Engineering students – bring fresh insight to one of our dynamic engineering teams and be exposed to the innovative spirit Shape was founded upon. Showcase your creativity and problem-solving skills among one of our many areas, including manufacturing engineering, welding engineering, electrical engineering, quality engineering, product development, process engineering, testing and more.
be INVENTIVE and creative as you design products and analyze CAE data. In this discipline, you’ll have the opportunity to work with Shape designers and directly with customers.
be INVESTIGATIVE as you work within Hyperworks, LS DYNA and more to predict the performance of our products and materials. See your work come to life in our physical testing lab.
be DESTRUCTIVE as you put our products and materials to work in our test lab. From low speed crash to pedestrian impact, you can gain experience in virtual and physical testing.
be COLLABORATIVE when working with team members to optimize our core processes. Gain hands-on manufacturing experience as you conduct DOE, apply your ideas and develop new best practices.
be DYNAMIC as you explore the challenging world of electrical engineering. Engage in problem solving and process improvements as you work across multiple areas within the company.
Bring a fresh perspective to the ever-changing nature of global business by interning with one of our functional teams. Discover the collaboration and unique skill sets that are needed to make a global business excel and grow while building cross-functional relationships and your skills. Find your opportunity within human resources, finance, marketing and communications, IT and more.
be ANALYTICAL as you dive into the numerical world of finance. Shape’s internships within the finance team provide experience in the multiple functions of running a global organization.
be ACTIVE as you jump into corporate wellness. From supporting team members at our on-site fitness facility to aiding in program development, Shape’s wellness internships provide a well-rounded experience.
be INVOLVED in the people side of Shape. With a human resources internship, you can explore the multi-facets of human resources, including organizational development, general team member support, development and more.
be TECHNICAL with the data, systems and technology that keep Shape running. Explore the varying forms of IT support needed across Shape’s global functions.
be ORGANIZED as you navigate the behind-the-scenes work in getting the materials needed to make products or getting products to our customers on time. Internships within one of our purchasing or logistics teams will provide dynamic and valuable experience.
be COMPELLING as you tell Shape’s brand story internally and externally. Internships within communications and marketing at Shape provide insight into the value of strong global communications to a variety of audiences, inside and outside the organization.
*PLEASE NOTE: Availability of functional internships varies depending on the needs of the business. If you do not see a current opening within one of the areas listed above, please contact us and we will follow up when an opportunity arises.
Your interests and passions may drive your college and career paths; however, we know that you can’t have all work with no play. During your co-op or internship experience with Shape, we encourage you to be yourself in sharing your ideas and knowledge and we want you to have fun too. Take a break by utilizing our on-site gym, the Fitness Factory, on your lunch break or head down to Grand Haven’s award-winning beaches to catch a spectacular sunset. Networking opportunities, development opportunities and events keep you connected to the Shape Family culture while you continue to grow in your early career.
be ENERGIZED after you hit Shape’s on-site gym, the Fitness Factory. During your co-op or internship experience with Shape, you can take advantage of the equipment, group exercise classes, programming and events before, during a break or after your work day.
be CONNECTED to Shape team members and local interns through a variety of events and by simply engaging with fellow team members. From summer events with the local chamber to casual gatherings after work, you will quickly realize the meaning behind the Shape Family.
be EMPOWERED to make a difference in the community. Throughout your time with Shape you’ll have the opportunity to participate in community events with your team members and fellow students.
be RELAXED as you take advantage of the beauty and adventure West Michigan offers. From pristine beaches and sunsets in the summer to the fresh sparkling snow in the winter. The variety of seasons create outdoor bliss that allows you to enjoy your time outside of the office.
