WOOD DALE - Brothers Aaron and Ryan Wiegel and their sister Erica make up the third generation of the family that has owned Wiegel Tool Works in Wood Dale, Illinois for 75 years.
Wiegel Tool Works is a precision stamper that specializes in electrical automotive tight tolerance terminals, complex lead frames and bus bars. Aaron and Ryan focus on Wiegel Tool Works, while their sister Erica presides as sole owner over her 2015 acquisition, Aro Metal Stamping in Roselle.
Aaron, the oldest, graduated from Northern Illinois University with a degree in manufacturing engineering in 2000, and immediately thereafter started working fulltime in the family business. Like most raised in a family business, Aaron and his siblings spent considerable time where their dad worked.
“We liked to spend time there – but as we grew older, Dad taught us the value of work,” Aaron said. “Once I asked him for $20 to go out with some friends. He handed it over, and then said next time I needed $20, I would have to earn it.”