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About Reed City Group


Our mission is to be the preferred partner for engineered and innovative solutions for plastics, tooling, and automation.

Who We Are

Reed City Group is a full-scale mold building, press making and plastic injection molding company based in Reed City, Michigan. Best known in global industries for our turnkey garage door panel and steel roof shingle hydraulic press manufacturing, our highly skilled team also provides a complete range of mold building and plastic injection molding services. From mold design to part testing, we are a facility built on core skilled trades. Our values of integrity, attention to detail and customer service are evident in all our products and services.

Our 80,000 square foot facility includes 68,000 square feet of manufacturing space. Under this roof, our average of 100 employees includes a range of skilled journeyman moldmakers, skilled machinists, mechanical engineers, technical designers and sales engineers.

Background & Ownership

In 1959, Reed City Tool & Die opened as the foremost expert in the tooling industry. After successfully building its reputation and diversifying its capabilities for over three decades, Reed City Tool & Die became a division of Pilot Industries, a Tier 1 automotive component manufacturer. Ownership was transferred to Canadian automotive manufacturer, Martinrea Industries Inc., in 2002. Throughout these transitions, Reed City Tool continued to excel in its core strengths and values: skilled trades, high performance mold building and industry-leading hydraulic presses.

In 2009, the Reed City Tool division was acquired, not by another manufacturing company, but by Reed City native and plant general manager Rod Weck. Rod had been employed at the company since his apprenticeship began there in 1974. Shortly after serving a tour in Vietnam from 1971-1972, Rod began his career at Reed City Tool on the shop floor, working his way up over the years as mold leader, quality manager, mold supervisor, assistant plant manager, plant manager, and general manager. Under Rod’s leadership, the company has expanded beyond its core tool, die and mold building services.

Fast forward to 2017, and Reed City Tool was acquired by Argosy Private Equity and Stone River Capital Partners. The new ownership has been dedicated and focused on investing in private companies for over 27 years, developing a well-established track record of supporting teams to build, grow, and scale their companies. Shortly after, they appointed John Barnett as our President and CEO. He brings a heavy background in management and manufacturing experience, and aims to lead our company towards growth in our capabilities, capacity, customer services, and profitability.

Reed City Tool was renamed and re-branded to Reed City Group thereafter. Reed City Group is built on the diverse history, reputation, and capabilities of Reed City Tool, but aims to capture much more of the industry. Our capabilities have since gone above and beyond our tooling roots, into new markets, and fresh industries. That includes plastics, tooling, automation (and even 3D printing!). At Reed City Group, we are motivated by our passion, driven by our principles, and innovative in our products.

Why Choose Reed City Group?

As half-century veterans of the mold building industry, we present the experience and diverse capabilities today’s manufacturers need to maintain their competitive edge.

Deep mold building expertise meets a limitless range of tooling and molding resources within our expanding facilities. From steel hydraulic presses to plastic part prototyping, we offer unlimited possibilities, meticulous quality, and responsive, expert service long after the warranty expires.

In-house mold tryout and short run capability, extensive plastic material knowledge, part assembly, shipping logistics management — these capabilities, and many others, set us apart.

We’re built to increase your product quality — and your bottom line.



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Meet Our Team

John BarnettCEO, President

Trevor MundController

Brad DoornbosDirector of Business Development

Tracie RuppertHuman Resources/Office Manager

Marty MundDirector of Operations

Michael SeayDirector of Molding Operations

Clinten WeckDirector of Process Engineering

Robert ApseyDirector of Facilities

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