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Cleaning For Good
The Robinson Township Park is a beautiful place to take the family for an afternoon of fun. Many residents use this area year-round for walks, football games, family gatherings and much more. On September 11, the electrical engineering group headed over to the park for a day of giving back. The park was in need […]
Hitting a Milestone
If there’s trash in your yard, you probably pick it up and dispose of it. However, picking up trash on the side of the highway is a little different and much more dangerous. You need reflective safety vests, reaching tools, appropriate highway pick up bags and gloves-because you don’t know what you might find. Last […]
Celebrating Two Years Injury Free
When Ryan DeBoer, Comstock plant manager, started at Shape just three years ago, the Comstock facility had the worst safety incident rate in the company. Since then, Comstock has turned their safety incident rate around and have now gone two years without an injury. It wasn’t easy getting there. It took an entire team to […]
Diversified Business Unit Goes for Gold
Out of 103 suppliers at Herman Miller’s Supplier Day event, only eight were recognized as a Gold Supplier and Shape was one of them. During the event held on September 24, Herman Miller wanted to properly recognize suppliers who went above and beyond. Shape was recognized as a Gold Supplier for our performance in quality, […]
Shape Earns Honorable Nissan Award
Nissan held their 2015 Annual Supplier Conference on October 28 and 29 in Franklin, Tennessee. Rebecca Vest, vice president of Nissan Purchasing for North America, presented Shape Corp. with the prestigious Nissan Monozukuri Spirit Award. Shape was one of only three suppliers that achieved this high recognition of Monozukuri Spirit for 2015. In Japanese, Monozukuri is a compound […]
Shape China: Coming Out on Top
More than 600 suppliers make products for Dongfeng Nissan Passenger Vehicle Company (DFL), and Shape China just topped their list, earning an honorable supplier award. DFL is a joint venture between Japan Nissan and China DongFeng Group. On December 22, on behalf of Shape China, Michael Wang, sales director and Lee Li, sales account manager, traveled to […]
Inspiring the Future Workforce
Shape is partnering with FuturePrep’D again, to inspire and educate students about the manufacturing industry. Students received the opportunity to learn more about Shape, the manufacturing industry, career opportunities that fit their interests. During this program, they will also obtain more confidence going into secondary education and workforce. The program allows students to explore different […]
Toyota Shares our “Work Safe, Have Fun” Campaign Nation-wide
What started out as an internal campaign to raise awareness about safety, has turned into an opportunity to share our best practices with the entire Toyota supply base. Our “Work Safe, Have Fun” campaign focuses on being safe so you can enjoy your favorite activities outside of work. The iconic logos and tag-lines have been […]
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, […]
Higher than Ever Before
Getting onto Training Top 125 list is no easy feat. Companies are graded on training programs, metrics, human resources, training infrastructure and more. This year, Shape beat out some tough competition and was ranked #12 – the highest in our history. Training Top 125 is a worldwide ranking of organizations that excel at training and […]
Global Leadership Development Program
Last month we achieved a Training Top 125 award, coming in at #12 on the list. People are the biggest asset to Shape and our efforts on employee development and training are a critical part to our continued success. Recently, our global training and development program was featured in Training Magazine. Read more about our Global […]
Breaking Ground in Athens
Southern hospitality is alive and well, just ask Shape CEO Gary Verplank and President Bob Currier. Both were on-hand for Friday’s dedication ceremony in Athens, Alabama to recognize Shape’s newest manufacturing facility. Representatives with the City of Athens, Tennessee Valley Authority, Limestone County Commission, Alabama Department of Commerce, Limestone County Economic Development Association and JESCO […]
Leadership is Everywhere
“Leadership is right here in this room,” explained Mark White, executive vice president of Asian and European operations. “You don’t need to have direct reports to have leadership skills – you can lead yourself to success.” There are tens of thousands of books, programs, classes, articles, speeches, and videos that discuss leadership. It’s an important […]
