Author: Hannah DeWys

Meet Ivy!

One very special robot has made DeWys Manufacturing her home – WELCOME IVY! Our team of robots at DeWys Manufacturing can guarantee great product quality with the ability to run a multitude of parts for hours without operator intervention. Flexible programming and tooling allow Ivy to reduce downtime by quickly changing tooling. Ivy has paved the way for skilled operators to focus on low volume and high mixture work while Ivy takes care of long repetitive jobs.


Dancing Through the Decades, Hello 2020!

2019 was an eventful year with insightful challenges but even more humbling successes. This past year DeWys Manufacturing was named as one of the Best and Brightest Companies to work for in West Michigan in addition to winning the national level award!  The past decade has continued to form our company into the leading precision sheet metal manufacturer. Our focus on values to advance our processes, respect each other’s character, centralize our customers and continually empower our talented team members has been key in reaching our wildest goals.

The last decade of success and failures have been the building blocks to who DeWys Manufacturing is today and will continue to be in the future. In 2010, we implemented 6S, layered process audits and introduced electronic portals for our lean operations. The Fabricators magazine unveiled DeWys Manufacturing at number 9 on the Fab 40 list of top U.S. metal fabricating operations. As we continued to lead by example, we cared about our people then and will continue to do every day we exist. These were the early developmental years for our training program. In 2012, we marked our calendars for the first training lesson under DeWys University! As the years rolled on, we added a 24,000 sq. foot addition, spend hundreds of hours volunteering outside of our four walls, invested in the career paths of team members and centralized our  customers as our own family. In 2017, DeWys Manufacturing was able to celebrate our 40-year anniversary back when we started from our late founder Mark DeWys’ vision and passion for a one stop shop manufacturing company.

We tackled our cohesive vision in 2019 with a change of leadership and continuing goals. We advanced our processes by adding a 30,000 sq. foot addition making room for a Stainless Solutions value stream and creating 41 new positions. Team members at DeWys Mfg. pursued purposeful actions to advance the process which included creating a new way to handle material coming in, developing low cost prototypes to save time and modifying equipment to increase flow of product. In 2019, DeWys Manufacturing was recognized for the Community Impact Award through the Michigan Manufacturers Association and we could not be more proud of our team members making an impact inside and outside of these four walls.

DeWys Manufacturing is seeing clearly with 2020 vision in this upcoming year. With some more wiggle room in our new space, we are launching our new stainless  solutions value stream, investing into the community and enriching career paths. Thank you to all our stakeholders for being a part of DeWys Manufacturing! Cheers to the new Year!

 


DeWys Manufacturing Transitions to New President

DeWys Manufacturing Inc., your complete metal solutions company – is pleased to announce that as of January 1, 2020 Mark Schoenborn assumes the role as President. For 15 years, CT Martin has played a key role in the organization and has most recently served as President for the past 5 years.  Under CT’s leadership, DeWys Manufacturing launched as a full-service contract manufacturer, gained market diversification and maintained steady growth.

In his new position, Mark will use his 20+ years of experience to continue to make DeWys Manufacturing a leader in the precision sheet metal industry. “The succession plan has been in progress for a few years while we have engaged with many experts outside of the company.” says Jon DeWys, CEO and Chairman of the DeWys Manufacturing Advisory Board. “Mark is a proven leader and will transition the family business with a unified vision.”

In DeWys Manufacturing’s next phase of growth, Mark will lead the company’s vision of expansion in technology, operational excellence and sales growth to ensure long-term stability. From his start, Mark has risen through numerous roles gaining perspective from all areas of the business. He will utilize his vast knowledge of the manufacturing industry and continued drive for success to take DeWys Manufacturing to the next level and support all stakeholders. With the transition from CT to Mark, DeWys Manufacturing is looking forward to continuing their growth as a family business.

*From Left to Right: Mark Schoenborn, Jon DeWys, C.T. Martin


DeWys Manufacturing Inc. Welcomes New Business Unit Manager

DeWys Manufacturing Inc., a West-Michigan based metal solutions company – is pleased to announce the addition of Darren Des Jardin as the new Business Unit Manager! As a newly added position, Darren’s responsibilities include overseeing all aspects of operation for the state-of-the-art powder coating line to meet performance metrics and create cohesive success through alignment of department and company strategic planning.

Darren’s career path began on a shop floor running multiple machines including splicers and presses. Darren persisted to add value by writing a process manual for design constraints while moving from inventory control to a position as a manufacturing engineer. From there, Darren continued his path to management and leadership as a Line Supervisor, Production Manager, Plant Manager and Operations Manager preparing him for his new role.

In his new position at DeWys Manufacturing, one of Darren’s highest priorities is providing high quality parts to customers by leading the powder coating team and assembly team consisting of 42 team members. As said by Darren, “When we are able to lead by example in safety, quality and delivery we have created success our customer, team members and DeWys Manufacturing.”

