Medical device maker to add 30 jobs with growth project in Houston County

March, 2023

GRI-APS will utilize a former 40,750-square-foot Russell Corp. building at 101 Industrial Boulevard in Columbia to manufacture operating room procedure kits for both animal and human use, according to the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce.

“These new growth plans by Global Resources International and Advanced Product Solutions in Columbia reflect the confidence their leadership has in the Wiregrass region, coming just months after they announced an expansion there,” said Greg Canfield, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce.

“The job creation stemming from this project will deliver a major economic impact for the small Houston County town, and that’s always good news,” he added.

Mark Fellows, GRI-APS vice president, said the company will begin the hiring process for these 30 jobs in the fourth quarter, with hopes to have the new location operational by the first quarter of 2024.


Founded in 2000, Global Resources International Inc. is a privately held US corporation and a leading provider of comprehensive contract manufacturing services, medical devices, industrial products, and protective solutions. It is based in Flowery Branch, Georgia, in the Atlanta metropolitan area.

GRI-APS announced plans last year to hire 110 workers in Dothan, where it manufactures personal protective equipment and other products, and Columbia, where it makes sterilized medical products.

The company also operates Eastern Technologies Inc. in Ashford, where it produces protective gear for workers in industries including nuclear power, chemicals and defense.

“On behalf of our area, I cannot thank the GRI corporate family enough for their investment in our area,” said Houston County Commission Chairman Brandon Shoupe. “With their presence in Ashford, Columbia, Dothan, and the State of Alabama, they are making a tremendous impact on our region in producing critical health and animal care products throughout the world and we are proud that they call Houston County home.”

Columbia Mayor Cas Haddock said a broad partnership of state and local agencies supported the growth project in the community of 800 residents.

On the state level, these include the Alabama Department of Commerce; AIDT, the state’s primary workforce development agency; and Southeast AlabamaWorks.

Haddock said the Houston County Commission and the county Port Authority, Town of Columbia, City of Dothan and the Dothan Chamber/Grow Dothan development team also backed the project.

“This is a tremendous boost to small-town America, and we really cannot thank GRI-APS and all the partners that have helped lay the foundation for this opportunity,” Haddock said.

Jerry Underwood

Global Resources International, Inc Announces New Sustainable Medical Product Portfolio

January, 2023

This new product line, ECO2, incorporates a proprietary material formulation allowing the product to biodegrade in biologically active landfills.

FLOWERY BRANCH, GEORGIA, UNITED STATES, January 17, 2023 / -- Global Resources International announces the introduction of its new sustainable product portfolio. This product line, part of their ECO2 range, uses an innovative material formulation which allows the product to biodegrade in a biologically active landfill.

GRI is committed to providing sustainable products which reduce their impact on the environment. This launch represents the first phase of the new portfolio, which will be released in stages. Included in the first group are basins and trays, back table and mayo stand covers, ring basin liners, room turn around kits, equipment covers and fluid irrigation pouches for surgical drapes, all designed to meet the required performance attributes with the added benefit of enhanced biodegradation.

The ECO2 range will offer products that prioritize the safety of healthcare professionals, patients, and equipment without the negative impact on the environment.

GRI is committed to strategically advancing their sustainability initiatives, investing time in true product solutions which solve global environmental problems and create a more sustainable future. For decades, they have incorporated sustainable processes into their manufacturing facilities, reducing the environmental impact and corporate carbon footprint. Their nuclear division, ETI, has developed and manufactured eco-friendly protective apparel products under the tradenames of Orex™, PolySolv™ and PureBlue™ for over ten years. The first two sustainable products have removed over 17 million pounds of materials from landfills while the PureBlue™ industrial apparel portfolio incorporates a proprietary formulation which enhances product biodegradation when placed in a biologically active landfill.

Founded in 2000, Global Resources International, Inc. (GRI) is a privately held US corporation and a leading provider of comprehensive contract manufacturing services, medical devices, industrial products, and protective solutions. From their metropolitan Atlanta headquarters in Flowery Branch, GA and global operations, they collaborate with their clients to develop and deliver value engineered solutions which enhance and optimize the client's capability to create a positive impact on their business proposition.

