STAFF Manufacturing (dba RiteWay Manufacturing, Inc.) is proud to announce that we have purchased a 5000 Watt Trumpf Laser L3050. The table area for this Laser is 5’ x 10’ and it is powerful enough to cut through 1” Mild Steel , 0.79” Stainless Steel, and 0.5” Aluminum. Its Flying Optic Positioning Design travels at speeds of up to 16,000 inches per minute…. We will be using ProNest CNC Software for this Laser Machine. ProNest features include: automatic tool recognition, automatic and manual clamp positioning, reposition management, automatic trap/drop door utilization including “slide moves”, manual and automatic splitting of long profiles, part processing options including part-by-part and first part inspection as well as support for plate and part loading and unloading systems. The post also features a visual interface with “play-back” for tool path verification, automatic error check for over-tonnage and tool diameter problems and a tooling report for the operator that shows tool loading information, suggested die sizes and production time estimates.
We are happy to announce that on October 8, 2012 Denise Johnson secured the purchase of
RiteWay Manufacturing, Inc. and is now the new Owner and President. RiteWay is now
STAFF Manufacturing, LLC., but will continue to operate under the name of RiteWay Manufacturing, Inc.
STAFF is an acronym for Strength Through American Family and Faith.
RiteWay Manufacturing, Inc. provides highly efficient, turn-key services in custom metal fabrication
and is also a diversified manufacturer of conveyor systems and material handling equipment.
Contrary to the commonly accepted public perception, the United States is not losing all its manufacturing capabilities to the Chinese. In fact, many jobs once sent overseas are being brought back to our shores.
To prepare for those new jobs, especially as the economy gains steam, manufacturers will need skilled employees. Members of the Central Minnesota Manufacturers Association got a firsthand look this morning at Ridgewater College, one of the institutions with a multitude of programs geared toward preparing workers.
Almost 50 CMMA members, Ridgewater officials and instructors, bankers and suppliers gathered at the school and toured its programs. The morning visit to Hutchinson concluded with a tour of Hutchinson Manufacturing Inc.
Read the full story on page 12A of the Leader’s Sunday, April 29, print edition.
By TERRY DAVIS Staff Writer Hutchinson Leader www.hutchinsonleader.com
ST. PAUL –The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has awarded a $33,627 grant under its Minnesota Job Skills Partnership to train 46 workers at RiteWay Manufacturing Inc.
RiteWay Manufacturing, located in Lester Prairie, provides a full range of manufacturing solutions including engineering, assembly, welding, fabrication, machining, and finishing.
The grant will support a partnership between RiteWay Manufacturing and Ridgewater College. The entire RiteWay workforce will receive training in team building and managing change. Additional training in Lean for Leadership, Cell Layout, Dual Sourcing/Time Slicing, Set-Up Reduction, and Quick Response Manufacturing will be offered to some RiteWay workers.
“We believe this customized training will help raise the bar on employee productivity as well as increase the company’s long-term profitability,” said DEED Commissioner Mark Phillips. “This grant also expands Ridgewater College’s ability to offer lean training to smaller Minnesota businesses.”
Taken from an article written by www.positivelyminnesota.com The Minnesota
Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)
“The manufacturing industry has gotten healthy again,” said Craig Veurink, regional small business sales manager at U.S. Bank.
Loan balances for the bank’s machine tool equipment group jumped 78 percent last year, he said. Outstanding balances on lines of credit by manufacturers more than doubled. The boom in lending activity suggests expansion, not just periodic investment, Veurink said.
In addition to buying equipment, manufacturers also are borrowing to renovate existing buildings, purchase new ones, or buy land to build their own, said Darin Zielsdorf, a vice president in the Twin Cities office of Wells Fargo. A recent report by Cushman & Wakefield/NorthMarq found occupancy of Twin Cities-area industrial space edging up and some new space being added with build-to-suit projects.
“It’s coming from a broad array of industries,” said Zielsdorf of the demand from manufacturers seeking financing for expansion. He added that Wells Fargo’s business loan activity is ahead of its goals so far this year.
