The DeWys Difference: Prioritizing Technology, Talent and Innovation

At DeWys Manufacturing, the company strategic plan is referred to as The Road to Success. Yet, success in not a destination, we believe success is continually improving our practices and celebrating our positive contributions. As Simon Sinek (Organizational Consultant and Motivational Speaker) says, “No one knows everything. But together, we know a whole lot.” Together as stakeholders we are The DeWys Difference, a key piece labeled on the Road to Success. The DeWys Difference includes standards we are proud of, including an optimized facility, precision-based processes, a leadership team with 200+ years of manufacturing experience, a flexible and agile mindset as well as the ability to solve customers challenges.

In 2019, The DeWys Difference has led to a 30,000 sq. foot expansion optimizing the DeWys Manufacturing facility. When completed, the addition will extend space for customer product and improve process flow. The flow of each individual process from receiving in steel to packaging the finished product plays a significant role in the success of how DeWys Manufacturing operates. In an everchanging industry, it is important that DeWys Manufacturing optimizes the current facility and remains flexible and agile to support customers. Recently, DeWys Manufacturing reevaluated mechanized welding operations to increase throughput by decreasing the number of operations required to produce welded tanks. In addition to an optimized location and access to resources, the leadership team uses their combined 200+ years of manufacturing experience by working alongside empowered team members to develop their talent through DeWys University and increase added value to customers. Through the employee recognition A.C.C.T. program and innovation team, each advancement a DeWys Mfg. team member achieves personally or professionally supports our people, process and product. With a strategic plan guiding operations, DeWys Manufacturing can focus on technology, talent development and innovation integration to bring the most value to our customers and truly be The DeWys Difference.


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 Supports the Personal, Professional and Financial Success of its Team Members

The forces at work in a company or organization can often be defined through the people, process, and product it chooses to serve and maneuver through. When team members can feel the character of who a company is to the core when they walk through the doors, that is culture. DeWys Manufacturing is proud of the team members that walk through the doors every day who come and apply their strong skillsets. When team members walk through the doors of DeWys Manufacturing they are walking into a family who is committed to a dynamic work environment driven by purposeful actions. Recently, DeWys Mfg. has brought on a career coach from West Michigan Works! to aid in the personal, professional and financial success of our team members.

A Retention Solutions Network Career Coach has recently joined DeWys Manufacturing to provide free and confidential services and resources to assist with life’s challenges. The Success Coach’s areas of expertise include aid in family support, mounting debt, legal issues, health care navigation, substance abuse, housing, transportation and childcare. Life can be unpredictable and challenging at times however having a resource to assist during times of struggle can feel like a weight lifted off your shoulders.

One team member sought out the guidance of the solutions network to look for assistance in supporting her household. The team member was caring for as well as financially supporting an extended family member who has one child and another on the way. With unreliable transportation and pressure to fulfill the needs of the of the additional members of the household, the team member was able to work with the Success Coach to pay a portion of her mortgage through Community Ventures funding. The Success Coach also was able to work with the team member to find financing and childcare for the family member.  This provided the team member with extra funds to fix her family member’s car to allow her easy access for transportation as well as pay for expenses for her grandchildren.

Another team member was referred to the RSN by the Human Resources Department. The team member was experiencing recurring debt for medical expenses for his spouse and child. The Success Coach recommended an application for DHHS Services to cover medical expenses for his child. The Success Coach assisted the team member with the application and verification process, which led to his child qualifying for medical services from the State. The Success Coach worked with the employee on a budget plan to pay off outstanding medical bills. Community Ventures funding paid for employee’s overdue auto insurance, thus allowing the employee to completely pay off the medical debt. The employee remains employed and states,” he is happy that Mr. DeWys cares enough about us to bring a Success Coach in.”

Working alongside West Michigan Works!, DeWys Manufacturing is eager for team members to utilize the solutions network for any need. The services provided through the on-site career coach have assisted a multitude of team members and continue to do so. With this added resource, DeWys Manufacturing will continue striving to care to help each other achieve personal, professional and financial goals.

 


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.


Lions, & Tigers, & DeWys … Oh My!

On June 1st, 2019, DeWys Manufacturing kicked off the summer with the first family party of the year at John Ball Zoo. The team members at DeWys Manufacturing are some of the coolest, talented and hardworking people (humble brag) and we were thrilled to throw such an event for all those who were able to come! Located near downtown Grand Rapids, John Ball Zoo provided a lush picnic area for us to grill out and indulge with some ice cream, courtesy of Bumblebee Ice Cream located in Marne.

