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Marion Body Works Supports Cancer Awareness Month

Marion Body Works has always shown their support for cancer awareness. This year, Marion presented a check to the American Cancer Society from our breast cancer awareness t-shirt sales. Employees and families were able to purchase the shirts that were paid for by Marion, and in total they raised $2,110. Together we proudly wear our pink ‘M’ for the month of October and support all who have battled cancer.

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Marion Body Works Creates Hands-on Opportunities for Seven Interns in 2019

Marion Body Works strives to be the employer of choice in our community and beyond. One way in which we do this is by equipping the next generation with the skills and knowledge to enter the workplace after graduation. Marion provides a select group of talented interns with the chance to work in their field of study and apply a hands-on approach. This year, without exception, we welcome again a very driven group of college and high school students to MBW.

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What Does the Future Hold?

Marion Body Works has been around since 1905. Since Bud Simpson purchased the company in 1980, Marion has grown both in manufacturing space and employee capacity over the decades to what it is today. Since Bud’s ownership, Marion Body Works has stayed, and continues to stay, in the Simpson/Ignacio family. Through close work with the entire family, board of directors, and executive team, the next generation of family members are diligent in their efforts to learn and provide advice to prepare for the future.

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MBW: A Two Time Diamond Supplier Award Winner

Marion Body Works, Inc. has been selected as one of Navistar’s Diamond Supplier Award winners for the second consecutive year by Navistar Defense. Recognized for their extraordinary support and excellent quality on a variety of 7000 MilCOTs programs, Marion Body Works accepted their award on February 13th.

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MBW: Our Year in Review

2018 is far from short of milestone moments for Marion Body Works. The success seen coming from growth, increased production, and more international orders. Without the dedication and support of our staff, customers and stakeholders, along with their contributions, MBW's success wouldn't merely be so big.

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Marion Salutes All Veterans

Marion Body Works excels with help from the qualities that veterans bring to our workforce. Last week, one of the Marion family, Staff Sgt. Adam Zuehl, a Mechanical Drafter, was deployed to active duty with the U.S. Army. Our thoughts and prayers are with Adam and his family while he serves our country. We look forward to his safe return home and to our engineering department here at Marion.

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Marion On the Cutting Edge of Welding

Marion Body Works, Inc. continues to provide options that enhance employee knowledge and skill sets. With the recent purchase of an AugmentedArc and LiveArc from Miller Electric, Marion is pursuing avenues in cutting edge technologies for their welders and prospective employees. From showcasing what welding is like to testing skill levels, both machines provide an experience similar to what one would face in real-life as a welder.

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Marion Body Works is Now Certified MVP

"Because Standards Don't Raise Themselves". The National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) awarded Marion Body Works, Inc. their MVP (Member Verification Program) certification. The NTEA recognizes top achieving companies in the work truck industry. Criteria allowing for members to be recognized include:

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Summer Interns at Marion Body Works Head Back to College

Marion Body Works is wishing the best to their group of summer interns as they head back to college in the upcoming weeks. Every year Marion provides the opportunity for a select group of interns to gain experience in the workplace geared towards their degree. The group was spread across different departments including human resources, engineering, and IT.

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Marion Defense Builds On Success

Marion Defense has been building a diverse line of truck bodies for the US Military and our Allies for over three decades.  With proven platforms like the Oshkosh Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) deployed globally, Marion has earned a reputation for delivering rugged and innovative vehicle components.

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The Proof is in the Culture

Company culture in the manufacturing industry is usually described as bland, uninviting, and dreadful. At Marion Body Works, it's far from. Enhancements to work-spaces, co-working areas, company policies, and much more, Marion has expanded their employees experience greatly. As stated by Rachel Heineman, Quality Engineer, “Marion’s Culture is very family friendly and you are given the opportunity to express your ideas and make an impact."

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Growing Board of Directors welcomes Jim Ransom at Marion Body Works

Marion Body Works graciously welcomes Jim Ransom to the Board of Directors. He brings with himself a career dedicated in improving leadership and business strategy skills effective in corporations of various size. Along with his inheritance of fifteen years of experience at Bemis Corporation, in the packaging industry, Ransom totes a long list of exemplary practice driven in building business strategy and leadership. Prior to Bemis, Ransom served as President and CEO of Promo Edge. Graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a degree in accounting and finance, Ransom has shifted workplace culture into a topic that is both enjoyable and rewarding to partake in.

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Marion Body Works Named Navistar Diamond Supplier Award Winner

Navistar honored an elite group of suppliers the night of February 15th at their Lisle Ill headquarters. This group of 32 top performing suppliers were awarded the Navistar Diamond Supplier Award. The suppliers recognized, represent the top one half of one percent of the supply base.

