April 2017 Larry Evans, Customer Service Manager for Dayton Rogers of Ohio retires after almost 39 years with Dayton Rogers! Larry started in 1978 in the shipping department. In 1981 Larry was promoted to Purchasing Manager. In 1988 he became the Customer Service Manager. The Dayton Rogers team appreciates Larry's dedication and hard work over these years. He will be missed!
March 2017 Ron Lowry, CEO/Chairman is shown appreciation for all the work he did this past year as Chairman of the Board for the national Precision Metalforming Association. His Dayton Rogers family is proud of him! We also want to Congratulate Dave Ardnt who is taking on the role as Chairman of the Board for this next year! For more information visit PMA .
February 2017 Dayton Rogers Mfg. Co. launches Metal Forming Design Handbook YouTube Commercial! Check it out on our home page or on YouTube: Get Your Free Metalforming Design Handbook
Pack 767 Cub Scout Den Holiday Caroling Laura Worley, Dayton Rogers Marketing specialist and son Max, from Pack 767 Cub Scount Den of St. Michael Elementary brought holiday joy to residents of the Legacy of St. Michael Assisted Living and Memory Care Community.
2016 Service Awards Dayton Rogers employees celebrate with their peers for their years of service. While each division celebrates at different times, Dayton Rogers Mfg. Co. and Dayton Rogers of MN celebrated in December with 9 employee milestones ranging from 5 years to 30 years. Dayton Rogers executives appreciate the dedication of its employees and such longevity only solidifies what a great place Dayton Rogers is to work! Congratulations! For employment information, please go to our employment opportunities page.
FABTECH 2016: Las Vegas is a Knockout: Dayton Rogers Ron Lowry, CEO, David Fenske, CCO, Dave Gaulke, COO and General Managers attended FABTECH 2016. FABTECH is North America's largest collaboration of technology, equipment and knowledge in the metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing inudustries, which welcomed 1,500 exhibiting companies and a total of 31,110 attendees from over 120 countries. Learn More
Dayton Rogers Mfg. Co. sponsored Quintin Holmberg, IS Manager and Troop #733 Committee Chair to attend the Boy Scouts of America's Woodbadge training course. Woodbadge is an advanced leadership training course for BSA leaders that is based on some of the same principles of corporate leadership training courses. Those who attend Woodbadge leave with leadership skills that are applicable to all areas of life, not just in the area of BSA leadership. Quintin Holmberg stated "I am thankful for the opportunity Dayton Rogers provided me. I look forward to applying this training to the character formation of the young men of East Bethel Troop #733.
Ron Lowry, Chairman/CEO of Dayton Rogers Mfg., Co. and current Precision Metalforming Association Chairman of the Board, along with his wife, Julie Lowry, HR Representative, Stephanie Lowry, and Lisa Jacobson, Marketing Manager attended the second PMA Carolinas District event in Spartanburg, SC. The event included an update by Brad Neece, Associate VP of Economic Development and Workforce Competitiveness followed by a plant tour of Spartanburg Steel. We would like to encourage those in the Carolina and Georgia areas to become a member! For more information on the national PMA or PMA Carolinas please visit http://www.pma.org/districts/nc/
Dayton Rogers Mfg. Co. celebrated MFG DAY 2016 by hosting 170 plus students from Centennial High School and Ivan Sand Community School. The students received presentations, tours and a barbecue lunch at the Dayton Rogers of MN facility as well as Top Tool and General Pattern. Mayor Tom Ryan of Blaine, Minnesota spoke to the students about the importance of manufacturing. They learned about metal stamping, fabrication, robotic welding, and the variety of career opportunities available to them in the world of manufacturing. The students were engaging and asked many questions. We look forward to the group next year. For more information about MFG DAY, go to MFG DAY.
Dayton Rogers Mfg. Co. is proud of Dave Fenske, CLO and his daughter Grace for their participation in the 2016 Salvation Army The Most Amazing Race! Dave and Grace came in 25 out of 34. To even top that, they were #1 overall in fundraising! They received a $1,000 gift card from Cub Foods, which they generously donated back to the Salvation Army to cover a Thanksgiving meal for women. To learn more about the program, go to The Most Amazing Race.
