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.
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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
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., 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.
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!
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.
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!
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 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!