When Darren is not overseeing the paint line and assembly area, he enjoys fishing, woodworking, home improvement and boating. “I am a water guy tried and true. I have even been boating in West Michigan in the middle of winter!” says Darren. If you do not know Darren, he also enjoys weekend with his family and participating in a fantasy football league with friends.

DeWys Manufacturing gives a warm welcome to Darren. With his years of experience in manufacturing combined with his drive for success, Darren is looking forward to learning and utilizing his skills in his new managerial role.


GVSU Partners with DeWys Manufacturing for Senior Project

DeWys Manufacturing partnered with engineering students from Grand Valley State University to design and implement an industry 4.0 data tracking software for an industrial powder coating line. The students from GVSU are required to complete a senior capstone project over the course of two semesters by collaborating with an industry partner to solve a need within their industry. DeWys Manufacturing had a need for real time data collection and performance metrics of a powder coating system.

To tackle the issue, Curtis from DeWys Manufacturing sought the help of GVSU. Working within the constraints of the project set by the DeWys team, students developed the concepts, designs, and implementation plan of the final project. The team worked closely with Curtis to develop the powder coating lines hardware and software data collection requirements.  In the second semester, students worked to create a functional prototype at the school, then install the system at DeWys Manufacturing. Upon completion, GVSU students had the chance to present their projects to the public.

DeWys Manufacturing is privileged to have the opportunity to partner with Grand Valley and their students! Congratulations on graduation to the recent GVSU alumni!

 


Building Futures with Habitat for Humanity

Every family deserves a home. Habitat for Humanity of Kent County welcomed DeWys Manufacturing Team Members on September 21st to aid in the fulfillment of providing families with affordable, safe and healthy housing. With a goal of building a world where families have a chance for a better tomorrow, Habitat for Humanity builds, rehabs and repairs homes. In addition, Habitat provides financial home ownership training to home buyers and contributions to neighborhood revitalization.

This year, ten DeWys Team Members volunteered their time at the future residences of Habitat for Humanity Homes at Plaza Roosevelt. Build day tackled projects around the already semi constructed homes of Plaza Roosevelt. These projects included framing, constructing staircases and putting up siding. Alongside DeWys Team Members, groups from Grand Valley and residents of the new homes put in work!  “It was nice to see all the people who came out to contribute to the builds. One of the volunteers had already moved into his home and was able to put in some sweat equity hours with us!” says Jake, a team member of DeWys Manufacturing. When completed, the homes worked on in the Plaza will consist of 17 new housing units to well deserving homes.

 

 


Coopersville Students Attend 2-Day Weld Camp

 

DeWys University is DeWys Manufacturing’s on-site training program developed to advance the skills of individuals and enrich career paths. Based on theory and practice, DeWys University values the versatility and skillet of its trainers to effectively incorporate hands on experience.  Recently, two students from the Coopersville High School joined DeWys Manufacturing’s weld trainer, Sean, for a two-day weld camp to advance their welding skills for a school project. Uniquely, each individual came into DeWys with a different skill set and knowledge base.

     Before the manufacturing process begins, variations of sheet metal arrive into the receiving area of DeWys Manufacturing. This includes aluminum, steel and stainless steel that comes in a variety of gauges and thicknesses. On Day 1 of the weld camp, Sean went over the types of material that is available for different parts and the welding procedure specifications (WPS). These specifications are formal procedures to provide the welder proper information to make quality production welds. The WPS settings, parameters and travel speeds created for each material, thickness and validated by extensive destruct testing.  “After testing out a couple different weld settings and materials, it was awesome to see the students engaged and able to produce two MIG welded pieces that passed the weld test on the first day!”  says Sean.

     As day two rolled around, the students had the opportunity to weld aluminum. Different from other alloy metals, aluminum requires welds to be applied via tungsten inert gas also known as TIG welding. Due to different filler metal, amplification adjusting and application procedure, TIG welding can be more difficult to learn. Sean elaborated, “While working on the fitting of tubing for their project, the students picked up the change in application quickly. They we’re so enthusiastic, it was such a fun opportunity to work with each individual!”

     DeWys Manufacturing thanks Coopersville area schools for the opportunity to come out to our company and enrich the curriculum of hands-on learning!


DeWys Manufacturing Gains Ranking in The Fabricator’s FAB 40

DeWys Manufacturing Inc., your complete metal solutions company – was recently ranked among The Fabricators Top 40 most successful metal fabricating operations! Operating with over 200 employees, DeWys is able to serve many industries and products including office furniture, store fixtures, commercial equipment, medical equipment, electronic equipment, power generation, food service and more. This year, DeWys Manufacturing has been ranked #25 on the Fab 40 list, moving up one spot from 2018!  The Fabricator is a leading manufacturing magazine for large metal forming and fabrication companies with an emphasis on contract, custom and plate manufacturing in North America. The magazine The Fabricator takes information including revenue, locations, employees, services and markets served into consideration to rank some of the nation’s most innovative manufacturers to form their FAB 40 list.

