ROYAL OAK, Mich., July 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Bonal International, Inc. (OTC: BONL) has announced that A. George Hebel, III, former Chairman and current board member of Bonal International, Inc., died of complications due to cancer on July 6, 2014. Hebel retired from full time duties as President and CEO on March 31, 2010 and remained Chairman of the Board of Directors until February, 2014. Previously he served Bonal in various capacities throughout a 50 year period.
"George was focused on market introduction of Bonal's Meta-Lax stress relief technology. Under his leadership, businesses from over 66 different sectors of the metalworking industry located in over 60 countries acquired Meta-Lax equipment. It was George who presented 'Meta-Lax' as a possible name for the new revolutionary technology that he helped develop and patent. George had a special talent for designing equipment. He designed over 30 control consoles and three product lines. George will be sorely missed," stated Thomas E. Hebel, Chairman of the Board.
George Hebel joined Bonal Corporation (the original machine shop where the Meta-Lax technology was developed) in 1963 as a machinist with building maintenance responsibilities. He assumed the responsibilities of plant manager in 1967, overseeing the growth and direction of the machining operation. In 1976, an expansion of the organization to include a Vibronics Division provided for increased responsibilities, including becoming a member of Bonal Corporation's Board of Directors and General Manager of its plant operations. He was Chairman and CEO of Bonal Corporation from December, 1992 to February, 1995. Hebel was co-inventor, with his late father, August (Gus) G. Hebel, Jr., and wrote the first patents in 1971 for the Meta-Lax Stress Relief technology. Meta-Lax substitutes for heat treatment stress relief at a dramatic time, providing cost and energy savings while increasing the performance and longevity of metal parts.
In 2002, Hebel was honored by Entrepreneurs for Energy Efficiency Inc. for successfully commercializing Bonal's energy savings technology.
Hebel's continued efforts within the metalworking industry brought him recognition as one of the finalists for Ernst & Young's 2008 Central Great Lakes Entrepreneur of the Year. During an interview for the award Hebel offered the following insights on questions asked of him.
MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSON: "My father - an innovator himself who always tried to push the idea of not accepting the norm and if you have a problem, figure it out and be creative. He taught me a lot about creativity."
FAVORITE PLACE: "I have a home in northern Michigan on Mullett Lake and a home in Florida and I love them both. Playing golf in January is great."
FAVORITE HOBBY: "My favorite hobby has been home improvement and remodeling jobs. My wife was in real estate and she'd get good buys on houses and we'd fix them up together."
HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: "As a good father and grandfather, nothing else counts. You're doing what you can to help society and make a living and what you leave behind are kids and grandkids. Lincoln said the only legacy you leave behind is family."
He was a member of the Clawson Troy Elks #2169, Clawson Eagles, American Legion, Melbourne, FL, Michigan Manufacturers Association, American Society of Metals, Entrepreneurs for Energy Efficiency, Michigan Chamber of Commerce and Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce. Hebel received a degree in mechanical technology from Lawrence Institute of Technology in 1970 and did post-graduate studies in business administration and marketing at Lawrence Tech's School of Industrial Management.
George Hebel is survived by his wife Marilyn, four children, ten grandchildren, six brothers and sisters, and many nieces and nephews.
Bonal International, Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary, Bonal Technologies, Inc. is the patent holder and world's leading provider of sub-harmonic vibratory stress relief and weld conditioning technology. Bonal provides three lines of equipment Meta-Lax® Stress Relief and Weld Conditioning, Pulse Puddle Arc Welding®, and Black Magic® Distortion Control, which are sold in the United States and more than 60 countries worldwide. Headquartered in Royal Oak, Mich., Bonal serves the aerospace, automotive, defense, die casting, machine tool building, mining, mold making, power generation, racing, shipbuilding, and welding industries. Bonal's Meta-Lax® technology is used for eliminating thermal stress in metal parts, thereby preventing warping and cracking, at a fraction of the time, energy, and monetary costs of competing technologies. More information can be found at www.Bonal.com or by calling 1-800-Meta-Lax.
SOURCE Bonal International, Inc.