Living United: The Verplank Family
When Gary and Midge Verplank started their companies, they made a promise to give back to the community where they were founded. Over the years, Gary and Midge have helped give back to different causes in the West Michigan area, including United Way. “We are not the singular reason for the success of our companies,” […]
MIOSHA Takes Notice of Our Best Safety Practices
2015 was our safest years to date, and even MIOSHA took notice. Safety is our top priority here, and we have many resources to make sure everyone goes home in the same condition that they came into work. One of the resources we have available are GroPros, compact video cameras, used to look at issues […]
Sharing for Global Success
“There’s been so much pull from the other regions to learn about the processes,” said Jay Blanchard, continuous improvement manager. “Before the week was done, I had leaders from other regions asking when I could come to their facilities to teach more of their team members.” Eager to start learning and applying the Toyota Production […]
Shape’s FuturePrep’D Students Take Home Scholarships
After 14 weeks of deep problem solving, students from Grand Haven and Spring Lake High School presented their findings at the annual FuturePrep’d Academy final event. In January, 11 students came to Shape to learn more about what we do, the manufacturing industry, and career opportunities that fit their interests. Throughout the 16 weeks, students […]
Unanimous Vote: Shape is the Most Innovative
“When we put everyone on the table and asked, ‘Who was the most innovative?’ Shape was the unanimous vote”, said Jimmy Seacrist, director of quality at Futuris Automotive. We currently make seven products for Futuris, a leader in automotive seating components. These products are components to structures on Tesla’s Model X second row seating. This […]
Leading the Pack: Shape China Earns Three Customer Awards
400+ suppliers. 32 recognized. 3 awards given to Shape. At Nissan China Investment Co.’s annual supplier award ceremony, Shape China walked away with three awards, more than any other supplier on April 26. • Quality Improvement • One Time Delivery • 333 Activity Improvement Associates at our China facility have greatly improved their quality by […]
Showcasing our Innovation to the University of Michigan
We’re known for our innovation, complex designs and flawless execution. Recently, University of Michigan’s Alec Gallimore, dean of engineering, came to visit and was impressed with what we had to present. Shape’s relationship with U of M began more than 60 years ago with Midge Verplank, CEO of Verplank Trucking and co-found of Shape, completing […]
Stampings Earns Distinctive Community Award
Shape’s Stampings facility includes: 110 associates, 80,000 square feet of manufacturing space, 10 stamping presses, 18 welders and produces more than 400 different parts. On June 15, they added the 2016 Business Recognition Award to their identity, in acknowledgement of having a significant impact in the Spring Lake community. “Shape is a great asset to […]
We are Thinkers, Believers and Doers
We are Thinkers. From the very beginning of Shape, we had to think outside of the box to obtain customers. We were first in the industry to utilize 1700 martensitic steel. Others said it was too strong to stamp or roll form, but we did it and continue to do it today. We are Believers. […]
Celebrating 10 Years of Giving Back at Coast Guard’s Kids Day
Shape associates headed out to the Coast Guard Festival on Tuesday, August 2 to help volunteer. The purchasing and packaging departments took the day to volunteer at Kid’s Day. This event is held every year for the children during Coast Guard week. There are games, jump houses, crafts and more – all free. It was […]
Connecting with the Next Workforce: FuturePrep’D
Seven middle school students arrived at Shape last week, most unaware of what we produce, but ready to take on a challenge. FuturePrep’D is a program ran through Ottawa Area Intermediate School District, that challenges students to get out into the “real-world” and solve problems. Students from the area have the opportunity to learn more […]
Technology, Tesla and More: MIBiz Roundtable
Technology, autonomous vehicles, Tesla and more were brought up at MiBiz’s automotive roundtable with local executives. Read more about what Mark White, incoming Shape president, has to say about the future of the automotive industry.
