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DMI Manufacturing (MFG) Day 2017

On Wednesday, October 4, DMI Companies hosted students and faculty from six local schools as a part of their Second Annual Manufacturing (MFG) Day event. MFG Day is a nationwide event designed to provide interested students an opportunity to explore the variety of fascinating and profitable careers in modern manufacturing.

Over 60 students from Belle Vernon, Ringgold, Charleroi, Bentworth, Elizabeth Forward and Fayette County Career and Technical Institute participated in a variety of activities designed to give them a taste of how technology has revolutionized manufacturing and created exciting and rewarding new career opportunities.  Over lunch, they engaged in small-group discussions with DMI employees who currently work in the same high-demand manufacturing occupations in which the students are interested.  They finished the day by hearing from recent graduates from their schools who participated in work experiences at DMI and learning how their work experience helped prepare them for their career of choice.

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Wagoner, OK - Coming Soon!

On September 19, DMI Companies hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to announce our newest facility in Wagoner, Oklahoma.

At the ceremony, which was held onsite at the Wagoner location, DMI was welcomed to the community by several Oklahoma state and local officials, including: Wagoner Mayor Albert Jones, State Senator Kim David, Local Union 270 Business Manager David Johnson, Joe Powell with SMART International, and Christie Myers, site location manager with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.

With operations expected to begin by year's end, the local community is excited for the career opportunities that DMI brings to the area. The new facility will be manufacturing for all 5 of our business units - Ductmate, Aire Technologies, GreenSeam, CL Ward, and Linx Industries.

Local newspapers, the Muskogee Phoenix and the Wagoner County American-Tribune, also featured the event in their weekly news stories. Please click on the links to read the full articles.

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KEEA Visits DMI

On Thursday, August 24th, the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance visited DMI to capture our commitment to sustainability, how we apply it, and how our products themselves are energy efficient.

The visit included a plant tour and interviews with Ray Yeager - President and CEO; Lisa Pavan - Sustainability & Environmental Compliance Manager; and Doug Gudenburr - Director of Operations.

DMI is one of several organizations that will be featured, including SMART Local 12, in a film which will be debuted at their annual conference in Hershey, PA this October.

For more information on Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance, please visit KEEAlliance.org.

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Dream It Do It PA

In an effort to increase interest in manufacturing careers, Catalyst Connection, a regional economic development organization, paired companies with local schools to answer the question, “What’s so cool about manufacturing?”. Each school was then asked to create a three-minute video, with the help of a local manufacturer, which showcases what they feel makes manufacturing cool.

DMI Companies was proud to be paired with Charleroi Middle School.  The students and their sponsoring teacher visited our plant and corporate facilities to shoot video of what we do and interview employees about what makes DMI manufacturing so cool.  The students were able to produce and edit a very creative, professional video themselves that we feel really does highlight what’s so cool about manufacturing at DMI. 

The video that receives the most online votes will earn the “People’s Choice Award” so please go online to show your support for the DMI/Charleroi Middle School video.  Voting is now live, but ends this Friday February 17th. 

Click on this link http://dreamitdoitpa.com/contests/2017-pittsburgh-video-contest/ and scroll to Charleroi Area/Ductmate to watch the video.  Be sure to vote by clicking the Vote button beneath “Ductmate.”  A number of other local schools and businesses also participated to increase interest in local manufacturing careers in the area. 

Please forward this link to anyone else you think may be interested in promoting manufacturing careers and encourage them to vote, as well. 

You can vote more than once!  So as they say in Chicago "vote early and vote often". 

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Manufacturing Day 2016 Video



A Program Designed to Expand Knowledge of Manufacturing, Improve Public Perception of Manufacturing Career Opportunities.

