DeWys Manufacturing Inc., a West-Michigan based metal solutions company, is pleased to announce the addition of Molly LaRoche as our newest Human Resources Generalist. In her new role, she will be instrumental in supporting the Human Resources department and the organization as a whole. Molly will be responsible for payroll, safety meetings, wellness initiatives, and team member benefits. She will also work alongside DeWys Mfg.’s Workforce Development Manager to interview and hire skilled team members that fit with the culture of the company.
Molly received an Associate Degree from GRCC then transferred to Grand Valley State University where she earned a Bachelors Degree in Human Resource Management. She completed an HR internship managing new hire paper work, hourly timesheets, and 401(k) contributions. Prior to coming to DeWys, she worked for a tax firm where she assisted in tax processing and administrative duties. Along with her knowledge and experience from school and internships, Molly is looking forward to expanding her skills and experience in the Human Resource field, growing within the company, and learning the many facets of manufacturing.
When Molly is not assisting team members at DeWys, she is spending time with her family, and boating in Grand Haven (in the summer months). She also enjoys riding her bike on trails in Holland or volunteering at a variety of non-profit organizations in the greater Grand Rapids area. Molly’s willingness to learn and grow with the team members as well as her interest in improving DeWys Manufacturing, will make her an asset to the culture and future of the company.
DeWys Manufacturing Inc., a West-Michigan based metal solutions company, is pleased to announce the addition of Paul Love as our newest IT team member. In his new role, Paul will be engaged with the innovation and technology teams as DeWys Mfg. implements the Industry 4.0 plan. Industry 4.0 is the automation and data exchange within our information system and manufacturing equipment. He will be responsible for orchestrating system upgrades, network troubleshooting, and computer deployment. He will also be assisting team members with daily issues and working to develop cost effective hardware solutions that provide value and solve unique complex problems.
Paul received a Bachelors in Database Management as well as an Associates in Computer Information Systems. He also has five years of experience in the field giving him the knowledge and wisdom to excel at DeWys Mfg. Paul loves a challenge and within the Information Technology field there is always something to fix, new technologies to learn and master, or day to day operations to solve.
Outside of work, Paul loves to spend time participating in hands on activities with his kids. He enjoys watching them learn to create and solve a variety of projects and crafts. He also likes to travel with his family, watch Star Wars movies and play video games. Paul’s background and understanding of the I.T. field will make him a great asset to our team members at DeWys Manufacturing. The company looks forward to the contribution Paul will make in taking DeWys Mfg. to the next level of I.T. innovation.
DeWys Manufacturing Inc., a West – Michigan based metal solutions company, is pleased to announce the promotion of Alex Middleton as our newest Product Development Engineer! In his new role, Alex will be instrumental in benefiting our customers through redesign for manufacturability and cost reduction, supporting manufacturing through process and product improvements, and reviewing customer prints. Furthermore, he will be developing and creating internal manufacturing packages for a wide variety of customer products.
Alex has been working with metal since he was 12 years old, starting in his dad’s sheet metal shop. He learned at a young age that he enjoyed the atmosphere and working hands on. He has been a valued team member at DeWys Manufacturing since 2002 starting as a CNC programmer. This role provided knowledge and experiences with processes and procedures that will help him to excel in his new engineering role.
Along with his engineering career, Alex is a paid-on call Firefighter/EMT and in his free time loves to work in his shop at home where he enjoys making knives. With his passion and experience in the manufacturing industry, Alex will be an asset for the company’s customers as well as the engineering department.
DeWys Manufacturing Inc., a West – Michigan based metal solutions company, is pleased to announce the addition of two Fanuc robotic arc weld cells to the DeWys Manufacturing automation process. The company’s innovation team partnered with Lincoln Electric’s Automation Division to create weld cells that will provide a solution to automate current mechanized and manual welding processes.
The robots will provide reliable and repeatable production that utilizes new welding capabilities, positioning, and vision guiding technology for DeWys Mfg. The Fanuc robotic arc weld cells will increase capacity and weld quality, allow for repeatable work through laser dot touch sensing, and create production capabilities for customers whose parts were unable to be robotically welded before. DeWys Manufacturing will also minimize material handling steps as well as decrease cycle times on moving parts from manual weld booths to automated systems.
Utilization of the off-line programming software offered with these robots will drastically reduce time on the shop floor due to manual programming. The software also allows for feasibility studies which will more accurately determine weld work for the robots. DeWys Manufacturing looks forward to new opportunities the robotic arc weld cells will create for our current and future customers. The addition of the two new weld cells will not only increase capacity, but also increase DeWys Mfg.’s value to their customers.
