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National Association for Business Resources Names Spring 2020 List of Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in the Nation

DeWys Manufacturing a West Michigan Based Metal Solutions Company – is pleased to announce the recent recognition as one of the Best and Brightest Companies to work for in the nation!

 

The National Association for Business Resources has released their Spring 2020 Best and Brightest Companies To Work For in the Nation.

The 2020 Spring National winning companies were assessed by an independent research firm which reviewed a number of key measures relative to other nationally recognized winners. The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For winners are not ranked.

This year, the Best and Brightest Companies To Work For in the Nation releases the results of the spring, summer, and fall applications. The spring Best and Brightest National winners honored 183 winning organizations from across the country out of 1,700 nominations. The summer and fall scoring process is still currently open. Winners for those will be released in August and December.

The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in the Nation Winners will be honored during dual virtual Illuminate Business Summit weeks in October, 2020 and February, 2021. During the Illuminate Business Summits the 101 highest scoring national winning companies and the Elite
awards will also be awarded to the highest winning companies demonstrating exceptional innovative human resource practices and setting high standards for all businesses.

The Elite categories 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; Strategic Company Performance, and the Best of the Best: Small Business, Medium Business, and Large Business.

With over 20 years of experience conducting the Best and Brightest competitions, the National Association for Business Resources (NABR) have identified numerous best Human Resource practices and provided benchmarking for companies that continue to be leaders in employment
standards.

“Through the first half of 2020, 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. It is 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.

All 2020 companies that will be selected to be recognized nationally as a Best and Brightest Company to Work For® will be featured in the online edition of Corp! Magazine.

 

About the Best and Brightest Programs
The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® competition identifies and honors
organizations that display a commitment to excellence in operations and employee enrichment
that lead to increased productivity and financial performance. This competition scores
potential winners based on regional data of company performance and a set standard across
the nation. This national program celebrates those companies that are making better business,
creating richer lives and building a stronger community as a whole. There are numerous
regional celebrations throughout the country such as Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas,
Detroit, Grand Rapids, Houston, Milwaukee, San Diego and San Francisco. Nominations are
now being accepted for all programs. Visit thebestandbrightest.com to nominate your
organization.

National Association for Business Resources
27700 Hoover Rd.
Warren, MI 48093-6306
(866) 321-1822


DeWys Manufacturing Welcomes New Weld Trainer / Engineer !

DeWys Manufacturing Inc., a West-Michigan based metal solutions company – is pleased to announce the addition of Sara Gardner to the training team as an additional Welding Trainer / Engineer! In her new position Sara is a key contributor in training team members on process welding and manual spot weld to manage equipment, improve quality and exceed set goals for production.

Sara began her welding career at the Newaygo County Career Technical Center in high school. She continued welding at Ferris State University and recently graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Welding Engineering Technology in May 2020. Prior to DeWys Manufacturing Sara spent her time during school working as a welder, fabricator and weld engineering intern integrating herself into multiple sectors within the manufacturing industry. “I am very excited to take my skills and knowledge and help aid in the success of team members and bettering the experience for all stakeholders by being a resource in this supportive role!” As a weld trainer monitoring equipment and processes, Sara will work in conjunction with team leads to ensure team members are supported with proper training to keep them skilled and meet personal and professional goals. She is looking forward to making a difference in developing the team she is a part of, in addition to creating meaningful relationships. Sara says, “I believe that knowledge is power, and I find it incredibly important to be able to share your resources and knowledge.”

 

Outside of the DeWys Mfg. walls, Sara enjoys spending time outdoors and advancing her skills. As said by Sara, “My future goals are to continue my professional development by pursuing a masters in the direction of welding engineering, management or teaching. For now, I look forward to getting more involved with the American Welding Society and pursing additional welding certifications!” When Sara is not working, she enjoys spending time on her family’s 23-acre farm as well as hiking, gardening, kayaking, and camping with her husband.

 

Sara’s drive to advance productivity and manufacturing processes, her value of professional development and desire to support the team makes her an asset to the DeWys Manufacturing family! Welcome to the DeWys team Sara!


Critical Manufacturer Supporting Essential Businesses

Living through the COVID-19 pandemic has been a new adjustment for everybody and a challenging change to navigate. Families are having to social distance from loved ones, communities are interacting differently to support one another, and businesses are trying to do the best they can. At DeWys Manufacturing we feel the effects of this challenging time like most others and have been working diligently to provide team members with a safe environment. In addition to a significant increase in facility and workstation sanitization procedures, DeWys Manufacturing has been able to provide handsewn masks in collaboration with a local seamstress to all team members and their families.

Safety is top priority and well, so is food! We don’t know about you, but some good cooking is the way to our hearts… and makes life a little more delicious. More specifically free food Fridays for team members and some of the best tasting lunches and pastries from Ed Dunneback & Girls Farm right up the road! DeWys Manufacturing is proud of the community we serve and team members who have rallied together (6 feet apart of course) during such a heavy time. From weekly games of wheel of fortune, deciphering riddles or guessing the number of skittles in the jar, DeWys team members are making the best (out of a not so best) situation. We are even proud to announce that American Grower Resource, a Division of DeWys Manufacturing, has also designed, prototyped, tested and launched a touch free door opener to aid in flattening the COVID-19 curve! Along with free food Fridays and new product launches in the past few weeks DeWys Mfg. has been able to donate care packages to the people of HQ  and provide lunches to kids in Walker, MI to support our community. 150 care packages to HQ includes, bottles of sanitizer donated from New Holland Brewery in Grand Rapids, waterbottles, resource packets and facemasks. We continue to remain humble and agile to new adjustments and we look forward to what lies ahead. We encourage you to do the same and share your story.

#makinganimpact #community #marnemichigan #wearemfg #staysafe


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!