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Wiegel Tool Works
www.wiegeltoolworks.com / HQ: Wood Dale, Ill. / Employees: 182 / Specialty: Precision metal
stamping / Aaron Wiegel, president: "There's not a machine I haven't run here."

Midwest

Next-Gen Plans
wiegel tool works is creating a pipeline of talent
to support metal stamping. by tim o'connor

being family owned and operated
gives wtw an advantage in its market
because of its low hierarchy.

Since he took over his 75-year-old
family company in 2010, the biggest
hurdle to Aaron Wiegel's plans for
aggressive growth hasn't come from
competition or market pressures, but
the lack of skilled workers in the job
market. "When we came out of the
recession, not only did all our competitors go out of business, but the majority of employees who served them
went into other industries or retired
off," the president of Illinois-based
Wiegel Tool Works (WTW) says.
The problem was two-fold: Not
only was there a lack of qualified met76

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al stamping workers, but those who
were looking were often nearing retirement age, and the average age of
his own workers was 59.5 years old. It
can take five to six years to become a
journeyman tool and die maker, so by
the time WTW invested in those older applicants' training the company
would only get a few years of work before their careers were over.
Wiegel realized the company needed to put more effort into recruiting
the next generation of tool and die and
metal stamping workers. He became
involved in the Technology & Manufac-

turing Association (TMA), an organization that represents and supports small
precision manufacturers in Illinois.
With the help of the TMA, WTW
developed a Department of Labor-certified apprenticeship program to train journeyman tool and
die makers. The program includes
10,000 hours of training on various
equipment and three years of schooling through the TMA. WTW has taken on two apprentices annually since
the program began in 2013, helping
the company fill its open positions
and support expansion. "I always


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