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Marion donates to the House of Hope Building Fund

Marion was very proud to recently donate $5000 to the House of Hope Building Fund. This wonderful organization provides support in a variety of ways to the citizens of the Marion area.

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Marion Receives ISO 9001:2015 Certification

Marion Body Works transitions from (ISO) 9001:2008 to the highly sought after (ISO) 9001:2015 certification. This certification acknowledges Marion's well-documented internal processes and practices for our quality management system. This certification for Marion was obtained eight months ahead of the September 2018 deadline.

Marion has always been committed to providing the best product to our customers and having this certification is a testament to that.

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In Loving Memory of Bud Simpson  1928-2018

Marion Body Works is sad to announce the passing of previous owner, Bud Simpson.

Vinson Raleigh (Bud) Simpson, Jr., age 89, recently of Clintonville, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully at home in Green Valley, Arizona, on January 1, after a short illness.

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Matt McMorran joins Marion Body Works as new Business Development Manager

Marion Body Works is pleased to announce that Matt McMorran has accepted the position of Business Development Manager. He has a long history in the fire apparatus industry and will work at expanding Marion’s footprint in both emergency vehicles and defense bodies. Matt resides in Maryland and will manage our nationwide dealer network and will also liaise with our valued industry partners and vendors. He can be contacted at mmcmorran@marionbody.com. Please join us in welcoming Matt as the newest member to our management team.

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Clean Harbors 32nd Annual Charity Golf Outing

Curt Ignacio - President of Marion, and Mike Foley - VP of Sales, attended the Annual Clean Harbors Charity Golf Outing. The Founder and Chairman of Clean Harbors has hosted this event annually to support the Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care. All of the proceeds from this outing are sent directly to this cancer foundation.

Alan McKim and Bill McKim from Clean Harbors both had kind words to say about their relationship with Marion Body Works. Over 150 golfers participated in this fun event for a worthwhile cause. Marion was a sponsor of the event along with other well known names including Peterbilt and Maxon. It was a great day for a great cause!

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Marion Supports Manawa Veterans Memorial

One value that stands strong in Marion Body Works’ history is to support local communities. This year has been no exception as Marion gave to the Manawa Veterans Memorial. The vision behind this Memorial was to construct a lasting tribute to the Veterans who have served and all who are serving today. Many local businesses have come together to support and honor our veterans through this project. Marion Body Works is proud to be a sponsor and donated $5,000 to help fund the construction of the Freedom Park Memorial Project. Everyone at Marion takes great pride in the support of our Veterans and those that have served to help protect our freedom.

The Vison of the Manawa Veterans Memorial

The Manawa Area Veterans Freedom Park will be a lasting tribute to those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. The Memorial is intended for ANY veteran who has honorably, living or deceased or whom is currently serving.

The construction of the park will be built on the shores of the beautiful Lake Manawa in Manawa, Wisconsin. The goal is to complete the Veterans side of the park and have it dedicated on Veterans Day, 2017.

(Pictured above: Curt Ignacio, Manawa Veterans Committee, and Veteran Marion Employees)

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Marion Continues to Equip the Next Generation

Marion Body Works strives to be the employer of choice in our community and beyond. One way in which we do this is by equipping the next generation with the skills and knowledge to enter the workplace after graduation. Marion provides a select group of talented interns with the chance to work in their studied field and apply a hands on approach. This year, without exception, we welcome again a very driven group of college students to MBW this summer. Let’s meet the Marion college interns for 2017.

Steven Papendorf- Carroll University
Internship: IT Department for Marion Body Works, Inc
Major: Information Technology and Business Leadership
Graduation Date: 2020

Joe Foley- University of Wisconsin, Platteville
Internship: Engineering Department for Marion Body Works, Inc
Major: Manufacturing Technology Management, Minor: Industrial Control Systems
Graduation Date: December of 2017

Andrew Klemp- University of Wisconsin, Platteville
Internship: Engineering Department for Marion Body Works, Inc
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation Date: 2020

Casey Clark- University of Wisconsin, Platteville
Internship: Engineering Department for Marion Body Works, Inc
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation Date: 2020

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Marion Promotes Pat Flannery to Director of Manufacturing


Marion Body Works, a leading manufacturer of Commercial Truck Bodies, Fire & Emergency Apparatus, Aluminum Custom Cabs, Custom Engineered Vehicles, and Defense Products, is excited to announce the promotion of Pat Flannery to the Director of Manufacturing.

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Marion Continues to Improve ISO 9001 Status

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Marion supports local community this holiday season



The focus for Marion Body Works this holiday season was set on helping local families in need. Marion’s goal is not only to be the employer of choice, but also to look for ways that directly impact and help those living in our community. This holiday season Marion was blessed with two opportunities to make a difference.  

