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Who We Are

GMI is a privately held, family and employee ran laboratory equipment company. Selling scientific equipment, parts and service is our business.


GMI strives to understand our customers’ needs, create high value solutions and deliver unrivaled service and support. GMI is an ISO 9001 and GSA Certified Company that encourages our employees to grow as individuals, develop long term relationships with our customers, and to be proud of our company and its commitment to excellence.

Richard Powell
 - Founder and CEO

GMI History


Richard Powell, the CEO started the company in 1996 in a small warehouse in Minneapolis. Thomas Fagrelius joined the company in 1999 with his science background and computing skills develops the GMI website into the industry’s most informative and that trend continues today. GMI, Inc. quickly outgrows their space and moves into a larger office, shop, warehouse in 2002


Between 2005 and 2013, GMI triples in size and becomes an industry leader for laboratory sales, service and parts. Rajesh Ragunath joins the company in 2005 and develops the “GMI” quality service and repair process. and takes on the roll as Vice President of Innovation and Development along with many other key employees: Gwen Vaughn: Purchasing, Brenda Weiss: Logistics, John Olson: National Sales Manager, Diwakar Virnave: Engineer & Service Management, Chad Sinkler: Engineer & Parts Management.


GMI moved to the Ramsey, MN office warehouse location in 2006. GMI quickly outgrew that space and added an additional 10,000 square foot warehouse in 2008. Our customers are always welcome to visit and shop on site in our 25,000 facility.

Mike & Vanessa Smith

Owners & Operators


Mike and Vanessa Smith, with their distribution, operations, and finance background, buy GMI and take over the day- to-day operations in 2014, without changing the successful GMI customer centric business model or mission statement.


Many exciting changes have happened in the past two years! Including NetSuite operating system, a new website, bin & bar-coding scanning in the warehouse, a broader inventory level & parts department, and exclusive distribution rights for the Hitachi Accu-flex LSC-8000 scintillation and Knauer Chromatography Instruments!