DeWys Manufacturing Inc. is pleased to announce the acquisition of ReFab LLC, a leader in metal fabrication, located in Grand Haven, MI. Their core values, philosophies and capabilities align with those of DeWys Manufacturing making it a great fit for both companies.
The addition of ReFab will expand DeWys’ core capabilities like cutting, forming, and welding while allowing for even quicker turnaround times to current and future customers. Customers will have immediate access to these additional capabilities and services. The team understands the needs of our customers are always evolving, so DeWys continues to grow its metal fabrication solutions through diversification of markets, industries, and geographical reach. The alignment of these two companies will increase flexibility and speed for our customers.
“Growth of DeWys Manufacturing with expansion of our offerings and capabilities has been on our one-page strategic plan for a few years now. The acquisition of ReFab will allow for this to happen.” states Jon DeWys, CEO of DeWys Manufacturing. “This partnership will not only strengthen our response in manufacturing but will continue to allow DeWys to be your complete metal solutions company.”
Pictured above (from left to right): Jon DeWys, CEO of DeWys Manufacturing, Josh Vink of ReFab LLC, and Mark Schoenborn, President of DeWys Manufacturing
DeWys Manufacturing Inc., your complete metal solutions company – is excited to add a new business unit solely dedicated to the production of stainless steel and aluminum parts. As the new decade begins, the final finishes to the 35,000 sq ft. building expansion will be completed with space for a newly acquired Lissmac deburring machine to support the growth of existing manufacturing capabilities in 2020. The space will also be equipped with a 4000 watt laser, insertion machine, finishing booth, Amada 170-ton press brake, Surfox passivation machine and weld booth consisting of MIG, TIG and resistance welding. DeWys’ Circle of Companies will provide dedicated resources and full-service fabrication capabilities to their customers.
DeWys’ Stainless Solutions will empower highly skilled team members to provide superior quality parts to their customers. Products will include various grades of stainless steel and aluminum up to .250 thick. The Lissmac efficiency of two-sided deburring and edge rounding offers up to a 60% cost savings to DeWys customers. In addition, dedicated tooling will be assigned to the Amada 170-ton press brake to ensure zero cross contamination during the production process.
The newly added Stainless Solutions is capable of offering a wide variety of product including but not limited to laboratory furniture, medical equipment, energy enclosures, battery enclosures, retail displays, vending machines, testing equipment, food processing and commercial equipment.
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Even a small act of kindness can make a big difference in someone’s life. Here at DeWys Manufacturing, we are continuously striving to make a positive impact not only in house, but with the community of West Michigan.
This holiday season, DeWys Manufacturing adopted a family through Love Inc of Allendale for the third year in a row. While the family information stayed anonymous, the team members rallied together like they were one of our own. With four kids and a baby girl on the way, the variety of gifts and monetary donations poured in! Overall, DeWys was able to donate over $800 worth of gifts to the family including family board games, clothes for all, toys, and even a drone. Team members were so invested in the season of giving, that a dresser/changing table and entertainment center were donated as well!
It brings joy to our team knowing there is one more family in the West Michigan area that will wake up on Christmas morning to the sounds of cheer and excitement as they open gifts while creating memories that will last a lifetime.
Happy holidays to all!
At DeWys Manufacturing, the company strategic plan is referred to as The Road to Success. Yet, success in not a destination, we believe success is continually improving our practices and celebrating our positive contributions. As Simon Sinek (Organizational Consultant and Motivational Speaker) says, “No one knows everything. But together, we know a whole lot.” Together as stakeholders we are The DeWys Difference, a key piece labeled on the Road to Success. The DeWys Difference includes standards we are proud of, including an optimized facility, precision-based processes, a leadership team with 200+ years of manufacturing experience, a flexible and agile mindset as well as the ability to solve customers challenges.
In 2019, The DeWys Difference has led to a 30,000 sq. foot expansion optimizing the DeWys Manufacturing facility. When completed, the addition will extend space for customer product and improve process flow. The flow of each individual process from receiving in steel to packaging the finished product plays a significant role in the success of how DeWys Manufacturing operates. In an everchanging industry, it is important that DeWys Manufacturing optimizes the current facility and remains flexible and agile to support customers. Recently, DeWys Manufacturing reevaluated mechanized welding operations to increase throughput by decreasing the number of operations required to produce welded tanks. In addition to an optimized location and access to resources, the leadership team uses their combined 200+ years of manufacturing experience by working alongside empowered team members to develop their talent through DeWys University and increase added value to customers. Through the employee recognition A.C.C.T. program and innovation team, each advancement a DeWys Mfg. team member achieves personally or professionally supports our people, process and product. With a strategic plan guiding operations, DeWys Manufacturing can focus on technology, talent development and innovation integration to bring the most value to our customers and truly be The DeWys Difference.
