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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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Join the Eagle Group at CastExpo 2022

Posted by Vikki Shonkwiler on 2022 Apr 20

The Eagle Group will participate in CastExpo 2022, celebrating a return to major in-person events. CastExpo is a trade show and congress held every three years that brings together thousands of professionals from the worldwide metalcasting supply chain. This year the event will be held in the Greater Columbus Convention Center April 23-26, 2022.

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Tags: Event, CastExpo

On-site Coaching Helps Eagle Employees Succeed

Posted by Vikki Shonkwiler on 2022 Apr 7

At the Eagle Group we believe in our employees. We know the success of our companies depends on the people doing the work, day to day, to design and produce our award-winning cast parts. We also acknowledge that our employees have lives outside the workplace, and external challenges play a major role in everyone's ability to grow and succeed on the job.

That's why all Eagle Group companies partner with the Employer Resource Network® to provide personal, on-site success coaching to all of our employees. Our trained social worker takes on issues across the board, from loan applications and housing to therapy and medical care.

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Tags: Education, Employment, Benefits

New Video Resource: Shell Molding Process 3D Animation

Posted by Vikki Shonkwiler on 2021 Mar 30

Eagle Alloy, Inc. is proud to present our latest tool for metalcasting education. Our updated shell molding animation provides a start-to-finish overview of the shell mold casting process.

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Tags: Shell Molding, Eagle Alloy, Introduction to Shell Molding

Eagle Alloy Turns 40

Posted by Vikki Shonkwiler on 2019 Aug 6

Eagle Alloy celebrated 40 years of business last weekend with a large 40th anniversary party. Founded in 1979 to meet the needs of customers looking for a short-run steel foundry and stainless steel foundry, Eagle Alloy has grown into a successful casting facility that aggressively competes globally. After four decades, we have a lot to celebrate.

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Tags: Eagle Alloy, Event, Anniversary

Eagle Alloy, Inc. Recognized as a John Deere “Partner-Level Supplier”

Posted by Vikki Shonkwiler on 2019 Mar 20

Eagle Alloy, Inc. has earned recognition as a Partner-level supplier for 2018 in the John Deere Achieving Excellence Program. The Partner-level status is Deere & Company’s highest supplier rating.

Eagle Alloy was selected for the honor in recognition of our dedication to providing products and services of outstanding quality as well as our commitment to continuous improvement

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Tags: Awards, Eagle Alloy, Recognition

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 three companies: a shell molding 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: Metalcasting, Manufacturing, Product Design, Development, Capabilities, Product Development

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: Business Philosphy, Healthcare, Onsite Clinics

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: Eagle Alloy, Efficiency, Eagle CNC

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