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.

 

 


Coopersville Students Attend 2-Day Weld Camp

 

DeWys University is DeWys Manufacturing’s on-site training program developed to advance the skills of individuals and enrich career paths. Based on theory and practice, DeWys University values the versatility and skillet of its trainers to effectively incorporate hands on experience.  Recently, two students from the Coopersville High School joined DeWys Manufacturing’s weld trainer, Sean, for a two-day weld camp to advance their welding skills for a school project. Uniquely, each individual came into DeWys with a different skill set and knowledge base.

     Before the manufacturing process begins, variations of sheet metal arrive into the receiving area of DeWys Manufacturing. This includes aluminum, steel and stainless steel that comes in a variety of gauges and thicknesses. On Day 1 of the weld camp, Sean went over the types of material that is available for different parts and the welding procedure specifications (WPS). These specifications are formal procedures to provide the welder proper information to make quality production welds. The WPS settings, parameters and travel speeds created for each material, thickness and validated by extensive destruct testing.  “After testing out a couple different weld settings and materials, it was awesome to see the students engaged and able to produce two MIG welded pieces that passed the weld test on the first day!”  says Sean.

     As day two rolled around, the students had the opportunity to weld aluminum. Different from other alloy metals, aluminum requires welds to be applied via tungsten inert gas also known as TIG welding. Due to different filler metal, amplification adjusting and application procedure, TIG welding can be more difficult to learn. Sean elaborated, “While working on the fitting of tubing for their project, the students picked up the change in application quickly. They we’re so enthusiastic, it was such a fun opportunity to work with each individual!”

     DeWys Manufacturing thanks Coopersville area schools for the opportunity to come out to our company and enrich the curriculum of hands-on learning!


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!