About GRS

GRS is a company inspired by the love of engraving and established by two innovative men, Don Glaser and John Rohner, and later expanded by Don’s son, D.J. Glaser. That inspiration has since been carried on through creation, innovation, and preservation of the arts of hand engraving and stonesetting.

Through a working relationship with the industry, GRS has been able to meet and exceed the needs of customers since 1977. GRS has become a global brand recognized for its quality, customer service, and inventive solutions.

Products such as the GraverMach AT, GraverMax G8, BenchMate, and many others can be found on benches all over the world. After 40 years in business, the original passion can still be felt through the newest generation of GRS employees.

John Rohner and the late Don Glaser stop for a photo in the GRS Training Center in Emporia, Kansas.
A student in the GRS Training Center hand engraves a plate.

About GRS Training Center

Less than 50 years ago, the field of traditional engraving seemed to be coming to an end. Like many specialized trades, engravers and stone setters were secretive about techniques. In the mid 1990s, GRS opened the GRS Training Center (GRSTC) with the determination of breaking down those barriers.

One of the primary focuses from the beginning was to make hand engraving and stone setting accessible and fun for people with no prior experience. GRSTC’s expert instructors have helped countless people get started, while also offering experienced craftsmen classes to elevate their abilities.

Pairing incredible instruction with a state-of-the-art facility has enabled the GRS Training Center to change lives year after year.

Note from Kim Pember, Vice President

We build tools that we are proud of, for people that we truly care about. When you purchase a GRS tool, you are purchasing the care, customer service, and quality we are known for and customers have grown to expect.

At GRS we believe your products should last you many years and help to make your life, your work, or your hobby easier and more enjoyable. We are lucky to be able to work with the best craftsmen and artisans in the world every day.

If you have bought a GRS tool in the past, we thank you for your business. If you are buying your first one, we welcome you to the family.” – KP

Hand engraving interns work in the research and development area of parent company Glendo's manufacturing plant.