Eric joins new membership
Eric, the 3rd generation family member in leadership at Eifel Mold and Engineering is poised to take over the reins in the future. He is currently employed as a Sales/Project Engineer.
Eric’s interest in the mold making industry was sparked at the age of 8, when he would visit the mold shop his Grandfather Josef Hecker founded in 1973. Throughout the years his father took over Eifel Mold & Engineering and Eric was able to hone his skills in CAD design, CNC programming and operations, benching, spotting and running an injection molding machine. Being in this unique position, Eric was able to gain experience in many facets of the plastic injection mold industry.
Eric is a graduate of Michigan Technological University with a BSME. He began his career in 2016 as a program manager at Flex-N-Gate, located in Warren Michigan. Eric started out in the plastic fascia division, and successfully launched GM’s T1XX program out of their Arlington, Texas operations.
Eric brings a desire to provide input to the Membership Committee and to help answer questions about what the next generation of Mold Making Professional seeks when looking to SPE and the Mold Technologies Division.
American Mold Builders Association
Our membership with the American Mold Builders Association is a testament to our dedication to the future. As members, we participate in insightful surveys, like their Industry Pulse Survey. These surveys help the organization identify industry opportunities and highlight trends. Being a part of the American Mold Builders Association also ensures that our employees have access to continual training and educational opportunities.
Fraser High School
Eifel is working closely with the CTE Directors at Fraser High School. Our partnership with Fraser High School’s CTE Program will help both the students with co-op positions and a long term career in manufacturing within Eifel
Lincoln High School
Our CEO, Rick Hecker, serves on Lincoln High School’s Advisory Committee Board. Our partnership with the school has allowed us to teach and train high school students who are interested in manufacturing. In our program with the school, we provide machines and tooling in the classrooms and lead hands-on training sessions for the students. Our goal is to create new opportunities for any student who wants to start a career in manufacturing.
Macomb Community College
Eifel Mold & Engineering has also partnered with Macomb Community College. We offer an exceptional apprenticeship program for students who want to become future mold makers and machinists for companies like Eifel Mold & Engineering. There’s no question that manufacturing needs more skilled workers—that’s why Eifel is here to help pave the way for them.
Community Outreach & Involvement
Eifel Mold & Engineering has always been a community-focused plastic injection molding manufacturer. Whether we’re teaching CAD design courses or helping high schoolers jumpstart their careers in manufacturing, we’re committed to building a better future for our community.
Keep reading to learn more about our current partnerships and community outreach efforts.
American Red Cross
Eifel Mold & Engineering is proud to donate to several carefully chosen organizations, like the American Red Cross. This national organization is also dedicated to giving back to its many communities through disaster relief, affordable health and safety courses, blood drives, and other initiatives.
Toys for Tots
As a family-owned business, Eifel Mold & Engineering is always searching for new family-focused community outreach programs. We’ve partnered with Toys for Tots because we believe in what they are doing. They are a non-profit charity run by the U.S. Marine Corps; its mission is to help children in need by donating toys and books to local organizations, schools, and charities.
Based in Detroit, MI, Forgotten Harvest has been providing generous food donations to individuals and families in need for over three decades. Our involvement with Forgotten Harvest includes volunteering on their Farm Team. We hope to continue helping Forgotten Harvest feed families in our community.