A. GEORGE HEBEL III:
Chairman, President and CEO of Bonal Technologies Inc. in Royal Oak, the world’s leading provider of non-thermal metal stress relief and weld conditioning technology. Hebel co-founded the company in 1984 to further develop and market the technology and equipment that he had developed. The technology, Meta-Lax, substitutes for heat treatment and therefore reduces energy consumption and treatment time by 98 percent while increasing the performance and longevity of the metal parts. The equipment is used in various metal stress relief applications from space shuttle parts to aircraft carriers, auto parts and tooling to mining equipment, rifles, and pistols to Army cannons. The company started selling internationally in the 1980s and the equipment is now sold in more than 50 countries. Bonal received a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Inventions and Innovation Program in 1989 to further research and develop the Meta-Lax process and track its energy savings. In 2002, Hebel was honored by Entrepreneurs for Energy Efficiency Inc. for successfully commercializing Meta-Lax’s energy savings as a result of the grant. A finalist for the 2008 Ernst & Young Central Great Lakes Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Hebel holds several patents in metalworking. He is a member of the Michigan Manufacturers Association, American Welding Society, ASM International (American Society of Metals), Entrepreneurs for Energy Efficiency, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, and the Greater Detroit Chamber. Hebel received his associate’s degree in mechanical technology from Lawrence Technological University.