Inspiration from U of M: Autonomous Vehicles, Robots and Engineering Students

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 Piper, VP of strategy and innovation, Tom Johnson, director of engineering, Danielle Smith, HR director, Joe Matecki, APD product manager, Jeff McHenry, advanced product engineer, Kannan Ramamoorthy, CAE engineer IV, Helen Weykamp, APD product manager, and Danni Schertzing, APD commercial manager were all in attendance. The team learned more about Michigan’s Multidisciplinary Design Program (MDP), […]

Becoming a Strategic Partner with Toyota

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 in February, Toyota invited Daric and Mark White, president, to speak at their Fall Supplier Event. Shape was the only supplier to speak at the event which was limited to their top strategic suppliers. Daric spoke to attendees, many of which were CEO’s or Presidents of other Toyota suppliers, about Shape’s lean manufacturing journey on […]

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 best in his retirement,” said Gary Verplank, Shape CEO and Chairman of the Board. “ Looking ahead, I believe Mark will lead the company well and I am confident in his abilities to keep Shape driving in the right direction.” White has worked closely with Currier this past year, serving as interim president to fully […]

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 accountable for your own and peers’ actions play a large role in being safe. What makes this accomplishment unique is that the Tech Center does not perform as much standardized work as the main manufacturing areas because tasks vary from day to day. Research has shown that manufacturing facilities that have no standardized work drastically […]

Comstock Facility Goes for Gold

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 have achieved great safety & health records. There were only four awards given in the entire state, two of which were Gold. The Gold award is based on the following criteria put out by MIOSHA: “Awards are given to companies who have achieved outstanding safety and health records and have implemented an effective safety and […]

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 about local companies and test their problem solving skills. This is our second year and third session that we’ve held at Shape. The students were challenged with finding a solution for a real Shape problem: How do we reduce the expenditure on gloves, without compromising safety? Quickly after arriving the students learned firsthand what safety […]

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 a milestone year for Shape Corp. as this was the 10th year for our participation as volunteers at this event! During the day Shape associates manned the parking lot entrances to direct the traffic in and out of Mulligan’s Hollow. They also ran the game tent and gave out prizes. Thank goodness for the fire […]

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. We believe in our people and the communities we work within. With resources like our tuition reimbursement, tech classes, wellness program and more, we strive to give our associates nothing less than the best. Our partnership with United Way has impacted many, many lives in the Greater Ottawa County. Through volunteering and donations we continue […]

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 our community and we are proud to have them as a neighbor,” said John Nash, supervisor of Spring Lake Township. “Today, we want to recognize Shape for being a good employer, neighbor and business in our community.” The award ceremony was held at Grand Haven’s Community Center and put on by the Tri-Cities Chamber of […]