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    Vikki Shonkwiler

    Vikki Shonkwiler
    Vikki is Sales Technician at Eagle Alloy, Inc. in Muskegon, MI. A Hoosier at heart, she grew up in Indiana and graduated from Indiana University with a double major in computer science and Spanish. She is a self-professed numbers geek—so much so that she actually enjoys doing tax preparation. When she’s not crunching numbers or managing sales teams, Vikki enjoys traveling and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

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    Eagle Alloy Honored as Michigan Manufacturer of the Year

    Posted by Vikki Shonkwiler on 2018 Nov 15

    Originally published on MIMFG.org here

    The Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA) is proud to announce Eagle Alloy of Muskegon has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Award. A prestigious honor since 1981, the award is named after MMA’s longest-serving president and honors the important, positive and tangible contributions individual manufacturers make to their employees, customers and communities. The Eagle Alloy team received the award during the 2018 MFG Excellence Awards on November 8 at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing.

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    Tags: Awards

    Getting Started with the Eagle Group: What You Need to Know

    Posted by Vikki Shonkwiler on 2018 Aug 16

    The Eagle Group is comprised of four companies: a shell molding foundry, an aluminum casting foundry, an investment casting foundry and a CNC machine house. Together, we're able to manufacture a broad range of metal products from concept to completion.

    If you're looking for a new supplier for your raw or machined cast products, the Eagle Group could be the perfect fit. We pride ourselves on customer satisfaction, continuous improvement and outstanding work during all phases of the production process.

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    Tags: Product Design, Development, Manufacturing, Metalcasting, Capabilities, Product Development

    Eagle Alloy Now Hiring in Muskegon, MI

    Posted by Vikki Shonkwiler on 2018 Jul 12

    Business is booming all over the American manufacturing industry, and Eagle Alloy is no exception. We're happy to announce that we're looking to take on multiple new hires in our Muskegon, MI foundry.

    Eagle Alloy isn't your average foundry. Sure, we do a lot of casting–we pour stainless steel, carbon steel and nickel alloys–but our company culture is what really sets us apart. We believe in fostering an open and inclusive atmosphere for all of our employees, and we're proud of our stellar reputation within our industry for consistently delivering quality work.

    If you're looking for jobs in Muskegon, MI, now is a great time to join our growing team of manufacturing professionals.

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    Tags: Employment, Jobs

    Stories from the Lean Manufacturing Journey

    Posted by Vikki Shonkwiler on 2018 Jul 2

    Eagle Alloy has been practicing lean manufacturing for close to a decade. Beyond the benefits to productivity and efficiency imparted by lean tools, Eagle companies have come to see lean manufacturing as part of their company culture. The inclusiveness, creativity and quality improvement they’ve been able to foster has paid off dividends, both in workplace atmosphere and customer retention.

    Lean implementation makes a more dependable supplier

    Almost all the way back at the beginning of Eagle Alloy’s lean journey, about six months into their implementation of cellular manufacturing, the company was already seeing a noticeable productivity boost. They came into contact with a potential customer—we’ll call them Company A—who scheduled a shop tour at Eagle Alloy. Company A was already a successful manufacturer, but their casting supplier had recently gone bankrupt and they were looking for a replacement.

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    Tags: Lean Manufacturing, Efficiency, Company Culture

    Onsite Clinics: Taking Employee Healthcare to the Next Level

    Posted by Vikki Shonkwiler on 2018 Apr 25

    Manufacturing doesn't work without people. Equipment operators, engineers, sales teams and managerial staff are responsible for the success of every manufacturing business. Just like there's no company without people, there's no healthy business without healthy employees.

    With healthcare costs constantly on the rise, employee healthcare is a major expense for businesses of all sizes. Traditionally, companies have a limited scope of choices to make when it comes to healthcare. Most choose to either subsidize health insurance for their employees, or form a self-funded insurance group.

    A third option, which is increasingly gaining popularity, is to host onsite health clinics. These clinics can offer easier access to healthcare and more control over healthcare costs–but onsite clinics aren't right for every business. Here, we explore some of the advantages and disadvantages of hosting onsite clinics.

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    Tags: Healthcare, Onsite Clinics, Business Philosphy

    Numbers Don't Lie: Eagle Companies Achieve Huge Improvements in 2017

    Posted by Vikki Shonkwiler on 2018 Mar 13

    Two Eagle Group companies, Eagle Alloy, Inc., and Eagle CNC Technologies, Inc., have posted a series of personal bests and significant improvements across the board.

    As you can see below, Eagle Alloy's achievements in 2017 include:

    • 96.4% delivery – 2nd best in company history
    • 1.87% scrap – BEST in company history
    • 2.64% returns – Best in last 10 years
    • 97.4% audit score – Best in last 8 years
    • .27 PPM resulting in complaints – BEST in company history
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    Tags: Efficiency, Eagle Alloy, Eagle CNC

    Excellent Marks for Eagle Alloy, Inc.

    Posted by Vikki Shonkwiler on 2018 Jan 3

    Eagle Alloy, Inc. provided customers with its annual quality survey, and received excellent ratings for 2017.

    On behalf of Eagle Alloy, we'd like to thank our customers for taking the time to fill out this survey, and we look forward to continued collaboration in 2018!

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    Tags: Customer survey, Customer satisfaction, Testimonials, Eagle Group Values, Business Philosphy

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