It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of Jerry Trolz. Jerry worked at Goshen Stamping for 43 years, the last 37 as owner. We are all grateful for the foundation and core values Jerry built over his time. Outside of Goshen Stamping, Jerry was a passionate golfer. It was that love for the game that led him to buy Bent Oak Golf Course in Elkhart. He was also a generous benefactor to the community. For his philanthropic work, Jerry received the Guy Gunlach award for making a difference in the Elkhart Community and the Goshen Chamber Legacy Award for his 20 years as president of the Goshen Industrial Park. Jerry generously supported many organizations through his time, talent, and treasure. Goshen Hospital, Kiwanis International, The Salvation Army, The Boys and Girls Club and the American Ladder Institute are just a few. Jerry left a legacy the few can exceed and will be missed be everyone that knew him at Goshen Stamping.
“Jerry was an extraordinary person. He spent his life in service to others. The people who worked with him at Goshen Stamping received a rare and special gift in knowing him and sharing their lives with him. We miss him.” – Eric Kus, Owner/CEO of Goshen Stamping
Born November 27, 1935 in Manchester, Michigan, Gerald “Jerry” Trolz passed away July 19, 2020 in Elkhart, Michigan. Jerry served as the President of Goshen Stamping from 1973-2016 and was an active ALI member. He helped organize the golf tournaments that were held at ALI meetings throughout the 1980s, making lifelong connections with fellow ALI board members and their families.
Keith Liskey, ALI board member and Senior Advisor at Strongwell, said:
“With Jerry, what you saw is what you got. An old-fashioned, intelligent, hard working, honest guy with a very big heart and no hidden agendas.”
Manny DeSantis, ALI board member and President and CEO of Valley Fastener Group, said:
“They don’t make them like him anymore but the one word that best described him to me was ‘class’.”
He will be missed by all of those who knew him at ALI. To read ALI’s full tribute to Jerry, including details on memorial contributions, click here.
Goshen Stamping is a foundationally strong, enviable business nearly 100 years old. Companies that make it to 100 are among the rarest items on earth. It is inconceivable that an organization reaches this milestone without a strong foundation of leadership, passion and commitment from its employees. These people are the foundational rock on which companies like Goshen Stamping rests and deserve special recognition.
There are many people in the history of Goshen Stamping that are the rocks that support this great business. The current class of leaders recognize those people and the work over many years they put in to building and maintaining Goshen Stamping. We take seriously our charge as stewards of the values, hard work and commitment that proceed us.
If someone were to listen in to the current leaders, one would hear the word rock used almost daily. Today, a rock is an important project to be completed within a 90-day window that is critical for the current and future success of Goshen Stamping. It is just one tool in a complete bag of tools and processes we use to continue the legacy of Goshen Stamping. The overall process is called EOS and stands for Entrepreneurial Operating System.
The rocks outside the Goshen Stamping front door represent the company and the people who are the rocks of the company. They also are reminders of the rocks we create and work on every day and how important it is that we pursue them with the same passion and commitment of our predecessors. People who have named rocks have made a significant contribution to Goshen Stamping over many years. The contribution is the kind that has helped shape the past, present and future of Goshen Stamping. In other words, Goshen Stamping wouldn’t be what it is without these people.
Strong rocks last for hundreds and thousands of years. We are grateful for the opportunity to install and maintain the rock that greets people entering our front door. More importantly, we are grateful for, and work for, the people who have earned a named rock, as foundational members of the Goshen Stamping family.
October 1st, 2018 – Goshen Stamping welcomed several groups of local 8th grade students into their facility as part of National Manufacturing Day. The student’s visit included a tour of our manufacturing facilities as well as career pathway discussions including engineering, design, accounting, sales, customer service and production. Goshen Stamping was 1 of 77 companies in Elkhart County to open their doors to the youngsters with the intent to inspire the next generation of manufacturers and local innovators. MFG Day is a national grassroots movement to enhance the perception of modern manufacturing, connect with the next generation and build a talent pipeline to solve the skills gap crisis. Led nationwide by the Manufacturing Institute, the social impact arm of the National Association of Manufacturers.
October 1, 2018 – Eric Kus, Goshen Stamping president attended the fall meeting of the American Ladder Institute in Nashville Tennessee September 30th and October 1st 2018. At the meeting, technical standards for ladder manufacturers were discussed. Ladder safety and the March 2019 Ladder Safety Month were also reviewed. Other current government actions were considered as they impact our industry. The meeting was attended by all major manufacturers of ladders in North America.
Nearly 70 PMA, NTMA and Women in Manufacturing members traveled to Washington D.C., April 17-18, 1018, to participate in the 10th annual One Voice Legislative Conference. Among those attending the conference was Goshen Stamping’s president, Eric Kus. These manufacturing leaders visited 120 congressional offices to share the industry’s views with elected representatives and their staffs on key issues, including workforce development and the steel and aluminum tariffs.
Goshen, Indiana. (Nov. 5, 2017) – Goshen Stamping, LLC announced the successful completion of its International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015 audit.. The audit’s objective is to set international requirements for quality management systems.
The audit was performed by SAI Global on September 20th through the 22nd, and Goshen Stamping passed the most recent version of the audit with zero non-conformances, the best result possible. The internationally recognized ISO 9001 standard is applicable to any manufacturing or service industry.
“This certification confirms that our quality management system consistently ensures outstanding products that meet or exceed our customers’ needs.” said Randy Kamp, Quality Manager for Goshen Stamping. “Our team is incredibly proud to be recognized for our exemplary safety record and continuous improvements to our processes.” added company President, Eric Kus.
According to ISO, achieving 9001:2015 certification means that an organization has demonstrated the following:
• Customer focus
• Innovation of people
• Systematic approach to management
• Continual improvement
• Factual approach to decision-making
• Mutually beneficial supplier relations
The newest version of the ISO 9001 certification contains key updates including an emphasis on risk-based thinking to enhance the application of the process approach, improved applicability for services and increased leadership requirements.
Eric Kus, President of Goshen Stamping, LLC participated in the Precision Metalworking Association “One Voice” program in Washington DC on May 2nd and 3rd 2017.
This is an opportunity to meet with various congressional representatives to present our legislative priorities. Primary focus was training and educational support programs for the metal working industry, tax reform and international trade agreements.
Eric met with Indiana Senators Joe Donnelly and Todd Young and Congressmen Jim Banks, Luke Messer, Todd Rokita, Trey Hollingsworth and congresswoman Jackie Walorski.
It was a very productive group and meeting and we were able to voice our ideas and concerns to our representatives in person.
How do you leave a legacy? In Goshen, it’s by being kind.