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!
To be our customers complete metal solutions company, DeWys Manufacturing starts from the core which we believe is our team members. Through our in-house training program, DeWys University, we value the enrichment and empowerment of individuals in which education can provide. Team members are able to utilize trainings DeWys University offers to push themselves to the next level.
Recently, one of our DeWys Team members Jon, has excelled his skills into a new position! Jon has been contributing at DeWys Mfg. on one of the Bystronic press brakes since he was hired on less than a year ago. His main responsibility as a press brake operator included the insertion of a flat metal sheet into the machine where it is bent or crowned when pressed into a v-shaped tool. Jon says, “I like my new position where I am able to interact with multiple areas and always be moving.” While Jon excelled in his position, he wanted to expand his skills.
In less than a year, Jon has been promoted to fulfill the responsibilities of the Automation Operator. In his new role, Jon is responsible for monitoring automation equipment to ensure they are meeting or exceeding production goals and quality standards. Many skills Jon has learned from operating the brake press have carried over into his new position. These skills include understanding gauging points, how to physically handle the part and manipulate blank sizes. Kris, who is a trainer at DeWys Mfg., has been working closely with Jon and says “Jon is a very intelligent young man and has done very well with our training processes. He still has some things to learn but his drive and willingness is what makes him a success here at DeWys. Mfg.”
As the new automation operator, Jon is enjoying his new role and responsibilities. His new position allows him to work with a variety of team members from different areas and continually be moving. He is eager to continue to expand his skills such as programming the collaborative robot and Cincinnati press. Although Jon still has some more to train on, his intelligence and willingness to succeed here at DeWys Mfg. is what makes him shine in the spotlight!
The manufacturing industry embodies a diverse set of processes and way of thinking. No matter the product or sector, this industry is in constant evolution. Just like humans, large machines are also interviewed and hired on with the purpose to fulfill responsibilities in certain steps of those processes. This may include, and is not limited to, lasers, haegers, welders, press brakes, and robots.
Speaking of robots… in case you were wondering, no they will not take over the world. However, they are changing a large portion of the progress of the manufacturing industry day in and day out. The fascinating perspective of automation is that we do not know where exactly the technology will take us or what additional jobs may be created. Technology today has exceeded expectations we did not dream about even but ten years prior. Can you look ten years ahead and see the possibilities?
According to IndustryWeek.com; California, Texas, Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Wisconsin, South Carolina and New York are ranked the top manufactures in the United States based on their manufacturing job output. These manufactures address the need for plastics, rubber, digital design innovations, metal fabrication, automotive, food production and more. With the increase of automation, manufacturers can build on major portions of their processes where there is high competition for people as well as resources. In return, assisting cost reduction, productivity, availability, and performance efforts. With that being said, the technology we have created is able to provide more high paying jobs that work alongside what is to come.
For us Michiganders, we entered the polar vortex this past week. With temperatures surpassing the South Pole.
Although DeWys Manufacturing did not close, we were open(ish) to those who felt safe enough to come in for their shift. We value being customer centric having the ability to be a complete metal solutions provider. This week DeWys team members worked to operate as a cohesive team to fill in for those who could not make it in due to inclement weather.
We are so incredibly grateful for our team members willingness to “go with the F.L.O.W.” during crucial times of optimizing our flexibility. The Human Resource and Marketing team were able to complete jobs in assembly while our Operations Manager assisted in welding jobs. At the same time, DeWys’ CEO was shaking out parts, the Maintenance team kept the paint line running, and our Engineering Manager was on a press brake. The day was topped off enjoying pizza for lunch from the leadership team.
Thank you, DeWys Team Members for your hard work and dedication to the company and our customers. Your commitment to bettering our stakeholders experience has not gone unnoticed.
Meet Ryan at DeWys Manufacturing! Ryan is a part of our innovation team and focuses on robotics and the utilization of automation. His inspiration began at a young age directly from his father. He found taking things apart to see what the insides looked like and how those components interacted with each other quite intriguing. Years later he continued expanding his interests and competing with his talented father’s welding skills to the welding process, including gas metal arc welding, resistance welding and gas tungsten arc welding. Ryan expressed, “As I learned more through hands on production work when I was younger, I knew this was what I wanted to do for a living. I sought out higher education and learned the science and theory behind these joining processes.” There are new technologies being developed right now that are truly changing the way parts are welded and manufactured. Opportunities to learn and advance careers in this industry are almost limitless. Ryan says, “My father’s visible career growth using my favorite skilled trade, welding, was the reason I sought it out as a career.”
