The history of GREGORY DESIGN & MANUFACTURING
In the fall of 1989, Mike Walker purchased a small family-owned fabrication shop in Fort Madison, Iowa with the intention of becoming a major player in the material handling industry. At that time there were 19 employees manufacturing miscellaneous metal goods. It wasn’t long after the purchase that they received their first rack order. After that order, there was no looking back; the small metal fabrication shop was a thing of the past, and rapid growth in the material handling industry was the future.
Throughout the 90s, Gregory Design & Manufacturing was primarily manufacturing racks for the glass industry, with a small influx of other industries that needed basic shipping racks. In 2000, after adding new design capabilities and more employees, Gregory Design & Manufacturing decided to begin focusing on the automotive rack market.
From a manufacturing facility in 1989 that covered just 32,000 sq. feet, it now covers over 240,000 sq. feet. This includes an entire expansion to house our assembly and powder coat system, an extension for our two lasers, CNC machining equipment, plasma cutter and high-tech saws, and our latest addition was a massive warehouse. Robotic welding cells round out our advancements in technology within our ever-expanding facility. We pride ourselves in handling the smallest jobs of only 10 racks, to the largest jobs requiring upwards of 5,000 racks. Gregory Design & Manufacturing is determined to continue its growth with the same hard work and customer satisfaction that has enabled their growth to date.