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Dunnage Engineering

One of the most critical, yet often overlooked aspects of industry is material handling and shipping of components used in the manufacturing process. The use of custom returnable dunnage containers that protect parts during shipment is fundamental, whether parts are being moved across the building, across the country or overseas.

Company History

Dunnage Engineering has been providing the automotive industry with innovative returnable dunnage products since 1961. Our original product was Vinyl Coated Steel, invented in response to the automotive industry’s need for an oil and abrasive resistant shipping rack dunnage material that would hold its shape throughout years of service. This product, and variations of it, continues to be one of the most durable and economical dunnage material solutions for use in returnable containers. Vinyl Coated Steel remains an industry standard and is widely used throughout North America, Europe, and Mexico.

Early on, the company developed methods for forming strips of steel and vinyl coated steel into continuous repetitive pocket shapes to form bars of separator dunnage to be installed into shipping racks to hold stamped vehicle panels or other large parts for safe storage and transport. These products are still one of Dunnage Engineering’s most widely utilized product lines
due to their advantages over other dunnage solutions.

Injection Molding

In 1990, we introduced the automotive industry to shipping rack dunnage solutions made from injection molded plastic or thermoplastic rubber. Many dunnage projects are best suited for injection molding, especially complex designs and ones that require a higher volume of parts. In addition to shipping rack dunnage, we provide custom injection molded trays and totes that are specifically engineered for handling smaller, more delicate components. All of our injection molded products are made from recyclable thermoplastic resins so the material can be recycled and reused when they are no longer in service instead of becoming waste.

Driven by Design

Dunnage Engineering is first and foremost a provider of dunnage solutions. Our design and engineering staff is committed to developing innovative solutions for our customers’ needs. Utilizing the latest CAD solid modeling systems, software and prototyping techniques, we are able to accurately engineer dunnage solutions that meet each objective.

Corporate Guiding Principles

  • Quality comes first
  • Customers are the focus of everything we do
  • Employee involvement is our way of life
  • Our suppliers are our partners
  • Integrity is never compromised


We are located in Brighton, Michigan, a northwest suburb of Detroit, positioned between two world-class universities: Michigan State University in East Lansing and University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Our proximity to these institutions as well as the hub of the automotive industry in Southeastern Michigan allows us to utilize many of the resources available to the industrial supply base.


Our Quality Operating System (QOS) is certified to the ISO9001:2015 standard. Customer satisfaction and continuous improvement are the focus of our quality system.

Click here to view and download a copy of our ISO9001 Quality Certificate

Environmental Control & Sustainability

An Environmental Management System is in place in order to protect the environment, reduce waste, and ensure that all environmental laws and regulations are being followed.

Company decisions are made with sustainability initiatives in mind and we continuously strive to reduce our energy consumption, eliminate waste and promote material recycling programs throughout our facilities.

Community Involvement

Giving back to the community has always been an important corporate mission. Dunnage Engineering and its employees have been strong supporters of the Livingston County branch of the United Way for decades, providing financial assistance to many local programs and charities which help people in need. In addition, the company is a multi-year corporate donor to Ele’s Place in Flint, Michigan which provides grief counseling and support for children, teens and their families after the death of a loved one.


If you are looking to join a manufacturing company, excited about helping to make world class products, pay attention to detail and quality and are interested in learning more about any potential job opportunities, please contact us.