Ryan followed the inspiration of his father’s work ethic in his career path leading him to his position at DeWys Manufacturing as a welding engineer. “I think robotics and utilizing automation is particularly interesting and having the ability to be involved with this changing portion of the manufacturing industry keeps it interesting day in and day out!”
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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…. and we are back with part two! In last month’s blog we explored the beginning stages of part operations here at DeWys Manufacturing. We brought you over to the laser where a sheet of aluminum started out being cut in a laser. Once the sheet was cut and excess metal was removed, the part was moved to the next value stream where Gabe, a DeWys Manufacturing team member, utilized the Haeger machine to insert pems into a part. The part has since moved down the value stream to be bent and formed by our Bystronic press brake. After the sides were bent at designated angles, the part moved to be welded.
Adam, who is a part of the DeWys Mfg. welding team, utilizes the TIG welding technique. This step in the process is important for any part to correctly structure the pieces. DeWys Mfg. exploits these lean processes in each step of the manufacturing process to continually eliminate waste, manage workloads without sacrificing productivity to create these parts that play important roles in everyday life.
Once Adam finished applying the TIG technique to the whole order, the parts were transported to the paint line for final stages of completion. The paint line process is broken down into a few operations. Parts are brought via hi-lo to the conveyer system. From there, team members work together to hang parts on the line. Depending on the length, width and depth, parts may be hung individually or hung underneath each other to maximize space.
As you can see, parts go through many value streams. Therefore, they contract dust and residue. It is vital for these parts to go through a wash and dryer to be properly cleaned and dried before powder is applied. You can see our hard-working DeWy team member, Patrick, using the powder coating technique to spray the powder directly onto the part. If you look in front of Patrick, all the extra black powder is sucked into the ventilation system on the wall to be cycled through. After the parts go through the paint booth, the line goes through the oven to cure the powder onto the part (toasty!). Before the part is shipped to a valued customer, the parts are taken off the line to be packaged and assembled if necessary.
Thank you for joining us on a day in the life here, at DeWys Manufacturing! We are honored to be able to serve customers’ needs one process at a time to be their one stop metal solutions company, right here in Marne Michigan!
Transforming raw materials into a final product begins with a solid manufacturing process. At DeWys Manufacturing each step in the process adds more value and features to a product, transforming a sheet of metal into a final part. Ready to see how one part maneuvers through our company? Join in on one of our part’s lean journey through DeWys Manufacturing!
The light on the outside of the loading dock turns green signaling to the driver to move forward. In the early mornings at DeWys Manufacturing large freights of steel or aluminum pull into the unloading dock where a large overhead crane is strategically positioned over the back of the trailer. Utilizing the crane, these large sheets of metal weighing thousands of pounds, are lifted into our facility. These sheets of metal are then placed on large racks, organized by width and gauge dynamics. Now here is where it gets interesting.
For this part, a large sheet of aluminum is placed into one of our programmed lasers. Each sheet can produce multiple parts depending on the engineered dimensions. This automated operation in the cutting process adds value while saving time.
Today, DeWys Mfg. Team member Ted, has removed the aluminum sheet from the laser onto his work station. We collectively call the value stream he is in “shakeout” because the excess metal must be removed from the cut part. It is common for parts to be ground using a high grit sander, necessary for removing and smoothing the raw edges.
To correctly fabricate a piece, each part that is produced at DeWys Manufacturing requires different operations. Once Ted completed his operation in cutting, each piece is stacked and transferred to the next necessary value stream.
Another awesome DeWys Mfg. Team member Gabe utilizes the Haeger machine to work diligently in the next value stream. Pems are loaded into the machine to fasten directly onto the part. This step is not required for every part that goes through DeWys Mfg. Specifications determine what part requires each value stream. Continuing deeper into the manufacturing process, the part is bent to the specifications of the drawing.
