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MiMfg Magazine September 2017 because we can attract and retain employees with diverse skills and strong work ethics.” Since its 2012 acquisition of Solo Cup Company, Dart Container has invested more than $60 million in the Mason campus and created over 500 new jobs. Dart Container’s Mason campus and Holt ink plant have more than 2,000 employees. DeWys Manufacturing Celebrates 40th Anniversary West Michigan-based MMA member DeWys Manufacturing Inc. celebrates 40 years in business this year. The road to success has taken DeWys on a journey of changes — from location and ownership to technological advancements and the development of DeWys University, their in-house training program. Starting in 1977 in a little red barn producing fireplace inserts, DeWys Manufacturing is now a 90,000-square- foot contract manufacturer serving over 160 customers in more than 10 different industries. DeWys’ ‘Circle of Companies’ includes precision sheet metal, contract manufacturing, powder coating, machining and product assembly. The company has been quick to adapt to changes in technology over the past decades and worked as a team to implement the new and upcoming trends. “I’ve always encouraged our innovation teams to be progressive, to try new things without the fear of failing forward,” said CEO Jon DeWys. “This mentality allowed us to stay afloat during the challenging economic recession from 2008-2013. Because we were diversified in our service offerings and customer base and have always invested in technology, we made it though and came out stronger than ever.” Equally important is the DeWys commitment to talent and workforce development. The company realized that as a manufacturer in Michigan, they needed to create the talent required to keep up with their growth. In 2012, DeWys University was born. “DeWys University has really allowed our business to grow. We’ve been able to build a team of motivated, well-trained and knowledgeable employees who are excited about their future with the company,” said Laura Elsner, workforce development manager for DeWys. While the company will take time to celebrate and acknowledge the major milestone achieved, they’re also looking forward to the future. “We take a lot of pride in hitting this 40-year mile stone. We know that we’ll never be finished finding new ways to innovate and we’re looking forward to the growth ahead of us,” said DeWys. Toyota to Sponsor Self- Driving Research Site The widely popular technology of self-driving automation got a boost this summer as MMA-member Toyota and its Ann Arbor-based research institute announced a $5 million investment to the non-profit American Center for Mobility. The investment makes Toyota the first automaker to sponsor the self-driving research site at Ypsilanti’s Willow Run. “We are excited to be the first automaker joining this effort to create a test ground for advanced vehicle technologies in our backyard,” said Jeff Makarewicz, group vice president for safety and vehicle performance for Toyota’s research and development center. “Together with industry and government partners, we would like to set a direction to realize connected and automated vehicles to help improve safety and mobility.” The American Center for Mobility is an arm of Planet M, the Michigan- based collaborative established to boost research into self- driving cars and connected-vehicle technologies. The center’s Ypsilanti facility will be a WW 335-acre testing Got Good News? Help us spread the word about the positive investments manufacturing makes to Michigan. Send your good news to gerrish@mimfg.org. and development location for work supporting those technologies. Companies can utilize the resources at Willow Run to test new technology in a closed environment. “Testing is the place where we really thought we could make a mark,” said Lt. Governor Brian Calley of the state’s effort to become a national leader in new tech testing. “... Not all test miles are created equal,” said Gill Pratt, CEO of Toyota’s research center. “The road to creating a car as safe, or safer, than a human driver will require billions of test miles including simulation, real-world driving on public roads, and closed-course testing where we can expose our systems to extreme circumstances and conditions. The new ACM ... facility is a significant step forward in this journey and will accelerate our ability to help prevent crashes and save lives.” 6 EXPERTS IN ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE Celebrating 60 years GOSLING CZUBAK ENGINEERING SCIENCES, INC. W.GOSLINGCZUBAK.COM TRAVERSE CIT Y, MICHIGAN 25