Dayton Rogers of Minnesota hosted students signed up for M-Powered Career Training through Hennepin Technical College. M-Powered offers a career pathway preparing the workers for Precision Metalforming Technician positions. This training is for both those looking for a new career in manufacturing as well as those seeking advancement. Laurie Keate, HR Representative is the current Chairperson of the M-Powered Advisory Board. Ken Hurzeler, Manufacturing Manager, taught on the topic of Punch Press. Each student graduated with a certificate. For more information on the program please visit: https://www.hennepintech.edu/cts/pages/1260
Dayton Rogers of Ohio shows continued support in continuing education of their employees through the Workforce Development Innovation Center program. An instructor from Central Ohio Technical College was onsite for the 3 day Blueprint Reading Class. Each employee received a certificate of completion. Congratulations to all attendees!
Dayton Rogers of South Carolina was pleased to host Congressman James E. Clyburn for a tour and conversation regarding manufacturing in South Carolina. Congressman Clyburn represents the 6th District of South Carolina. The tour was guided by Dave Gaulke, Chief Operating Officer of Dayton Rogers Mfg., Co.; Rich Van Aernum, General Manager and Stephanie Lowry, HR Representative of the South Carolina division. Congressman Clyburn observed the day to day operations of the South Carolina facility and discussed with the Dayton Rogers team topics such as available talent/resources, manufacturing education, training and legislation. The Dayton Rogers team greatly appreciated Congressman Clyburn taking the time to visit.
John Madsen, General Manager for Dayton Rogers of MN LLC received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Minnesota Department of Education. The certificate acknowledges outstanding service provided in the development of technical education skill assessments for high school and college students in Minnesota's career and technical education programs. This further shows Dayton Rogers Mfg., Co's. commitment to education.
Dayton Rogers Mfg., Co. received a packet of handmade thank you cards from second and third graders of Summer Academy. They kindly expressed their appreciation for the tour and presentation they received by Dave Fenske, CCO/CLO. They were such a joy to have in the office and we look forward to visits from future classes!
Dayton Rogers Mfg., Co.'s Dave Fenske, CCO/CLO, Jerry Mattern, HR Director, Kent Mishler, Sales Engineer, and Ron Boltik, President of McMillian Electric participated in the Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association (MPMA) Open Golf Classic. Dayton Rogers is an active member of MPMA and their initiatives to keep manufacturing strong in Minnesota through the Education Foundation and various workforce initiatives. John Madsen, Dayton Rogers of MN General Manager currently sits on the board. For more information on MPMA visit: http://www.mpma.com/index.html
Ron Lowry, Chairman/CEO of Dayton Rogers Mfg., Co. and current Precision Metalforming Association Chairman of the Board, along with his wife, Julie Lowry participated in an event in Charleston, South Carolina for the PMA Carolinas District. The event included an update by Bill Kirkland, new Head of the Office of Economic Engagement of USC on the current state of South Carolina Manufacturing, along with a tour of Boeing. For more information on the national PMA or PMA Carolinas please visit http://www.pma.org/districts/nc/
Dayton Rogers Mfg., Co. hosted 48 second and third graders along with their teachers, Teresa Peterson and Amber Neva from Summer Academy for an office tour and presentation by Dave Fenske, CCO/CLO. The students learned about the process involved in manufacturing, the importance of safety and had the opportunity to ask questions. They were a great group and Dayton Rogers looks forward to a visit from the next class in 2017!
Dayton Rogers Mfg., Co. employees show their appreciation to Ron Lowry, Chairman/CEO for being elected as Precision Metalforming Association Chairman of the Board. If you are looking for a great place to work, check out our employment page to apply on line. Join the team where "Manufacturing Matters."