Comstock Facility Goes for Gold
Congratulations Comstock Facility! In August 2016 the Shape Corp. Comstock Facility was awarded the MIOSHA Gold award from the Consultation Education and Training (CET) division. The Gold Award is the highest award in the MIOSHA CET awards. Awards are given to companies who have implemented an effective safety & health management system (SHMS), and who […]
Celebrating 4 Years Injury-Free, Tech Center
Accountability, awareness and dedication helped the Tech Center team celebrate four years of being injury-free on Saturday, September 10. This accomplish takes a lot of diligence both in the prototype shop and testing lab where many different associates and guests visit throughout the year. Wearing the correct PPE, being aware of your surroundings and being […]
Shape Corp. Announces New President
We are pleased to announce that Mark White will take over as the company’s president, effective October 1, following the retirement of former president, Bob Currier. “I want to thank Bob for his 35 years of service to Shape. His professionalism and support has been outstanding. He will be missed, and we wish him the […]
Becoming a Strategic Partner with Toyota
Open. Honest. Humble. Transparent. “We’ve only strengthened Toyota’s opinion of us as a strategic partner,” said Daric Morell, director of manufacturing, as he talked about his recent presentation at Toyota’s Fall Supplier Event. “Our philosophies regarding people, production and products align closely.” After impressing attendees and Toyota at Bluegrass Automotive Manufactures Association’s (BAMA) annual conference […]
Inspiration from U of M: Autonomous Vehicles, Robots and Engineering Students
Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) career opportunities are on the rise, while the qualified workforce is projected to decline. Last week a team visited the University of Michigan to explore the different options to partner with the elite university and tap into the talent of the next generation of workers. Gary Verplank, CEO, Jeff […]
Talking Talent at #MfgTalentSummit
Across the country, the unemployment rate is at 4.9%. In the state of Michigan it’s at 3.7% and Ottawa County sits at bottom with 3.1% – the lowest in the state. Low unemployment rates, as we know, makes it very challenging to recruit talent for a growing company. Impressed with our recent recruitment efforts in […]
Hard Work and Dedication Earn 1835 and 1820 Honorable Award
They came into work each day producing quality parts, solving problems and never missing a shipment. Last week the team members at 1835 and 1820 celebrated after receiving the General Motors (GM) Supplier Quality Excellence Award. With hard work and determination, these teams each earned the recognition that is limited to GM’s top 2.5% of […]
Committed to Ethical Practices: Introducing Ethics Point
Shape is committed to conducting business in accordance with the highest ethical standards. As an organization, we hold high expectations for ourselves, as do our customers, communities and team members. We hold an open door policy, and want to ensure that there are appropriate channels available for our team members, suppliers and customers to securely, […]
SPE Innovation Award
Society of Plastics Engineer’s (SPE) Automotive Innovation Awards program is the world’s oldest and largest recognition event in the automotive and plastics industries. Each year the combined ingenuity and creativity of the automotive engineers, designers, and their suppliers yield the latest and best results of the dynamic nature of the automotive industry. Many teams submit nominations describing […]
Shape Wows Nissan at Tech Show
Last Wednesday 65 engineering and purchasing professionals attended our Tech Show at the Nissan Mexico Technical Center. Shape’s Nissan business unit intrigued the attendees with banners, videos highlighting our plastic capabilities, roll forming and pultrusion technologies, as well as a selection of parts on display. Nissan engineers and purchasing members were eager to learn more […]
Shape Shocks Toyota at SPS Checkpoint
It is not often that Toyota finds a supplier who actively pursues their mentoring. Shape was one of the unique companies who reached out for Toyota’s support nearly 18 months ago. After a few phone conferences and a formal meeting at Shape, Toyota took the plunge to help us continue our lean journey. Through intense […]
Shape Takes Steps Toward Innovation
With the automotive industry heavily focusing on lightweighting for improving fuel economy, Shape as always, is eager to support our customers with innovative, lighter weight components. For years we’ve been developing bumper solutions that are some of the best in the industry, utilizing ultra-high strength steels, unique aluminum alloys, and patented cross section designs. Still […]
Shape Achieves Veteran-Friendly Employer Status
