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About Challenge Manufacturing

In 1981, Challenge was founded in a garage in Walker, MI. Starting with one machine, Challenge has grown tremendously over the past four decades. Today, still headquartered in Walker, MI, Challenge employs approximately 3,000 team members supported by 1,000 industrial robots across ten locations in North America and Asia. Challenge prides itself on maintaining its values, culture and competitiveness as a company within its fast-moving industry.

What makes Challenge unique? Challenge is an employee-owned company. The Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) allows our team members to share in the value earned by the company. The ESOP also enables the Company to maintain a collaborative and teamwork-oriented work culture. In 2016, Challenge was ranked as the 50th largest ESOP Company in the US. By working together, we can help build a stronger financial future for everyone.

Challenge’s Mission: To be the best global supplier of automotive structures and provide value to our dedicated employee-owners.

Challenge operates on three principles: People, Improvement & Customer.

35

Years in the Industry

10

Locations

2143

ESOP Participants

Leading Tier 1 Automotive Manufacturer

Assembly

Automated assemblies produce speed, accuracy, and precision in product assembly.

Stamping

Challenge succeeds using high speed progressive stamping and high tonnage transfer process.

Welding

Challenge utilizes a variety of welding techniques including resistance, projection, MIG and drawn arc stud to produce high quality products.

Quality

Challenge upholds best-in-class quality, delivery, costs, and responsiveness to our customers.