DMACC Outstanding AlumniAward
AAS Tool and Diemaking 1993
VP of Pleasant Hill Operations, Dee Zee Inc.
A model student in the Tool and Die program at DMACC in the early 1990s, Shawn Loney has made a tremendous contribution to the operations of Iowa-based manufacturer Dee Zee.
Shawn earned a diploma as a Job Machinist in 1991 before moving to Seattle to work as a machinist at Boeing. He eventually returned to Iowa and completed his AAS in Tool & Die in 1993. From there he worked in a variety of shops including John Deere Waterloo Works. He eventually landed at Dee Zee in 2000 where he worked his way up from Tool & Die Maker to Manager of Tool & Die and eventually to Vice President of Pleasant Hill Operations, the position he continues to hold today.
At Dee Zee, Shawn has been involved in several complex projects that has helped the organization grow – notable among them a project that included the tooling for the convertible roof of the Mitsubishi Eclipse. The project helped Dee Zee move into the automotive stamping business, which was a huge accomplishment.
In addition to his work at Dee Zee, Shawn has remained connected to DMACC. When DMACC started an apprenticeship program in 2007, Shawn stepped up to volunteer his time as a member of the board and worked to ensure Dee Zee supported the program.
In addition to Shawn, his wife Sandra is a DMACC grad. And the couple's sons Brandyn and Cory both graduated from the Tool & Die program in 2016.