Olivia Cooley


March, 2022

We are excited to introduce and transition to our new brand! Three simple words which embody the essence of our company; “THINK.MAKE.PROTECT.” “THINK” represents our passion for working with the newest and most innovative technology in unique ways, to then “MAKE” those innovations come to life for our customers. Finally, those products will “PROTECT” by providing the highest level of safety to help our customers do their job. The project to evolve our brand proudly reflects our company’s goal to continuously innovate our products and services to best serve our customers.


February, 2022

GRI is pleased to announce the expansion of a new state-of-the art 10,000 sq.ft. warehouse located at its corporate headquarters near Atlanta GA. The new facility positions the organization to better serve our growing North America healthcare customers and strengthens our domestic supply chain, helping to ensure our customers receive their products when they need them.


January, 2022

Global Resources International is excited to announce the establishment of our new nonprofit organization; GRI Charitable Foundation, Inc. The Foundation, designed to promote public health and education in communities around the world, is off to an active start, granting educational scholarships to students in the local communities.


January, 2022

GRI announces the receipt of a new 510 (k) clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for AAMI Level III Surgical Isolation Gowns. The new clearance allows the organization to complete its comprehensive range of personal protective apparel and continue on the mission to protect both the patient and staff by reducing their risk of exposure to potentially infectious materials.


March, 2015

GRI understands the meaning of partnership. GRI also understands the meaning of investing for the long-term prosperity of its partners. On April 1, 2015 GRI & ETI will expand its manufacturing operation in Columbia, AL to add cut-and-sew manufacturing services. This US-based capability will provide design constraint and product incubation solutions, capacity relief and medium to large quantity production run opportunities. By leveraging GRI's engineering expertise and their global reach in textile materials the addition of the cut-and-sew manufacturing services will create a positive impact for their client's business proposition.

- Pattern-making and grading
- Prototyping (including 3D imaging) and sample production
- Perfect blend of fully automated and manual processes
- Breadth of materials – both woven and non-wovens

As our partners needs evolve, GRI evolves to drive success for tomorrow.

GRI ETI formalizes 2015 plans for patented PolyZolv technology to be deployed in expanding Chinese nuclear program

December, 2014

The first PolyZolv processor is scheduled to ship to the P.R. of China in late January 2015. ETI is under contract to provide the first of several PolyZolv processing systems to the Chinese Nuclear Power industry. The Chinese government is currently constructing many new nuclear power generating facilities to help solve the country's energy shortage as well as reduce air pollution. Several years ago, Chinese experts visited the USA to benchmark waste minimization technology applications in the more mature USA nuclear power industry. As a result, the unique and highly successful PVA-based product and related processing technology was chosen as one of the key low level nuclear waste reduction technologies to be deployed in the expanding Chinese nuclear program. The first system is scheduled to begin operation in China during the fall of 2015.

GRI expands manufacturing footprint to 2nd operation in Haiphong, Vietnam

November, 2014

GRI opens 2nd manufacturing operations in Haiphong, Vietnam and production began November 2014. This will bring our total dedicated team in Vietnam to over 1500 professionals, which will continue to grow and operate in over 12,000 square meters of manufacturing space.

US Nuclear Industry supported with GRI ETI Orex protective apparel during annual maintenance season

October, 2014

ETI provides the OREX protective apparel and accessories for the crews conducting work in 80% of the nuclear stations across the US. Upon completion of the work, the used materials are processed at ETI's central processing facility, thereby reducing the amount of low-level waste that would otherwise be generated at each plant by over 97%. Currently the GRI production teams and ETI supply teams are finalizing their supply chain efforts to ensure a stable supply chain of these apparel products to the nuclear stations in preparation of their busy maintenance season.

GRI Enhances Manufacturing Capabilities with Opening of Label Center

July, 2014

With the opening of this label center GRI has vertically integrated in both product and packaging labels. This brings significant value to all of GRI's customer in terms of quality, delivery and cost. The Label Center is equipped with machines that are capable of printing, die cutting, filming, copying etc. The materials it can process include stick labels, calendared paper, gloss paper, ivory board, etc.

It's Official: GRI-USA expands US manufacturing footprint with expansion of Class 100K Cleanroom.

January, 2014

GRI is excited to add 1800 square feet of Class 100K cleanroom to our US manufacturing capabilities. The cleanroom is located at our corporate headquarters in Flowery Branch, GA. GRI can offer both rapid short and long-term turnkey solutions to the global market utilizing the most cost-effective labor rates. GRI can also support our clients' growth at one of our satellite facilities.