We are pleased to announce that Shape has been selected as a Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency bronze-level status Veteran-Friendly Employer. This certification demonstrates that Shape Corp. has made a commitment to help better recognize and support veterans and the valuable skills and experiences they bring to the workplace. Thank you to all veterans who registered […]
Shape China Wins Training Award
After completing the challenging course design and development workshop in November, Shape China conducted delivery skills training for new trainers by master trainer Jerry Zuo. The training focused on adult learning theory, teaching skills (including verbal and non-verbal skills), as well as presentation and feedback skills to help the participants deeply understand how to be […]
Shape Explores SME PRIME Lab
We came. We saw. We benchmarked. On Monday February 6, Doug Peterson, vice president of human resources; Julie Davidson, talent acquisition,, manager; Mike Johnston, vice president of government affairs for the Michigan Manufacturing Association; Mike Roberson, assistant principle at Grand Haven High School, and Jeremy Case, technical education teacher at Grand Haven High School, traveled […]
Shape Wows at BAMA Bi-annual Conference
The Bluegrass Automotive Manufacturing Association (BAMA) bi-annual Learning Conference brought together executive level leaders from numerous tier-one Toyota suppliers. The conference highlights each region’s development and training packages over the last two years. Organizations can then adopt the new content, share it within their organizations and leverage the learnings to help to build momentum. Daric […]
Shape China Earns Government Award
With the pace of industry changes and improvements occurring in Kunshan, the local government recognized 10 companies who contributed to technological transformation and upgrades. Shape is one of the companies to receive the honorable award. Shape’s investments in robot welding to increase productivity was one of the key areas that aligned with the needs of […]
Grand Opening in Guangzou
The celebration was one for the books. The greatly anticipated Shape Guangzhou grand opening ceremony took place on Tuesday, February 21. This was an incredible milestone for Shape and the event was a huge success. Around 70 people attended the event from Shape US, Shape China, our customers DFL, NCIC and Toyota, and local government in […]
Shape Named Best Manufacturing Employer
Thanks to votes from our team members and community, Shape was voted the Best Manufacturing Company to Work For in the 2017 Grand Haven Tribune People’s Choice awards. After a month-long nomination process, the top five nominees are presented and move on to the voting stage. There were more than 100 categories for people to vote on. […]
Auto Magazine Commends Shape’s Balance of Innovation and Customer Support
Due to our impressive innovation and growing global footprint, Shape was recently featured in the April issue of Automotive Purchasing and Supply Chain Magazine, an automotive magazine produced in the United Kingdom. The magazine is known for its unique interviews with executives from many of the major international car manufacturers, suppliers and more. Shape’s president, […]
Czech Shape Named “Employer of the Year” Third Time
On Tuesday May 23, Shape Czech was recognized for the third consecutive year in the Sodexo Employer Awards. In 2015, Shape Czech was named first in the region and fifth in the state at the Sodexo awards. The following year, Shape Czech was named the 2016 Employer of the Year for the Pilsen region. The […]
Shape Helps Build New Playground
As part of the Shape tradition of giving back, members of the Shape Family volunteered to aid in the restoration of Whistle Stop Park by installing new play structure equipment. Due to its wear and tear, the old playground at Whistle Stop Park was removed. After the playground’s removal, a community engagement meeting was held […]
Shape featured in Composites World Magazine
Shape’s bright future and the innovative radius-pultrusion system are featured in the June edition of Composites World, the world’s leading composites publication. The center fold article profiles Thomas Technik’s curved pultrusion process and features details regarding Shape licensing the technology for use in the automotive industry. While a number of licensees were highlighted in the […]
Shape Teams Up with Honda and St. Patricks
Honda North America partnered with more than 20,000 volunteers in over 43 states, as well as Canada and Mexico, to volunteer during their second annual Week of Services. From June 9 to 18, Shape and others dealers and suppliers participated in new or existing volunteer services of their own choosing within their communities. Shape chose […]
Shape Partners with SME’s PRIME Program
