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Antonio Beniquez, Engineering Manager
In my position I manage workload distributing among the engineering team of two designers and two quoters. I also hold the position of senior product designer, am involved in new product development and R&D, conduct weight load testing, and sometimes, due to my creative nature, help with Mighty Hook’s graphic design (web, adding images, creating graphics, and more).
Mighty Hook was my first engineering job, and I’ve been happy enough here to stick around for 12 years so far. Before Mighty Hook I worked hands on with the mechanics of cars with my father. When I came to Mighty Hook, I started as an applications engineer, designing mechanical components and rubber molded products. Eventually, I moved on to bigger items, intricate mechanical devices, material handling products, and more complex integrated masking products. My hands on automotive mechanical background helped me to understand the mechanics of other products. It was a natural fit for me.
When I’m not working as engineering manager at Mighty Hook, I am a gallery represented street artist in Chicago. I am known for murals on sides of several Chicago buildings and buildings in various other cities. I think this outside work really helps keep the creative juices flowing, on and off the job. Whether I’m metal fabricating or using a spray can to create a design, I stay sharp through consistent creative work, exercising both sides of my brain. I use my creativity as well when helping Mighty Hook get photographs for the website or advertisements, as well as shoot video for YouTube.
Artwork created by Mighty Hook's Maryann Michaels
The people at Mighty Hook have become my family. Most of the people who were here when I started are still here today and have created a unique familial culture. Sometimes, we get along well but fight like a family, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. We get the work done, and are constantly trying to do better. We’re never micromanaged, and Scott is sure to allow us to be creative in our own right. This helps the business grow, because we are never held back. Great ideas are always on the horizon. We’ve really established a good culture.
I’ll never forget seeing a product I had designed come to life and be purchased by a customer for the first time. It was great to see the product I had the idea for come to fruition. In general, the ability to have input that people deem valuable is exciting. Becoming the Engineering Manager showed that the company had a level of trust in me and saw the strength of my abilities. It is always gratifying to be able to see the fruits of your labor. I always find it so interesting to see that people will invest in the ideas of others. That’s truly what I love about my job.
Antonio is going to be highlighted as one to watch in Products Finishing Magazine’s “Class of 2018 40 Under 40”. Look out for this awesome feature. It is a highly significant recognition in the industry.
We can’t wait to appear at our first Fabtech Canada show in Toronto from June 12th to 14th. Fabtech Canada is Canada’s leading exclusive Metal Forming, Fabrication, Welding, and Finishing event. There, you can network with those within the industry and discuss the newest finishing solutions. We are excited to expand our reach to this new demographic and to showcase a brand-new tradeshow booth. We will also be attending the US Fabtech show from November 6th to the 8th.
Come by our booth at either show to see our newly updated backdrop and an example conveyor line with Angle Pivot technology! The Angle Pivot technology automatically rotates parts or racks mechanically on inclines and declines, which allows close spacing of racks or parts. Among many advantages, the tooling increases production rates and increases the throughput capacity by 20-50%.
Mighty Hook was recently featured on Manufacturing Today's website! The article discusses how Mighty Hook continuously looks for ways to satisfy customers’ needs, and the growth of Mighty Hook's business due to industry changes.
“Founder Lee Cullen started Mighty Hook in 1991, after forming one of the first job-shop powder coating companies in Chicago. ‘It was a source for his own needs as well as other companies [that] were lacking in a source of supply of hangers or hooking systems,’ Rempala says.
Mighty Hook’s partnership with the coating firm enabled it to rapidly develop products. For the first 10 years, the company specialized in selling in-stock products.
However, ‘We realized that the company was heading down the commodity track,’ Rempala recalls. ‘We looked to our customers and where we could find additional value that they needed.’”
Read more at the full article, here.
“Hang In There!”