DeWys Manufacturing a complete metal solutions company located in Marne, MI – marks 2019 in the history books as the year of their largest building expansion to date. Since the company was founded in 1977, the company has undergone five additions to the original building including a 24,000 sq. ft expansion that was completed in 2012. Now, in 2019, DeWys Manufacturing plans to invest around $6.9 million dollars over the course of three years in the newest addition that will expand the facility by 30,000 sq. ft. The expansion of the current facility will provide enough space to consolidate two other facilities currently located within a five-mile radius.
Assisting in the planning for the expansion project is Lakeshore Advantage. The economic development organization has contributed resources and coordinated permit approvals for the project. Mark Schoenborn, Vice President, says “The local resources Lakeshore Advantage has been able to coordinate alongside us has allowed DeWys Manufacturing to rev this project into full gear and we could not be more excited.”
The plans to expand DeWys Manufacturing’s main facility opened funding opportunities from the Michigan Business Development Program. The MBDP is an incentive program that specializes in providing grants, loans and other economic assistance to business who qualify. DeWys Manufacturing will bring 41 new jobs and investments to the area resulting in a $267,000 grant from the MBDP. Jon DeWys, CEO, says “The support from the MBDP has played a significant role in validating our purpose as a company to strengthen our local economy while adding more job opportunities to the community.”
With support from Wright Township, Lakeshore advantage, and others, the company has been able to launch the expansion project to better serve the customers and community. DeWys Manufacturing is thrilled for the future team members and opportunities as the company continues to grow right here in West Michigan.
On June 1st, 2019, DeWys Manufacturing kicked off the summer with the first family party of the year at John Ball Zoo. The team members at DeWys Manufacturing are some of the coolest, talented and hardworking people (humble brag) and we were thrilled to throw such an event for all those who were able to come! Located near downtown Grand Rapids, John Ball Zoo provided a lush picnic area for us to grill out and indulge with some ice cream, courtesy of Bumblebee Ice Cream located in Marne.
The weekend welcomed us with delightful rain showers all day… yet over eighty DeWys team members and over two hundred family members stuck out the rain! Luckily, the weather gave way to cloudy skies throughout the day and the rain stopped long enough for the tigers to show off their stripes, the goats to come out of their barn and bears to take a dip in their pond. Chris, a team member at DeWys Manufacturing, and his family said, “We had a great time at the zoo even with the rain thanks so much DeWys.”
DeWys Manufacturing Inc., your complete metal solutions company – is thrilled to be ranked among one of West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work for in 2019! Under the National Association for Business Resources, the Best and Brightest program strives to connect, educate, empower and recognize companies. The program ranks and provides feedback to applicants across the United States. This includes cities such as Houston, West Michigan, Milwaukee, San Diego, Dallas, San Francisco, Metro Detroit, Boston, Atlanta and Chicago!
Within the program, companies throughout the United States highlight and assess the success of their employees, not just their financial results, but by a series of employee satisfaction surveys. As said by DeWys Manufacturing’s operations manager Chris, “It was an honor to win the award the first year we applied, I think it shows the culture our team members feel we have and how we are improving.” As DeWys Manufacturing grows, the continued culture of integrity, family orientation, passion, empowerment and continuous improvement of our processes and people holds an important status at DeWys. The opportunity to be recognized for such achievements is a proud moment to take a step back and acknowledge the responsibility it takes as an organization to maintain a healthy and committed work environment. DeWys Manufacturing CEO, Jon DeWys, says, “We are very proud of our team earning the honors. It was inspirational to see other organizations set high standards for the great things that they do.” DeWys Manufacturing applauds all the companies that were awarded at this year’s Best and Brightest ceremony and everybody else taking steps every day to be the best for their organization, people, and community.
