SSW brings decades of successful customer relationships, product innovation, and manufacturing expertise to every partnership. We work with you to bring together the latest cutting-edge solutions in engineering and design for quality components that make an impact.
Explore the milestones that have shaped us to who we are today and who we strive to be in the future.
SSW was originally founded as Straits Steel & Wire in 1946 to produce wire shelving for Gibson Refrigeration (now known as Whirpool).
In 1960, our second facility was opened in Ft. Smith, Arkansas to expand the production of wire shelving components. We continued to broaden our footprint and customer base in the United States throughout the 1980s.
SSW acquired Collis, Inc. in 1998 to further deepen our manufacturing expertise and expand our wire fabrication capabilities. Along with this merger, we opened a new facility in Clinton, IA.
In 1999, our first international manufacturing facility was opened in Monterrey, Mexico. Three years later, a second manufacturing facility opened in Irapuato, further increasing our production capacity to support the growing operations of our customers.
The acquisition of American Appliance Products in 2003 added two new facilities in Newport, TN and Madison, TN, and diversified our cooking product capabilities. In 2005, Alabama Wire Products in Elizabethtown, KY was acquired, enabling us to vertically integrate wire drawing operations for our HVAC products.
In 2011, we acquired Premier Manufacturing Corporation to further grow our presence and expertise in the HVAC market. Along with this merger, we added a manufacturing facility in Henderson, TN, further expanding our network.
Trive Capital, a Dallas-based private equity firm, partnered with us in April 2018 to build on our proven track record of product innovation, operational excellence, and customer service.
In 2019, we welcomed Mark Gritton, a 25-year veteran of SSW, to the role of Chief Executive Officer, in addition to his role as President. The following year, we announced a rebrand to SSW Advanced Technologies, LLC to better reflect our evolution and growth ambitions as a leading supply chain partner to our OEM customers.
In 2021, SSW established a new global headquarters in Louisville, KY. This move solidified our commitment as a local partner to our OEM customers and allowed us to showcase our latest product solutions with a hands-on, immersive experience.
SSW has been a leader in the home comfort, refrigeration, and cooking industries for over 75 years. Learn more about how we can extend your product offering and capabilities.
SSW Advanced Technologies has the capacity, proximity, and capabilities to support your every need in the manufacturing process. Our vertically-integrated design and manufacturing facilities are strategically located across the country near you, enabling us to scale with you quickly and as needed. Learn more about what differentiates us.
435 N Whittington Pkwy
Louisville, KY 40222 USA
1100 West Park Road
Elizabethtown, KY 42701 USA
2005 S 19th St.
Clinton, IA 52732 USA
867 Premier Way
Henderson, TN 38340 USA
714 Braddock View Dr.
Lemont Furnace, PA 15456 USA
902 N Rowe St. Suite # 1
Ludington, MI 49431 USA
1129 Myatt Blvd, Suite #36
Madison, TN 37115 USA
136 Davis St.
Portland, TN 37148 USA
345 Chemwood Dr.
Newport, TN 37821 USA
Carretera Querétaro-Leon Km. 3.6
Colonia Las Malvas Libramiento Norte
México CP. 36660
Calle D No. 513,
Colonia Parque Industrial Almacentro
Apodaca, Nuevo Leon
México, C.P. 66600
615 New Hwy 68
Sweetwater, TN 37874
2000 Chestnut St.
Vincennes, IN 47591
125 Albert St.
Port McNicoll, ON
L0K 1R0, Canada
Av.C.F.E. Nº 645 Zona Industrial 2a Sección
Comisión Federal de Electricidad 645
Industrial San Luis
78395 San Luis, S.L.P., Mexico
Boulevard TLC No. 5013
Apodaca, N.L., Mexico
Growing up playing sports, Mark learned that working together creates success. It’s about team, and it’s a lot more fun when we all win together.
Mark is a 41-year manufacturing management veteran with extensive experience in the automotive, electronics and major appliance industries. He started his career in 1981 with Cooper Industries then moved to General Electric, progressing through roles of increasing responsibility in Supply Chain, Quality Assurance and Operations Management. Mark joined SSW in 1994 as Division VP and General Manager before moving into the role of Vice President of Marketing and later to Senior Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Product Development. In 2016 he was promoted to President and in 2019 to President and CEO.
