Pictured Left to Right: Travis Turner (Eckhart Davenport General Manager), Julie Cotton (Eckhart Davenport Human Resources), Myah Harrington (Eckhart Welding Apprentice), and Chris Cournoyor (Iowa State Senator)
Last week, the team from Eckhart’s Davenport Operations participated in the Quad City’s revitalized High School Registered Apprenticeship Program for Welding Signing Day. Also in attendance at Iowa Community Colleges’ Blong Technology Center were school and government officials, area business leaders, and nine students from local high schools who are entering this apprenticeship program. Eckhart is pleased to announce that Myah Harrington will be joining our Davenport team as a welding apprentice. This program is one way that Iowa and local businesses, like Eckhart, are working together to strategically build the talent pipeline to provide a solution for the much-needed skilled labor positions available in the manufacturing community. Iowa State Senator Chris Cournoyor spent time with the Eckhart team and Myah and encouraged her to break the gender boundaries within the welding industry and to be an advocate of manufacturing careers with her peers at Scott High School.
Eckhart was one of the 50 companies to volunteer last Friday at the first annual Capital Area MiCareerQuest, held at the Lansing Center. MiCareerQuest is an innovative, experiential event that provides hands-on career readiness for 4,000+ middle and high school students. Eckhart’s exhibit displayed robotic demos donated by Neff and Yaskawa Motoman that showed students the different career paths within manufacturing.
Pictured from left to right: Tom Curnow (Neff), Jack Owens (Neff), Scout Sparks (Eckhart), Virg Bernero (CAMC) and Randy Hannan (CAMC).
Today, Indiana Congressman Greg Pence visited Eckhart’s North Vernon, Indiana Operations, Gasper Engineering, Inc. He joined the team to learn about the recent acquisition and to discuss manufacturing engagement across the Midwest. This not only was a great opportunity to show off Gasper’s team, products & services, and display the great work happening at Gasper, but also to introduce him to Eckhart, explain the synergies we are developing across sites and customers, and discuss our vision to accelerate adoption of Industry 4.0. Thank you for the visit, Congressman Pence!
Congratulations to the Reed City High School FIRST Robotics team for winning their second District Chairman’s Award in Muskegon, Michigan.
The Chairman’s Award is the most prestigious award presented by FIRST Robotics and honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the mission of FIRST. The award was created to inspire greater levels of respect and honor for science and technology, and encourage more of today’s youth to become science and technology leaders.
Eckhart is proud to sponsor the team and wishes the team well at the upcoming State Tournament!
The 2019 Capital Area Manufacturing Council (CAMC) Annual Dinner & Awards Ceremony took place on Tuesday, March 5th at MSU’s Kellogg Center. At this year’s event, CAMC invited high school robotics teams from Waverly, Mason and Stockbridge. The students had the opportunity to show off their robots and some of the attendees were able to drive the robots!
Thank you, CAMC, for hosting such an incredible event and contributing to manufacturing in mid-Michigan!
A group from Eckhart enjoyed cheering on the Michigan State Spartans and Ohio State Buckeyes at last Friday’s hockey game. MSU pulled off an exciting victory in overtime!
Ford Motor Company recently hosted the 30th Annual Shooting Stars Invitational sponsoring the Boy Scouts of America. With 2.4 million youth participants and over 1 million volunteers, the Boy Scout’s goal is to train youth in responsible citizenship, character development and self reliance. Eckhart was proud to be part of such an incredible event!
On Friday, October 5th, Eckhart Lansing and the Advanced Technology Center opened doors and minds for the celebration of Manufacturing Day. The students enjoyed hands-on demonstrations with both our core tooling and robotics departments. We are proud to be part of a movement that exposes students to the exciting world of manufacturing! #MFGDay2018
On August 25th, Eckhart sponsored a Family Fun Night for the Warren and Algonac locations’ family, and friends. Everyone was treated to field-side seats at the Utica Unicorns vs. the Birmingham Beavers baseball game. Even with some rain showers the catered dinner and game did not disappoint!
We appreciate all the time each employee puts in and the family sacrifices that are made. Our employees help Eckhart to better serve our customers and we enjoy being able to give back to them with employee appreciation events like this.
Meet Eckhart’s Controls Technician intern, Jeremy! Jeremy is a rising senior at Lansing Community College studying Motor Controls. Throughout his time at Eckhart, Jeremy has focused on pneumatics and electrical controls.
When not at school or working, Jeremy enjoys hunting, fishing and any excuse to be outdoors.
Meet Eckhart’s Engineering intern, Aidan! Aidan is a rising senior at Michigan Tech University studying Mechanical Engineering. For the past few months, Aidan has focused primarily on learning the process of designing and building tools along with developing an understanding of the computer program “NX”. Aidan is eager to apply the skills he acquired at Eckhart in the classroom this fall.
In his free time, Aidan enjoys riding his dirt bike, playing the guitar, snowboarding and spending time with his friends and family
Meet Jorjan! Jorjan is studying entrepreneurship at Central Michigan University. This summer she joined the Eckhart team in Algonac, working alongside the purchasing department on pricing and quoting. She also assisted in the shipping and receiving department.
Jorjan will be studying in Rome next semester. We wish her luck in all her future endeavors
Meet Joe! This summer, Joe has had the opportunity to work on several robotics projects and traveled to perform field service for one of our top customers, Oshkosh Defense.
Joe is a student at Lansing Community College studying Mechatronics. Throughout his time at Eckhart, Joe has developed professionally by learning invaluable technological and troubleshooting skills. In his free time, Joe enjoys spending time with his family and building computers.
