Shape featured in Composites World Magazine

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 article, Shape’s relationship and work are prominently covered. You can read the full article here. Shape remains on track to install our first curved pultrusion machine this year, in preparation for 2019 model year production. Be on the lookout for future updates as we bring this new innovative process to Shape.

Shape Helps Build New Playground

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 in December to decide how to move forward with a new play structure. The community goal was to create a playground that offered appeal to children of all ages, and to make it safe. After hearing community members’ suggestions, the Village of Spring Lake Parks and Recreation Board designed a playground with various structures for […]

Czech Shape Named “Employer of the Year” Third Time

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 State round for the 2017 awards will take place in June, and Shape Czech is hoping to take home the gold. Congratulations to the Shape Czech team.

Auto Magazine Commends Shape’s Balance of Innovation and Customer Support

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, Mark White, was interviewed by APSM’s Simon Duval, and described Shape’s global presence. The two discussed the demand for lightweight components, Shape’s unique multi-material approach and our global footprint. Mark spoke with great pride regarding Shape’s global mindset. This article is a great testament to Shape’s continuous growth and ability to innovate. Read the full […]

Shape Named Best Manufacturing Employer

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. 809 people voted in the Best Manufacturing Company to Work For category and Shape took home the title with 364 votes, 100 more votes than the runner-up. Thank you to all who voted. We appreciate your pride in the Shape Family.

Grand Opening in Guangzou

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 Tanbu town, as well as all associates from the Shape Guangzhou plant. Before the ceremony, Mark White, president, shared our vision to build a unique and special company which improves and enhances the lives of our associates, our customers and the communities in which we live and work. Patrick Sullivan, general manager, shared Shape’s commitment to delivering […]

Shape China Earns Government Award

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 government. This is another example of Shape’s THINKERS, BELIEVERS and DOERS making a difference in our company, our communities and the industries we serve. Congratulations Shape China!

Shape Wows at BAMA Bi-annual Conference

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 Morell, director of manufacturing, presented to five groups of roughly 25 participants regarding Shape’s lean journey. “It was great. We had a lot of attendance. It was really cool to see different people from different backgrounds and different companies go through the process of trying to find the problem we were able to create. It […]

Shape Explores SME PRIME Lab

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 to Wadsworth High School in Ohio to see a PRIME (Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education) lab and classroom in action. PRIME programing through SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers) is a national organization that prepares high school students for skilled careers in manufacturing. Typically, local manufacturers consult and provide insights into the training and development requirements […]

Shape China Wins Training Award

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 an excellent trainer. At the end of the course, the participants were encouraged to utilize a mind-map to summarize what they learned from the training. For the action learning, the participants were required to pass a teaching demo by using the skills they learned. Ken Zong and Nick Li attended the training and successfully passed […]