In celebration of Manufacturing Day 2016, DMI Companies opened its doors on October 5th to students, guidance counselors and teachers from three local high schools.  Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce Laura Taylor-Kale, Managing Partnerat Beck and Thomas, P.C John Thomas, and Congressman Tim Murphy were also in attendance to speak with the students as part of an effort to change people’s perceptions about today’s manufacturing environment and draw attention to the outstanding opportunities that a career in manufacturing can provide.

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DMI Companies Hosts Manufacturing Day Event On 10/05/16 For Mon Valley Community

A Program Designed to Expand Knowledge of Manufacturing, Improve Public Perception of Manufacturing Career Opportunities.

In celebration of Manufacturing Day 2016, DMI Companies opened its doors on October 5th to students, guidance counselors and teachers from three local high schools.  Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce Laura Taylor-Kale, Managing Partnerat Beck and Thomas, P.C John Thomas, and Congressman Tim Murphy were also in attendance to speak with the students as part of an effort to change people’s perceptions about today’s manufacturing environment and draw attention to the outstanding opportunities that a career in manufacturing can provide.  Activities included presentations from a number of DMI departments, tours and hands on experiences at our facility, and one on one time with DMI employees.

Manufacturing Day is an annual national event executed at the local level supported by thousands of manufacturers as they host students, teachers, parents, job seekers and other local community members at open houses, plant tours and presentations designed to showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers.

“There is an increasing demand for highly skilled professionals in the manufacturing sector who can design, program and operate technology,” said Raymond Yeager, President and CEO with DMI Companies. “The average age of a manufacturing employee is 56, and between now and 2020 there will be an unprecedented shortage of skilled workers who will need to be replaced.”

Manufacturing Day is co-produced by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Manufacturing Institute (MI), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). Partners include Edge Factor and the Science Channel and guest producer Industrial Strength Marketing.

Photos from our Manufacturing Day event can be found on our Facebook Page.

 

More information on Manufacturing Day is available at www.mfgday.com.

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A Closer Look at DMI Manufacturing Day

Outdated stereotypes and misconceptions have kept many students from pursuing rewarding careers in this growing industry. Manufacturing Day is a national event that is typically celebrated the first Friday of October, but any day can be Manufacturing Day!

To get some firsthand knowledge of both Manufacturing Day and the industry itself, STEM Jobs spoke with Katie Hager, Workforce Development Manager at DMI Companies.

STEM Jobs: Why is an event like Manufacturing Day important?

Katie: American manufacturing is facing a serious skills shortage due to many factors. Worldwide demand for manufactured goods has increased. Many US manufacturing operations have moved back to the United States and companies from other countries have increased manufacturing operations in the United States. This has created an increased demand for manufacturing workers. In addition, continuous advances in manufacturing technology, automation and Lean manufacturing have changed the types of things these employees do every day and, therefore, changed the skills required to be successful in a manufacturing career. Many manufacturing jobs involve heavy use of technology, software, and skilled trades. People still tend to think of manufacturing as the boring, dirty and dangerous jobs of many years ago. They also think it does not provide the wages and benefits that can support a good lifestyle. This causes many students and parents to dismiss the idea of a career in manufacturing. Lastly, the retirement of the Baby Boomer generation is progressively depleting the existing workforce. Due to all of these factors, there are expected to be about 2 million manufacturing jobs that will go unfilled in the next 10 years if we cannot show parents, students and teachers that modern manufacturing is a wonderful career opportunity.

In reality, the average salary in manufacturing is 20% higher than the overall average salary. The US produces almost 20% of all global manufactured products, which makes it the world’s largest manufacturing economy and a very stable career choice. The technology and innovation behind modern manufacturing makes it an extremely exciting field with much more diverse career offerings than in the past. Many high-demand manufacturing jobs do not require a four-year degree. This means that students can avoid the monstrous student loan debt of college and still get a good-paying job with a future where they are doing something they enjoy.

Manufacturing Day gives us the opportunity to showcase the realities of modern manufacturing. Students, parents, and teachers get to see for themselves the technological, environmental, and lifestyle advances that have been made in our industry in the past few decades. They also get to see firsthand the variety of career opportunities available and what their future could hold if they choose a career in manufacturing.

