Two new members of ACMA's Hall of Fame were inducted during COMPOSITES+POLYCON 2009: Richard Higgins, President, HK Research, Hickory, N.C., and Dave Mohnke, President, E-T-M Enterprises, Inc., Grand Ledge, MI.
has worked nearly 40 years to build the world's largest cold mold business, producing FRP composites for automobiles, heavy trucks, buses, RVs, and personal watercraft, as well as supplying FRP composites to the wind power and agricultural industries.
career in 1965 as general manager of Eaton Model and Pattern, Iona, Mich., where he
made composite molds and produced the first low-volume automotive cold-molded FRP parts.
In 1970, he started E-T-M in his garage and over the years, has built his business to become the largest employer in Grand Ledge, MI.
As an FRP pioneer, Mohnke developed his cold mold process into a viable, sustainable business and developed exacting criteria for the production of closed mold, matched, laminate molds used in the cold mold process.
innovations and his
tireless efforts to promote the use of composites have paved the way for composites' growth in a number of market applications.
most recent project included the new production facility for Siemens Wind Power.