Altra is owned by Richard Post and opened on March 1, 1986, in Wayland, Mich. The 10,000-square-foot facility provides products such as Car-O-Liner measuring, welding and holding products, Garmat USA paint booths and booth products, and Col-Met powder coat booths and ovens.
“I opened Altra because I wanted to help people,” said Post. “This is a very technical industry, and we wanted people out in the field to know the right ways to correct damaged vehicles.”
Altra began selling Car-O-Liner products in 2011, and Post said sales of these products have really taken off locally.
“We chose to work with Car-O-Liner because they are a local company with great products,” he said. “They have a great local facility. Our customers recognize that Car-O-Liner is top notch in the industry. They like that we are supporting them so they are supporting us through that as well.”
Post is a 1975 graduate of the Kent Career Center in Grand Rapids and holds an associate’s degree from Ferris State University’s auto body program. He has been married for 30 years, and the couple has four children. Post said support from family has been vital in the success of his business. His sister, Rose Wiers, has been the controller for Altra for 20 years. He also credits his employees for their continued hard work and support of the customers and their business.
“Our employees here are second to none. They work very hard to take care of the customer and to make sure things are right for them,” said Post. “I couldn’t do it alone. I am very pleased to have these top-notch people to do what we have done for the past 30 years. They have helped establish an honorable relationship with our customers. We’re looking forward to the next 30 years!”