April 7, 2021 — Every year, companies throughout the greater West Michigan region compete to be named one of “West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®.” Only companies that distinguish themselves as having the most innovative and thoughtful human resources approach can be bestowed this honor. (See following list for winners.)
An independent research firm evaluates each company’s entry, based on various categories. These include Compensation, Benefits and Employee Solutions; Employee Enrichment, Engagement and Retention; Employee Education and Development; Recruitment, Selection and Orientation; Employee Achievement and Recognition; Communication and Shared Vision; Diversity and Inclusion; Work-Life Balance; Community Initiatives and Strategic Company Performance. With over 20 years of experience conducting the Best and Brightest competitions, the National Association for Business Resources (NABR) has identified numerous best Human Resource practices and provided benchmarking for companies that continue to be leaders in employment standards.
“Throughout the year, the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® have demonstrated leadership and forward thinking as they pivoted their business and workforce through Covid-19. As the conversation and focus has shifted, our Best and Brightest winning companies have also been a voice for important actions regarding race relations employee wellbeing. In these unique times, the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® excel and share their knowledge with others,” said Jennifer Kluge, President and CEO, Best and Brightest Programs.
These select companies will be honored on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 on a virtual platform, and the winning companies also compete for 13 elite awards, one granted for each category. Also, an overall winner that has excelled in all categories will be honored with a “Best of the Best Overall” award. The elite award winners will be revealed during the digital presentation. West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® is sponsored by Baudville Brands, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, ABC WZZM 13, Newsradio WOOD 1300 and 106.9 FM, Grand Rapids Business Journal, Davenport University, DTE Energy, The Employers’ Association, Consumers Credit Union, Meijer, uMap, Clark Hill, and SpartanNash.
About the Best and Brightest to Work For® Program
The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® is a national program that provides the business community with the opportunity to gain recognition, showcase their best practices and demonstrate why they are an ideal place for employees to work. This national program celebrates those companies that are making better business, creating richer lives and building a stronger community as a whole. It is presented annually in several markets, including Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Miami, Milwaukee, Nashville, New York, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, West Michigan & nationally
DeWys is proud to announce the addition of Jim Marklevitz as their new Supply Chain Manager. In his new role, Jim will be overseeing the purchasing, materials planning, and shipping departments, as well as working alongside the leadership team to establish and execute a long-term vision for growth.
With years of experience in this industry and a degree in Material Logistics Management with an emphasis in purchasing, operations, and distribution from Michigan State University, Jim understands the importance of continuous improvement, quality, performance, and positive relationships with customers to understand their requirements. As the new Supply Chain Manager, he plans to provide DeWys with financial gain, introduce new technologies, and new innovative ideas. Jim looks forward to learning something new every week while challenging his teams and the company to do the same. “My job is never to be at the top of the mountain. It is to never stop climbing.”
“We are excited to welcome Jim to the DeWys team. His experience and knowledge in the industry is going to be an instrumental part of our success and future expansion of DeWys Metal Solutions” – Mark Schoenborn, President at DeWys
DeWys’ culture, foundational beliefs, compassion, and quality of people are just a few reasons why Jim said the company was his #1 choice for employers in West Michigan. In his free time, you can find Jim outdoors boating, fishing, or gardening. He is also very involved with the community and continuously works to give back to a variety of charitable organizations.
Jim’s work experience and his personal values align with DeWys making him an essential part of the team.
DeWys Manufacturing to announce the launch of DeWys Metal Solutions to enhance brand identity and strengthen strategic company goals. With over 40 years in the industry, DeWys Metal Solutions will continue to provide customers of all sizes complete custom metal fabrication services as one company with endless metal capabilities.
“We are excited about the future of DeWys Metal Solutions! It offers us a structure to expand DeWys’ offerings to our customers as well as create more growth opportunities for our team members” – Christa Smith, Customer Experience Manager at DeWys
The launch of DeWys Metal Solutions allows for strategic growth opportunities in capabilities, services, and products to meet our growing customer needs. All four divisions of DeWys Metal Solutions (DeWys Manufacturing, the newly acquired ReFab Metal Fab, American Grower Resource, and DeWys Stainless Solutions) remain committed to the success and safety for all stakeholders as this is the DeWys way.
“We understand our customers’ needs and expectations continue to rise. DeWys Metal Solutions will allow us to offer even more flexibility to service these increasing expectations. We are looking forward to continuing to expand DeWys Metal Solutions with additional capabilities in the near future.” – Mark Schoenborn, President at DeWys
While the company continues to evolve and grow, their vision mission and values remain same. Part of the DeWys difference is leveraging technology, talent, and innovation to deliver quality outcomes for customers every day.
About DeWys Metal Solutions
DeWys Metal Solutions is a complete metal solutions company. Founded in 1977, DeWys leverages talent, technology, and innovation to deliver high-quality outcomes for customers in a variety of industries. An award-winning team of 230+ brings a range of expertise in advanced welding, CNC machining, contract manufacturing, engineering and product development, laser cutting, machining, manufacturing and product assembly, metal forming and bending, powder coating, precision sheet metal, stainless solutions, and turret punching. DeWys is committed to the success and safety of all stakeholders.
DeWys Manufacturing Inc., a West-Michigan based metal solutions company – is pleased to announce the addition of Jennifer Slocum to the Human Resources team as their Senior HR Generalist. In her new role, Jennifer will be accountable for impacting acquisition and retention, aiding team members, playing an integral part in company culture and implementing safety initiatives.
With over 15 years of experience and growth in the field of Human Resources, Jennifer is looking forward to the joys and opportunities this job will present. She received a Bachelor of Business Management with a focus in Human Resources from DeVry University. With her schooling and a background in manufacturing, she is familiar and comfortable with the industry, culture, and environment.
When asked what her favorite part of this occupation is, Jen replied “Having the opportunity to relate and grow relationships with the team members. I am outgoing and social so connecting and gaining their trust is important to me.”
Outside of work, Jennifer lives a simple and very happy life. You can find her either spending quality time with her children, taking care of her four-year-old thoroughbred at the horse barn, or watching sports and socializing with friends!
Jennifer’s ability to connect with others, problem-solve and stay calm under pressure will make her an essential part of the DeWys Manufacturing team.