Cade is studying Finance at the Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. This summer, he joined the Eckhart team to work alongside the finance department.
Cade has been an excellent addition to the Eckhart team. Throughout his time here, Cade has contributed to multiple projects including consolidating, payables and backlog across all of the Eckhart locations.
Meet Chrissy! Chrissy is a Kettering University student gaining valuable experience this summer as an intern with our Electrical Engineering team.
When not working, Chrissy enjoys being active with 4-H and taking care of her cow, one of the many animals on her farm.
Eckhart is committed to investing in the development of students, providing them the hands-on manufacturing experience and education that will make them the future leaders of our industry.
On May 19th Eckhart sponsored a Family Fun Night in Lansing for employees, family, and friends. Everyone was treated to premium field-side seats at the Lansing Lugnuts baseball game and the catered dinner and post-game fireworks did not disappoint!
We appreciate how hard our employees work and the sacrifices family & friends make to afford each of us the opportunity to serve customers who face unprecedented challenges and ever-changing deadlines. The teamwork and camaraderie nurtured at employee events such as this helps keep our company culture strong!
Eckhart is proud to be a part of Michigan’s manufacturing environment. A few of Eckhart’s female leaders attended The Women in Automotive conference to network with others in the industry & discuss topics related to the unique opportunities and challenges women encounter in automotive.
Sheldon Coney, our lead robotics engineer, and his family recently volunteered at the VEX IQ State Championships. Held in Charlotte, MI, VEX tests the skills of aspiring robotics designers, challenging them to score points by placing rings in a playing field using kit-built robots. Bringing the same expertise and passion for the field of robotics he brings every day to Eckhart, Sheldon is helping inspire and promote the continued growth of the world’s most advanced manufacturing, right here in Michigan.
We would like to thank everyone for making our Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting celebration a resounding success!
In addition to showcasing our advanced manufacturing solutions, we had the pleasure of hosting WJR 760 AM radio host Paul W. Smith with live coverage of our celebration. Our customers and suppliers are the reason for our success and we are extremely grateful for all of your continued support.
Our company is built on improving the life of your line, and we are thankful for the opportunity to serve you.
Special thank you to Stratasys, Tanner Friedman, WJR 760AM Radio, Cappuccino Man, MiPromos, Dapple Advertising, Annette’s Creations, Natalie’s Bakery, Great Lakes Tents, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, Junior Achievement, Morrell Group & more. We couldn’t have done it without your contributions!
Eckhart had a wonderful time celebrating Gary Dryer’s 40 years of service at our annual Christmas party on Saturday. Congratulations Gary!
CAMC (Capital Area Manufacturing Council) 2016 Award banquet – Eckhart was awarded Lansing Community College Partner of the Year.
Pictured L to R: Stephanie Schanher (Eckhart Director of Human Resources), Andy Storm (Eckhart President & CEO), and Chad Borodychuk (LCC Director of Corporate Training & Continuing Education).
Special thanks to the Detroit Economic Club for hosting another great event in the Motor City! It was great to see 1,100+ business professionals celebrate the 116th season of Tiger baseball in Detroit and also participate in the DEC’s Educational Outreach Program!
The Eckhart team enjoyed celebrating MFG Day 2017 by hosting high school students in our facility on Friday, October 6th. The students enjoyed hands-on demonstrations with both our core tooling and robotics departments. By sharing the Eckhart experience for a day with our future workforce, we hope to have provided a clear vision of the vast opportunities that manufacturing offers. #MFGDAY2017
Capital Area Manufacturing Council (CAMC) 2017 Awards banquet – Andy serves on the board of CAMC and this photo includes the board of directors of CAMC.
Pictured L to R: Jorge Ramos (Chief Administrative Officer of Orchid Orthopedic), Andy Storm (President & CEO of Eckhart), Kelly Preston (President and Co-Founder of Capital Steel & Wire), Mike Zamiara (CFO of Niowave), Mitchell Tomlinson (President & CEO of Peckham) and Dino Muzzin (Vice President & General Manager of Emergent BioSolutions).
Thanks to the CAMC for hosting the 2017 Annual Recognition Dinner at the R. E. Olds Transportation Museum in downtown Lansing on Monday, December 6th. Congratulations to Kelly Preston Co-Founder & President Capital Steel & Wire, Mike Zamiara CFO Niowave, Jorge Ramos Chief Administrative Officer Orchid Orthopedic, Dino Muzzin VP & General Manager of Emergent BioSolutions, and Mitch Tomlinson President & CEO of Peckham for all their contributions to manufacturing leadership in mid-Michigan!
We checked out the new Little Caesars Arena last night! Our Procurement Manager, Brian Pesta, enjoyed cheering on the Wings while experiencing the new and improved Detroit. Eckhart is proud to be expanding to the Metro-Detroit area with our grand opening in January 2018!
Thanks Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Airlines, for making time to speak to students from Detroit’s Eastpointe High School at the Detroit Economic Club on Wednesday, November 16th. We agree with you and Paul W. Smith…DTW is the best airport in North America! Exciting to hear Delta is currently hiring 25,000 people to assist the 180,000,000+ customers you serve each year. We wish you continued success in your efforts to keep climbing!
A group from Eckhart enjoyed cheering on the MSU Spartans hockey team as they continue their undefeated streak at home!
In a fireside chat Tuesday at the Detroit Economic Club, Bill Ford, Executive Chairman of Ford Motor Company, discussed how rapidly accelerating advances in technology are disrupting industries and how his company is addressing the seismic change.
Eckhart was proud to sponsor students from Oak Park High School and provide them with an opportunity to meet Mr. Ford and network with members of the Detroit business community.