The weekend welcomed us with delightful rain showers all day… yet over eighty DeWys team members and over two hundred family members stuck out the rain! Luckily, the weather gave way to cloudy skies throughout the day and the rain stopped long enough for the tigers to show off their stripes, the goats to come out of their barn and bears to take a dip in their pond. Chris, a team member at DeWys Manufacturing, and his family said, “We had a great time at the zoo even with the rain thanks so much DeWys.”


DeWys Manufacturing Ranks Among West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work for

DeWys Manufacturing Inc., your complete metal solutions company – is thrilled to be ranked among one of West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work for in 2019! Under the National Association for Business Resources, the Best and Brightest program strives to connect, educate, empower and recognize companies. The program ranks and provides feedback to applicants across the United States. This includes cities such as Houston, West Michigan, Milwaukee, San Diego, Dallas, San Francisco, Metro Detroit, Boston, Atlanta and Chicago!

Within the program, companies throughout the United States highlight and assess the success of their employees, not just their financial results, but by a series of employee satisfaction surveys. As said by DeWys Manufacturing’s operations manager Chris, “It was an honor to win the award the first year we applied, I think it shows the culture our team members feel we have and how we are improving.” As DeWys Manufacturing grows, the continued culture of integrity, family orientation, passion, empowerment and continuous improvement of our processes and people holds an important status at DeWys. The opportunity to be recognized for such achievements is a proud moment to take a step back and acknowledge the responsibility it takes as an organization to maintain a healthy and committed work environment. DeWys Manufacturing CEO, Jon DeWys, says, “We are very proud of our team earning the honors. It was inspirational to see other organizations set high standards for the great things that they do.” DeWys Manufacturing applauds all the companies that were awarded at this year’s Best and Brightest ceremony and everybody else taking steps every day to be the best for their organization, people, and community.


Sharing the Best Companies within a Bright Community

DeWys Manufacturing is excited to share that on May 7th, 2019, over one hundred companies gathered at the J.W. Marriot in downtown Grand Rapids to celebrate West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work for. A small group of DeWys Manufacturing team members headed to the Best and Brightest event along with over a hundred others, all proudly representing their organization. Everyone poured in through the doors of the conference center and the space quickly filled with music and chattering voices. Team members from DeWys Manufacturing and others found their seats while the lights dimmed for the ceremony to begin and honor the recipients. Jake, a team lead at DeWys Manufacturing, says, “I was definitely appreciative that I was asked to attend. It was an awesome experience that made me proud of the company I work for and justify that the things we are doing are improving our culture. It was cool that we were one of the few manufacturing companies there as well, I think that speaks well to the environment we are creating for our employees. Being a part of the achievement validated a lot of the things we are striving for as a company.”

Out of over 1,500 applications, 150 companies were recognized for their efforts in health and wellness, communication and shared vision, community initiatives, compensation, benefits and employee solutions, diversity and inclusion, employee achievement and recognition, as well as employee education and development. Awards are also given in employee enrichment, engagement and retention, recruitment, selection and orientation, strategic company performance and work-life balance. As each company was recognized, feelings of appreciation for the great work the organizations are doing to better the lives of their employees refreshed the atmosphere. Semir, a point person at DeWys Manufacturing, added, “What I also enjoyed about the event was seeing the different initiatives companies are doing to get more involvement from team members. Knowing that as a team we already have a similar structure established to recognize and reward with our A.C.C.T.  program was comforting. Going forward, I take even more pride in the work that I do every day.”

After the event, Bridgette, marketing supervisor, shared, “The Best & Brightest ceremony was such an exciting & positive experience. It was energizing to see so many companies in the West Michigan area striving for the same common goal… to be the best that they can be! I left feeling inspired and motivated to continue the work we are doing to make DeWys Manufacturing one of the best places to work!” Again, DeWys Manufacturing congratulates all the companies who are building their team one day at a time to be the best they can be!


Our Customer Experience Transformation

DeWys Manufacturing Inc., your complete metal solutions company is eager to share our inside sales team’s customer experience transformation. Our Inside Sales team has adapted a new structure to create a more unified sales force through the redistribution of responsibilities over the past six months.  This new structure was modified to continue centralizing our customer needs at DeWys Manufacturing. The Inside sales transformation proactively maximizes the customer experience through responding to quote requests, improved technical product support and personal order management.