SJ: What are the goals of Manufacturing Day from your perspective?

Katie: The goal of Manufacturing Day is to show students, parents, teachers, counselors, and administrators that modern manufacturing careers have changed drastically from the old days and are appealing to many different types of people. There are good-paying career opportunities for every STEM Type.

Obviously, each area of interest would entail a different career path. Exposing students to the variety of manufacturing career options while they are still in school gives them an edge. They are still in the position to make career and educational choices that will put them on the best path to the career they choose. Exposing teachers, counselors and administrators to these career options helps them understand the skills needed to be successful in the various manufacturing career options so they can incorporate them, or continue to focus on them, in their curriculum. This also helps them advise students on career paths that might be most fulfilling for them based on their own personal interests and aptitudes.

DMI’s Manufacturing Day will give students the opportunity to interact primarily with our production, engineering, maintenance and management teams but we will also include other potential careers such as accounting, information technology, sales, customer service, procurement and more. They will get to tour the plant, see the latest in manufacturing technology and even use our state-of-the-art software to produce an item on our laser cutter. They will get to ask our employees what it is like to work at DMI, how did they get there and any other questions they want to know about manufacturing. At the end of the day, we hope everyone leaves with a clear understanding of how great a career in manufacturing can be. Down the road, we hope these students end up becoming the future explorers, investigators, makers, integrators, designers, producers, solvers, and advisors of DMI Companies.

SJ:How can students get involved in Manufacturing Day?

Katie: There are lots of ways to get involved!
• Go to www.mfgday.com
• Register for and attend an event.
• Talk to your parents, teachers or counselors about finding or organizing an event
• When you go to an event, ask lots of questions, get information on work experience and training opportunities, share your experience with your parents, teachers, and friends.

SJ: What are some common misconceptions about manufacturing? What are the realities?

Katie:
• Manufacturing is no longer the dirty, dangerous, unstable and boring work that people recall from the past
• Technology and employers desire to create a better workplace experience has resulted in much cleaner and safer environments
• Global expansion, reshoring, and economic improvements have secured manufacturing’s future. In fact, manufacturing workers have the highest job tenure in the private sector.
• The use of automation, 3-D printers, laser cutters, CNC machines, robotics, a multitude of different types of software, and many more advancements have made manufacturing careers exciting and revolutionary
• The annual average salary of manufacturing workers is more than $77,000
• 90% of manufacturing workers have medical benefits

SJ: What do you see as the future of manufacturing?

Katie: The future of manufacturing is limitless on many fronts. Our research and development teams, like most, are continuously designing new and improved products and manufacturing processes to enhance people’s quality of life and reduce our impact on the environment. This constant stream of new technology enables us to do more and be better. It also creates the need for continuous learning and skills enhancement. The focus moving forward is on skills-based training with many avenues to achieving your dream job and multiple on and off ramps at various points along the way. Students can graduate from many high schools now with the skills needed to earn a very healthy wage. They can add to their skills, while earning money, at companies like DMI or by attending community college or trade school which only increases their potential. The more they learn, the more they contribute to the advancements in the industry which makes it a sustainable cycle of success.

It’s time to rethink everything you thought you knew about manufacturing. Take a look at what trade schools have to offer.

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Ductmate & Gen7 Featured in STEM Jobs

STEM students can look to the HVAC industry for careers in sustainable construction, thus creating eco-friendly change.

Dorothy Crouch of STEM Jobs explores the Gen7 project at River Vine Vinyeards, in which Ductmate products contribute to the overall sustainability of the home. STEM professionals, such as architects and urban planners, are needed for the future of sustainable building as seen with River Vine.

Please click here for the full article.

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Vote Now for Your Favorite Student Video

DMI Companies is a proud sponsor of the Annual Manufacturing Reception and Student Video Contest being held by Catalyst.

