Jim Zawacki worked his way through college working in the factory and started his career as a Manufacturing Engineer at Bissell Inc. Next, he worked at a Fortune 500 company holding several position in different locations, and the last ten years as Automotive Division President.
He then bought GR Spring & Stamping (formerly Grand Rapids Spring & Wire Products) in 1985 and has been deeply involved in trying to make GRS&S the “Best” in their product field – Stampings, Spring, and Assemblies. GRS&S’s goal is “Profits through Continuous Improvement and Having Fun During the Process.”
Mr. Zawacki has actively been involved in many networking groups (local, national, & international). He has served as the Current past President of Spring Manufacturers Institute, Past Chairman of the West Michigan Manufacturers Council, Current Chairman on the Precision Metal Association (PMA), President of the Monroe North Business Association, Board of Director “Manufacturers for Fair Trade,” and has won the Donald C. Burnham Manufacturing Management award from SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers). He is actively involved in promoting World Class Manufacturing/Lean Manufacturing and as current past Chairman of PMA – his theme is “Manufacturing is Vital to our Economy.”
Mr. Zawacki has also co-authored and published several books with Professor Don Klein from Grand Valley State University. The first book, “It’s Not Magic,” is a novel about the turnaround of a small company, and the second book is “The Magic Workbook.” The Michigan State University Press published both books. His third book “Moving Forward” was published in 2013.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Aquinas College.