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That One Team Completes First Robotics Season

By Bob Buist | May 1, 2019

Back in October, we highlighted the FIRST Robotics organization and the team that D+M Metal Products sponsors, That One Team. The team completed their season and sent us some information about the FIRST Robotics competition process and how they finished. They had a very successful 6th season learning, building, and demonstrating their robot. The First …

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How Legalized Marijuana in Michigan Affects Workers in Manufacturing

By Bob Buist | March 21, 2019

Last November Michigan legalized marijuana for recreational use. This decision by the state’s voters has already had a number of ramifications for employers. Most people do not understand how legalized marijuana can affect their employment, so here we will talk about that and also how the legalization of marijuana affects the manufacturing sector. What Legalized …

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Mobility Worldwide Does Great Work

By Bob Buist | March 6, 2019

Do you know about the good work Mobility Worldwide does on behalf of people who are unable to walk in the developing world? This is a wonderful organization focused on providing practical tools that allow disabled people to resume their lives, interact with the world around them, and become more independent. What Is Mobility Worldwide? …

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Professional Metal Finishers, A West Michigan Powder Coating Company

By Bob Buist | January 31, 2019

In an earlier blog we talked about how fabricated products make the world go round. While we at D+M Metal Products are proud of the work that we do, we realize that our work is often an early step in the process of making the finished products that people see on the shelves in stores. …

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Merry Christmas from D+M Metal Products!

By Bob Buist | December 20, 2018

Merry Christmas! Everyone’s favorite holiday is almost here, and though we are busy as a company, it’s a good time to review what we’ve accomplished in 2018. There were challenges we faced, improvements we made in how we operate as a company, and lessons we learned along the way. Looking back gives us a sense …

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Fabricated Products Make the World Go Round

By Bob Buist | December 1, 2018

The American economy runs on products that most people overlook all the time. That does not make them any less important. Cars, electronics, and oil are what people tend to think of as important – items they use often, are heavily marketed, or are mentioned on the news. People rarely think about the kinds of …

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FIRST Robotics Develops Future Engineers

By Bob Buist | October 27, 2018

Do you know about the FIRST® Robotics program? D+M Metal Products has been proud to sponsor a local team for this educational competition in robotics for a number of years now. We think this is a great way to encourage young people to learn about robotics and think logically and creatively. Michigan is a manufacturing …

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What Are Large Weldments?

By Bob Buist | October 1, 2018

D+M Metal Products has both the experience and the expertise to produce a large variety of large weldments for our clients. We’ve highlighted some of our weldment projects before on this blog, specifically our sculpture work, but here we will define what large weldments are and what challenges are involved in steel weldment fabrication services. …

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Baby Boomers and Millennials in Manufacturing – A Good Match?

By Bob Buist | September 1, 2018

Manufacturing Day was this past Friday, and there are plenty of articles written about Millennials and why they need to be recruited in order to ensure that manufacturers continue to have the labor they need to succeed. One aspect of generational change that is often overlooked, however, is that Baby Boomer workers are retiring from …

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Are You Getting Enough Daily Exercise?

By Bob Buist | July 31, 2018

How are you feeling? Are you stressed out? Do you get enough sleep at night? If you are a typical American today, you are probably not as healthy as you could be. The stress of work and daily responsibilities can take a real toll on the body over time, but there are simple things people …

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What Is Happening with the Price of Steel?

By Bob Buist | June 28, 2018

Back in March D+M Metal Products sent out a letter to our customers. This letter discussed changes in the price of steel, specifically increases in the price of steel and how that would affect them and us going forward. Since that time, the Trump administration has announced further tariffs on steel and aluminum. How do …

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Millennials: the Next Generation of Michigan Manufacturing

By Bob Buist | May 30, 2018

Manufacturing, both in Michigan and in the United States, is experiencing a renaissance. It’s a very exciting time to be a part of this industry, both in terms of technological advancement and overall profitability. There are a number of growing pains manufacturing is experiencing, however, and one of the largest is a shortage in labor. …

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