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DeWys Manufacturing Welcomes New Senior Human Resource Generalist to the Team

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.


Contract Manufacturer Acquires West Michigan Metal Fabrication Company to Expand Capabilities and Services

DeWys Manufacturing Inc. is pleased to announce the acquisition of ReFab LLC, a leader in metal fabrication, located in Grand Haven, MI.  Their core values, philosophies and capabilities align with those of DeWys Manufacturing making it a great fit for both companies.

The addition of ReFab will expand DeWys’ core capabilities like cutting, forming, and welding while allowing for even quicker turnaround times to current and future customers. Customers will have immediate access to these additional capabilities and services.  The team understands the needs of our customers are always evolving, so DeWys continues to grow its metal fabrication solutions through diversification of markets, industries, and geographical reach. The alignment of these two companies will increase flexibility and speed for our customers.

“Growth of DeWys Manufacturing with expansion of our offerings and capabilities has been on our one-page strategic plan for a few years now. The acquisition of ReFab will allow for this to happen.” states Jon DeWys, CEO of DeWys Manufacturing. “This partnership will not only strengthen our response in manufacturing but will continue to allow DeWys to be your complete metal solutions company.”

Pictured above (from left to right): Jon DeWys, CEO of DeWys Manufacturing, Josh Vink of ReFab LLC, and Mark Schoenborn, President of DeWys Manufacturing

 


DeWys Manufacturing Continues to Rank Among The Fabricators Top 40

DeWys Manufacturing Inc., your complete meal solutions company – has recently been ranked among The Fabricators Top 40 most successful metal fabricating operations by The Fabricator magazine.  Each year the Magazine identifies 40 of the most successful metal fabricating operations from the year prior focusing on contract, plate, and custom metal fabrication in North America. Employing over 200 team members and providing metal solutions across all industries, DeWys Manufacturing is proud of the customers we serve and team members we consider family.

 

The lean processes and commitment to quality at DeWys Manufacturing has expanded relationships and sheet metal solutions to customers across the United States. “We continue to invest in the talent and technology within our company,” explains Jon DeWys, CEO, “with our committed workforce we have been able to launch stainless solutions in 2020 as a part of the DeWys Manufacturing Circle of Companies.” DeWys Manufacturing is honored to continuously be recognized as one the the Fabricators Fab 40!

 

About DeWys Manufacturing Inc.

DeWys Manufacturing is a metal fabricator and supplier focused on providing complete metal solutions to its customers and leveraging long-term growth strategies in an innovative environment. The advancement of our processes, supporting each-others character, centralizing customers, and developing the skills of the DeWys team furthers our commitment to the success and safety of all stakeholders. Located in Marne MI, the 200+ team members of DeWys Manufacturing delivers on high quality and tangible results.

 

The Fabricator: https://www.thefabricator.com/fab40


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!


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.