Made in Michigan: Couturier Iron Craft | News
COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) - This small family business helps companies and organizations make a big statement.
Since 1972, Couturier Iron Craft has fashioned and installed large stairways and railings inside public buildings across the country. The company specializes in curving, complicated staircases that must fit in limited space, yet still be strong, safe and stylish.
Tom Couturier founded the company with his father.
"These are craftsmen, yes," Couturier told a reporter touring the plant recently.
Twenty people work at the company, which is down from years ago.
"We've had to become more innovative with our product, and we had to travel farther" Couturier said.
During a recent visit, workers were putting the finishing touches on a two-story staircase that will go on the 32nd floor of an Atlanta high-rise building. It comprises 33 pieces -- six weeks of work -- worth $250,000.
Couturier has crafted signature staircases and railings for many west Michigan buildings, including the J.W. Marriott, the Riverfront Plaza Building, and the Grand Rapids Children's Museum. Work is underway now on a pair of major staircases for the remodeled Cobo Arena in Detroit.