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Manufacturing executive

John Woodward Groomes, American manufacturing executive.


Groomes, John Woodward was born on October 5, 1920 in Brownsville, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of John Clayton and Eliza (Fox) Groomes.


Student, Case Institute of Technology, 1944. Bachelor, Alma College, 1949. Postgraduate, University Michigan, 1949.

Postgraduate, Michigan State University, 1950.


Production engineer Kaiser Frazer Corporation, 1950-1951. Test engineer General Motors Proving Ground, 1951-1952. Senior project engineer Fisher Body division General Motors Corporation, 1952-1953, general supervisor quality control, 1953-1954.

Senior project engineer Allison division, 1954-1955. Instructor Mathematics Traverse City (Michigan) Schools, 1956-1957. Administrative assistant to dean engineering, director Jets Program Michigan State University, 1957-1959.

Assistant to executive secretary American Society Tool and Manufacturing Engineers, Dearborn, Michigan, 1959-1961, assistant general manager, 1961-1965, general manager, 1965-1969. Marketing manager machine tool group Ex-Cello Corporation, Detroit, 1969-1972, vice president tool and abrasive operations, 1972-1977. President American Feldmuehle Corporation, Hendersonville, North Carolina, 1977-1978, Universal Engineering division Houdaille Industries Inc., Frankenmuth, Michigan, 1979-1986, Comau Productivity Systems Inc., Troy, since 1987.


Married Donna D. Swanson, August 23, 1969. Children by previous marriage: John Woodward, Charles C., Anita S., Jeffrey W., Michele M.

John Clayton Groomes

Eliza (Fox) Groomes

Donna D. Swanson