Altus' Global Mission to Support US Suppliers
By Team Altus | Published May 08, 2019 | 6 MIN READ
Altus has a global mission to benefit the healthcare, education and office facilities we have the opportunity to work with. Since our founding in 2001, we’ve made working with American suppliers an effort that is an integral part of our operations.
Altus’ has many ties with US suppliers specifically in the Midwest. A handful we’ve worked with over 15+ years. Our worksurfaces and plastic and electrical components are some of the materials we locally source. We use a handful of US metal fabricators and companies that offer zinc plating and powder coating services.
The ability to collaborate in person is an important attribute when Altus looks for suppliers. It’s not odd for a supplier to stop by our headquarters in Grand Rapids, MI to bring over a paint chip to make sure it’s perfect. Or for an Altus team member to go to one of our suppliers' facility to watch them run the first piece and provide approval in real time. We can be there in person and that’s powerful. It drastically cuts down on product development and lead time.
When working with local suppliers, we have access to shorter transit time. A component can leave their dock and show up on Altus’ dock 1-2 days later. Overseas it could take 5-6 weeks for a container to be delivered. And it’s more expensive. We avoid passing that additional cost to the consumer.
Altus continues to grow as a business while working with other trustworthy American suppliers. We strive to exceed quality standards, improve efficiencies, and manage resources and costs. Investing in American suppliers mutually supports our customers.