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Aro Metal Stamping Certified as WBE

Thursday, August 4, 2016
Aro Metal Stamping, Inc., Roselle, IL, has received national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Development Center–Chicago, a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. The certification process included an in-depth review of the metal stampings and assemblies business as well as a site inspection. Though women comprise 47 percent of the U.S. workforce, they hold only 27 percent of manufacturing jobs. Aro Metal Stamping is an exception, as 50 percent of its workforce is female.
Erica Wiegel, president of Aro Metal Stamping, was invited to participate as a panelist in the first-ever Championing Women in Manufacturing event held on June 3 in Chicago. The purpose of this event was to connect women who work in the manufacturing field, in order to promote manufacturing as a viable career option and to promote a connected female manufacturing workforce.
At the event, Wiegel shared her advice for women in manufacturing: “Find a mentor, join groups, volunteer, ask questions and never be afraid to make mistakes.” She also offered insights earned during her career at ARO and formerly Wiegel Tool Works, saying, “In manufacturing, you must innovate to grow and you must grow to survive.”
For more about Aro Metal Stamping, visit

Metalforming Industry Movers & Shakers

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Harrington Hoists, Inc., Manheim, PA, has promoted Jim Small from Midwest regional sales manager and International sales manager to vice president of sales. The company manufactures electric chain and wire-rope hoists, air-powered hoists, lever hoists, manual chain hoists, trolleys, cranes, crane components and below-the-hook material-handling equipment. For more, visit

Cutting Systems, Inc., Cleveland, OH, a manufacturer of precision plasma/oxy-fuel cutting machines, has added Brian Odell as regional sales manager for the Eastern United States. For more on Cutting Systems, visit

PennEngineering to Acquire Heyco Products

Tuesday, August 2, 2016
PennEngineering, Danboro, PA, has agreed to acquire Heyco Products Inc., Toms River, NJ, a designer and manufacturer of molded wire-protection products, plastic fasteners, molded components and stamped electrical components. Heyco Products will continue to operate as a separate company under the PennEngineering corporate umbrella, and Bill Jemison, Heyco president, will continue to lead the company with the existing Heyco management team. He will report to Mark Petty, CEO of PennEngineering.
PennEngineering develops and manufactures precision fasteners, components and installation systems, specializing in thin-sheet attachment solutions. Information on both companies can be found at and


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