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Jenny DuPrey, Marketing Manager at Davies Molding

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We're Going Green, One Bottle at a Time

Posted by Jenny DuPrey, Marketing Manager at Davies Molding

Jul 24, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Out with the old, in with the new!  In our case, that's disposable cups and stainless steel water bottles.  Here at Davies, we know how important it is to be environmentally friendly AND stay hydrated, especially during these hot summer months.  So, last week, we held Hydration Day for the entire company. 

All employees received a stainless steel reusable bottle by Zippo that they can fill up at Gatorade and water stations in their departments. These double wall vacuum bottles are designed to keep warm drinks warm for up to 6 hours and cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours! They hold 17oz of liquid, and have a push button lock/unlock feature to prevent spills.  Best of all, they help reduce waste and damage to the environment.

 

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We know how important it is to do our part, so we are very proud of the efforts made this week to help the environment, and we hope they will have a positive effect on the environment as well as our employees!

 

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It's Intern Season!

Posted by Jenny DuPrey, Marketing Manager at Davies Molding

Jul 17, 2017 10:15:00 AM

Davies Molding recently had the pleasure of welcoming the interns and their mentors from The Heico Companies for the third year in a row. 

We began the day with a presentation by our engineering intern, Joe, in which he explained the different molding processes and product offerings here at Davies.  It was fantastic to hear Joe share what he has learned through his education and time here at Davies. 

Intern visit 2017.3.jpgNext, we led the groups through the warehouse, where they were able to see first-hand the injection, compression, finishing, and shipping departments.  This was a first for many visiting a manufacturing plant.  Many shared that it was interesting to see how the parts were made.  Now every time they see a knob or handle or look through a hardware store, they'll keep their eyes out for Davies Molding products!

 

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It was great to share with our guests the day-to-day operations here at Davies.  Everyone here is a crucial part of the team, so it was great to introduce them to some of our employees.  We look forward to sharing our enthusiasm for Davies with Heico interns in the future!

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The Miles to Niles

Posted by Jenny DuPrey, Marketing Manager at Davies Molding

Jul 14, 2017 9:30:14 AM

Davies Molding has sister companies all over the world. One of those companies happens to be Spartan Tool located in Niles, Michigan.  This week, our interns Erin, Steve, and Joe were able to join the rest of the Heico Companies's summer interns on a trip to see the facility.

 

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After being greeted by the staff there, they learned about the history of the company, which was founded in 1943 and acquired by The Heico Companies in 1979.  After a major fire in 2003 destroyed the entire Spartan Tool facility in Mendota, IL, the plant relocated temporarily to Mishawka, IN and finally to its current location in Niles, MI in July 2015. 

 

 

 

 

Next, the group learned about the product lines, all of which can be found on their website and are listed below:

  • Cable Machines
  • Cables
  • Cart, Trailer and Skid Hydro-Jetters
  • Camera Inspection and Location
  • Trenchless Excavation

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The group was then given a tour of the facility, where they learned about various departments, from cable production to shipping.

 

 

 

 

 

A main focus of the visit was learning about one of the principles upon which the company operates, LEAN.  Essentially, LEAN promotes accountability, efficiency, organization, and the elimination of waste.  

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President Kevin Walsh, having used LEAN successfully at other companies, came to Spartan in 2016.  By bringing the concept of LEAN to Spartan, Walsh was able to implement many positive changes.  Employees now feel like a much more integral part of the team.  All employees are able to suggest changes.  The clean, organized, and efficient facility was a testament to how the implementation of LEAN was truly beneficial to Spartan.

 

 

Click here for more information on Spartan Tool!

 

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A New Partnership Has Been Formed

Posted by Jenny DuPrey, Marketing Manager at Davies Molding

Jul 5, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Davies Molding is excited to announce that we have partnered with a new distributor, Master Electronics. Master Electronics is headquartered in Santa Monica, California. They are a leading distributor of electronic components.

To read more about our parternship, please visit:

http://www.tenlinks.com/news/master-electronics-partners-with-davies-molding/

http://www.ebnonline.com/document.asp?doc_id=282796

 

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Proudly Made in the USA

Posted by Jenny DuPrey, Marketing Manager at Davies Molding

Jun 29, 2017 11:26:00 AM

The 4th of July is just around the corner and that means there will be fireworks, BBQs and parades all celebrating America's birthday. As we celebrate our country, we at Davies Molding, like to celebrate that we were born in the USA and continue to manufacture here.

Davies Molding has been in business for over 80 years. We got our start in Chicago, IL in 1933. We still reside and manufacture in Illinois. Our 99,000 square foot facility is now located in Carol Stream. We are proud to have a dedicated team that manufactures knobs, handles and other plastic components in the USA. Our molding capabilities include: injection, compression, transfer and two-shot injection molding.

To learn more about our products that are made in the USA, please visit our website.

www.daviesmolding.com

We would also like to share other companies and products that are USA made with you. Please look at the websites below to learn more.

www.madeinusa.org

www.madeintheusa.com

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Interning at Davies Is Hard Work, but We Think He Can Handle It.