DMI Companies is a proud sponsor of the Annual Manufacturing Reception and Student Video Contest being held by Catalyst. Voting is open and more than 35,000 votes have been cast for their favorite manufacturing video. Please head over to Dream It Do It PA to vote now!  This is the first year of the student video contest in southwestern Pennsylvania with 10 schools and 10 companies participating in the program. The online voting for the People’s Choice award will run from Feb. 8-12, 2016. The program’s award ceremony will be on Feb. 18, 2016 at the Heinz Field Club East Lounge.

Dream It. Do It. PA is a partnership led by the Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC) in Allentown, Pa. Its mission is to change the way that people think about manufacturing and raise awareness of highly-technical advanced manufacturing careers. Below are some of our Regional Contacts.

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Self-Sealing Ducts Teaches Lesson on Fast Installation

“Before we committed to the product we had representatives from GreenSeam Industries demonstrate that the pipe would perform as promised,” said Meacham. “After the testing we were convinced this product was for us.

Middle Tennessee has seen its population surge over the past decade. Rutherford and surrounding counties are experiencing one of the highest growth rates in the country. Although the effected counties have long range strategies for expansion of their schools, these plans were recently updated to match the surging population. The increase has resulted in the region constructing at least one and as many as three schools every year for the past ten years.

The city of Nolensville has been dealing with this influx of people as well, and many of their classrooms are facing overcrowding. The community had been planning to build a new high school and elementary facility since 2013. The new Nolensville high school will allow the school district to reduce class size and address the district’s concerns regarding overcrowding when it is completed in the 2015/2016 time period.

The sheet metal sub-contractor for the Nolensville high school was Roscoe Brown, Inc. With 75 years of experience, Roscoe Brown, Inc. services the middle Tennessee market through a network of facilities located in Nashville, Murfreesboro and Tullahoma. The company serves the commercial and residential markets, and has a full sheet metal shop along with its other service offerings.

Mike Meacham heads their sheet metal department, and has over 30 years of experience working in the industry, 17 alone with Roscoe Brown. He said Central Tennessee is booming and is the fastest growing areas in the country.

“By all accounts and reports in newspapers like the Wall Street Journal, this area is playing catchup with infrastructures like schools,” said Meacham. “For the last ten years we have been building new schools at a rate of one to three per year.”

During this rush to get the new schools on line, Roscoe Brown investigated ways to speed production and installation while keeping costs under control. They were introduced to GreenSeam+ (Plus) new self-sealing snap-lock pipe and were impressed by its simplicity. GreenSeam+ factory sealed ducting is manufactured by GreenSeam Industries, a sister company of Ductmate Industries, a leading producer of duct and HVAC related products. GreenSeam Industries engineered a completely factory sealed pipe and fittings duct system for the low pressure side of HVAC systems. 

“Before we committed to the product we had representatives from GreenSeam Industries demonstrate that the pipe would perform as promised,” said Meacham. “After the testing we were convinced this product was for us.

Meacham said the high school is a 260,000 square foot building on two levels.  Roscoe Brown fabricated all of the trunk duct for the project and used GreenSeam+ for the run outs to diffusers.

GreenSeam+ eliminates both material and labor costs associated with external sealing and taping of the ducting. The time and material savings from using GreenSeam+ more than make up for the slight cost premium. Proper sealing of the duct system is a critical step in almost every installation. Insufficient or faulty sealant application will lead to leakage problems, which can place additional strain on the HVAC system, while increasing fuel usage.

Conklin Metal Industries has served the Southeast since it was founded in 1874 with sheet metal and HVAC products, and is a local distributor of GreenSeam Industries ducting products. Ryan Wigginton is the territory manager working with Roscoe Brown and other sheet metal contractors. Wigginton said GreenSeam Industries engineered the GreenSeam+ low pressure duct system to perform to the highest standards.

