Last weekend, Julia Waite and Beth Treppa volunteered at the Winning Futures Annual Corks and Forks event to raise funds for the Workforce Prep program. Winning Futures is an award-winning nonprofit that empowers students through life skills and mentoring programs. Julia Waite, Human Resources Generalist at Eckhart, serves on the Winning Futures Human Resources Advisory Board.
The Eckhart Lansing team gathered for the first Quarterly Meeting of 2020. The team enjoyed lunch while General Manager, Mal Hulbanni, addressed the state of the business, inter-company improvements and the exciting opportunities ahead. We also took this time to recognize our employees’ efforts and contributions throughout the year. Congratulations to Derek Keim, Murl Evans, Gage Morris and Doug Pepper for winning Eckhart’s ‘Difference Maker’ recognition drawing. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed!
Last week, Eckhart’s Reed City team celebrated Ray Nixon’s 30th work anniversary. Ray’s commitment to Eckhart as the Business Development Manager has been a fundamental asset to our company and customer base. We appreciate all that you do, Ray! Congratulations!
Last weekend, Eckhart’s Lansing team gathered on the Michigan Princess Riverboat to celebrate the Christmas season. The cold and snowy evening was full of music, delicious food and even better company! We are thankful for our team and their families for their hard work and dedication throughout 2019 and we’re looking forward to a prosperous year ahead!
Eckhart’s Advanced Technology Center safety committee members are starting off 2020 on the right track by focusing on continuous improvement initiatives. Congrats to the team in Warren on achieving 600+ days without a lost time injury!
Lee Stresemann, lead robotic tech at our site in Minneapolis, has provided exceptional customer service to great American manufacturing companies like Donaldson, Honeywell Aerospace, and Federal-Mogul Powertrain for over 25 years! Eckhart recently recognized Lee for his quarter century commitment to expand & grow robotics and automation in Minnesota and beyond. Thanks, Lee, for 25 great years of service! Many more to come!!
We are the “Land of the Free” because of the bravery of our men and women who fought the battle for our liberty. With sincere gratitude and pride, we celebrate this day dedicated to our heroes, our Veterans. Today, Eckhart honored and celebrated our Veterans by taking them to lunch. Thank you, Veterans!
Eckhart hosted spooktacular Halloween celebrations with several employees participating in our annual costume contest. Happy Halloween from the Eckhart Team!
Eckhart was proud to sponsor students from the University of Windsor who attended the Detroit Economic Club meeting with keynote speaker Michael Corbat, CEO of Citigroup.
Gary Richardson has retired after 43 years of dedicated employment at Eckhart Lansing. Gary held multiple positions throughout his tenure including the team lead of the shipping & receiving department. Gary plans to spend his retirement vacationing, fishing, hunting and working in his wood shop.
We are grateful for Gary’s dedication to help make Eckhart a success. Congratulations, Gary!
On Friday, October 4th, Eckhart Lansing and the Advanced Technology Center hosted students for Manufacturing Day 2019. We appreciate the Capital Area Manufacturing Council and Macomb County for organizing incredible events in Lansing and Warren to help our youth explore the exciting fields that await them in Michigan’s innovative and cutting-edge world of manufacturing. Our future grows when manufacturing grows.
Sharon Moritz has retired after 6 years of working in the accounting department at Eckhart Reed City. Sharon previously worked as a Principal and Teacher for the Reed City School District. Sharon is looking forward to reading, scrapbooking, vacationing and spending time with her grandchildren.
Eckhart wishes Sharon all the best for a wonderful retirement!
Meet Jacob! He is a senior at Ferris State University, double majoring in Electrical Engineering Technology and Computer Networks and Systems. This summer Jacob worked alongside Eckhart’s controls department on panel screens and programming.
Jacob was an excellent addition to the Eckhart team and we wish him the best as he completes his two degrees.
Meet Eckhart’s Intern, Travis! He is in his second year at Ferris State University, studying to earn his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology. While interning at Eckhart, Travis learned the value of time management skills, project focus, and attention to detail. When Travis is not studying he enjoys running, weightlifting, and spending time with his friends!
Meet Drew! He is an engineering student at Iowa University. This summer, Drew gained hands-on experience while working on projects for customers such as John Deere. As Drew continues his education, he will also be busy spending time with his wife or playing golf!
Meet Eckhart’s intern, Josh!
Josh is completing his associates degree in Automation and Robotics Engineering. While interning at Eckhart, Josh spent his time focusing on inventory management, product manuals and performed field service work at customer sites. In his free time, Josh enjoys spending time with his friends and has a passion for the great outdoors.
Check out this week’s ‘Difference Maker,’ Jake!
Going the extra mile for our customers sets Eckhart apart from our competition. Jake, thank you for your dedication to leading by example.
Check out this week’s ‘Difference Maker’, Jesse!
RELIABILITY is one of the keys to providing excellent customer service. Jesse, thank you for prioritizing on-time print releases, which allows Eckhart to deliver quality products within our customers’ deadlines.
Eckhart wants to recognize and thank the people behind the scenes who tirelessly work to create a service-centered culture. Check out this week’s ‘Difference Maker’, Jacob!
Saturday, the Eckhart Davenport team enjoyed a family night out cheering on the Quad City River Bandits as they defeated the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. A catered ballpark dinner was served in a private enclosed deck with expansive views of the field and the mighty Mississippi River as nature’s backdrop.
Eckhart appreciates the dedication and hard work of our employees and recognizes the sacrifice it takes to provide our customer base with excellent products on a deadline. Taking the time to step away from the day-to-day and enjoy this time with our families as a team reinforces the culture of our organization while appreciating our employees for their outstanding performance!
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!
On December 6th, 2018 the Warren Team hosted the Holy Redeemer FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Team. This was a chance for the students to enjoy hands-on demonstrations with our Autonomous Guided Vehicles. Holy Redeemer Robotics Team (Techno Lions) also did a presentation for the Warren team. Thank you Holy Redeemer for showing the Warren team your robot and teamwork!