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Marion Hires Mary Jo Wenzel as Vice President of Finance


Marion Body Works, a leading manufacturer of Commercial Truck Bodies, Fire & Emergency Apparatus, Aluminum Custom Cabs, Custom Engineered Vehicles, and Defense Products, is excited to announce the hiring of Mary Jo Wenzel as the Vice President of Finance.

In this role with Marion, Mary Jo will be a member of the executive team and responsible for managing the areas of finance. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Marion Body Works from her diverse accounting background. Mary Jo knows the manufacturing environment because of her time at Miller Electric, FWD/Seagrave, and Jones Sign. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and has been living in Northeast Wisconsin with her husband, Paul.

“We are so excited to have the talent level that Mary Jo brings to the Marion Body Works team.”  –Curt Ignacio.

Please join us in welcoming Mary Joe Wenzel! 

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Marion Hires Mark Uetz as Commercial Regional Sales Manager for Minnesota Territory

Marion Body Works, a leading manufacturer of Commercial Truck Bodies, Fire & Emergency Apparatus, Aluminum Custom Cabs, Custom Engineered Vehicles, and Defense Products, is excited to announce the hiring of Mark Uetz as its new Commercial Regional Sales Manager for the Minnesota Territory.

Mark brings more than 10 years of sales experience to the job, which Mike Foley, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Marion Body Works, believes will be instrumental in helping the company achieve its strategic goals.

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Former 50 year employee comes back for tour

Arnie Piotraschke worked at Marion Body Works from 1959, until he retired in 2009. Last Friday, Arnie brought his extended family to tour the new facility. 15 of those family members were visiting from Germany for a family reunion. Through translation, they were able to hear and see where Arnie spent 50 years of service. Our President Curt Ignacio, and Pat Flannery gave the tours, and spent time walking the family through the history of MBW. 

We at Marion want to thank Arnie for his many years of dedicated service.

Photo: (left: Curt Ignacio, middle: Arnie Piotraschke, right: Pat Flannery) 

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Marion Body Works, Inc Celebrates its New Office Expansion

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Marion Body Works cuts ribbon on new headquarters and production facility campus

MARION, Wis. – From its humble beginnings in 1905 as a blacksmith shop manufacturing milk wagons, Marion Body Works now has the facilities to match its present-day status in the custom truck manufacturing industry.

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Jim Krueger Reaches 50 Years of Service

Today, June 2nd is the 50th anniversary of Jim Krueger’s employment with Marion Body Works. 

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Marion Body Works is Cover Story of Insight Magazine

Did you happen to catch our president, Curt Ignacio, on the cover of this month’s Insight magazine? We’re pretty proud to be featured not just on the cover, but in an article that highlights our history, our growth, and unwavering commitment to our people and community.

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Marion Body Works, Inc Supports the American Heart Association

Marion Body Works and the American Heart Association Red Shirt Event.

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Marion Body Works Promotes Ryan Falke to Director of Quality & Continuous Improvement

Marion Body Works, a leading manufacturer of Fire & Emergency Apparatus, Commercial Truck Bodies, Aluminum Custom Cabs, Custom Engineered Vehicles, and Defense Products, is pleased to announce the promotion of Ryan Falke to the position of Director of Quality & Continuous Improvement.

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Marion Body Works to Manufacture Custom Cargo Bodies for Navistar Defense

Military subcontractor, Marion Body Works, was selected by Navistar Defense to manufacture Custom Cargo Troop Carrier Bodies as part of a recently awarded $368.9 million U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) contract for Afghanistan military and police equipment. The first three truck bodies are due in November, with full ramp-up production of roughly 50 bodies per month scheduled to begin in the first part of 2016. The DoD contract ends November 30, 2019.

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Consolidated Construction and Marion Body Works Announce Expansion Project

Officials of Marion Body Works, Inc. announce that they have recently signed an agreement with Consolidated Construction Co., Inc. to build a new headquarters and expand an existing manufacturing facility at their 211 W. Ramsdell Street location in Marion, Wisconsin. Although actual site preparation and foundation work will commence immediately, an official groundbreaking ceremony date is set to take place on August 24, 2015 at 11:00 a.m., with officials from the City of Marion, Waupaca County, Marion Body Works and Consolidated Construction in attendance to turn the site’s dirt.

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Marion Body Works Celebrates Two Years of Working Safely

Marion Body Works, Inc., a leading manufacturer of Fire & Emergency Apparatus, Commercial Truck Bodies, Aluminum Custom Cabs, Custom Engineered Vehicles, and Defense Products, recently celebrated its two-year milestone of working without a lost-time injury by holding an all-employee steak fry at Lions Point Park in Marion, Wisconsin.

