Rapid Manufacturing Experts Merge to Create UPTIVE, Includes Michigan Facility

Phoenix Proto Technologies in Centreville, south of Kalamazoo, is one of four companies that will merge four different businesses from across the United States into a new entity called UPTIVE.
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Phoenix Proto Technologies in Centreville, which performs many duties including aluminum tooling production, is one of four companies across the U.S. that have merged their businesses into the new entity UPTIVE. // Photo courtesy of Phoenix Proto Technologies

Phoenix Proto Technologies in Centreville, south of Kalamazoo, is one of four companies that will merge four different businesses from across the United States into a new entity called UPTIVE.

The move was driven by customers seeking a manufacturing partner offering a comprehensive suite of additive and traditional rapid manufacturing technologies.

In addition to Phoenix Proto Technologies, RE3DTECH in Illinois, GoProto in San Diego, and Stanfordville Machine & Manufacturing from Poughkeepsie, N.Y., are part of the UPTIVE merger. The new company’s headquarters will be in Libertyville, Ill., but UPTIVE will still have facilities in Centreville, New York, and California.

The move is meant to be “a disruptive force in the rapid response additive and traditional manufacturing industry,” providing production-grade parts across numerous end markets including medical, electronics, consumer, automotive, aerospace and defense, automation, and industrial market segments.

UPTIVE’s capabilities now include additive manufacturing (3-D printing), rapid prototyping, CNC machining, sheet metal fabrication, injection molding and tooling, and post-processing and finishing. The company’s experts will also be available to offer step-by-step advice and accurate, custom-part development that helps bring their customers’ visions to life.

“The creation of UPTIVE reflects our expanded offerings and aligns with the ongoing execution of our growth strategy,” says Tom Kerscher, CEO of UPTIVE. “As the digital manufacturing landscape shifts to a more automated, auto-quote focused and virtual marketplace, our biggest strength remains our ability to offer human-driven quick response expertise, unmatched customer service, and high-quality components throughout every step of the manufacturing process.”

Brands under the UPTIVE umbrella include:

  • Phoenix Proto Technologies — On-demand manufacturing for prototype through production-quantity parts, specializing in design, production-quality aluminum tooling, and injection moldings services.
  • RE3DTECH — Additive manufacturing capabilities, including HP multi-jet fusion, and Markforged composites.
  • GoProto — Turnkey plastic and metal part manufacturing solutions including rapid prototyping, additive manufacturing, cast urethane, CNC machining, rapid sheet metal, rapid injection molding and tooling, production parts, and part finishing.
  • Stanfordville Machine & Manufacturing — CNC machining of aluminum, steel, stainless steel, brass, copper, and plastic parts.