365 days of planning, a variety of theme ideas tossed around, numerous volunteers and just like that after two days it’s all over! Overjoyed, exhausted, proud, accomplished, and grateful … these are just a few emotions that our team at DeWys Mfg. felt during the 40th anniversary celebration weekend on September 15th and 16th.
Friday, the 15th, was spent showing the customers our appreciation for their commitment to DeWys over the past 40 years. We provided tours where guests had the opportunity to learn about our newest machines and innovative processes with our DeWys University trainers. As well as, socializing with team members, and sampling of tasty treats and beverages.
“It is humbling to see the support and commitment from our customers over the past 40 years. If it were not for their continued partnership, we would not be where we are today” Jon DeWys, CEO of DeWys Manufacturing
Saturday, the 16th, was a day full of laughter, knowledge, fun and hands on activities for the entire family! Guests were able to experience manufacturing through battling robots provided by That ONE Team and the Allendale Trisonics, shoot 3D catapults with the Kent Intermediate School District, sit in electrathon cars built by the Coopersville High School team, weld on a virtual welder through the MCAM trailer provide by Grand Rapids Community College, and build their own CO2 cars with Kenowa Hills High School! The pride and joy on every one’s face’s and hearing children say to their dad or mom “WOW, this is what you do at work? SO cool!” during this event reminded the team why we do what we do.
“The 40th celebration allowed us to utilize our partnerships with the local high school and colleges to provide hands-on activities for our team members and their families. There is so much to be proud of when it comes to manufacturing and working at our company. We wanted the families of our team members to participate in it firsthand!” – Laura Elsner, Workforce Development Manager