Timothy A. Gutowski started Contour Roll Engineering December 1975 in Grand Haven, MI. as a roll design company only but was short lived as in March of 1976 Max Baauw and Timothy A. Gutowski formed an equal partnership and changed the name to Contour Roll Company.
The company was started with one used manual lathe in a rented space of about 800 square feet. Tim would design roll tooling at his home while Max manufactured rolls at the shop. Three months later the company moved into a 4000 sq. ft building and purchased a new Dalstrom roll form machine for testing finished roll tooling. Those first nine months of being in business the company did sales of $700,000.00.
It was not to long and Contour became known as one of the premier roll forming companies in the industry and as a result the sales increased to the point where a need for a larger building became a necessity again and in the summer of 1979, the company moved into a new 6,000 sq. ft. building with several expansion opportunities. The company sales had grown to a steady $3.5M to $4.0M and again needed more floor space and a 6,000 sq. ft. addition was added.
By year end of 1981, the company acquired Pneu-Power Press Co. which was located in Buffalo, N.Y. Pneu-Power Press was moved to the Grand Haven plant three months after purchasing the company. It was also around this time that Contour designed and built the first Contour Roll Form Machine and changed the design of it several times until we were totally satisfied with end result still being built today.
There was one more addition put onto the building which put the plant at 27,000 sq. ft. It was shortly after the last addition that Max Baauw sold his interest to Tim Gutowski and on January 1st, 1985, Max was no longer involved with Contour Roll Company.