Shape’s new partnership with the Society of Manufacturing Engineer’s PRIME program and Grand Haven High School has been making headlines all across West Michigan. Last Monday, June 19, Shape announced alongside Grand Haven Area Public Schools, the Michigan Manufacturers Association, their collaboration through SME’s Partnership Response in Manufacturing Education (PRIME). The PRIME initiative will instill […]
Meet the THINKERS Behind Shape’s Innovation
Shape inventors were recently awarded for their brilliant innovation and constant forward-thinking. Engineers were given awards in front of leadership in late March and mid-April. Jeff Piper, vice president of strategy and innovation, described the importance of innovation and why these members deserve recognition, “These contributions to innovation are a critical part of our future […]
Shape China awarded GM Supplier Quality Award
Shape China was awarded the General Motors Supplier Quality Excellence Award for the 2016 calendar year. This is the second time that Shape China has been recognized with this award; the previous time being in 2014. This award speaks to Shape’s strong performance from our manufacturing and quality organization and further solidifies us as a […]
Czech Shape Named “Employer of the Year” Third Time
On Tuesday May 23, Shape Czech was recognized for the third consecutive year in the Sodexo Employer Awards. In 2015, Shape Czech was named first in the region and fifth in the state at the Sodexo awards. The following year, Shape Czech was named the 2016 Employer of the Year for the Pilsen region. The […]
The Summer 2017 Edition of Shape on the Roll is Here
The latest edition of Shape on the Roll has been released. The Summer 2017 edition includes a message from president, Mark White, information on Shape’s new business pursuits, veteran’s programs, and the future of Shape. You can view an online version of Shape on the Roll here.
Pioneering in Pultrusion
Composites Manufacturing Magazine featured some very exciting pultrusion technology Shape is licensing from Thomas Technik + Innovation. You can read more about is creation, development and wide range of applications here.
Shape Makes the ACE Finals at CAMX
Shape’s innovative spirit was on display at the 2017 CAMX—the premier composites and advanced materials event and for four days the center of the composites world. Shape was in attendance as a finalist for an Award for Composite Excellence (ACE), the composite industry’s stand out award showcase. The ACE awards are an annual competition hosted by […]
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 […]
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 […]
Mechanical Testing of Composites
Finding a consensus on the most important type of mechanical test for composites can be a difficult task, especially with the variety of applications composites are being used for. Composites World columnist Dr. Dan Adams, explores this topic in a recent article. Read more…
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’s Second Annual Supplier Innovation Day
On Thursday, May 24, Shape’s Taft location hosted a buzz of men and women from around the globe. Our second annual Supplier Innovation Day brought together innovators from far and wide to meet and discuss the importance of innovation in the industry. In attendance were the following suppliers: Arconic Ortic SGL CAM Logic HyCal Hyrdo […]
Shape 172 Prepares for Driestern Mill
Some impressive new technology is coming to Shape’s 172nd facility, and it has got our team members excited. The plant is currently prepping a site for the new Driestern mill that will be shipped in all the way from Germany. Team members broke ground on May 21st to prepare for the addition of roll 117. This […]
Shape Czech Awarded Best Employer
We are incredibly proud to announce that the Shape Czech was named Employer of the Year for the fifth year in a row. Shape has consistently made the top five best employers in the country; however, this year Shape was named the third best company in the Czech Republic, even beating out companies like Microsoft. […]
Shape Sponsors #TuesdaysInThePark
The Shape Family is the stage sponsor for this summer’s Tuesdays in the Park. 92.1 WGHN hosts this exciting summer concert series every summer. To kick off the first week, they are welcoming back Chris Wiser & Andy Frisinger on Tuesday, June 19th at the Grand Haven Central Park. Each concert is a FREE event! Grand […]
Shape Recognized for Thinking Out of the Box!
The Greater Ottawa County United Way wrapped up their annual community campaign at the LIVE UNITED celebration event at the end of March. During the event, Shape was recognized by United Way for our large contribution to our community. United Way awarded Shape, the “Out of the Box Award” which is given to the organization […]
Bringing Dreams, and Robots, to Life!
