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 1,500 industrial robots across twelve locations in North America. 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 2017, Challenge was ranked as the 40th 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 supplier of automotive structures and provide value to our dedicated employee-owners.

Challenge operates on three Core Values: Safety, Ownership, and Teamwork.


Years in the Industry




ESOP Participants

Leading Tier 1 Automotive Manufacturer


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


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


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


 Challenge is committed to customer satisfaction and continual improvement.

Quality Mission Statement: “Discipline to the quality management system will drive World Class Quality”