DeWys Manufacturing is excited to share that on May 7th, 2019, over one hundred companies gathered at the J.W. Marriot in downtown Grand Rapids to celebrate West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work for. A small group of DeWys Manufacturing team members headed to the Best and Brightest event along with over a hundred others, all proudly representing their organization. Everyone poured in through the doors of the conference center and the space quickly filled with music and chattering voices. Team members from DeWys Manufacturing and others found their seats while the lights dimmed for the ceremony to begin and honor the recipients. Jake, a team lead at DeWys Manufacturing, says, “I was definitely appreciative that I was asked to attend. It was an awesome experience that made me proud of the company I work for and justify that the things we are doing are improving our culture. It was cool that we were one of the few manufacturing companies there as well, I think that speaks well to the environment we are creating for our employees. Being a part of the achievement validated a lot of the things we are striving for as a company.”
Out of over 1,500 applications, 150 companies were recognized for their efforts in health and wellness, communication and shared vision, community initiatives, compensation, benefits and employee solutions, diversity and inclusion, employee achievement and recognition, as well as employee education and development. Awards are also given in employee enrichment, engagement and retention, recruitment, selection and orientation, strategic company performance and work-life balance. As each company was recognized, feelings of appreciation for the great work the organizations are doing to better the lives of their employees refreshed the atmosphere. Semir, a point person at DeWys Manufacturing, added, “What I also enjoyed about the event was seeing the different initiatives companies are doing to get more involvement from team members. Knowing that as a team we already have a similar structure established to recognize and reward with our A.C.C.T. program was comforting. Going forward, I take even more pride in the work that I do every day.”
After the event, Bridgette, marketing supervisor, shared, “The Best & Brightest ceremony was such an exciting & positive experience. It was energizing to see so many companies in the West Michigan area striving for the same common goal… to be the best that they can be! I left feeling inspired and motivated to continue the work we are doing to make DeWys Manufacturing one of the best places to work!” Again, DeWys Manufacturing congratulates all the companies who are building their team one day at a time to be the best they can be!
DeWys Manufacturing Inc., your complete metal solutions company is pleased to announce the addition of Kim Emery as the Quality Manager. With a shift in the leadership team, Kim will be taking Lance Fisher’s role in overseeing the quality team to ensure the finest quality products delivered to DeWys Manufacturing’s customer base.
In her new role, Kim will be performing all internal and external ISO audits as well as establishing and continuing to improve PFMEA. She will also be managing all PPAP submissions along with communicating to DeWys team members and customers on quality processes or areas of improvement. This transition in positions enables Lance to now be DeWys’ Continuous Improvement Manager full-time. He will be facilitating and coordinating all lean activities throughout the company. This includes coaching, development and training of all team members for a productive work environment.
Prior to DeWys Mfg., Kim received a degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Grand Valley State University. After graduation she pursued a career that totals 13 years of experience with quality in the manufacturing industry. Managing a DeWys team is a new and exciting role for Kim. “I am looking forward to taking what I know and mentoring DeWys team members to be the voice of our customers and their quality expectations.”
In her spare time, she enjoys quality time with her family, cheering on the side lines at either soccer or basketball games, and supporting her daughter’s girl scout troop. If you can’t find her there, Kim is most likely scrap booking, couponing, or tending to her garden. With her knowledge and years of experience in manufacturing, the team at DeWys Mfg. is looking forward to advancing the quality expectations for our customers’ requirements.
If you hear the industry buzz, manufacturing struggles to find skilled workers to fill millions of vacant jobs. This labor shortage that continues to grow stems from more young adults choosing a four-year degree path rather than vocational school. According to a report from the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte, “U.S. manufacturers are facing an even greater skills gap crisis than previously imagined: some 2 million unfilled manufacturing jobs by 2025.” Jon DeWys (CEO) and CT Martin (President) sat down to discuss some exciting new actions taking place here at DeWys Manufacturing in effort to approach this situation. The implementation of a new program called Operational Excellence has been set in motion. This program strives to give team members a voice to collaborate alongside team leaders.
DeWys Manufacturing is a complete metal solutions company. To be able to fulfill that promise to our customers we mustn’t stop believing everything and everyone can improve, so we don’t! These walls that structure our manufacturing company hold talented people that inspire innovations. The next generations in this industry will be a part of the solution. As said by CT Martin (President), “We hire people for their minds not just their hands.” The Operational Excellence program utilizes training’s and discussion boards to give team members more visual and communication opportunities within their teams. These ideas serve to highlight points of achievement in work areas. Achievements which have included organization measures to increase safety and improve throughput. These ideas also assisting team members in reaching their goals.
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