Shape Corp. a global tier-one automotive supplier is strengthening its leadership team by bringing on Ed Pleet as Shape’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO). With more than 24 years of dynamic engineering and leadership experience within the industry, this new addition to the Shape Family will bring a wealth of experience and innovation to Shape. “I am thrilled to bring Ed’s tremendous experience to our organization as I believe his expertise will provide us with the knowledge and skills necessary to advance our technology vision,” said Mark White president and CEO of Shape Corp. “This includes his proven ability to lead team members in development that not only advances technology but […]
On Thursday, July 15, Shape Corp. held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Aluminum Center of Excellence in Trenton, Ohio. The 322,000-sq.-ft facility will allow the company to expand its manufacturing and research capabilities of tight tolerance aluminum extrusions and assemblies while creating more than 170 new jobs in the area. “Building the Aluminum Center of Excellence is allowing us to take the critical next step in Shape’s growth journey,” said Mark White, president and CEO of Shape Corp. “Not only will this facility attract top talent to the market, but it’s ensuring we stay true to our innovation principles and remain on the leading edge of aluminum technology for […]
Happy International Women’s Day! On this day, we want to celebrate our progress towards gender equality and reflect on what this means in the workplace. One of the many champions of gender equality within Shape is Danielle Smith, vice president of global human resources. She has been part of the Shape family for seven years, but one of her more recent initiatives—and passions—includes Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). Women’s rights have always been a point of interest for her, and she is excited to walk with Shape on the road to gender equality! We sat down with Danielle to discuss this important topic and why she believes it is important. […]
On Wednesday, September 2, 2020, president and CEO Mark White presented in front of the Joint Select Committee in Lansing to provide testimony on the issues and concerns surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic. White used this time to highlight the top priorities of Shape Corp. during this unprecedented time including support for its people, their families and customers. Click the video above to view the entire presentation.
Grand Haven, MI – Shape Corp. was named a GM Innovation Award winner during a virtual ceremony to celebrate the recipients of General Motors’ 28th annual Supplier of the Year awards on Wednesday, June 24. GM’s Innovation Award recognizes the top suppliers among thousands of global contenders that introduced innovations that deliver cutting-edge technologies that substantially enhance vehicle capabilities and/or customer experience. Shape Corp. was named one of four 2019 Innovation Award winners for the innovative carbon fiber pultruded rear bumper beam featured on the 2020 Corvette Stingray. “The GM Innovation Award represents the years of hardwork and determination put forth by our collective teams to push the envelope with carbon […]
Shape Corp., a tier one automotive supplier was awarded a 2020 Automotive News PACE (Premier Automotive Supplier’s Contribution to Excellence) Innovation Partnership Award in conjunction with General Motors for their collaboration in engineering and manufacturing the automotive industry’s first curved, multi-hollow pultruded carbon fiber bumper beam for the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. The Innovation Partnership Award was presented virtually to Shape Corp. and General Motors during the 26th annual PACE awards ceremony held on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, recognizing the collaborative effort between General Motors and Shape when defining innovative and cost effective ways to continuously produce the carbon fiber beam for its vehicle application. “Developing innovations through partnerships is […]
Shape Corp. is the winner of the 20th international Swedish Steel Prize The prize is awarded for the groundbreaking use of martensitic steel in a 3D formed tube for automotive roof rail applications. “With great skill, Shape Corp. has shown the way forward and has succeeded in efficiently utilizing a modern material with the highest possible strength level. This shows a major opportunity in challenging other lightweight materials with a steel solution that allows for circular material flows,” says Eva Petursson, chair of the Swedish Steel Prize jury and head of SSAB’s research and innovation. Shape’s cost effective and robust manufacturing process for 3D shaped tubes made it possible to utilize the cold forming […]
On Wednesday, November 6, 2019, Shape, along with representatives from General Motors, accepted an award for the auto industry’s first curved pultruded composite bumper beam for the rear of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette at the 49th annual SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Gala, at the Burton Manor in Livonia, Michigan. Years of effort from multiple teams culminated with a win in the category of Process/Assembly/Enabling Technologies for the rear bumper. This innovation was produced through a unique radius-pultrusion process to match the rear styling and vehicle package space while saving on mass, adding to the Corvette’s lightweight profile.
Matt Luna has had a passion for racing motorcycles since he was about five years old. Mini bikes, motorcycles—you name it. “My dad wouldn’t let me race until I was out of the house and as soon as I was out, I started racing,” Matt said. “I went pro in my 30s. I would travel around all around the East coast series doing all of these hill climbs. At age 47, I was 5th in the nation.” Matt, who’s always been very mechanically-included, has been building professional hill climb bikes for people for years. But he has another special talent: He remakes motorcycles for paraplegic racers. “I do what makes […]
Shape Corp. engineered and manufactured the automotive industry’s first curved, multi-hollow pultruded carbon fiber bumper beam for the newly unveiled 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. The bumper’s superior properties produce a very light weight component, which contributes to protecting the rear and expanded trunk. “As we strengthen our technology profile, the addition of carbon fiber pultrusion allows us to showcase our ability to drive innovation,” said Shape Corp. President and CEO Mark White. “The success of this project speaks volumes on the technical talent we have on our team and as a global industry leader, we will continuously expand our manufacturing capabilities on all facets of our operations. The ability […]