President, Dowding Industries/Astraeus Wind Energy, Eaton Rapids
Jeff Metts is President of Dowding Industries, a manufacturer in Eaton Rapids, Michigan that specializes in heavy equipment, rail, automotive and wind energy components. Serving in his current capacity since 2007, Jeff is a 15 year veteran of Dowding, and is pioneering Michigan’s renewable energy frontier.
Jeff’s passion and drive has moved Dowding Industries toward renewable energy. In 2007, he oversaw the design and development of Dowding’s newest facility for wind power components, Astraeus Wind Energy, which is located next to their Eaton County headquarters. Both companies are members of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and the Association of the United States Army (AUSA).
Metts was appointed to the MEDC Executive Committee in 2009.
Jeff began his career with Dowding Industries in 1997 as a Sales Representative. His responsibilities quickly expanded to include growing Dowding Industries’ customer base, resulting in tripling sales for the company. He has also served as the Plant Operations Manager and Vice President of Operations, before stepping into his current role as President and Principal Partner. The company has a multitude of capabilities including stampings, large sheet metal fabrications and large scale precision machining.
Dowding was named an Employer of the Year in 2008 by Capital Area Michigan Works and was awarded the Small-Tier Michigan Manufacturer of the Year in 2010 by the Michigan Manufacturers Association. Most recently the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce honored Dowding at it’s 2011 Celebration of Regional Growth Awards Luncheon.
Jeff is considered a leading advocate and strong ally within the renewable energy community. He has appeared at several conferences across the nation speaking as a knowledgeable proponent of renewable energy, as well as in promotional videos. He has also testified in front of numerous congressional committees on the issue. In recognition of his dedication and role as an active leader, he was awarded the Business Leadership Award by the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association. He was also appointed as a member of former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm’s Green Energy Task Force.
Education and Personal
Metts is married and has three children and eight grandchildren. He has a passion for flying and is an accomplished pilot.