Marion Body Works News

Marion Salutes All Veterans

Posted by Cal Kanowitz

(November 11, 2018)

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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Topics: Marion News, Marion, Commercial Truck Bodies, Fire & Emergency



Marion On the Cutting Edge of Welding

Posted by Marketing

(September 26, 2018)

 
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.


 

Taking out the element of human error when testing skill level, each machine provides accurate real-time data to point out areas for improvement and level of mastery among the different settings.

 

The AugmentedArc is perfect for those just getting into welding, newly out of college, or wanting to learn what it might be like as a welder. The LiveArc provides users with a realistic environment versus augmented being that they can see and experience welding in action or as a test tool.

Marion Body Works continues to invest in current and future employees through on-sight training in the Center of Excellence where each of the new simulators will be housed for continual use throughout the year by welders taking their 6-month qualification testing, new employee training, and prospective high school tours.

 

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Topics: Marion News, Marion, Commercial Truck Bodies, Fire & Emergency



Marion Body Works is Now Certified MVP

Posted by Marketing

(September 7, 2018)

 "Because Standards Don't Raise Themselves"

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Topics: Marion News, Marion, Buying an Apparatus, Commercial Truck Bodies



Summer Interns at Marion Body Works Head Back to College

Posted by Marketing

(August 16, 2018)

 

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Topics: Marion News, Marion



Marion Defense Builds On Success

Posted by Cal Kanowitz

(July 24, 2018)

 

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. 

“We have the capabilities to build exactly to your written spec, or we can help you design and build a body to meet a new requirement,” said Larry Czarnecki, Manager of Engineering at Marion.  “We’ve built more than 25 different types of defense bodies for Oshkosh, BAE Systems, Mack Defense and Navistar Defense.”  Some programs are steady production line contracts for hundreds of bodies like Oshkosh’s HEMTT or Navistar’s General Troop Transport (GTT) while others are limited specialty runs. 

“We recently completed 11 bodies for Navistar Defense that were sold to Peru.” said Czarnecki, “One was a unique mobile workshop for remote vehicle repairs that included a generator, welder, lathe, drill press and other tools.  We outfitted the entire body with all the equipment, power requirements and storage systems.”  Many builders would not have been willing to tackle such a short run, but Marion has a 113 year history of building specialized vehicles and custom fire apparatus.  “We are comfortable looking at any spec, we are not going to be scared away by the unusual or unfamiliar,” Czarnecki continued.

In addition to new body manufacturing, Marion also performs vehicle resets on used and damaged bodies.  As part of complete teardowns by the OEM, Marion will receive truck bodies, disassemble them, and sandblast to remove paint.  The pieces will then be fully inspected, and repaired or replaced to meet the OEM spec.  Parts will be repainted and returned to the OEM for reattachment to the chassis.  This extends the service of the vehicle while saving taxpayer dollars.

Marion employs more than 100 American Welding Society (AWS) Qualified welders led by a Certified Welding Inspector.  Their contributions, along with the rest of the design and build team has recently earned Marion the Navistar Diamond Supplier Award. 

Given annually to an elite group of suppliers, the Diamond Supplier Award recognizes the top half of one percent of Navistar’s global supplier network.  Marion’s ability to go above and beyond Navistar’s expectations for quality, support, response time and production flexibility were key factors in earning this prestigious award.  “The team at Marion is proud of what we provide our customers like Navistar.  We will continue our 30+ year history supporting our US Warfighters and our Allies around the world,” said Curtis Ignacio, President & CEO at Marion.

 

Contact our Team!

 

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Topics: Marion News, Marion, Defense



The Proof is in the Culture

Posted by Marion Body Works

(June 26, 2018)

 

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."

 

With the company continually growing, now over 300 employees, Marion strives to provide the exceptional quality to employees they have been for decades. The company is representing individuals from many regions of the state including; Wausau, Antigo, Shawano, Green Bay, Appleton, Stevens Point, Oshkosh, and Waupaca to list a few. So why do they go out of their way to come work an hour plus from home? It's simple: the proof is in the culture.

 

A company that treats their employees with integrity, honesty and compassion receives the same from them. Marion is holding the keys to the future of work place culture by paving the road for manufacturers' company culture. Many industries are integrating employee freedom and a laid-back, yet responsibility driven, culture through a variety of work options. Marion Body has taking the initiative to do just this. What it does is allow individuals to create balance with family, work, events and more.

 

They believe in being family focused at work and home. By bringing in new ideas, technologies and policies, Marion Body Works has created an environment allowing for focus on both areas of life. Thomas La Via, Systems Analyst, shares, "Marion Body is family friendly and creates a laid-back culture making it easy for employees to feel welcomed and appreciated at work."

 

Even in a small town, giant personality can arise by companies dedicated in improving their employees satisfaction. Marion Body Works continues to drive on a path towards ever-increasing success and being a role model for manufacturers across the nation. If you wish to learn more about company culture and careers at Marion, follow us on social media and subscribe to our e-newsletter for updates.

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Topics: Marion News, Marion



Growing Board of Directors welcomes Jim Ransom at Marion Body Works

Posted by Marketing

(June 14, 2018)

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.

Upon “retiring,” Ransom has picked up various board positions both with privately held and public organizations. Additionally, he actively participates in an advisory business focusing on strategy and organizational design. His involvement doesn’t stop there as he serves as a member on the UW-Oshkosh College of Business faculty while teaching strategy and leadership courses in the executive MBA program.

We welcome Jim to our team and look forward to the advancements he too will bring to Marion Body Works.

(Pictured above: - Jim Ransom)

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Topics: Marion News, Marion



Former 50 year employee comes back for tour

Posted by Marion Body Works

(August 3, 2016)

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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Topics: Marion



Marion Body Works, Inc Celebrates its New Office Expansion

Posted by Marion Body Works

(June 23, 2016)

June 17, 2016 

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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Topics: Marion



Jim Krueger Reaches 50 Years of Service

Posted by Marion Body Works

(June 2, 2016)

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

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Topics: Marion