The Shape Family is helping dreams and robots come to life! The Grand Haven High School robotics team “Bucs N’ Gears” finished 5th in the qualifying rounds at Grand Valley State University. They were eliminated in the quarter finals but are still hopeful they will make it to the state championships at Saginaw Valley State. […]
Shape All Stars: Shape China gets a Big Win for Quality
Shape China was awarded the General Motors Supplier Quality Excellence Award for the 2017 calendar year. This marks the sixth year that Global Supplier Quality & Development will be receiving this prestigious recognition award. The award is given to specific manufacturing locations and only our top performing supplier manufacturing sites are eligible to receive it. […]
Congratulations Shape! 2018 SPE® Automotive Innovation Awards “Hall Of Fame” Winner’
On Wednesday, November 7, 2018, Shape, along with representatives from Honda R&D Americas and SABIC, accepted an award on behalf of the original team that worked to develop the first injection molded thermoplastic (PC/PBT) energy absorber for a vehicle bumper system on the 2003 Honda Element at the 48th annual SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Gala, […]
Outstanding Quality Recognized by the FCA
Shape has been awarded the Outstanding Quality Performance Award from FCA for both our Comstock and 172nd plants. FCA awarded us for both our bumper commodity as well as our plastics commodity. This award is given out to few suppliers; an accomplishment we are very proud of. “It’s really an exciting time at the Comstock […]
Pultrusion Picks Up Speed in Automotive Applications
Pultrusion is one of the most cost-effective processes for manufacturing high-volume composite parts. Recently Composites World featured Shape Corp’s recent composites advancements as an example of the growth composites are experiencing in the automotive market place. To read the full article click here.
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 […]
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. 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
SHAPE CORP. Produces Industry-First Carbon Fiber Bumper For 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
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 […]
Matt Makes Dreams Come True
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 […]
Shape Corp. wins at 2019 SPE® Automotive Innovation Awards
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 […]
Shape Corp. wins Swedish Steel Prize 2019
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 […]
SHAPE CORP. WINS INNOVATION PARTNERSHIP AWARD FOR COLLABORATION ON CARBON FIBER BUMPER BEAM
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 […]
General Motors Honors Shape Corp. as Winner of Coveted Supplier Innovation Award
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 […]
Shape Mexico Wins Ford Q1 Award
On July 17, 2020, the “Q1 Award” ceremony was held for Shape Corp. México. This recognition, one of the most prestigious in the automotive industry awarded by Ford Motor Company, certifies excellence in quality management and logistics of the Hermosillo plant. The delivery of the recognition was in charge of Cipriano Oba, STA Site Manager […]
President and CEO Mark White Speaks in Lansing on COVID-19 Pandemic
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 […]
Shape China wins 2020 China Employee Relationship Management Practice Model Enterprise
The world changed dramatically in 2020, and previously stable relationships and structures are facing an unprecedented reshuffle. But at the end of the year, the 14th China Labor Law and Employee Relations Summit Forum was held as scheduled. In this year’s forum, Shape China was honored to be one of the Top 10 Employee Relationship […]
Shape Czech Celebrates 10th Anniversary
Shape Czech is celebrating an important anniversary–10 years since the establishment of the Pilsen plant. “It is hard to believe that 10 years ago there was only a hand full of our team members working in one little office with an empty shop floor and an empty parking lot,” reflects Shape President and CEO, Mark […]
Shaping Tomorrow Together with Danielle Smith
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, […]
Shape Guangzhou Earns GTMC Quality Award
Shape’s Guangzhou facility earned the 2020 Quality Cooperation Award at the 15th GTMC Supplier Conference. This is the third consecutive time that Shape Guangzhou has won this award. Toyota’s stringent quality assessment, including multiple specific requirements in various aspects makes it very difficult to win this award. This victory fully demonstrates the Guangzhou team’s unanimous […]
Celebrating Pride Month
The month of June brings many things: warm summer weather, the end of the school year and maybe a relaxing vacation. In the United States, June is also LGBTQ+ Pride Month. This is a time when LGBTQ+ people (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and other gender or sexual minorities) celebrate their identities and advocate for […]
