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Brian Gruber

General Plant Manager – Molding Operations, Lacks Trim Systems

Brian Gruber-editBrian Gruber is an operations executive with 15 years of experience in manufacturing. He has been in the aerospace, military, office furniture, and automotive industries with extensive operations, engineering and skilled trade involvement. He is currently the General Manager of Molding Operations at Lacks Trim Systems.

The molding operation consists of four plants: three in Grand Rapids and one in Fountain Inn, South Carolina. Gruber spearheads the development of the molding technical and leadership teams along with creating a vision and strategy to automate and drive continuous improvement. His passion for building talent within organizations has led him to developing internal skilled trades programs with a partnership through Grand Rapids Community College. These programs have helped to fill the talent gap with internal candidates.

Gruber has a BS in Engineering from Michigan State University and a MSMI (Masters of Science in Manufacturing and Innovation) from the Eli Broad School of Business at Michigan State University.