Thursday, February 6, 2014

Grand Rapids New Car Dealers Association Recognizes Proos Manufacturing as West Michigan Automotive Supplier

(L-R) Blair Sharpe, GRNCDA President; Amy Proos, CEO/Owner – Proos Manufacturing; John Irwin, President-West Michigan Region at Huntington National Bank. (Photo By Marty Dunham)

The Grand Rapids New Car Dealers Association (GRNCDA) is pleased to announce Proos Manufacturing as the recipient of its 2014 “Celebration of Innovation: Automotive Supplier of the Year” award. The award was presented to CEO Amy Proos during the February 5 VIP Reception, held prior to the Charity Spectacular Preview for the 2014 Michigan International Auto Show.

“It is an honor to recognize a brilliant company like Proos Manufacturing during this incredible event,” says Blair Sharpe, GRNCDA President. “In its 50 years serving the automotive market, Proos has proven it has the knowledge and experience to be flexible in its ability to develop processes and products to meet the challenges of the automobile industry.”

Companies throughout Kent, Ottawa, Ionia, Allegan and Muskegon counties were invited to submit nominations for the award. A selection committee from GRNCDA then met to review the nominees.

“You don’t often hear about the incredible ingenuity of West Michigan suppliers when talking about the impressive vehicles in our showrooms today,” said Mr. Sharpe, who presented the award. “But it is companies like Proos that help improve the quality and safety of the cars and trucks on roads throughout Michigan and the United States. The Celebration of Innovation award allows us to recognize the importance of local companies competing in the international automotive industry.”

Amy Proos is the third generation, and first woman, CEO and owner of her family’s manufacturing company. For almost 95 years, Proos Manufacturing has excelled in the art of metal stampings, metal forming and value-added assemblies. Today, Proos is a leading provider of manufacturing and engineering solutions for the automotive, industrial, furniture, medical, defense and energy application industries.

Proos prides herself on having an open line of communication with her employees and focusing on the individual needs of her customers to consistently provide solutions with ingenuity. She states, “Being candid about details of the business has earned me the trust and respect of my 83 employees and our customers.”

Established by Neal Proos as a manufacturer of casket hardware and cookie die stamps in 1919, Proos Manufacturing evolved into metal stampings and partnered closely with the automotive industry. Throughout the history of the company, customer support, problem resolution and providing solutions with ingenuity and innovation have been cornerstones of the Proos family business. In 2012 Proos Manufacturing was named one of the “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch”. For more information about Proos Manufacturing please visit

The 16th Annual Michigan International Auto Show is presented by the Grand Rapids New Car Dealers Association and is one of 16 consumer expositions produced by ShowSpan Inc., Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Michigan International Auto Show: February 6-9, 2014

Thursday, February 6 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday, February 7 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Saturday, February 8 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday, February 9 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Admission: $10 adults, $4 children aged 6 to 14. Kids 5 and under are admitted free. | |

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