All in the family

Jan 19, 2007

A Kettering student and two alums make college and co-op a family affair at Cardinal Machine Company.

The Cardinal Machine Companyfrom Clio, Mich., was on campus Dec. 18 to officially install the Cardinal Machine logo plaque on the Cooperative Education Partners "Wall of Fame" in the Great Court of the Campus Center.

Currently two Kettering alumni and a student work for Cardinal, Jeremy Clontz '98, Engineering manager, and David Bender '03, project engineer, and Kettering senior Michael Bender, working with his brother David.

"The Kettering partnership has been a good one for us," said Brian Pennington, president of Cardinal Machine Company. "The program gives us an opportunity to build young talent. We believe in building talent from within the organization, and Kettering gives us the chance to bring young people in and develop them into good engineering prospects," he added.

Cardinal Machine Company has been a Kettering co-op partner since 1993. It is a privately owned corporation, established in 1972 as a designer and builder of special machines and tools. The company provides equipment and service to Tier 1, 2, and 3 automotive and non-automotive customers in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and China.

Their products and services include design and build comprehensive machine building and rebuilding, lean assembly cells, resistance and arc welding machines, gas fill technology and pressure vessels

The Bender brothers really DO keep it all in the family. While they do not work directly with one another at Cardinal, and despite having attended the same college five years apart, when Michael graduates in 2008 they will both have undergraduate degrees with a double major: Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering, considered one of the toughest academic degree programs at the university. Through it all, they managed to stay close to their mother Laura Bender, who works in the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department at Kettering.

Written by Dawn Hibbard