April 7, 2021 — Every year, companies throughout the greater West Michigan region compete to be named one of “West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®.” Only companies that distinguish themselves as having the most innovative and thoughtful human resources approach can be bestowed this honor. (See following list for winners.)
An independent research firm evaluates each company’s entry, based on various categories. These 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 and Strategic Company Performance. With over 20 years of experience conducting the Best and Brightest competitions, the National Association for Business Resources (NABR) has identified numerous best Human Resource practices and provided benchmarking for companies that continue to be leaders in employment standards.
“Throughout the year, 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 relations employee wellbeing. 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.
These select companies will be honored on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 on a virtual platform, and the winning companies also compete for 13 elite awards, one granted for each category. Also, an overall winner that has excelled in all categories will be honored with a “Best of the Best Overall” award. The elite award winners will be revealed during the digital presentation. West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® is sponsored by Baudville Brands, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, ABC WZZM 13, Newsradio WOOD 1300 and 106.9 FM, Grand Rapids Business Journal, Davenport University, DTE Energy, The Employers’ Association, Consumers Credit Union, Meijer, uMap, Clark Hill, and SpartanNash.
About the Best and Brightest to Work For® Program
The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® is a national program that provides the business community with the opportunity to gain recognition, showcase their best practices and demonstrate why they are an ideal place for employees to work. This national program celebrates those companies that are making better business, creating richer lives and building a stronger community as a whole. It is presented annually in several markets, including Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Miami, Milwaukee, Nashville, New York, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, West Michigan & nationally
DeWys is proud to announce the addition of Jim Marklevitz as their new Supply Chain Manager. In his new role, Jim will be overseeing the purchasing, materials planning, and shipping departments, as well as working alongside the leadership team to establish and execute a long-term vision for growth.
With years of experience in this industry and a degree in Material Logistics Management with an emphasis in purchasing, operations, and distribution from Michigan State University, Jim understands the importance of continuous improvement, quality, performance, and positive relationships with customers to understand their requirements. As the new Supply Chain Manager, he plans to provide DeWys with financial gain, introduce new technologies, and new innovative ideas. Jim looks forward to learning something new every week while challenging his teams and the company to do the same. “My job is never to be at the top of the mountain. It is to never stop climbing.”
“We are excited to welcome Jim to the DeWys team. His experience and knowledge in the industry is going to be an instrumental part of our success and future expansion of DeWys Metal Solutions” – Mark Schoenborn, President at DeWys
DeWys’ culture, foundational beliefs, compassion, and quality of people are just a few reasons why Jim said the company was his #1 choice for employers in West Michigan. In his free time, you can find Jim outdoors boating, fishing, or gardening. He is also very involved with the community and continuously works to give back to a variety of charitable organizations.
Jim’s work experience and his personal values align with DeWys making him an essential part of the team.
DeWys Manufacturing to announce the launch of DeWys Metal Solutions to enhance brand identity and strengthen strategic company goals. With over 40 years in the industry, DeWys Metal Solutions will continue to provide customers of all sizes complete custom metal fabrication services as one company with endless metal capabilities.
“We are excited about the future of DeWys Metal Solutions! It offers us a structure to expand DeWys’ offerings to our customers as well as create more growth opportunities for our team members” – Christa Smith, Customer Experience Manager at DeWys
The launch of DeWys Metal Solutions allows for strategic growth opportunities in capabilities, services, and products to meet our growing customer needs. All four divisions of DeWys Metal Solutions (DeWys Manufacturing, the newly acquired ReFab Metal Fab, American Grower Resource, and DeWys Stainless Solutions) remain committed to the success and safety for all stakeholders as this is the DeWys way.
“We understand our customers’ needs and expectations continue to rise. DeWys Metal Solutions will allow us to offer even more flexibility to service these increasing expectations. We are looking forward to continuing to expand DeWys Metal Solutions with additional capabilities in the near future.” – Mark Schoenborn, President at DeWys
While the company continues to evolve and grow, their vision mission and values remain same. Part of the DeWys difference is leveraging technology, talent, and innovation to deliver quality outcomes for customers every day.
About DeWys Metal Solutions
DeWys Metal Solutions is a complete metal solutions company. Founded in 1977, DeWys leverages talent, technology, and innovation to deliver high-quality outcomes for customers in a variety of industries. An award-winning team of 230+ brings a range of expertise in advanced welding, CNC machining, contract manufacturing, engineering and product development, laser cutting, machining, manufacturing and product assembly, metal forming and bending, powder coating, precision sheet metal, stainless solutions, and turret punching. DeWys is committed to the success and safety of all stakeholders.
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
27700 Hoover Rd.
Warren, MI 48093-6306
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.