DeWys Manufacturing Inc., a West – Michigan based metal solutions company, is pleased to announce the addition of Amy Hatfield as their new inside sales coordinator. In her new role, Amy will provide communication between the sales, engineering, manufacturing and shipping areas of DeWys Manufacturing. She will also be responsible for order entry and meeting the needs of customers by building relationships through phone calls and face-to-face visits.
Prior to joining the team at DeWys Mfg., Amy worked in sales, accounting, and as an operations manager for a metal fabrication distributor. In 2009, Amy started her own metal fabrication equipment distributorship, becoming the first female to own and operate a company in this industry. Her passion for manufacturing stems from being the third generation involved with metal fabrication in her family, following her grandfather and father. “When I was 12, I remember going to a metal fabrication shop with my dad and being fascinated with the sights and sounds of the machines in the shop. I get the same feeling today that I got when I was younger.”
DeWys Mfg. is excited about the addition of Amy Hatfield to their team. Amy’s years of industry experience, education, and passion will give her the knowledge needed to be an asset to the company and their customers.
DeWys Manufacturing Inc., a West – Michigan based metal solutions company, is pleased to announce the acquisition of an agricultural resource company called American Grower Resource, also known as A.G.R. The addition of A.G.R. will allow DeWys to further explore the agriculture industry while also becoming an O.E.M of agriculture equipment.
Servicing greenhouses nationally with transportation grow racks, A.G.R. is committed to providing the best quality and innovative solutions for all their customer’s needs. With American Grower Resource now being a division of DeWys Mfg., the durable mild steel carts will be produced in the lean manufacturing value streams where they are precision machined and hand welded by A.W.S. certified welders. The grow racks will also be painted on a state-of-the-art powder coating line with high strength and durable paint to withstand a greenhouse environment, then assembled to the customers’ requirements.
A.G.R.’s grow racks serve as a transportation unit for products from greenhouses and growers to their final destination. Custom shelves offer a variety of shelf space options to allow for small potted plants to larger high density plants. With a range of brakes and casters for customers to choose from, the grow racks are designed for strength, durability, and safety, with their customer’s productivity in mind.
DeWys Manufacturing strives to provide solutions today that meet their customer’s’ requirements tomorrow. The joining of these two companies will allow for continuous growth and innovation in the future with the goal of expanding the agricultural products offered through American Grower Resource. “We’re excited about the addition of A.G.R., and the additional opportunities to exceed their customers’ demands” – Jon DeWys, CEO of DeWys Manufacturing.
DeWys Manufacturing Inc., a West Michigan based metal solutions company, is delighted to announce that in 2017 they are celebrating 40 years in business! Their road to success has taken them on a journey of changes- from location and ownership to technological advancements and the development of DeWys University, their in-house training program. The company has grown to 160 team members.
Starting in 1977 in a little red barn producing fireplace inserts, DeWys Manufacturing is now a 90,000-sq. ft. contract manufacturer serving over 160 customers in more than 10 different industries. DeWys’ ‘Circle of Companies’ includes precision sheet metal, contract manufacturing, powder coating, machining, and product assembly. Providing all of these services allows DeWys to partner with their customers in every aspect of the production process from the initial design to a completely finished and assembled end product.
With the mission to provide solutions today that meet their customers’ requirements tomorrow, the company has been quick to adapt to changes in technology over the past decades and worked as a team to implement the new and upcoming trends. “I’ve always encouraged our innovation teams to be progressive, to try new things without the fear of failing forward,” said Jon DeWys, CEO of DeWys Manufacturing. “This mentality allowed us to stay afloat during the challenging economic recession from 2008-2013. During this time period many manufacturing companies experienced a decline in sales and some even closed their doors. Because we were diversified in our service offerings and customer base and have always invested in technology, we made it though and came out stronger than ever.”
Second to technology, DeWys’ top resources are their team members. The company realized that as a manufacturer in Michigan, they needed to create the talent required to keep up with their growth. In 2012, The DeWys University was born. “DeWys University has really allowed our business to grow. We’ve been able to build a team of motived, well-trained, and knowledgeable employees who are excited about their future with the company,” said Laura Elsner, Workforce Development Manager. “
While the company will take time to celebrate and acknowledge the major milestone achieved, they’re also looking forward to the future. “We take a lot of pride in hitting this 40 year mile stone. We know that we’ll never be finished finding new ways to innovate and we’re looking forward to the growth ahead of us,” said Jon DeWys.
