History was in the air last year when GHSP, a 90-year-old west Michigan automotive metal stamping supplier, pulled the last stamping press out of its Grand Haven manufacturing site.
The global supplier industry is churning with mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and new product strategies, and GHSP is at it, too: The company is transitioning from mechanical parts to advanced technology.
The Grand Haven plant now is producing electronic assemblies. In August, it ratcheted up the transition by opening a technical center also in the city. The center houses a newly established "innovation team" of 20 who are tasked with designing and testing new technologies.
GHSP, a portfolio company of Grand Haven's JSJ Corp., now produces mechanical and mechatronic systems, such as automatic-transmission and shift-by-wire shifters. GHSP also supplies powertrain electronics, such as electronic oil and water pumps, and interior electronics, such as wireless phone chargers. At the 2018 CES show in Las Vegas, GHSP debuted its Haptics Shifter, which allows drivers control through gestures.