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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!


DeWys Manufacturing Adds Stainless Solutions to their Circle of Companies

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.

 

Partner with DeWys Manufacturing. We’re your complete metal solutions company!

 


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.


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 Manufacturing Marks 2019 for Largest Expansion to Date

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.


DeWys Manufacturing Ranks Among West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work for

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.


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.


DeWys Manufacturing Welcomes Change to their Leadership Team

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.


DeWys Mfg. Welcomes a New Addition to the Accounting Team

DeWys Manufacturing Inc., a West-Michigan based metal solutions company – is pleased to announce the addition of Jake Blink to the accounting team!

Jake’s career path prior to DeWys Manufacturing taught him vital skills including; communication, deadline management, integrity and organization. These skills greatly benefit Jake and the accounting team in managing financial growth of the company.  They will also help in maintaining a healthy and committed work environment for vendors and customers.  In his new role at DeWys, Jake will be responsible for managing accounts, generating inventory reports, finalizing metrics and credit processing.

As DeWys Manufacturing grows, Jake is also looking forward to growing his own responsibilities and knowledge with the company long term. Accounting team member Sherry, says, “I am looking forward to offering my insights and knowledge to Jake as well as providing him an understanding of the wonderful culture that has been created at DeWys. I envision Jake will provide his valued perception to continuously grow personally and professionally, in turn supporting the business today and in the future.”

Outside of work, you can find Jake watching the Detroit Tigers and anticipating a big win. Jake has his own opportunity to hit it out of the park when he plays on his softball team with close friends. He also enjoys spending time taking his dog on walks around his neighborhood.

DeWys Manufacturing is thrilled to have Jake join the team. His continued growth alongside the company is valued in the drive to provide complete metal solutions to customers.