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Wiegel Tool Works

want to have a pipeline of toolmakers
and a deep bench," Wiegel says.
The support the TMA provided WTW
brought Wiegel closer to the organization, and he now serves as vice chairman
on TMA's board of directors. The position
gives him a better platform to encourage
people to pursue careers in manufacturing
and develop trade programs with schools.
Wiegel and his sister, Erica Wiegel,
even sponsor scholarships at their alma
mater, Northern Illinois University. "We
really want to spur more manufacturing
labs within local high schools and community colleges so we don't have a chokehold on the local workforce," Wiegel says.

Generational Shift
Wiegel Tool Works began operating the
day before Pearl Harbor was attacked in

1941. The war put an immediate strain on
the new company. Founder Otto Wiegel,
Aaron's grandfather, was a German immigrant and potential clients were wary
of doing business with German-Americans. The company estimated it lost
$20,000 in the first few months of operations because of those sentiments.
But customers who stuck with WTW
discovered the company's high level of
precision stamping quality and word
soon spread. By the end of the first year,
WTW realized a $40,000 swing in revenues and the company found itself on
firm footing.
The business has remained in the
Wiegel family for the past 75 years.
Aaron Wiegel and his siblings Ryan
and Erica represent the third generation to run the company. Although

Midwest

Wiegel is only in his late 30s, he has
more experience in precision stamping than many industry veterans.
Wiegel was young when he started
in the family business, spending the
summers between eight grade and high
school packaging parts. He moved to different departments over time, doing odd
jobs while learning how to operate all the
equipment. "There's not a machine I haven't run here," he says.
Wiegel says being family owned and
operated gives the company an advantage over its corporate competitors because there is less hierarchy. Decisions
don't need to go through 10 layers of
approval before being implemented and
that speed is a selling point for customers. "I think progress is a lot easier obtained in a family-run business with

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