Michiana Global Mold Announces Management Transformation

Fifty-seven years ago, a core group of elite and pioneer moldmakers, who were more like family, formed a company. Now, MGM is positioning itself for greater growth with a transformed management framework.


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According to Michiana Global Mold’s (MGM, Mishawaka, Indiana) President and Chief Operating Officer, Eric Karaman, though the company’s mission and vision to commit to quality, craftsmanship and customer service haven’t changed over the decades, the current technological marketplace and global competition have impacted the U.S. moldmaking industry including MGM. In order to face these challenges, he says, MGM has found a way to more effectively engage its team, align its resources and position it for greater growth through the transformation of its management framework.

Kevin O’Connor will lead in the new role of director of operations. Kevin joined MGM in 2015 as a global projects manager with a strong background in project management and engineering from Federal Mogul (Southfield, Michigan). His extensive technical and leadership experience will support his oversight of engineering, mold production, estimating, domestic and global programs and management of MGM’s ISO System.

Jim Hardig will lead in the new role of shop foreman. Jim is a journeyman moldmaker of 30 years, and has been an integral leader of MGM since 2005. His commendable character of mentorship and leadership make Jim a perfect fit to lead MGM’s shop team. Jim will continue to be a lead toolmaker in addition to his oversight responsibilities of tool making and specialty machine operations, including managing workflow and mold-build projects.

Bill Stickley will lead in the new role of estimating & facilities manager. Bill needs no introduction to MGM customers or suppliers who have counted on his support since 1995. Bill will lead the estimating efforts of the company’s domestic mold build and repair/EC projects. In addition, he will be responsible for the MGM facility and play an integral role in future facility developments.

Doug Tuveson, engineering manager/manufacturing engineer, and Kelly Kasner, director of sales and marketing each have expanded essential roles in the MGM organization, and continue to provide ongoing leadership in their areas of expertise.

Karaman commends these individuals for their dedication, and stepping up into these vital roles. As always, he says, MGM endeavors to build on the positive aspects of its culture, and continue to refresh its core competencies. He invites all to stay tuned as the company digitally transforms its organization through the new MGM website, production video and virtual tour showcasing the company’s talent, experience and capabilities… all coming soon!


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