DeWys Manufacturing Recipient of the 2014 STTF Grant

Marne, MI (January 5th, 2015) – DeWys Manufacturing Inc., a West Michigan based metal solutions company, is a recent recipient of an $18,800 grant from the Workforce Development Agency’s Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF) program.

The STTF provides competitive awards for employees who have developed and implemented workforce training programs to enhance the skills, efficiency, and employment retention, while increasing the quality and competitiveness of Michigan’s businesses.

This state funded grant allows DeWys Manufacturing the opportunity to hire and train ten new team members in the press brake and welding departments, along with holding Kata training for team leads by September 2015.

Training for the new team members will be held through our DeWys University, a curriculum built on both theory and practice. Students receive six weeks of instructional and hands-on experience with a trainer in one of the five subject areas-welding, press brake operation, powder coating, machining, and cutting-followed by another six weeks of mentoring on the shop floor.

Kata training will be provided on-site by Grand Rapids Community College. Kata is a Japanese term that means way or manner of doing or how to do. In the workplace Kata’s are a small, structured practice routines or protocols that help an organization get stronger at achieving goals and meeting challenges. This will allow DeWys to achieve the next level of their lean journey.


Adding Value with New Technology

Marne, MI (November 10th, 2014) – DeWys Manufacturing Inc., a West – Michigan based metal solutions company, is pleased to announce the addition of new equipment to their manufacturing capability.

A state of the art WDM plate roller and a Hydmech saw were recently installed at our 90,000 square foot manufacturing facility near Grand Rapids, MI. The plate roller is a CNC four roller machine that can form sheet metal, as well as steel plate up to 3/8’ to 4’ wide and create a variety of shapes based on a customers requirements. This new roller decreases the run time for each part by 50%. The new band saw, a M-16A automatic scissor style band saw, has miter cutting capabilities for heavy duty applications. It will miter from 90 degrees to 60 degrees. This will increase efficiency by 50% due to bundle cutting capabilities.

These technology advances will continue to add value and grow their capabilities for all our customers. This will also help DeWys better our lean manufacturing focus. By maintaining the right machines along with the right production process, we can continue to guarantee an overall exceptional experience.