Mark believes in continuous improvement – “every day we want to be better than we were yesterday”. He describes SSW as a group of hard-working and enthusiastic people who truly enjoy finding new ways to make our customers’ lives better.
In 1979, Mark completed his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kentucky. In 1981, he graduated with an MBA, also from the University of Kentucky
Luis is a believer that passionate employees and robust processes are key to maximizing the value that we bring to our customers.Luis is a 20-year business leader with extensive experience in strategy deployment, operations, and lean transformation. Luis has had a successful track record of leading businesses both in industrials as well as in aerospace and defense, across North America, Europe, and Asia. Prior to SSW, Luis spent formative time with Precision Castparts and Consolidated Aerospace Manufacturing/Stanley Black and Decker, progressing through P&L and executive roles of increasing responsibility. Luis joined SSW in 2020 as the Chief Operating Officer.
Having had the privilege of running businesses across different industries and geographies, Luis appreciates the transformative power of highly motivated and aligned teams. Whether it is a local team at a manufacturing site or a distributed team across a function, Luis empowers all teams across SSW to take initiative in order to foster innovation and accelerate business growth.
In 1996, Luis completed his Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He started off his career in the telecommunications industry and then found his passion in manufacturing.
Fiercely competitive, Steve loves a challenge and the opportunity to positively impact an organization’s overall strategy and growth trajectory.
Steve is a seasoned 32-year finance professional with valuable experience in public accounting and privately held manufacturing companies. Prior to the formal start of his career, he interned in Corporate Accounting at Chrysler Corporation during the integration of American Motors Corporation and at Deloitte Haskins and Sells in their tax, audit and middle market groups. He started his career in 1990 with Deloitte and Touche as a consultant / auditor in their middle market practice. He then moved to Straits Steel and Wire Company in 1995 as Controller progressing through roles of increasing responsibility to Corporate Controller SSW Holding Company, Inc (previous name of SSW Advanced Technologies, LLC) in 1999 and then Vice President – Chief Financial Officer in 2005. During 2021, responsibility for SSW Advanced Technologies, LLC Human Resource and Information Technologies functional groups were transitioned into his role of Vice President – Chief Financial Officer.
Steve believes that our associates are the most valuable asset in our organization. “Without coaching and development, we are missing the opportunity to foster individual growth that can significantly enhance the value of our people, teams and organization.” He believes that SSW’s commitment to our people provides us with a competitive advantage in the global marketplace.
In 1990, Steve completed his Bachelor of Arts with honor, majoring in Accounting from Michigan State University and well as passing the Certified Public Accounting exam in his first attempt. In 1992, after successfully completing experience and reference requirements, he received his license to practice Certified Public Accountancy from the State of Michigan.
Bryan is a 23-year veteran of the home appliance industry and has a diverse background in sales, marketing, engineering, and product management. Bryan began his career with General Electric, holding various roles in product development where he led cross-functional teams from idea generation to commercial launch of several new products and features. In 2012, he transitioned to the commercial function as a product manager for refrigeration and cooking products, where he was responsible for developing the overall product strategy, growing market share, and optimizing lifecycle profitability of the portfolio.
Bryan joined SSW in 2017 and currently serves as Chief Commercial Officer where he leads sales, marketing, and product development with a focus on growing market share and expanding the product portfolio. Bryan reflects on the most fulfilling aspect of his role – “partnering with our customers to help them succeed and bring new products to the marketplace is extremely rewarding”.
Bryan holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Louisville and a Master of Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University.
“You can’t change the wind direction, but you can adjust your sails to reach your destination”. The challenges in offshore sailing and our daily business are very similar – we need a strong team, a lot of creativity and have to be resilient; then we are going to be successful.
Michael is Chief Technology Officer of SSW Advanced Technologies, a role he assumed in 2020. Prior to this role, he was heading the New Product Development and Innovation department of the SCHOTT Gemtron Corp. using the deep understanding of glass and glass coating properties from his various roles in the Corporate R&D departments at SCHOTT AG based in Germany.
Michael believes that finding innovative solutions for our customer is SSWs key differentiator and enables long-term relationships to our customer. His goal is to develop products that are part of people’s everyday life.
Michael received his PhD in inorganic Chemistry in 2012 from the Johannes-Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany.
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