As a leader the United States manufacturing industry, the lean processes of DeWys provide an agile partnership to customers and industries while maximizing value-add from start to finish. DeWys Manufacturing is equipped to bring in raw steel to our facility and directly start production through cutting, forming, welding, machining, powder coating and assembly all under one roof. The engineering and innovation team at DeWys also aid in providing our customers with complete product solutions.  “It is humbling to again be ranked among The Fabricators FAB 40 U.S. manufacturers in 2019. We continuously strive to grow our people, process and products here in West Michigan to support our customers and community, so I am very proud of the team DeWys has to make this possible.” said Jon DeWys, CEO of DeWys Manufacturing. “We prioritize and adapt to our customers needs, ensuring longevity in the industry.”

DeWys Manufacturing continues to implement strategic planning to target short-term and long-term goals as a cohesive team. These goals continue to help the growth of the company to enrich the skill-sets of team members, improve processes and excel in meeting customer expectations. Mark Schoenborn, Vice President, says, “We have been able to deliver honest, price competitive, and value to our customers over the past 42 years in business alongside our hard-working set of team members. By holding ourselves accountable, we have positioned ourselves to support fortune 500 companies and provide solutions to our customers problems.”

If you are a manufacturer and are interested in the Fab 40 or applying, please check out https://www.thefabricator.com/fab40 for more information!


DeWys Supports the Personal, Professional and Financial Success of its Team Members

The forces at work in a company or organization can often be defined through the people, process, and product it chooses to serve and maneuver through. When team members can feel the character of who a company is to the core when they walk through the doors, that is culture. DeWys Manufacturing is proud of the team members that walk through the doors every day who come and apply their strong skillsets. When team members walk through the doors of DeWys Manufacturing they are walking into a family who is committed to a dynamic work environment driven by purposeful actions. Recently, DeWys Mfg. has brought on a career coach from West Michigan Works! to aid in the personal, professional and financial success of our team members.

A Retention Solutions Network Career Coach has recently joined DeWys Manufacturing to provide free and confidential services and resources to assist with life’s challenges. The Success Coach’s areas of expertise include aid in family support, mounting debt, legal issues, health care navigation, substance abuse, housing, transportation and childcare. Life can be unpredictable and challenging at times however having a resource to assist during times of struggle can feel like a weight lifted off your shoulders.

One team member sought out the guidance of the solutions network to look for assistance in supporting her household. The team member was caring for as well as financially supporting an extended family member who has one child and another on the way. With unreliable transportation and pressure to fulfill the needs of the of the additional members of the household, the team member was able to work with the Success Coach to pay a portion of her mortgage through Community Ventures funding. The Success Coach also was able to work with the team member to find financing and childcare for the family member.  This provided the team member with extra funds to fix her family member’s car to allow her easy access for transportation as well as pay for expenses for her grandchildren.

Another team member was referred to the RSN by the Human Resources Department. The team member was experiencing recurring debt for medical expenses for his spouse and child. The Success Coach recommended an application for DHHS Services to cover medical expenses for his child. The Success Coach assisted the team member with the application and verification process, which led to his child qualifying for medical services from the State. The Success Coach worked with the employee on a budget plan to pay off outstanding medical bills. Community Ventures funding paid for employee’s overdue auto insurance, thus allowing the employee to completely pay off the medical debt. The employee remains employed and states,” he is happy that Mr. DeWys cares enough about us to bring a Success Coach in.”

Working alongside West Michigan Works!, DeWys Manufacturing is eager for team members to utilize the solutions network for any need. The services provided through the on-site career coach have assisted a multitude of team members and continue to do so. With this added resource, DeWys Manufacturing will continue striving to care to help each other achieve personal, professional and financial goals.

 


Our Customer Experience Transformation

DeWys Manufacturing Inc., your complete metal solutions company is eager to share our inside sales team’s customer experience transformation. Our Inside Sales team has adapted a new structure to create a more unified sales force through the redistribution of responsibilities over the past six months.  This new structure was modified to continue centralizing our customer needs at DeWys Manufacturing. The Inside sales transformation proactively maximizes the customer experience through responding to quote requests, improved technical product support and personal order management.

DeWys Manufacturing is pleased to go with the new flow and welcome Mike, Judy, Charlie and Nick to the Inside Sales team! Each representative will be supporting our customers by directly communicating on a regular basis, managing orders and collaborate with production team members. Mike, who is joining inside sales from previously working with production team. “Although there is a lot to learn, the transition from production to sales was fairly easy. It has been exciting to see the company growing from both perspectives.”  Judy who joined the team in January says, “I love the different challenges I’m presented with daily and excited to work with people who are driven by customer satisfaction. Seriously, exceeding expectations and building relationships is what drives me!” The team will also be analyzing customers needs, provide technical assistance and follow ups. Nick, who joined the team in December elaborated that “I am eager to be a part of the achievements we are making, learning more about manufacturing and work here longer than Charlie.” If you don’t know Charlie, he is also currently on the sales team and has been working at DeWys Manufacturing for over 35 years!

DeWys Manufacturing is excited for the adjusted flow of the sales team, synergizing each individual’s effort to support our customers versatile needs.