Nearly 40 years ago John Wyatt, Sr., saw the need for a company that could package nearly anything, even when products were large and quantities were small. Many services, especially those in the automotive industry, lacked parts packaging specifically. Adding packaging services to assist those OE customers became the cornerstone of Venchurs— and the basis of its evolution.
When John founded the company in 1973, he found a hungry market for customized packaging services: manufacturers of cars, trucks, agricultural equipment, and other mobility vehicles. He went on to start several other related companies, and Venchurs Packaging became Venchurs, Inc.— a broad-based supply chain management and logistical services provider.
In 1997, John asked his son Jeff to join the company and help him with a strategic plan that would expand the business base in Adrian. Jeff vowed to make it work. Together, father and son adjusted company procedures to develop alongside the evolving technology of the automotive industry. Jeff founded Nuestro, LLC in 1998, about the time Venchurs became certified as a Minority Business Enterprise. In 1999 the company achieved ISO 9002 certification.
Jeff was appointed President of Venchurs, Inc. in 2000. At this point he and his father set forth to reinvent themselves from a packaging company into a business focused on supply chain management. It was the right move at the right time. Venchurs was now positioned to expand to the needs of its customers.
When John passed away in 2005, Jeff assumed complete control of the company. He merged Nuestro and Venchurs in 2006 and came to oversee an enterprise with more than 150 full-time employees and 50-75 temporary contractors. Venchurs now had a three-office-building headquarters and six operating facilities that spanned more than a half million square feet— buildings which sit today on more than 58 acres in Southeast Michigan.
2008 brought the recession and Chrysler’s bankruptcy, and Venchurs had to fight to survive— but Jeff vowed not to lay off a single employee. Venchurs made a similar commitment to Chrysler, promising to partner with them for better or worse. Through team sacrifice and belief in their vision, both Chrysler and Venchurs survived.
In 2011, Venchurs Vehicle Systems (VVS) was formed. VVS consists of programs such as VWERKS, a specialty vehicle builder and off-road parts manufacturer, and VVS Conversions, a QVM (Qualified Vehicle Modifier) of CNG conversions for Ford Motor Company.
Today, Venchurs services a client roster that reads like a Who’s Who of the transportation industry. Customers include automakers and leading U.S.-based manufacturers of agricultural and construction equipment, along with the aftermarkets serving these industries. Clients include FCA, Ford, General Motors, Akebono, CNH Industrial, and Kicker.
In the words of Jeff Wyatt, “We are grateful to our employees and customers for their faith and support in our vision. We look forward to continued growth and improvement of our support services to our valued customers and to expanding into new markets.”