About Us

In 1906 under the name of Eagle Stamping Company, this firm was established. Upon absorbing the Buffalo Metal Products Co. in 1919 our present name was adopted. Our history is one of steady progress. From a modest start with limited facilities we have taken the necessary steps to grow and remain competitive.

Engaged in neither the manufacture nor marketing of any product of our own, we extend to you the complete facilities of our organization with decades of knowledge and experience.

Since our beginnings, we have been known as a company that always strives to provide our customers with quality made products utilizing our decades of knowledge and experience. We pride ourselves in our dedicated teamwork and productive problem solving skills to provide complete customer satisfaction. At Great Lakes Pressed Steel, there is no project too small or too large for us to handle. With our long lasting connections, there is not a single problem we cannot help you solve.

Great Lakes Pressed Steel Corporation is a family company that is now reaching its fifth generation. We are ready to help with knowledge and passion that has been passed down through the generations. We will be glad to submit quotes to you for your long or short run stampings and tooling. We commonly stock steel, stainless steel, aluminum, copper, brass, or other recognized special metals to meet your requirements.

Company History

Great Lakes Pressed Steel Corporation’s history is one that has stood the test of time against a number of different external obstacles over the past one hundred years. With each obstacle, the company has managed to evolve with the changing times into the company that exists today that is capable of manufacturing various products to meet your needs. The company prides itself in the family values that they have instilled into the organization, which were established by founder Gottfried Adolphson in 1919, which includes establishing and maintaining honest relationship with our customers that promises to deliver the best quality products at reasonable prices.

Gottfried Adolphson

Through the past five generations, each family member has taken the necessary steps to maintain the company values, which includes taking pride in our work, working closely with our customers, and providing the best possible product. The founder, Gottfried Adolphson, originally started this company in 1909 under the name of Eagle Stamping and Tooling with four other partners. By 1919, he was able to secure the entire company and changed the name to its existing name today. He was a critical influence in orchestrating the foundation for the company that gave the following generations the ability to branch off to different types of products that allowed the company to grow.

Robert M. Nichols

Gottfried Adolphson’s son-in-law, Robert M. Nichols, took over responsibility of presiding the company in 1960. Known for his work ethic and conscientiousness, he established a strong base for detail-oriented processes that allow us to customize products for each client.

Robert Junior

Robert’s son, Robert Junior, became CEO in 1971, focused mainly on maintaining a strong relationships with customers. It is because of him that we have many of the customers that we have today.


Tim Nichols, Robert Junior’s son, has presided over the company since 1998, promising the same values as his great, great grandfather promised in 1919. After 93 years Great Lakes Pressed Steel has proven time and time again that they value the relationship with customers and will do whatever it takes to meet their needs and sustain a solid relationship. Currently Tim works with his two sons, Jason and Andrew, who have earned their degrees from Rochester Institute of Technology, and hope to one day follow their fathers’ steps and continue the tradition of keeping the family business running on the same values Gottfried created.