Ready to find out what the part does next on its lean journey? Get ready for part two, coming soon!
Thousands of students, a variety of hands-on activities, and numerous employers … OH MY! Picture this: The lobby of DeVos Performance Hall in downtown Grand Rapids is full of over 10,000 students talking, laughing, and excited for what they are about to experience. When they walk into the exhibit hall they will be greeted by numerous employers within four major industries: advanced manufacturing, health sciences, construction, and information technology. What is this crazy, fun, knowledge packed event called you may ask? It’s MiCareerQuest!
MiCareer Quest is not your normal career fair. This is a hands-on experience that allows middle and high school students to create curiosity and excitement for their potential future in one of these awesome and successful industries. Lead by volunteers, the students are allowed 25 minutes in each section visiting the different booths and engaging with employers.
DeWys Manufacturing partnered with the Kent Intermediate School District this year. Students and educators that stopped by our booth experienced numerous aspects of the manufacturing field. The students assembled brush bots by gluing a toothbrush to the bottom of a battery, then taking the motor and placing the positive and negative (one on each side) to the battery, then use a rubber band over it to hold the motor in place. Once everything was assembled correctly the battery caused a vibration. The students could then race their brush bot against their peer’s, tracking to see who’s was the fastest!
From there the students could sit at a computer and learn about CAD designing and even got to use the software. If that wasn’t enough, they could then go on to program a robotic arm and as a take away they got to keep a glow in the dark 3D printed item from KCTC.
This was DeWys’ fourth year participating with MiCareerQuest, and it is made evident every year how important this event is to the W Michigan area. As an employer in the skilled trades industry, we know how big the demand is and will continue to be for manufacturing positions. If at the end of the day we helped change one students perception of manufacturing and they will be considering it for a future career, then we have done our job! Contact us if you are interested in more information on the MiCareerQuest Event!
Today’s students view manufacturing as dark, dingy, and dead end. Here at DeWys, we have purposely worked with our local schools, colleges, and community partners to improve this perception. This is our way of helping to change the perception of manufacturing.
I sat down with three team members at DeWys ranging from ages 19 – 23 to discuss their opinions of manufacturing:
What was your perception of manufacturing growing up/before starting at DeWys?
Cody: “I didn’t really know much about manufacturing, but it sounded interesting and hands on. This may scare away most but I found it intriguing and wanted to learn more.”
Hannah: “I did not think that I would end up with a job in manufacturing. Growing up, I didn’t have a complete understanding of what all it entails because of that it was not as appealing to me as other opportunities.”
Logan: “Our country was built on manufacturing and local manufacturing is also good for our economy. Everything you use on a day to day basis was manufactured and this industry is not going anywhere, so I knew since high school that I wanted a career in a manufacturing environment.
What do you think your peers perceptions of manufacturing is?
Hannah: “I feel like most think of your typical 80’s factory job. Long hours, dirty shop, no windows, and little flexibility.
Logan: “My high school did an excellent job of promoting manufacturing, so my peers growing up had a positive impression. I feel like other schools only promote four year college degrees and those schools should be more open to the skilled trades industry opportunities as well.”
Cody: “I think most feel like it’s a challenge career with dead end jobs”
Now that you are working in manufacturing, has your perception changed at all? If so how?
Logan: “My perception has always been positive, so no it hasn’t changed. I have known that I didn’t necessarily want a four-year degree, but once I learned that DeWys offered tuition reimbursement I figured I could now learn about manufacturing inside and outside of the shop.
Cody: “Now that I have worked in manufacturing for a few years, I have learned ALOT. DeWys has a great training program and gives you the opportunity to cross train if interested.
Hannah: “Now that I am working in manufacturing, it is an eye opener and really cool to be working with parts that will eventually go towards items I use on a day to day basis.
From what I heard when talking to Logan, Hannah, and Cody is that the younger generation is open minded and excited to learn more about manufacturing! More manufacturers and educators should be partnering together to promote the skilled trades industry to change the dark, dirty, dead end perception in the next generation. So again, my question to you is how are you changing the perception of manufacturing?