Erica Wiegel has been selected by the Illinois Jaycees as an Outstanding Young Person of Illinois. The program annually recognizes young people throughout Illinois who excel in their chosen fields and endeavors and show a great commitment to their respective communities.
Wiegel, 37, of Addison, Illinois, is being recognized in the category of business, economic and/or entrepreneurial accomplishment.
Wiegel is president of ARO Metal Stamping in Roselle, Illinois. In her first year of ownership, ARO Metal Stamping doubled sales and was certified as a minority-owned business and a women’s business enterprise. The company is proud of its close-knit family environment. Wiegel is also co-owner and treasurer of Wiegel Tool Works, a Wood Dale metal stamping company founded by her grandfather.
Wiegel encourages young women to become interested in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math). She frequently speaks to school groups, Girl Scouts and student clubs and opens her business for plant tours so students can learn firsthand about careers in advanced manufacturing.
She also created the Erica Wiegel/ARO Metal Stamping Scholarship at Northern Illinois University, which is awarded annually to a student pursing a degree in manufacturing technology.
Earlier this year, Wiegel received the Rose Mottl Leadership in Manufacturing Award for her outstanding contributions to advance the manufacturing industry. In 2016, she was named a Suburban Life Media Best Under 40 honoree for her commitment to excellence in and out of the workplace. She also received the Manufacturer of the Year Award from Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing and was named a College of Engineering Technology Alumnus of the Year from Northern Illinois University. Wiegel earned her Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from NIU in 2002.
“I am honored to receive the Jaycees TOYP award in recognition of what can be accomplished with focus and hard work,” Wiegel said. “I will use this opportunity to increase young people’s awareness of the great careers available in STEM and manufacturing.”