DeWys Manufacturing is pleased to go with the new flow and welcome Mike, Judy, Charlie and Nick to the Inside Sales team! Each representative will be supporting our customers by directly communicating on a regular basis, managing orders and collaborate with production team members. Mike, who is joining inside sales from previously working with production team. “Although there is a lot to learn, the transition from production to sales was fairly easy. It has been exciting to see the company growing from both perspectives.”  Judy who joined the team in January says, “I love the different challenges I’m presented with daily and excited to work with people who are driven by customer satisfaction. Seriously, exceeding expectations and building relationships is what drives me!” The team will also be analyzing customers needs, provide technical assistance and follow ups. Nick, who joined the team in December elaborated that “I am eager to be a part of the achievements we are making, learning more about manufacturing and work here longer than Charlie.” If you don’t know Charlie, he is also currently on the sales team and has been working at DeWys Manufacturing for over 35 years!

DeWys Manufacturing is excited for the adjusted flow of the sales team, synergizing each individual’s effort to support our customers versatile needs.


In the Spotlight Series: Jon

To be our customers complete metal solutions company, DeWys Manufacturing starts from the core which we believe is our team members. Through our in-house training program, DeWys University, we value the enrichment and empowerment of individuals in which education can provide. Team members are able to utilize trainings DeWys University offers to push themselves to the next level.

            Recently, one of our DeWys Team members Jon, has excelled his skills into a new position! Jon has been contributing at DeWys Mfg. on one of the Bystronic press brakes since he was hired on less than a year ago. His main responsibility as a press brake operator included the insertion of a flat metal sheet into the machine where it is bent or crowned when pressed into a v-shaped tool. Jon says, “I like my new position where I am able to interact with multiple areas and always be moving.” While Jon excelled in his position, he wanted to expand his skills.

            In less than a year, Jon has been promoted to fulfill the responsibilities of the Automation Operator. In his new role, Jon is responsible for monitoring automation equipment to ensure they are meeting or exceeding production goals and quality standards. Many skills Jon has learned from operating the brake press have carried over into his new position. These skills include understanding gauging points, how to physically handle the part and manipulate blank sizes. Kris, who is a trainer at DeWys Mfg., has been working closely with Jon and says “Jon is a very intelligent young man and has done very well with our training processes. He still has some things to learn but his drive and willingness is what makes him a success here at DeWys. Mfg.”

            As the new automation operator, Jon is enjoying his new role and responsibilities. His new position allows him to work with a variety of team members from different areas and continually be moving.  He is eager to continue to expand his skills such as programming the collaborative robot and Cincinnati press. Although Jon still has some more to train on, his intelligence and willingness to succeed here at DeWys Mfg. is what makes him shine in the spotlight!


DeWys Manufacturing Welcomes Change to their Leadership Team

DeWys Manufacturing Inc., your complete metal solutions company is pleased to announce the addition of Kim Emery as the Quality Manager. With a shift in the leadership team, Kim will be taking Lance Fisher’s role in overseeing the quality team to ensure the finest quality products delivered to DeWys Manufacturing’s customer base.

In her new role, Kim will be performing all internal and external ISO audits as well as establishing and continuing to improve PFMEA. She will also be managing all PPAP submissions along with communicating to DeWys team members and customers on quality processes or areas of improvement. This transition in positions enables Lance to now be DeWys’ Continuous Improvement Manager full-time. He will be facilitating and coordinating all lean activities throughout the company.  This includes coaching, development and training of all team members for a productive work environment.

Prior to DeWys Mfg., Kim received a degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Grand Valley State University. After graduation she pursued a career that totals 13 years of experience with quality in the manufacturing industry. Managing a DeWys team is a new and exciting role for Kim. “I am looking forward to taking what I know and mentoring DeWys team members to be the voice of our customers and their quality expectations.”

In her spare time, she enjoys quality time with her family, cheering on the side lines at either soccer or basketball games, and supporting her daughter’s girl scout troop. If you can’t find her there, Kim is most likely scrap booking, couponing, or tending to her garden. With her knowledge and years of experience in manufacturing, the team at DeWys Mfg. is looking forward to advancing the quality expectations for our customers’ requirements.