In 1985, Mitsubishi announced that they would build an assembly plant in Normal, Illinois, as a joint venture with Chrysler Corp., Called Diamond-Star Motors. Mitsubishi knew that to succeed, they would need a strong, proven supplier base to support them in the U.S. So they asked our parent companies to build a plant in the U.S. near the Diamond-Star plant to continue supplying them with the same quality products that they had supplied for decades in Japan. The original 16 parent companies formed a corporation called Nippon Eagle Wings, and made preparations to build a new state-of-the-art facility in Rantoul, Illinois - which they named Eagle Wings Industries.
The decades of experience and technical knowledge achieved in Japan was ingrained into the EWI facility from the first shovel of dirt, and continues to play a vital role in the way we do business today, in our business philosophy and our associates' attitudes and work ethics. Some of our parent companies have supplied Mitsubishi Motor Corp. in Japan with quality automotive chassis sub-assemblies for more than 60 years. Over the years they have developed new technologies and processes. Some of these designs and processes are protected by patent laws.
Eagle Wings Industries begins producing assemblies for the first Diamond Star Motors vehicle produced in Normal, Illinois.
Eagle Wings Increases available large tandem stamping capacity by adding a 4th stamping line bringing the total number of presses to 11.
Eagle Wings adds 12 small presses to facilitate production of smaller stampings
The Eagle WIngs main plant size is increased by nearly 1/3 to 313,000 square feet.
A 1500 ton Transfer press is added rounding out Eagle Wings' stamping capacity.
Eagle WIngs begins producing stampings and painted assemblies for other automotive customers
Sales Increase dramatically when a 2nd major customer is added.
Catia capability is added to the Eagle Wings engineering group.
Eagle Wings is certified to ISO:9002
Due to tremendous growth in sales, Eagle Wings launches the Richland Manufacturing operation in Olney, Illinois
Eagle Wings Quality System Certification is upgraded to ISO9001:2000
Eagle Wings starts production for a 3rd major customer supplying products to the Japanese Big 3.
Eagle Wings starts production for a 4th major customer at Richland Manufacturing supplying products to the largest of the Japanese Big 3