Posted by Jenny DuPrey, Marketing Manager at Davies Molding

Jun 27, 2017 10:15:00 AM

We are very excited to welcome another marketing intern to our Davies family, Steven. Steven is from Elmhurst, Illinois and will be entering his senior year at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana this fall. He is studying economics and global markets and is interested in how governments handle global economic issues.

Steven enjoys playing basketball with his friends and watching movies, especially those directed by Quentin Tarantino and Stanley Kubrick. Steven also helped found a fraternity on  the University of Illinois campus, where he served as treasurer for three semesters. 

So far, Steven has helped work on multiple projects. He has done market price analysis, has worked with analyzing the Davies customer base and is learning all about our standard product line. Steven will continue to work on various marketing related projects the remainder of the summer.

Steven is looking forward to gaining some real-life business experience and hopes to learn more about supply chain management and marketing. He believes that his experience as a Davies intern will help point him in the right career direction after graduation. 

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Time to Mold a New Intern!

Posted by Jenny DuPrey, Marketing Manager at Davies Molding

Jun 21, 2017 9:00:00 AM

We are welcoming a new Summer Marketing Intern, Erin! Erin will be a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the fall.  She is majoring in Psychology with an Industrial/Organizational concentration and minoring in English.  She loves to travel and just got back from studying abroad in Stockholm, Sweden for the semester.  Erin is originally from La GranErin intern.jpgge, IL.

In her free time, Erin loves to read and sing.  She has been in the Women's Glee Club at the University of Illinois since her freshman year and her a cappella group, Girls Next Door, since her sophomore year. 

Here is what Erin had to say about her internship experience this summer:

Throughout the summer, I am looking forward to seeing the day-to-day operations around Davies Molding and partaking in numerous projects to gain insight into how the business runs.  Interning at Davies is a great opportunity, for I will be able to work on a broad range of projects, which will allow me to gain real-world experience.  There are so many talented employees throughout the company, and they are all very willing to take the time to explain how their jobs work as well as offer advice.  As this is my first internship, I am excited to be at Davies, where I will be working closely with different departments; hopefully, this will give me a better idea of what I want to do after graduation.

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Meet Our Engineering Intern

Posted by Jenny DuPrey, Marketing Manager at Davies Molding

Jun 5, 2017 10:00:00 AM

It's that time once again for another engineering intern to join our team for the summer months. This year, we welcome Joe to the team!

Joe will be entering his Junior year at Iowa State University in the fall.  His major is Mechanical Engineering with a Minor in Sales Engineering.  Joe is originally from La Grange, IL.

Joe currently plays rugby at Iowa State and is the captain of the team. When he is not in class or playing rugby, Joe can be found lounging at home with a book or playing golf or softball with his friends.

We enjoy showing the interns the ropes at Davies and hope they gain valuable hands on experience while they are here. The interns also look to learn from us. Joe hopes to perfect the craft of computer design this summer while working on projects using Solidworks software. Beyond enhancing his computer abilities, Joe would like to understand efficiencies and downfalls of a plant and production. He's looking forward (and is already enjoying) the next three months!

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The Escape Room Challenge

Posted by Jenny DuPrey, Marketing Manager at Davies Molding

May 26, 2017 9:00:00 AM

We've all participated in the standard team building activities at work. The ladies at Davies Molding decided to take part in an escape room as a team building activity. None of us had done an escape room before, so we weren't sure what to expect.

An escape room is a game where you work together to solve various puzzles using clues and hints you're provided. The goal is to escape within the time limit provided. Each escape room has a story line that you learn about when you first enter the room.

In the escape room we participated in, we were all doctors in a laboratory. We had one hour to dismantle the "bomb" in the room and escape. We quickly realized that we needed to break into smaller groups to work on the various puzzles. Communication and organization were key!

Unfortunately, we were unable to escape in the hour time limit. We did have fun working together and learned that this team building event was very similar to work related situations. We needed all team members to work on various tasks and communicate what they found out to the group.

If you're looking for a great team building event, we highly recommend an escape room. We had fun, but more importantly, learned how to work better as a team.

 

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Meet the Newest Davies Molding Team Member- Arnie

Posted by Jenny DuPrey, Marketing Manager at Davies Molding

May 1, 2017 9:30:00 AM

We recently added a new member to the Davies Molding family. We would like to introduce you to Arnie. Arnie is our new Manufacturing Engineer.

Arnie was born and raised in Wheeling, IL. He attended Northern Illinois University and graduated from there with a BS Industrial and System Engineering.

When Arnie isn't working at Davies, he loves to play/watch tennis. His favorite tennis player is Rafael Nadal. Arnie also enjoys golf. His favorite golfer is Jason Day. Speaking of sports, you can forget his favorite sports team, Da Bears!

We're very excited to have Arnie on the Davies Molding team!

 

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