EQI facilitates APQP “Best Practices” Seminar

On Tuesday, July 18th, EQI hosted an APQP best practices session with three of West Michigan’s finest organizations (Cascade Engineering, Pliant Plastics, and Grand Haven Stamped Products (GHSP)).   The event focused on how each company’s respective APQP processes function — promoting shared learning of APQP methods, communication strategies, metrics, and IT tools.  “The event successfully identified strengths and continuous improvement opportunities for all participants to consider, implement, and share in future sessions with other West Michigan companies and customers alike” stated Matt Kline, EQI Quality Manager.  “The dialogue at the meeting stimulated great opportunities for improvement and certainly justified further meetings/conversations going forward” 

 

Special thanks go out to the participants for their willingness to contribute, challenge, and, ultimately, openly share ideas.  This type of activity continues to demonstrate why West Michigan remains one of the greatest places to work and do business in the entire country.” says Matt Kline, EQI Quality Manager.  

 

 

July 26, 2017

EQI AWARDED HYSTER-YALE MATERIAL HANDLING “2016 NORTH AMERICAN SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR”

EQI was recently awarded the Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. (“Hyster-Yale”) North American Supplier of the Year award.  Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. (“Hyster-Yale”), is an independent public company which, operating through its subsidiary, Hyster-Yale Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries, designs, engineers, manufactures, sells, and services a comprehensive line of lift trucks and aftermarket parts marketed globally primarily under the Hyster® and Yale® brand names.   This award is a testament to the focus, dedication, and continuous drive of our EQI family to be a collaborative, strategic partner with our customers.  “With hundreds of key suppliers within the Hyster value chain, it is an honor to be labeled their most valued partner” says David Redeker, Vice President of Sales and Marketing.   EQI is a global supplier of castings providing tailored procurement solutions to the Construction, Automotive, Aerial Lift, Machine Tool, Water Management, and Marine industries.

 

Left to Right-  Colin Wilson- CEO Hyster Material Handling, Chris Jensen-Business Unit Mgr, EQI, David Redeker- VP Sales and Marketing EQI, Afred Rankin Jr.- Chairmen and CEO Hyster Group

Plaque received by Hyster Material Handling

July 6, 2017

EQI EMPLOYEES PARTICIPATE IN JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT GOLF SCRAMBLE- TITLE SPONSOR OF EVENT

EQI was the title sponsor of the Junior Achievement Golf Scramble on Monday, June 12, 2017 located at the Spring Lake Country Club.   EQI employees are very committed to the Junior Achievement initiative volunteering within various capacities including teaching economic courses at local public schools, involvement at the Board of Director level, and also participation within various committee memberships.   At the event, EQI employees had a great time golfing, learning more about Junior Achievement, and enjoying the beautiful weather.   Junior Achievement is a volunteer organization dedicated to foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy skills to children ranging from Kindergarten to 12th grade.   EQI is a global supplier of casting procurement solutions that fosters a culture of community involvement.

June 20, 2017

EQI employees participate in Fifth Third River Bank Run

Eagle Quest International employees participated in the Fifth Third River Bank Run Saturday, May 13, 2017.  The group of nine employees ran distances varying from 5  to 10 kilometers.   Congratulations to all participants on a job well done (various personal records).  EQI is a global supplier of castings providing tailored procurement solutions to the Construction, Automotive, Aerial Lift, Machine Tool, Water Management, and Marine industries.

 

 

Blake Phillips and Kyle Tabor leaning on a counterweight after a strong 10K performance

 

EQI Participants Left to Right (Amy Schmidt, Blake Phillips, Dave Bell, Jody Bergman, Chris Jensen, Kelly Christian, Kyle Tabor, Karrie Sellers, Jason Schout)

 

The 5K group celebrates after crossing the finish line

May 15, 2017

EQI Named One of West Michigan’s 2017 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®

March 29, 2017 – Norton Shores, Michigan. —EQI Ltd., a value-added casting engineering, sourcing, and logistics company, announced today that it has been selected as one of West Michigan’s 2017 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®.

“The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® competition identifies and honors companies that deliver exceptional human resource practices and an impressive commitment to their employees. Organizations are assessed based on categories such as communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, retention and more,” according to their website. Once nominated, companies are evaluated by an independent research firm.  

“EQI is honored to have been recognized as one of West Michigan’s Best and Brightest for 2017” said EQI’s President and CEO, Blake Phillips.  “While we’re a new winner this year, EQI has worked very hard over the past several years to incorporate innovative Human Resource policies and best practices into our everyday operating principles.  At our core, EQI is a service company that must prove its value every day to a diverse global customer base”, continued Mr. Phillips.  “We approach HR in a similar way – providing value to our employees through a positive and engaging work environment where team members feel challenged, supported, and rewarded.”

