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Aaron Wiegel: A Leader in Manufacturing

April 4th, 2017

Aaron Wiegel (’00) of Wiegel Tool Works has been elected chairman of the Technology & Manufacturing Association (TMA).

“I want to thank outgoing President Jim Carr (CARR Machine & Tool) for his service to TMA and our membership,” said Wiegel, the 80th chairman of the TMA board. “With a growing, vibrant membership, TMA is poised to continue expanding in our 92nd year. I’m excited to serve with this talented board of manufacturing leaders.”

The board was recognized at the 91st Annual Dinner of the Technology & Manufacturing Association on Saturday evening at the Mid-America Club in Chicago, where 300 Illinois manufacturers and their families came together to celebrate manufacturing in Illinois.

During the dinner, Aaron’s sister, Erica Wiegel of ARO Metal Stamping (also an NIU alum), was honored with the Rose Mottl Leadership in Manufacturing Award, which is presented to an outstanding female manufacturer.

“With all the challenges facing manufacturers in Illinois, our members have proven to be the cream of the crop. These small- to medium-sized manufacturers have withstood the recession and Illinois’ attempts to make it nearly impossible for them to do business. Despite the challenges, they are thriving, and that’s a testament to these business leaders and their employees, as well as the support that TMA provides,” said Steve Rauschenberger, TMA president and former state senator.