Our History

Monroe LLC began in 1971, when General Motors needed a pointer supplier and encouraged Howard Schuitema to begin a business for this purpose.

Timeline

2015
2015

Monroe moved to current facility.

2010
2010

Monroe establishes plant in Shanghai, China.

2007
2007

Monroe leads development of shaftless motor pointers in North America.

2006
2006

Monroe LLC is purchased by the Huizenga Group.

2005
2005

Monroe begins to ship Hi-Volume chrome plated pointers.

2003
2003

Monroe begins shipments of lighted information display to appliance manufacturer.

2000
2000

Started hands free assembly and packaging.

1999
1999

Began the use of LEDs as an option for light source.

1998
1998

Introduced vision systems to all assembly machines to assure aesthetic and assembly standards.

1997
1997

Established sales representation for European market, stationed in England.

1992
1992

Added CAD to design capabilities.

1990
1990

Moved Engineering, Tool Design, Mold Build and Assembly equipment manufacturing to new facilities.

1989
1989

Added to decorating capabilities screen-printing and pad painting.

1987
1987

Began mold production using CAM equipment.

1984
1984

Enlarged plant to accommodate molding, decorating, engineering and assembly needs.

1980
1980

Introduced internally lit pointers i.e. light pipes.

1977
1977

Began automatic counter weight insertion during molding process.

1973
1973

Introduced the concept of plastic pointers, molded in color.

1972
1972

Tooled up and began production of stamped metal pointers for General Motors.

1971
1971

Monroe, LLC established in October, Grand Rapids, Michigan.