Critical Manufacturer Supporting Essential Businesses

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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DeWys Manufacturing Welcomes New Weld Engineer!

DeWys Manufacturing Inc., a West-Michigan based metal solutions company – is pleased to announce the addition of Brad Anderson to the innovation team as the new Welding Engineer! In his new position Brad is responsible for managing and monitoring all welding equipment to make sure they are meeting set goals for production, advance quality standards and improve manufacturing processes.

Brad’s journey, prior to DeWys Manufacturing, started at the Gaylord MI MTEC for welding and led him to Ferris State University where he completed his Bachelors in Welding Engineering Technology. After college Brad gained experience in the automotive industry, took five months to travel the world with his wife and moved to a new state where he worked in a welding laboratory. In his new position at DeWys Manufacturing, Brad looks forward to expanding his skills. He is also looking forward to developing new ways to reduce cost, improve quality and exceed customer expectations by thinking differently about advanced manufacturing solutions. This also includes reviewing product design, monitoring equipment and training operators. Brad believes that, “while welding automation may be my primary focus, I am looking forward to tackling our long-term goal of upgrading our manual welding processes.” In addition to manual and automated welding, Brad is excited to work closely with another Ferris Bulldog at DeWys, Sara, who is a current weld engineer and trainer.  Brad and Sara will work together make improvements to all weld processes in efforts to continuously advance our capabilities for our customers.

Outside of DeWys Manufacturing Brad enjoys spending time with his wife and hunting for new treasures at yard sales on Saturday mornings. “I enjoy yard sales because you never know what you might find or who you might meet! My wife and I have found ourselves taking tours of peoples gardens, experiencing a rock and roll themed basement or even navigating a vending machine warehouse.” When Brad is not looking for a rare item him and his wife enjoy listening to their record collection that consists of about 500 records. Brad says, “hopefully 500 does not turn into 5000!”

Brad’s motivation to improve quality and throughput, desire to contribute to something greater than himself and his team-player attitude, makes him a valuable asset to the DeWys team.  We are thrilled to announce Brad as our newest addition to the DeWys Manufacturing family!


Meet Ivy!

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.


Dancing Through the Decades, Hello 2020!

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 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


Impacting the West Michigan Community One Family At A Time

Even a small act of kindness can make a big difference in someone’s life. Here at DeWys Manufacturing, we are continuously striving to make a positive impact not only in house, but with the community of West Michigan.

This holiday season, DeWys Manufacturing adopted a family through Love Inc of Allendale for the third year in a row. While the family information stayed anonymous, the team members rallied together like they were one of our own. With four kids and a baby girl on the way, the variety of gifts and monetary donations poured in! Overall, DeWys was able to donate over $800 worth of gifts to the family including family board games, clothes for all, toys, and even a drone. Team members were so invested in the season of giving, that a dresser/changing table and entertainment center were donated as well!

It brings joy to our team knowing there is one more family in the West Michigan area that will wake up on Christmas morning to the sounds of cheer and excitement as they open gifts while creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Happy holidays to all!

 


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.


GVSU Partners with DeWys Manufacturing for Senior Project

DeWys Manufacturing partnered with engineering students from Grand Valley State University to design and implement an industry 4.0 data tracking software for an industrial powder coating line. The students from GVSU are required to complete a senior capstone project over the course of two semesters by collaborating with an industry partner to solve a need within their industry. DeWys Manufacturing had a need for real time data collection and performance metrics of a powder coating system.

To tackle the issue, Curtis from DeWys Manufacturing sought the help of GVSU. Working within the constraints of the project set by the DeWys team, students developed the concepts, designs, and implementation plan of the final project. The team worked closely with Curtis to develop the powder coating lines hardware and software data collection requirements.  In the second semester, students worked to create a functional prototype at the school, then install the system at DeWys Manufacturing. Upon completion, GVSU students had the chance to present their projects to the public.

DeWys Manufacturing is privileged to have the opportunity to partner with Grand Valley and their students! Congratulations on graduation to the recent GVSU alumni!

 


Building Futures with Habitat for Humanity

Every family deserves a home. Habitat for Humanity of Kent County welcomed DeWys Manufacturing Team Members on September 21st to aid in the fulfillment of providing families with affordable, safe and healthy housing. With a goal of building a world where families have a chance for a better tomorrow, Habitat for Humanity builds, rehabs and repairs homes. In addition, Habitat provides financial home ownership training to home buyers and contributions to neighborhood revitalization.

This year, ten DeWys Team Members volunteered their time at the future residences of Habitat for Humanity Homes at Plaza Roosevelt. Build day tackled projects around the already semi constructed homes of Plaza Roosevelt. These projects included framing, constructing staircases and putting up siding. Alongside DeWys Team Members, groups from Grand Valley and residents of the new homes put in work!  “It was nice to see all the people who came out to contribute to the builds. One of the volunteers had already moved into his home and was able to put in some sweat equity hours with us!” says Jake, a team member of DeWys Manufacturing. When completed, the homes worked on in the Plaza will consist of 17 new housing units to well deserving homes.