Our History

Monroe Products officially began in 1971 as a Pointer Supplier.  Lakeland Finishing was founded in 1989 as a metal and plastics finisher.  In 2018 Lakeland Monroe Group was born and together we offer over 75 years of manufacturing expertise.

Cool Timeline

2019
2019

Lakeland Monroe Group Announces New Brand

2018
2018

Lakeland Finishing and Monroe, LLC join forces

2015
2015

Lakeland launches internal Injection Molding services

2015

Monroe moved to current facility.

2010
2010

Lakeland begins offering part supply services to tier 1 customers

2010

Monroe establishes plant in Shanghai, China.

2008
2008

Lakeland Finishing begins family ownership transition

2007
2007

Monroe leads development of shaftless motor pointers in North America.

2006
2006

Monroe LLC is purchased by the Huizenga Group.

2005
2005

Monroe begins to ship Hi-Volume chrome plated pointers.

2003
2003

Monroe begins shipments of lighted information display to appliance manufacturer.

2000
2000

Monroe starts hands-free assembly and packaging.

1999
1999

Monroe begins using LEDs as an option for light source.

1998
1998

Monroe introduces vision systems to all assembly machines to ensure aesthetic and assembly standards.

1997
1997

Monroe establishes sales representation for European market, stationed in England.

1996
1996

Lakeland exterior finishing facility divested to Magna

1993
1993

Lakeland Finishing transitions from metal to plastic finishing

1992
1992

Monroe Adds CAD to design capabilities.

1990
1990

Lakeland Finishing incorporates

1990

Monroe moves Engineering, Tool Design, Mold Build and Assembly Equipment Manufacturing to new facilities.

1989
1989

Lakeland Finishing founded by Thomas Smith

1989

Monroe adds screen-printing and pad painting to decorating capabilities.

1987
1987

Monroe begins mold production using CAM equipment.

1984
1984

Monroe enlarges plant to accommodate molding, decorating, engineering and assembly needs.

1980
1980

Monroe introduces internally lit pointers i.e. light pipes.

1977
1977

Monroe begins automatic counter weight insertion during molding process.

1973
1973

Monroe introduces the concept of plastic pointers, molded in color.

1972
1972

Monroe tools up and begins production of stamped metal pointers for General Motors.

1971
1971

Monroe, LLC established in October, Grand Rapids, Michigan.