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, is an American holiday celebrated annually on June 19 to commemorate the end of slavery. Although the Emancipation Proclamation had formally freed slaves two and a half years prior, June 19, 1865, marks the enforcement of the Proclamation, which is when Union General Gordon Granger read federal orders in […]
Summer Interns Participate in Safety Training
This week, the Shape training department led a special, hands-on training session at 1825i for the U.S. Division’s summer interns. Jarrod Chyrowski, technical trainer, led 12 interns in technical lessons in the areas of mig welding, tig welding, cutting torches and hilo training. Each lesson started with 3 hours of classroom instruction followed by real-world […]
Shape Earns GM Supplier Excellence Awards
Congratulations to two of Shape’s global facilities, Athens, AL and Kunshan, China, in receiving GM’s Supplier Quality Excellence Award. Every supplier must go through a strict review, which contains many specific requirements to get this honor. Excellent quality and unparalleled customer support are the foundation established by Shape nearly 50 years ago. As a reliable […]
The Coaching Ripple Effect: Global Leader Featured in Podcast
Shape’s commitment to developing our team members not only creates a ripple effect for our organization, but for our communities we serve. As one of our core values, development is embedded into our daily work and experiences. Beyond the daily experiences, Shape continues to identify and implement growth programs for our team members, including metaperformance […]
Shape Corp. Breaks Ground on NEW Aluminum Center of Excellence
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 […]
Shape Corp. Announces NEW Chief Technology Officer
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 […]
GM Places First at EuroCarBody 2021 for 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8
During the 2021 EuroCarBody Awards Ceremony, General Motors placed first in the premium segment for their production of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8. As you may know Shape played a pivotal role in the development of the Corvette with engineering and manufacturing the automotive industry’s first curved, multi-hollow pultruded carbon fiber bumper beam for this […]
Best Employer of Wellbeing & Benefits: Shape China
Shape China won the Greater Suzhou Employer Award! It is outstanding for the way Shape cares about the benefits and wellbeing of its team members. This award demonstrates that the people are the most important element for the company and that our core values are lived and recognized worldwide. Congratulations to Shape China and its […]
Distinction of Sanitary Security: Shape Mexico
Expert IMSS (Mexican Institute of Social Security) personnel visited Shape Corp. Mexico to verify that their sanitary COVID-19 pandemic protocols were adequate and carried out in the correct way, in addition to reviewing the pertinent documentation. The result of the evaluation was approved and very satisfactory; therefor they were awarded with a recognition by this […]
General Motors Names Shape Corp. a 2021 Supplier of the Year
Grand Haven, MI – General Motors recognized Shape Corp. as a 2021 Supplier of the Year. GM celebrated honorees at its 30th annual Supplier of the Year awards ceremony in Phoenix, Arizona, earlier this week. GM’s Supplier of the Year award recognizes global suppliers that distinguish themselves by exceeding GM’s requirements, in turn providing GM […]
GM Certificate of Excellence – Platinum Supplier Status
We are honored to announce that Shape Corp Mexico and Shape Corp China, Kunshan, have been recognized as Platinum Suppliers for Customer Care and Aftersales On-Time Shipping by our customer GM, who granted them the GM Certificate of Excellence Award for 2021. Your organization has played an important role in our efforts to design, build […]
Toyota Excellent Quality Award for Shape Corp.
The TMNA R&D Purchasing Supplier Development’s Virtual Annual Business Meeting and Award Ceremony was celebrated last April 7th where Toyota awarded Shape Corp. with the Supplier Excellent Quality Award based on Shape’s 2021 performance. Mr. Robert Young, group vice president and Riichiro Nagaoka, vice president, TMNA R&D purchasing supplier development shared an appreciation letter for […]
The concept that struck me the most during my time here was the Shape Family. In essence, it’s the simple idea that we should treat each other not like strangers, but like a family working toward a common goal. – Romer G.
Shape has brought me a wide range of applicable knowledge and skill sets through the rotating co-op program. I have been able to bring knowledge from each department to the next, helping me become a more well-rounded engineer. – Chelsea E.
During my co-op I felt like I was a part of the Shape Family, where I made a lasting impact that will help the company. – Chad K.