Key Historical Events

In 1964, John Gill started a small tool and die company with his brother-in-law, Gerald Williams in Grand Rapids, Michigan. John saw a need in the market that wasn’t being met. He knew he could build a better, higher quality, more cost-effective progressive tool than what was currently being offered.

Gill began stamping products in the early 1970’s. Welding and assembly began in the 80’s and in the 90’s, when the products being produced were increasing in complexity; John invested in product design and engineering capabilities.

In 1985, John hired his wife, Rita Williams as general manager. Gill Industries was grossing close to $8 million in sales at the time. Rita led the company as CEO until 2009. During which time, she grew sales to over $100 million.

In 2010, Rita handed over the reins to the next generation in order to continue the family tradition of manufacturing excellence. Today, Rita Woodruff, Mary Gill-Thornton and Joe Gill fulfill that role.

Gill, a certified female-owned business, is a global leader in the supply of precision-engineered assemblies and modules for the automotive, multi-use vehicle and furniture industries. Headquartered in Grand Rapids, MI, Gill operates 20 manufacturing, development and strategic partner centers in the US, Europe, China, India, Korea and Mexico.