Willy Goellner named among '2018 - People You Should Know'

By: Meaghan Ziemba, Content Marketing Manager, AME


Willy, Part of his Family and closest Employees for his 'People you should know' Honoring


Rockford, Illinois, USA - November 5, 2018 -  Advanced Machine & Engineering (AME) and Hennig, Inc. Founder and Chairman, Willy Goellner, was named one of the 2018 People You Should Know by the Rockford Chamber of Commerce.

He was one of 20 people recognized during a special reception on Thursday, November 1 at the Tebala Event Center. People You Should Know started in 2011, and the program has honored 121 leaders since then.

This latest group was selected from 50 nominations and features eight women and 12 men. The group represents a variety of industries, including healthcare, government, nonprofits, finance, education, manufacturing, and professional services. Honorees are business leaders who impact their respective organizations and industries and who positively affect the local business environment.

Goellner founded AME in 1966 in a 1,000-sq.-ft. space in Loves Park. Two year later, the company relocated to a 33,371-sq.-ft. space in Rockford where it continues to be a manufacturing force in the metalworking industry. Thanks to a long-term relationship, AME partnered with German company Hennig, Inc. in 1977, and acquired the company in 1999.

“I am honored and very humbled to be part of this year’s group of People You Should Know,” he said. “Thank you to all those who nominated me and to the Rockford Chamber of Commerce for this special recognition.”


About Advanced Machine & Engineering Co.

Advanced Machine & Engineering (AME) was founded in 1966 out of Rockford, Illinois, USA by Willy Goellner. Originally known as Advanced Engineering Co., AME has developed into a global leader in machine tool components and metal cutting machines for over 50 years. With strong core values supporting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education, AME’s robust apprenticeship program and community outreach programs ensure a secure, innovative environment that supports AME facilities and the development of the American manufacturing movement.


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