MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. - Wells-Index has always been a Michigan company.

Since 1989 the company has built machines that cut and shape metal from leased space on Clay Avenue in Muskegon. After 80 years in business the company is about to move to a fourth community.

A search for larger manufacturing space lead company leaders to a vacant building a short distance away in Muskegon Heights. The 17,000 square foot facility located at 2608 Sanford Street will serve as Wells-Index's production facility and corporate headquarters. The space was most recently occupied by Strong Industrial Supply, which moved to Norton Shores in 2010.

The company's milling machines are found around the country, on a number of Navy ships, and at the Hoover Dam's tool shop -- and orders are increasing.

"Right now we have eight people working for us," said Rick Robison, Wells-Index President. "We are looking for two more people right now," added Robison.

That move means the decal that attaches to every machine will soon be updated to read Muskegon Heights, Michigan. The American flag decal that goes one each machine is something workers at Wells-Index are also proud to attach.

Wells Index is currently the only US manufacturer still producing milling machines in the United States

More information can be found on the company’s website, www.wells-index.com.

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