Category Archive: In the Press

Global Trade Magazine: Site Selection Planning Guide

D&M CEO Chip Owen provides insight into what Illinois offers to manufacturing, in this state-by-state guide.

As exporters, the readers of Global Trade are stewards of businesses that grow faster than those concerned only with the domestic market. That growth, and the need to strategically position in areas nearer to the ports and airports that can access the global marketplace, means that exporters are going to have a greater, more frequent need for new supply-chain space. As you plot your next facility, we’ve created this two-part Site Selection Planning Guide as the most direct summary of the best each state has to offer. Read the full article >

Kane County Connects: November 1st Open House and Job Fair

The job fair and open house will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, starting with an introduction to the company, followed by a tour of the manufacturing facility and a question-and-answer period. D&M is hoping to fill positions for operators, quality technicians, setup technicians, shift supervisors, manufacturing maintenance, material handling, and warehouse product packaging. The company is looking for a basic set of job skills, including an eagerness to learn and grow. Read More >

Medical Design Briefs: Manufacturing Polymer Optical Components: The Good, the Bad…and the Learning Curve

D&M illustrates its expertise by spotlighting the complexities such as geometry, surface specifications, and material selection, which are vitally important to designing, and producing a flawless optical part.

“There are some key, fundamental considerations when manufacturing optical components: designing molded optical parts, designing and building the molds to produce them, injection molding, and handling components that manage light…” Read more >

Plastics News: D&M moving to all-electric presses

Learn how new equipment means even better outcomes for D&M, the first U.S. full-service turnkey manufacturer to achieve ISO certification with an external defect rate of 17 parts per million –60 times better than the industry average.

Tight-tolerance precision molder D&M Plastics LLC of Burlington, Ill., is moving toward use of all-electric presses for medical and electronic applications. Read More >

Plastics News: D&M uses lean practices to engage workers

Plastics News spent part of the day on a recent visit to D&M, met the leadership team and learned how a culture of LEAN is good for employees, customers, and for business.

“Owen is a big fan of the 2-second lean philosophy made popular by author and manufacturing guru Paul Akers. So every shift change at D&M starts with a team meeting where workers first talk about safety, then share ideas for process improvements that can save time and money. Employees have contributed more than 4,000 lean ideas since they started the meetings four years ago, and the company has implemented about 3,200. “We’re generating ideas every single day,” Owen said.” Read More >