Warren-based Proper Group International, has kept its innovating spirit going throughout every market condition since their inception in 1971. They started with a commitment to high quality precision molds over 40 years ago and grew through continuous product and process innovation. The Proper Group is now moving into the technology and consumer goods space. Their latest technology development makes manufacturing smarter. Their newest corporate partnership brings the precision, for which they are known in the auto industry, to consumers in their own backyard and backyards across the country.
Whether you are into hunting, fishing, camping, boating, backyard bbq hosting, travel sports, local softball or tailgating, you can always use a better cooler. If you’d like that cooler made in the U.S. – and even better – in Detroit, there is a cooler just for you.
Otterbox, the national retailer known for its indestructible phone covers, has begun to sell high-end coolers and they choose The Proper Group’s Polymers Division to create the product. Thanks to the tough design and refrigerator-grade mold from Proper Polymers, these coolers keep ice for up to 14 days and can resist the claws of a hungry bear (actually bear-tested).
In addition to the new OtterBox coolers, The Proper Group has developed a product for manufacturing companies to digitize their tooling programs. ToolStats, which is based on barcode technology, creates a digital profile for your tools to track and manage the full life of the tool without a single sheet of paper. HP Inc, Flex, Magna, GE Appliances, Brose and Varroc Lighting Systems are a few of the companies signed on for ToolStats.
Manufacturers in the Detroit area have been producing high-quality products for 100 years. Most often, we associate these products with the vehicles we drive. Our locally manufactured products, made famous by the auto industry, are much more widespread than 100 years – or even 20 years ago. In fact, many of the products are produced for the medical, food, defense, consumer goods and aerospace industries. The expertise that our local companies have built over the last several decades have made this area a global leader in making stuff.
Mark Rusch, CFO of The Proper Group, serves on the Board of Directors for Advancing Macomb. The Proper Group is comprised of Proper Tooling, Proper Prototype and Proper Polymers. Proper Tooling houses the company’s design lab and produces exterior automotive lighting, glass encapsulation, textiles, multi-material products, cockpit modules and chrome products. Proper Polymers does production injection molding, assembly and secondary operations, and production mold manufacturing. Proper Prototype does silicone molds, vacuum form parts and stereolithography.