About “West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®: The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® is a program that provides the business community with the opportunity to gain recognition, showcase their best practices and demonstrate why they are an ideal place for employees to work. It is presented annually in several markets including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Milwaukee, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, West Michigan and Nationally.  West Michigan winners will participate in an awards gala on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at the JW Marriott in downtown Grand Rapids, MI.

About EQI: EQI is a global foundry company that supplies metal castings to OEM’s in the Heavy Equipment, Industrial, and Commercial markets.  We offer a comprehensive range of services but specialize in casting design, engineering, program management, sourcing, and logistics.  EQI partners with a highly capable network of foundries in the US and abroad to provide our customers with high quality / cost effective Iron, Steel, and non-ferrous castings Just-in-Time (JIT) through tailored VMI solutions.

March 29, 2017

EQI Welcomes Zac Dvorak- Project Engineer

EQI is pleased to have Zac Dvorak join our team.  Zac will report directly to Mike Koch, Business Unit Manager and will be responsible for providing engineering guidance for some of our recent growth segments;  furniture and oil and gas.  Zac joins EQI with 3 years of experience as a Mechanical Engineer and a Six Sigma Green Belt.  He has worked as a Quality Engineer and a Manufacturing Engineer at Bremen Castings dealing with gray, ductile, and high-SiMo irons.  In addition, he has worked in facility engineering and HVAC system support roles.  Zac spends his free time playing guitar, enjoying the beautiful Michigan outdoors, serving the community, and gardening.

 

 

March 21, 2017

EQI Attends Con Expo 2017 in Las Vegas

EQI attended the Con Expo conference in Las Vegas, Nevada in March, 2017.  The show unveiled the latest model introductions and product innovations in the construction market.  The four-day conference provided EQI the opportunity to meet with vendors from all continents discussing market trends, challenges, and opportunities going forward.  EQI is a major supplier to the construction market providing counterweights, steel structural, and aluminum casting components.

 

Business Unit Managers Chris Jensen and Brian DeVasConCellos viewing the exhibit hall

 

 

Chris Jensen observing some of the EQI part content on an aerial lift vehicle

March 14, 2017

EQI Welcomes Ben Jiang- Vice President, Global Supply Chain

It is with great pleasure that EQI announces our newest employee, Ben Jiang Vice President, Global Supply Chain.   Ben comes to EQI from a leading global Oil and Gas company, FMC Technologies, in Houston, Texas where he served as the Global Sub-Category Lead and prior to that, the Global Supply Chain Specialists for Castings and Forgings procurement.  Prior to FMC Ben held several key positions at Bao Steel in Shanghai, China as Branch Director, Manager of Strategic Projects, Plant Manager, and earlier as a Senior Technical Engineer. Ben received his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and Metallurgy from Northeastern University (NEU) in Shenyang, Liaoning, China and holds an M.B.A. in Supply Chain and Financial Management from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.  Ben also holds a Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) certification from the ISM.

 

February 24, 2017

EQI Enters New Business Segment: Automotive

EQI is pleased to announce that they have received their first production order for an aluminum die cast component used by a General Motor production facility.  The expansion to this segment further demonstrates the vast capabilities that EQI offers to their customers.  “Entering the automotive segment is a great testament to the companies global procurement capabilities” says David Redeker, Vice President of Sales and Marketing.  This expansion compliments the variou segments EQI is currently servicing:  Aerial Work Platforms, Forklift, Marine, Machine Tool, Construction and Forestry, Railroad, Oil and Gas, Furniture, Stadium Seating, and Water Management.   

February 23, 2017

EQI Welcomes Kyle Tabor

EQI is pleased to announce that Kyle Tabor has accepted a position as Project Engineer effective November 15, 2016.  In this role, Kyle will be responsible for supporting existing customer activities in addition to supporting new business segments as EQI continues expanding their customer base.   His primary focus will be to service our construction segment while he will also be responsible for supporting our recently awarded brass products. .     Kyle Comes to EQI with ten years of experience as a Mechanical Engineer and Six Sigma black belt.  Kyle has previous foundry experience working at  investment casting facilities that serviced the aerospace industry.

 

February 20, 2017

CONTACT

EQI Global Headquarters:
5797 Harvey Street
Norton Shores, MI 49444
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Phone: 616-850-2630
Fax: 231-798-3724
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