DeWys Manufacturing Inc., a West – Michigan based metal solutions company, would like to recognize their compassionate and charitable team members for another fulfilling year of community service. The company takes pride in knowing their team members have helped improve someone’s life, and enjoyed creating positive relationships in the community.
In May, DeWys Manufacturing team members had the opportunity to volunteer their Saturday morning with the Kids Food Basket organization. During this time food was prepped for the sack suppers program that will go towards 7,500 children in the greater West Michigan area. During the month of October, a group of 20 volunteers from DeWys Mfg. joined together to build two houses through Habitat for Humanity of Kent County. Each house had 10 people and the projects consisted primarily of framing and insulating. Not only did the DeWys team members provide sweat equity, the company also sponsored both houses by covering the cost of supplies. Finally, DeWys held their annual Thanksgiving canned food drive in November. This year a competition was held between value streams to bring in the most canned goods. It was a record breaking year as team members joined together to donate more than 450 pounds of food to Feeding America West Michigan.
The volunteers from DeWys Manufacturing helped in making 2016 a banner year for community involvement. The company is looking forward to the positive impacts the team members will make in 2017.
DeWys Manufacturing and MOVE Systems are privileged to announce the partnership with Kenowa Hills Public School for the new STEM lab program. STEM is a science, technology, engineering and math focused program which gives students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the growing fields of STEM centered careers. This program stimulates students to solve vigorous problems, gather information and interpret data.
The STEM lab, located within DeWys Manufacturing’s secondary location, is a hands-on classroom with over 3,400 square feet of workspace that is strategically placed side by side a real-life manufacturing setting. By equipping students with this type of learning environment, they are provided access into real-world careers to innovate, research, create and prepare to become tomorrow’s leaders. The community has come together during the planning, construction and launching processes to synergize a lively and safe environment with exceptional learning opportunities. This facility is equipped with computers for CAD design, 3-D printers, and computer screens at each workstation allowing for multicast imagining to join teachers with students. The space also includes access to collaborative technology, with a core curriculum designed to help students accelerate in studies while earning math or science credits.
The STEM program is currently open for enrolled students of Kenowa Hills Public School in 7th and 9th grade. In the fall of 2017, enrollment will be open for 7th through 10th graders. Recently, DeWys Mfg. received the 2016 A.R. Hedberg Training & Education Award which granted the company $1,500 to use directly towards an educational partnership. The winnings were donated to Kenowa Hills Public School STEM lab program to enhance the current curriculum. DeWys Manufacturing along with Kenowa Hills, is overwhelmed with the continuous support from the community. Companies have donated time, supplies and ideas to help construct the STEM lab, and prepare students for diverse learning and careers in the developing STEM fields.
DeWys Manufacturing Inc., a West – Michigan based metal solutions company, is pleased to announce their involvement with the National Manufacturing Day event for the fourth year in a row. By opening the doors to the public, this helped to promote the skilled trade industry and allow DeWys Mfg. to promote the advanced manufacturing processes they provide their customers.
This year manufacturing week was celebrated in the West Michigan area from October 2nd through October 8th. A total of 3,100 students visited a variety of manufacturing facilities to gain knowledge, participate in tours and hands on activities to better understand the diverse fields in the industry. DeWys Mfg. hosted 155 students from Kent Intermediate School District, Discover Elementary, and Ridge Park Charter Academy. The students received a tour of the shop, participated in a team building activity, and explored the MCAM trailer provided by Grand Rapids Community College. Along with the tours given to students throughout the week, DeWys Manufacturing hosted 15 math and science teachers organized through the Kent ISD called “Teachers in the Industry”. This event consisted of the teachers taking a mechanical reasoning test to show the initial steps taken in the hiring process, a short video on DeWys Manufacturing, and a question and answer panel with four of the DeWys team members. This allowed the teachers to learn from the team members about career paths in manufacturing.
Manufacturing Week in Grand Rapids was unique compared to past years thanks to the City of Grand Rapids and the Mayor Rosalynn Bliss. An official proclamation was created for 2016 declaring October 2nd through October 8th as Manufacturing Week. As stated in the official proclamation, “Whereas the city of Grand Rapids joins with the State of Michigan to celebrate Manufacturing Week and recognize our manufacturers for their commitment to creating jobs and a prosperous economy in West Michigan.” DeWys Manufacturing is proud to be an active participant in the raising awareness of the advanced manufacturing career opportunities to students in our community.