Testing progressive die tooling on ETS tryout press

Engineered Tooling Systems

Better Tooling, Better Service.

Since April of 1996, Engineered Tooling Systems, Inc. (ETS) has had a home in the Northwest corner of Grand Rapids, MI. As an ISO 9001:2000 corporation serving a global customer base of automotive, appliance, and other industrial part manufacturers, ETS has earned a reputation of building high-quality tooling and dies that meet timing and budget requirements.



ETS designs, builds, re-engineers, and services small to large sized sheet metal stamping dies and tooling.

With several hundred dies under its belt, ETS has experience with:

  • Progressive, transfer and line dies
  • Deep draws, complex extrusions, and over bends
  • Standard, sound deadening, heat shield, and heavy thickness materials
  • Integration into automated assembly lines

Also, ETS has the skill to keep dies running by:

  • Scheduling comprehensive die maintenance programs
  • Making the proper repairs when damage occurs
  • Modifying existing dies to reflect engineering changes

To see some of our dies and end parts we have made, see our gallery of recent work below. Also, for more information about stamping dies, learn about that and the other tool and die companies in the group on our Stamping Dies section.


On-site Equipment and Staff

The more you can do under your own roof (in ETS's case, under a 45,000 sq. ft. roof) increases your power of control over costs and timing. This power allows us at ETS to pass savings on to our clients.

  • 3 - Tryout presses
    • Ranging in size up to 800-tons (72" x 156" bed with a 48" wide coil feeder)
  • 3 - Overhead cranes
    • Capable of lifting up to 15-tons
  • 3 - High-speed CNC mills
    • with work areas up to X 82" Y 32" Z 27.5"
  • 8-Additional presses ranging in size up to 1,350-tons (80 x 200" bed with a 42" x 32.25" window) with a 54" coil feeder, we can run from frame rails to small parts for testing and part run off.
  • ≈ 90 - Employees
    • Including project managers, estimators, designers, die builders, machinist, and administrators

For a detailed list of our on-site capabilities, please view our equipment list below.

ETS Equipment List ETS Equipment List (119 KB)


Blended Tooling

Utilizing the efficient practices of LCC tooling, ETS can deliver a tool and die package that assumes the proper level of risk and savings into our customers program. Visit our Blended Tooling section to learn more about our program and how we are not a tooling broker.


Tooling Systems Group Connection

As a member of TSG, ETS has access to resources that bring better quality to its customers with:

  • Increased buying power through centralized purchasing
  • Increased efficiency and capacity
  • Shared knowledge of best practices and processes
  • Vertical integration for a seamless project from start to finish

To learn more about the benefits and capabilities of the group, visit our Why TSG page.


ETS Stamping Dies

Progressive die for a fuel filler door bracket made by Engineered Tooling Systems.An Engineered Tooling Systems progressive die for a fuel filler door hinge.Engineered Tooling Systems transfer dies.A progressive die for riser bracket, made by Engineered Tooling Systems.An Engineered Tooling Systems progressive die with part web.
Engineered Tooling Systems progressive die.In the 800-Ton Clearing tryout press, an Engineered Tooling Systems progressive die is tested with a coil of sheet metal.


ETS Parts

Final production part for a fuel filler door hinge from an ETS die.Final part of a dimpled heat shield with extrusions made from an Engineered Tooling Systems stamping die.Runoff part of an appliance panel from an Engineered Tooling Systems die.Production web of an Engineered Tooling Systems progressive die.


ETS Equipment

250-Ton Verson straight side press for die tryout and runoff.800-Ton USI Clearing tryout press for testing and part runoff.Johnford DMC-1200H CNC mill with 47in. x 35in. x 30in. work area.200-Ton Verson Straight side press for tryout and part runoff.An ETS die maker dials in a detail with a hand held grinder.ETS shop floor, looking at the CNC milling area.
ETS shop floor, looking toward the build and tryout press areas.An ETS die builder checks the tolerances on a detail after machining.

Tooling Systems Group
Corporate Headquarters

555 Plymouth Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Phone: 616-863-8623
Fax: 616-863-8765

Drew Boersma, President
Advanced Tooling Systems
1166 Seven Mile Rd NW
Comstock Park, MI 49321
Phone: 616-784-7513
Fax: 616-784-4780

Tim McClary, President
Banyan Tooling Systems (Dongguang) Co., Ltd
No.1, Shen Zhen Zai Yi Jie, Tie Song
Qing Xi Town, Dongguan City, Guangdong
China, 523640
Phone: +86 769-86003036
Email: pqiu@toolingsystemsgroup.com

Paul Qiu, President
Dienamic Tooling Systems
303 Sam Rayburn Pkwy
Lenoir City, TN 37771
Phone: 865-717-1540
Fax: 865-717-1555

Mike Walker, President
Engineered Tooling Systems
2780 Courier Dr NW
Walker, MI 49534
Phone: 616-735-0077
Fax: 616-735-1259

Jim Grotenrath, President
Mold Tooling Systems
2972 Wilson Dr NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49534
Phone: 616-735-6653
Fax: 616-735-2252

Mike Boverhof, President
Specialty Tooling Systems
4315 Three Mile Rd NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49534
Phone: 616-784-2353
Fax: 616-784-9045

Dave Ruthven, President

Jamey Moore
Sales Manager/Project Manager
Desk: 616-784-2353 ext 26
Cell: 616-375-2825
Steel Craft Technologies
8057 Graphic Dr NE
Belmont, MI 49306
Phone: 616-866-4400
Fax: 616-866-4545

Kimm Slater, President
Jeff Hill, Sales
Todd Botma, Sales
Concept Tooling Systems
555 Plymouth Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Phone: 616-301-6906
Fax: 616-301-6907

Mark Eberlein , President
Rapid Tooling Systems
555 Plymouth NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Phone: 616-264-6930
Fax: 616-264-6975

John Grotenrath, President

3DM Source
555 Plymouth Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Phone: 616-647-9513
Fax: 616-647-9516

Lonestar Tooling Solutions
4958 Stout Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78219
Phone: 210-785-9225
Fax: 210-581-7873

Trey Porter, President
Eagle Industrial Group 847 West River Center Dr. Comstock Park, MI 49321
Phone: 616-647-9904
Fax: 616-647-9905

Chad Boersma, President
Ultimate Gaging Systems
555 Plymouth Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Phone: 616-264-6962
Fax: 616-264-6970

Jeff Momber,
General Manager
Hot Stamping Tooling System 555 Plymouth Ave. NE Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Phone: 616-863-8623

Leroy Bulson, General Manager