Great Lakes Die Cast Corporation (GLDC) is a leading manufacturer of high pressure aluminum die-casting components located in Muskegon, Michigan.
GLDC is considered a leading die caster in North America for our ability to produce high-quality components that must meet highly cosmetic, complex, and critical specifications. Some of the top names in office furniture, automotive and other OEM industries have entrusted us to supply some of their most critical components. GLDC primarily manufactures components for the automotive and office furniture industries (approximately 85% of sales). The remaining sales are comprised of products for such applications as food processing equipment, lighting, aerospace, truck components, military and small engines.
The Company operates from a 16.5 acre site with three manufacturing buildings and its main office. The facilities include a renovated office building, an 85,000 square foot manufacturing building housing aluminum die casting, machining, polishing, tool room and other support departments; a new state of the art 45,000 square foot aluminum die casting, machining and polishing plant.
The Company has die casting machines ranging from 450 to 1200-tons and makes extensive use of robotics for unloading die casting machines and part trimming and polishing. Die casting machines are monitored by an on-line shot monitoring system. Machining is performed on special, part specific or general CNC machines. Polishing is robotic and manual. Assembly operations are performed on a variety of products for our customers.
The Company has an integrated ERP system with all modules functioning for manufacturing, engineering, finance and human resources. There are over 50 terminals throughout the facilities providing on-the-floor input and data availability and internet access.
There are 120 Company associates working in a union-free environment. A full benefit program is provided to all associates.
The Company enjoys an excellent reputation for high quality and on-time delivery and is ISO 9001 Certified. Lean manufacturing is practiced throughout as evidenced by orderly work places, documented procedures, data posted and used in all manufacturing and office areas, ongoing training programs for all associates, etc.