Shape Corp. Adds New Vice President of Global Sales

Shape Corp. Adds New Vice President of Global Sales

Shape Corp. is excited to introduce and welcome Meredith Glass as the organization’s new Vice President of Global Sales. In this role, Glass will report directly to president and CEO Mark White, and will be joining Shape’s executive leadership council. Glass joins Shape from Schaeffler, a global automotive and industrial supplier, where she held an assortment of positions, including numerous key roles within engineering, sales, program management, and finance. Glass’ most recent position was Senior Vice President Global Key Account Management in which she managed Schaeffler’s global business with General Motors, including customer satisfaction, operations, growth, and strategy.   Leading up to that, Glass immersed herself in a variety of […]

President’s Message

President’s Message

On The MoveOur Next Steps To Success We are living in the most transformative time in the history of the automotive and transportation industry. The realization of autonomous driving technology, electric and hybrid powertrains, connected cars and ride sharing are all drastically changing the landscape for our customers and the automotive supplier community. Everyone is having to rethink the fundamentals of their business and how they add value. We recognize this fact at Shape and have been making big moves to prepare for an exciting future. Part of that is improving the overall competitiveness and efficiency of our business. In 2018, our global customers experienced many of these improvements first-hand, […]

Shape Appoints New Chief Operations Officer

Shape Appoints New Chief Operations Officer

Shape Corp. is pleased to introduce and welcome Jonathan Gregory as the company’s new chief operations officer. In this new role, Gregory will report directly to president Mark White. Jonathan Gregory Gregory joins Shape from Faurecia, where he served as the global vice president of operations, quality and HSE. While at Faurecia, he led global operations teams across 80 plants to generate increased profitability for their interior systems business group, while implementing continuous improvement projects across the organization. The majority of these projects were focused on leveraging technological advancements that drove increased quality. “Jon’s background brings a significant amount of value to Shape as we continue to grow and strengthen […]

Shape Welcomes New Executive Leader

Shape Welcomes New Executive Leader

Shape Corp. is excited to introduce and welcome Randy Pappal as the company’s vice president of global purchasing-supply chain and business development. In this new role, Pappal will report directly to president Mark White and will join Shape’s executive leadership council. Pappal comes to Shape from General Motors Corp., where he held a variety of positions, including executive leadership roles within key business and purchasing functions. In his most recent role, Pappal was the executive director of global purchasing and supply chain for GM’s body and exteriors team. Leading up to that, Randy lived and worked within several global locations, including Mexico, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Brazil and Argentina. In […]

The Case for Carbon Fiber

The Case for Carbon Fiber

Applications for carbon fiber in a vehicle’s body structure continue to gain positive momentum, with BMW’s i3 being a prime example. Advancements are being made throughout the industry and the case for carbon fiber is becoming more viable. Learn more by reading a recent article from Automotive Manufacturing Solutions. Read more…

Shape And Ridgeview Industries Strengthen Partnership

Shape And Ridgeview Industries Strengthen Partnership

Shape Corp. announced Thursday that the company signed a letter of intent with West Michigan metal stampings and assembly manufacturer, Ridgeview Industries, to sell certain assets related to Shape’s stampings operations located in Spring Lake, Mich. Shape and Ridgeview are continuing a strategic partnership of more than 20 years with the deal, which includes a long-term supplier agreement. “Ridgeview has been a trusted supplier of advanced stamped products and assemblies,” said Shape president Mark White. “With Shape being one of their largest customers over the years, we see this sale as a natural transition that will benefit both companies. The advantage comes into play as stampings is a core competency […]

Shape Acquires Magnode

Shape Acquires Magnode

Shape Corp. announced, Monday, that the company has come to terms on a purchase agreement to acquire Ohio-based aluminum extruder, Magnode. The deal comes after a successful business relationship between that two companies that included collaboration on engineering projects, as well as shared research and development around lightweighting best practices. Shape’s global aluminum offerings are immediately elevated by leveraging Magnode’s 70-plus years of aluminum extrusion expertise and their vertically integrated business model. Going forward Magnode will operate as a division of Shape. As a global leader in lightweighting technology for the automotive and mobility markets, Shape has a focus on impact energy management systems and body structures. The Magnode purchase […]

Sharing the SPS Journey

Sharing the SPS Journey

The room was packed with fellow Toyota suppliers at the annual Bluegrass Automotive Manufacturers Association (BAMA), sponsored by Toyota, conference last week. Daric Morell, director of manufacturing, walked up to the stage to speak in front of hundreds of people about Shape’s journey with the Toyota Production System. BAMA reached out to Daric, Jay Blanchard, continuous improvement manager, Craig Arends, 1900 plant manager, because of the unique story behind Shape’s journey. Usually when Toyota comes into manufacturers to help them with their production systems, it’s because the supplier is in crisis mode – meaning that if they don’t change their ways, they could ultimately shut down Toyota. But this wasn’t […]