Meet the Team: Mustang Fiberglass Finish Supervisor Mike Bonneville

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31 Mar 2011

Mike Bonneville

Mike Bonneville joined our team in October of 1999, starting out in Mustang’s fiberglass finish department. Truth be told, when he got here, this former demolition subcontractor was Mustang’s fiberglass finish department. Meet Mike and read what he’s got to say about his dozen years of helping create comfy motorcycle seats.

Mustang Seats: What did you do prior to coming to work for Mustang?

Mike Bonneville: I was a demolition technician. I ripped the guts out of houses, like doors, cabinets, radiators, appliances, doorjambs  and wire. I removed metals and prepared the houses for the wreckers. I did this for about six years and it was pretty fun working with jackhammers, fork lifts and Bobcats. I started driving a big Kodiak truck — a huge flatbed with 16 gears. I got this job through a friend of mine who would subcontract demolition work. They called me “The Sawzall Man” because I would cut pipe and conduit faster than anybody else.

Mustang: What attracted you to Mustang?

MB: I worked for a company delivering u-clips to Mustang and I noticed that Mustang was building motorcycle seats, which I found fascinating.  I knew an employee who worked at Mustang who became my “in.” I wanted to be around motorcycle parts, so my friend talked with the general manager at the time and I was offered a job as a fiberglass finish technician. At first, I was the only guy in the department; today our team can do four times as many seats per day as in the “old days” – how times have changed– how times have changed!

Mustang: What’s the best part of your job?

MB: I like grinding the most because I like the different styles of base plates. Grinding the different contours of the pans is neat because they’re all different styles and I take great pride in my work. The design variety never ceases to amaze me.

Mustang: When you’re not working, what do you like to do in your spare time?

MB: I like to go fishing on my 14-foot Bass Tracker boat. My favorite place to fish is the Quabbin Reservoir and local lakes. Moosehead Lake in Maine is great for fishing because it’s large — about 10 miles long.  I also have an HO scale train set that has been my hobby for the past 20 years. For the past five years, I have been working on my track layout and scenery, which takes up quite a bit of space. It’s far from being finished because I’m always adding something to it.  I like to go four wheeling on my ATV. I also do odd jobs on the side – interior/exterior painting, power-washing decks and homes and finish woodwork. I love NASCAR and have a display case with NASCAR cards and die cast cars. I have about nine Dale Earnhardts, a couple Jeb Gordons and a few Tom Pettys. I also like collecting coins and foreign money. I have Vietnam money, German money, Italian money and old military notes. I have been collecting coins for fun since I was a kid.

Mustang: What’s your favorite Mustang part or accessory?

MB: I like the tank bibs because they dress up the bike pretty nice. As soon as I get my bike, I’ll be sure to have a Mustang tank bib on it.

Mustang: If you could take time off and ride anywhere in the world, where would you go and with whom would you go?

MB: I would like to ride in Hawaii. My brother was stationed at a Hawaiian naval base and used to send me Hawaiian memorabilia. It’s so beautiful. Between the natives, blue ocean, mountains and volcanoes… that would be my first choice.

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