GVD Industries companies are in diverse industries; each has a unique value proposition and strong customer relationships.
Westshore Design located in Holland, Michigan has been designing, engineering, developing, and building electronic circuitry components since its formation in 2003. Westshore Design specializes in low to medium production of circuit boards and components for small to mid-sized companies. Industries served include: embedded controls, LED lighting, automotive aftermarkets and water treatment. Westshore’s team of highly qualified engineers and technicians provide finished solutions that evolve from concept through manufacturing and include mechanical design and 3D modeling. Westshore became part of GVD Industries group in September of 2015.
UPDATE: Westshore Design Acquires Petra Electronics Manufacturing
January 1st, 2019, Westshore Design acquired Petra Electronics Manufacturing located in Moline Mi. Petra Electronics Manufacturing since 1996 has specialized in electronic technologies that serve multiple markets including; embedded controls, lighting, entertainment devises, pneumatic valve controls and after-market automotive controls. The addition of Petra Electronics Manufacturing to the Westshore Design family will strengthen its capabilities while providing an opportunity to serve a new set of customers with superior product solutions.
Weeping Willow Development – Vail Valley, CO (2003-2008)
Weeping Willow Development was a Colorado based Real Estate development company. Its primary focus was development of $2-$4 million dollar single family Luxury homes located within gated private golf course communities in the Vail Valley. These homes were professionally designed with exceptionally high-quality finishes and visual design. Home site selection emphasized high value on easy access to ski resorts of Beaver Creek, Bachelors Gulch and Vail Mountain Resort. Site selection criteria also targeted the Vail Valley’s summer access sports, primarily golf, mountain biking, and fly fishing on the Eagle River.
In addition to residential projects, Weeping Willow also was involved in a number of commercial land development and speculative projects. All active projects of Weeping Willow Development were concluded prior to the market collapse of 2008.
Advantage Sign and Graphic Solutions – Grand Rapids, MI (2003-2017)
Purchase by GVD Industries in 2003, with 6 regional branch locations, Advantage Sign and Graphic Solutions (ASGS) was already an industry leader in helping customers navigate through the analog to digital graphics transformation as the largest Gerber Innovation national reseller.
During the next 14 yrs. while owned by GVD Industries, ASGS grew to a “top 5” national reseller of HP, Epson, Gerber, 3m, Avery and other leading industry brands, and was in the top 2 national resellers of HP digital printers 4 of the last 5 years. Also during this period, ASGS won many outstanding performance awards from many of its vendor partners.
The management team was relentless regarding hiring and training professional sales people that set ASGS apart from its rivals. Supporting the unmatched sales effort was a dedicated service and support team that serviced most of the products ASGS sold, and again help set ASGS apart from its rivals.
The participatory management style helped create the unique culture of the organization and made ASGS a “great place to work and grow”. Many of ASGS employees had been there since founded in 1995.
After several years of industry channel consolidation, ASGS in September of 2017, with 13 regional branch locations, over 100 employees and more than 2X growth, successfully sold to the largest rival in the industry.
Porter Corporation – Holland, MI (2012-2015)
Purchased by GVD Industries in 2012, Porter Corporation a dominate manufacture of custom engineered shade & shelter structures (Poligon) and customer engineered “structural insulated panel” (PorterSIPS).
The Poligon product represented throughout the country by a network of independent dealers and sales representatives. Porter Corp. marketed Poligon products to Landscape Architects primarily for park and recreation applications. While the PorterSIPS products were sold by direct sales people for both commercial and residential applications. Poligon products are found in many major USA city parks and PorterSIPS commercial products are used with major customers like 7Eleven and Children’s Learning Centers.
Under the direction of GVD Industries and the Porter Corp management team, the new CEAS brand was launched in 2015. CEAS (which stands for creative, engineered, architectural, systems) was intended to leverage all existing manufacturing capabilities of the other brands but marketed to the commercial architectural communities. The CEAS products were intended to compliment architectural building details while providing cover from weather elements (e.g. entry canopies & covered walkways from building to building).
This of course required the creation of a new brand, sales channel & marketing materials. In its first year, CEAS exceeded its sales target by 150% with having only 25% of the country’s channel developed. Porter Corp was sold in October of 2016 to the second largest industry consolidator and continues to set record sales.