Welcome to ctooling.com

Our Story

— Our story began in 1990 when a couple of dreamers turned their dream of owning and operating a tool and die shop into a reality and Custom Tooling Systems, Inc. was born. We started out in John’s garage before moving to the “Hut” in the little town of Borculo, Michigan. We expanded once and then moved into our current facility located in nearby Zeeland, Michigan in 1998. After several more expansions we now have a 49,100 sq foot building. Our building is air conditioned and well tooled to meet your needs in a competitive and timely manner.

— As you tour our facility, you can feel and see the pride that each team member exudes through their expert craftsmanship. With more than almost 30 years of business experience under our belt, we take tool and die making seriously. We provide our customers with hands-on interactive short die run-offs in our presses for quality assurance purposes. We love what we do and this passion spills over into our daily work and our outstanding customer service. Our employees are not just employees, we are like a family, and we are friends.

— John Bouwkamp
— Todd Kane
Tool & Die Web Blanks

Custom Tooling features in-house, full-service tool & die design, build and maintainence of your tooling. Before your tooling is delivered, we automatically run them in our presses to polish and refine them so they meet your quality requirements.

Tool & Die Web Blanks

Not a problem, we stock tool steel so that we can begin the repair of your tooling immediately, cutting down on long waits for supplies. We offer reverse engineering, we can probably suggest upgrades to decrease future downtime.

3D CAD software including VISI - Design, Work NC - CNC Programming, Pro-E, Mechanical Desktop, 6 seats of VISI5, Seats of Pro-Engineering, and Virtual Gibbs

At Custom Tooling Systems Inc., we utilize advanced 3D CAD software including AutoCAD, VISI - Design, Work NC - CNC Programming, Pro-E, Mechanical Desktop, 6 seats of VISI5, Seats of Pro-Engineering, and Virtual Gibbs to design and simulate tool design concepts for the customer to evaluate before the tool & die making process.

We continually strive to meet the needs of our current customers and are always welcoming new customers. Give us a call at (616) 748-9880 and schedule a tour so we can discuss what Custom Tooling Systems, Inc. can do for you.

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A better look at C.T.S.

Registered with The United States Department of Labor for Training.

C.T.S. proudly offers a state-certified apprenticeship program to the next generation of Tool and Die makers. We believe offering education assistance to mechanically minded individuals, contributes to the sustainability of the trade.


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ISO 9001 Certification

Our ultimate goal is your complete satisfaction. To help assure this for the future, we have become a ISO 9001 Certified QMS company. Tools built at C.T.S. have always been built with one motto in mind, “Striving to continually meet and exceed our customers’ expectations and requirements through quality parts, with durable tooling and on-time delivery.”

ISO 9001 Certified Tool and Die Makers