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Marion Body Works Adds John Sasman to its Manufacturing Team

Marion Body Works Adds John Sasman to its Manufacturing Team

john_sasmanMarion Body Works, a leading manufacturer of Fire & Emergency Apparatus, Commercial Truck Bodies, Aluminum Custom Cabs, Custom Engineered Vehicles, and Defense Products, is pleased to announce the hiring of John Sasman as the company’s new Manufacturing Engineer.

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Marion Hires Chris Sarmiento as Commercial Regional Sales Manager for Illinois Territory

Marion Body Works, a leading manufacturer of Fire & Emergency Apparatus, Commercial Truck Bodies, Aluminum Custom Cabs, Custom Engineered Vehicles, and Defense Products, is excited to announce the hiring of Chris Sarmiento as its new Commercial Regional Sales Manager for the Illinois Territory.

In his new role, Chris will be assisting resellers with account strategies, territory planning, and administrative responsibilities to ensure high levels of customer satisfaction. In addition, he will work to assess and meet the needs of new and key accounts.

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Marion Body Works Introduces New RPM-PF Rescue Pumper

Marion Body Works, a leading manufacturer of Fire & Emergency apparatus, Commercial truck bodies, aluminum custom cabs, custom engineered vehicles, and Defense products, recently unveiled its new RPM-PF (pump forward) fire apparatus at FDIC International 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Marion Body Works Participates in National Wear Red Day

Marion Body Works, Inc., a leading manufacturer of Fire & Emergency Apparatus, Commercial Truck Bodies, Aluminum Custom Cabs, Custom Engineered Vehicles, and Defense Products, recently participated in the American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day® to raise awareness in the fight against heart disease in women.

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Michele Mazemke Hired as Marion Body Works' HR Manager

Marion Body Works, a leading manufacturer of Fire & Emergency Apparatus, Commercial Truck Bodies, Aluminum Custom Cabs, Custom Engineered Vehicles, and Defense Products, is excited to announce the hiring of Michele Mazemke as the company’s new Human Resource (HR) Manager.

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Marion Body Works Hires Scott Benjamin, Business Development Manager for Defense and Cabs

Marion Body Works, a leading manufacturer of Fire & Emergency Apparatus, Commercial Truck Bodies, Aluminum Custom Cabs, Custom Engineered Vehicles, and Defense Products, is proud to announce the hiring of Scott Benjamin as the company’s Business Development Manager for Defense and Cabs.

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Marion Body Works Celebrates One Year of Working Safely

Marion Body Works, Inc., a leading manufacturer of Fire & Emergency Apparatus, Commercial Truck Bodies, Aluminum Custom Cabs, Custom Engineered Vehicles, and Defense Products, recently celebrated their one-year milestone of working without a lost-time injury by holding an all-employee steak fry at Lions Point Park in Marion, Wisconsin.

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Marion Body Works Promotes Vincenzo Speziale to VP of IT/IS

Marion Body Works, a leading manufacturer of Fire & Emergency Apparatus, Commercial Truck Bodies, Aluminum Custom Cabs, Custom Engineered Vehicles, and Defense Products, announced that it has promoted Vincenzo Speziale to the position of Vice President of Information Technology and Information Systems (IT/IS).

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Marion Body Works Names Mike Foley as VP of Sales & Marketing

Marion Body Works, a leading manufacturer of Fire & Emergency Apparatus, Commercial Truck Bodies, Aluminum Custom Cabs, Custom Engineered Vehicles, and Defense Products, announced that it has promoted Mike Foley to Vice President of Sales & Marketing.

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Marion Body Works Hires Nathan Nick, VP of Operations

Marion Body Works, a leading manufacturer of Fire & Emergency apparatus, Commercial truck bodies, aluminum custom cabs, custom engineered vehicles, and Defense products, announced that it has hired Nathan Nick as the company’s Vice President of Operations.

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Marion Body Works Announces Exclusive Coatings Supplier Partnership With PPG

Marion Body Works, a leading manufacturer of Fire & Emergency apparatus, Commercial truck bodies, aluminum custom cabs, custom engineered vehicles, and Defense products, announced that it has established an exclusive vendor partnership with PPG Industries. PPG will supply all coatings for Marion’s fire & emergency apparatus.

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Marion Body Works Celebrates 50 Years Of Building All Aluminum Fire Apparatus

Marion Body Works, a leading manufacturer of Fire & Emergency apparatus, Commercial truck bodies, aluminum custom cabs, custom engineered vehicles, and Defense products, announced that it is celebrating the 50th anniversary of building all aluminum fire apparatus, longer than any fire apparatus manufacturer in the country. 

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Marion Body Works Announces ISO 9001 Certification

Marion Body Works Announces ISO 9001 Certification

Certification is proof that Marion Body Works has the quality management system in place to consistently produce equipment that meet customer expectations.

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Marion Body Works, Inc., a Marion, Wis.-based manufacturer of specialized transportation equipment, is proud to announce its recent ISO 9001 certification.

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