“A button lock is used verses a reeves lock because it is less likely to separate over time or through rough handling,” said Wigginton. “The snap lock pipe is supplied with a pre-installed EPDM gasket in the longitudinal seam and transverse joint, requiring no additional sealing once snapped together. 

Wigginton said all factory joints have the exact amount of sealant necessary to provide the system with a positive seal preventing wasteful over sealing or undersealing that can lead to leakage. The VOC-free gasket has a shelf life of 20 years minimum, a melt point of 300° F and meets the requirements of ASTM E84-05. GreenSeam+ is available in diameters 4" - 14" and in lengths 24" and 60".  GreenSeam Industries also provides a complete line of factory-sealed conicals, high efficiency take-offs, reducers, collars and fittings.

To date Meacham said they installed over 2,000 feet each of 8” and 10” GreenSeam+ pipe and plan to stay with it. Besides installing fast and saving time, they have had no reworking due to product failure. Meacham noted the faster installation times are beneficial in keeping up with tight schedules. Jobs like the Nolensville high school had been delayed by poor winter weather and the faster installation helps us make up for lost time.

Many contractors are initially apprehensive to install a product not specified by engineers because of possible repercussions if the product does not perform as claimed. GreenSeam+ ducting has captured the interest of contractors and engineers alike and is fast becoming the product of choice for low pressure duct applications!

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AHR Expo 2016

http://www.ahrexpo.com/

We will once again be exhibiting at the AHR Expo in Orlando, FL January 25-27. Be sure to stop by and see us at booth #4210!

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Make A Wish Donation



Today members of the DMI Companies Children’s Charity Committee (Ray Yeager, Donna Pauley, and Carol Singer) announced the fulfillment of a young boy’s wish to visit Virginia Beach.

This marks the 12th year in a row that DMI Companies has donated to the Make A Wish Foundation and to date has donated $50,000 to the organization.

The employees at DMI’s four manufacturing facilities located around the USA and corporate HQ located in Charleroi PA, are happy to donate money on a regular basis for casual Fridays, 50/50 Raffles, Holiday Contests, and other various events throughout the year.

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Ductmate Partners with AMS to Build New Gen7 Concept House

http://amsbuildingthefuture.com/

Designed to achieve LEED Platinum certification, River Vine Vineyards will be one of the most advanced, high-end prefabricated residences ever constructed.

Ductmate Industries, has teamed with American Modular Systems (AMS) to build a Gen7 Concept House on a 50-acre working vineyard in Lodi Wine Country. Designed to achieve LEED Platinum certification, River Vine Vineyards will be one of most advanced, high-end prefabricated residences ever constructed—a state-of-the art smart home that will take sustainable prefabricated design and construction to the next level. The Zero Net Energy building will integrate renewable energy systems, environmentally-friendly materials and cutting-edge products in a home that is livable, functional and energy-independent, using both solar and geothermal technologies to produce as much energy as it consumes over the course of a year.

“Ductmate Industries will be instrumental in making River Vine the inspirational building we know it can be,” said Tony Sarich, owner of River Vine and co-founder of AMS and Gen7 Schools. “Quality products like Ductmate’s are essential to our energy-saving strategies, because they’re sustainably made, highly efficient and hold up to daily use over the building’s long lifecycle.”

According to Sarich, River Vine will showcase a 21st Century living environment, combining modern design elements, advanced technology and modular building science within a sustainable footprint that meets multifunctional needs. The home will be fully automated, with all systems, appliances and electrical components networked for centralized control from a single touchpoint—a concept that can be replicated in future Gen7 classrooms and other buildings.

Construction of River Vine has started at the AMS factory in Manteca and is expected to be completed next summer.

For more information, visit the River Vine website at http://amsbuildingthefuture.com/

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Lindab Inc. is now Linx Industries

http://li-hvac.com/

Lindab Inc. is proud to announce they have changed their name to Linx Industries.

Visit the website for more information on your source for Lindab products in North America.

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