Taken from the article, “Lending to manufacturers on the rise”,
by Susan Feyder, 3/2/12 – Star Tribune of Minneapolis, MN
I recently started a discussion on LinkedIn about the need to attract youth to manufacturing and ways to do it. This discussion quickly received numerous comments sparking a meaningful discussion between manufacturers from all over the globe. I would like to share a few ideas from this discussion:
“I am VP of a machine shop in Oklahoma City. I’ve got plenty of work to do but not enough skilled labor. We started an “apprentice program” here and have been taking young people and training them how to be machinist. We’ve got two under the age of 24 and they have been doing great shadowing the more mature machinist we have! We hope it encourages them to continue on in this field!”
-Mary Jo Jerome
“One cool idea in the article was a new game called Plantville where players can simulate running a manufacturing plant. Teens love games like Minecraft which is all about building things; it’s like modern day legos. Maybe they’ll love Plantville as well!”
“I understand that we are all in business to make money, but maybe it is time for business’s in a geographic area to step up and create a training center that mainly targets our young people. Think about this, if 10-20 business’s in a large geographical area got together and provided the funding for a training center, what would the actual cost to benefit ratio be? It could provide our youth the training needed, give the employer a trained employee they did not have to spend time training on their floor along with the costs associated with that, give businesses a feeder program.”
“We have several programs within the state and here locally in West Michigan to attract and retain talent, for these positions and others. There are several organizations that work with high school kids, not just vo-tech centers, but FIRST Robotics and others who help make kids aware of the job opportunities in the manufacturing world.”
I’d like to thank all the professionals that shared their thoughts and concerns about this widespread issue in the industry. It is great to see so much enthusiasm from the several professionals that have joined this conversation.
Interested in reading more from this discussion? Want to share your own opinion and ideas? Then check out the full discussion here.
Manufacturing is one of the most important industries in the nation today. Jobs created in the industry help to create other jobs, such as sales and administration. Furthermore, despite the trend of outsourcing to foreign countries, the United State still remains the top manufacturer in the world. But another trend exists in the manufacturing industry. That trend is the aging of the current workforce and shortage of skilled laborers due to the declining interest from young people in pursuing manufacturing careers.
RiteWay recognizes the importance of encouraging the youth to pursue a career in manufacturing, so we created a new page under the tab of “Youth.” This new page is centered around addressing the biases against manufacturing and demonstrating the true value that a career in the field really has. On this page, we have included multiple links to non-profit organizations that educate students about the many opportunities in manufacturing and assist those that are considering a career in the field.
So please, feel free to visit our new page and let us know what you think or share any link you believe would be beneficial to include.
A recent Rasmussen Reports telephone survey revealed that the majority of Americans are in favor of U.S. manufacturing. The article showed that 55% believe that government funds should be used to subsidize manufacturers in the United States through tax credits and other incentives. Thirty-one percent (31%) disagreed and 15% were unsure.
This is great news for the manufacturing industry. It shows the revival of faith in American manufacturing, something that until recently had been slowly disappearing. So as a fellow manufacturer, it is time for us to take pride in this support and rise up to build a better future for this country.
Due to the growth of our company, RiteWay is offering many exciting job openings. There are open positions in all our manufacturing divisions, from assembly to welding, and in our office as well. We offer a competitive pay and benefits commensurate with experience. RiteWay is one of the leading metal fabrication and machining shops in the area and also a manufacturer of conveyor material handling systems, so become a part of the best team and apply today!
Please visit our careers page for more information on positions currently available.
Change, it’s a six letter word that can evoke so many different feelings in people. Some people fear it, some people embrace it, but no matter how you feel about it, change is a fact. The world is not static, but rather a dynamic, ever-changing environment full of transformation.
At RiteWay, we have accepted this fact and are determined to make a change for the better. We are dedicated to continuously improving in order to do things better, faster, and more efficiently than before. Change is a movement so we invite you to follow us as we begin and continue on into the future. And remember, change is not something that is to be feared, but rather accepted.