Equipment supplier launches leasing company

TRAVERSE CITY – Jim Kirby, owner of GT Packaging & Janitorial Supply, has established a new leasing company that provides in-house financing for clients.

Kirby is partnering with Bay City-based Wirt Financial and Leasing Services, which has a northern Michigan office in Traverse City.

"This leasing company allows us to increase our services to our clients," Kirby said. "It also allows GT Packaging & Janitorial Supply and our partner, Wirt Financial and Leasing Services, the opportunity to foster growth in northern Michigan's challenged economy."

GT Group Leasing can lease a wide range of equipment needs, from industrial cleaning machinery to forklifts.

Leases will be offered at 24- to 60-month terms.

"We want to keep it local. We can be a little more flexible because we know our clients," explains Kirby. "We'll work hard to structure a lease to help companies grow, as well as help our business grow."

The lease program is available to industrial and commercial businesses-and open to new business. You don't have to be a GT Packaging customer to benefit from the lease program.

With 11 years in the business, GT Packaging also services the Upper Peninsula and has an office in Chicago. According to Kirby, his salespeople at GT Packaging have the contacts and knowledge of the area and Wirt holds the leasing expertise, so the plan is to bring a strong financial package to the customer.

GT Group Leasing Co. has direct access to Wirt Financial through Bruce Falberg, manager of the Traverse City branch.

Additionally, the leasing company plans to establish relationships with local banks. Currently, they're working with Traverse City State Bank.

When asked what he sees for the future, Kirby answers, "We'll probably do this forever."

GT Group Leasing is located at 3820 Cass Road in downtown Traverse City, the same office that holds GT Packaging & Janitorial Supply. Wirt Financial and Leasing Services is a leasing and financing firm that provides equipment and real estate leasing and lease-to-own solutions.

For more information on GT Group Leasing contact Jim Kirby at 929-4923 or visit GT Packaging online at

Bruce Falberg of Wirt Financial and Leasing Services can be reached at 231-392-1690 or via email at BN