gear such as that shown in the photo.|
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Good Move: Relocation to Wood Village fuels Grovtec's expansion beyond firearms industry
Wood Village, state incentives keep company from leaving Oregon
Grovtec celebrated its new location at 23555 N.E. Halsey St. (just north of the Best Western hotel) and the 10 years of growth that made it possible with an open house July 27, 2016
In these days of wide-open global commerce and outsourcing to overseas countries, running a company that manufactures and fabricates its products exclusively within the United States presents distinct hurdles to remaining competitive.
No one knows this better than Bob Grover, president of Grovtec US Inc., a Portland-area manufacturer of parts and accessories for the firearms, medical and aerospace industries since 2006
“It’s always a challenge to be the lowest-cost person,” he said. “We’re not the lowest cost in terms of all our products, but quality, deliverability, customer service and all the other areas — that’s where we really shine.”
Last spring, Grovtec relocated its operation from Milwaukie to three buildings in Wood Village, expanding its square footage from 47,000 to 68,000 while adding 12 employees.
The company will celebrate its new location at 23555 N.E. Halsey St. (just north of the Best Western hotel) and the 10 years of growth that made it possible with an open house from 3-6 p.m. Wednesday, July 27.
Grover, 49, a Gladstone resident who runs the sprawling Grovtec facility along with his wife, two sons and daughter-in-law, noted the company’s steady growth in the past decade is accelerating as it expands its mission beyond the firearms industry.
“We will have over 100 employees next year,” he said. “It’s been nice, steady growth — and not just in the shooting industry.”
Grovtec employees work with an intriguing mixture of manual and automatic, ancient and cutting-edge technology on the company’s vast manufacturing floor to turn out all manner of goods and accessories. From leather gun holsters, slings and the “swivels” that attach them to gun stocks, medical and dental instruments and sporting goods to screws and fasteners used in airplane cockpits and chairs, Grovtec’s product line infiltrates practically all aspects of modern life.
In addition to the need for considerably more space than the Milwaukie facility provided, Grovtec’s move across the eastside was fueled by a five-year property tax abatement through the city of Wood Village’s enterprise zone program, as well as a relocation-based loan and employee training grants through Business Oregon.Read the complete story at:
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