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.
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 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
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
“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
National Association for Business Resources
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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!
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.
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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.
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 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 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