Dave Fenske, CCO/CLO of Dayton Rogers Manufacturing, Co. and his family volunteered at the Minneapolis Children's Hospital Ronald McDonald House. The Fenske family volunteers at least once every other month at the Ronald McDonald House. Dayton Rogers is proud to have employees on their staff who are giving back to the community. For more information on the Ronald McDonald House go to http://rmhtwincities.org/
Dayton Rogers Mfg., Co's Ron Lowry, Chairman/CEO and current Precision Metalforming Association Chairman of the Board, along with Jerome Mattern, HR Director and Kent Mishler, Sales Engineer participated in the PMA Twin Cities annual golf event. The PMA Twin Cities event raised money for manufacturing education and other PMA Twin Cities District programs. Dayton Rogers is proud to be a part of the PMA team! For more information on PMA Twin Cities, please go to http://www.pma.org/districts/MN/twin_cities/default.asp
Dennis Beckley, General Manager of Dayton Rogers of Ohio, Inc. and District Director for Precision Metalforming Association Ohio District organized and participated in an event resulting in a donation of $2,500 to the local Education Foundation. The Ohio district has been actively involved throughout the years with the Education Foundation and Dayton Rogers is proud to have been part of that involvement. For more information on the PMA Ohio Valley District, please visit: http://www.pma.org/districts/oh/ohio_valley/meetings.asp
Ron Lowry, Chairman/CEO, Dayton Rogers, Mfg., Co. and Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Chairman of the Board, participated in the 23rd Annual PMA Tennessee District Golf Outing Scholarship Fundraiser held on May 2nd in Old Hickory, Tennessee. The event of 250 attendees was a huge success! The event raised $8,000 in college grants and $2,250 in work force grants for training and education scholarships! To learn more about PMA Tennessee go to http://www.pma.org/districts/tn/default.asp
Dayton Rogers of South Carolina was honored to host Congressman Joe Wilson, Sr. and Julian Wilson, CCIM for a plant tour and discussion of various manufacturing topics. Ron and Julie Lowry, owners of Dayton Rogers Manufacturing, Co., along with daughter Stephanie Lowry, HR Representative and Rich VanAernum, General Manager headed the tour for Congressman Wilson. Congressman Wilson was introduced to and spoke with many of the Dayton Rogers employees. In this tour, he observed the day to day operations of a manufacturing facility and discussed the importance of education, training and legislation that might affect the manufacturing community. Dayton Rogers appreciates Congressman Wilson's taking time to meet with the South Carolina facility and the ongoing support he shows to the manufacturing community.
Dayton Rogers of Ohio, Inc. was pleased to host Congressman Bill Johnson (R-OH-6) for a plant tour and discussion of various manufacturing topics. Topics covered were trade issues, education, energy costs, regulations and investment in new technologies. We appreciate Congressman Johnson taking time to meet with us and for the ongoing support he shows to the manufacturing community.
Ron Lowry, Chairman/CEO, Dayton Rogers, Mfg., Co. recently traveled to Washington, D.C. to support pro-manufacturing issues. He represented the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA: @PMATALK) as one of a few representatives who collectively discussed current manufacturing issues on behalf of One Voice (@OneVoiceforMfg) with such Representatives as Congressman Joe Wilson, Sr. One Voice provides legislative support to millions of middle market manufacturing companies and employees in the country who supply tooling, components, and other manufactured products to Original Equipment Manufactureres and their Tier I and Tier II suppliers. See more at http://www.metalworkingadvocate.org/
Dayton Rogers of Minnesota, LLC the first to have press brake upgraded with advanced Sentinel Plus technology! With the assistance of Lazer Safe Pty. Ltd, Dayton Rogers was able to continue its level of productivitiy while still maintaining its high standards of safety for employees. Please see the entire article http://pm-mn.com/2016/03/cover-story-press-brake-guarding-and-safety-technology/
Dayton Rogers Mfg., Co. is proud to announce the election of Chairman/CEO/Owner Ron Lowry as Precision Metalforming Association Chairman. Ron's theme for the year is "Manufacturing Matters" and is encouraging other manufacturers to work closely with our local leaders, national leaders and educators to help grow manufacturing in the U.S. economy. Ron understands what it takes to grow in this business as he himself has been in many roles of the company, starting as an Estimator to Customer Service, to General Manager and then President. In 2009 he acquired Dayton Rogers Mfg., Co. Please see the entire article http://www.metalformingmagazine.com/magazine/article.asp?iid=134&aid=11273
Dayton Rogers of SC hosted 16 freshmen from Midlands Technical College in Columbia, South Carolina. Lee Cloakey, Technical Manager/Business Development gave a presentation on the history of Dayton Rogers. The students were then guided by Jeff Post, Quality Manager through the manufacturing facility followed by a tour with Jeff Reese, Manager/Engineer of the Tooling Design Center (TDC). Once again, Dayton Rogers is showing its strong support in the future of students. Freshman, Jonathan Padgett stated, "I was impressed by what I saw! I would like to learn as much as I can to succeed in this trade, and maybe one day start a career with Dayton Rogers. The tour definitely renewed my drive to continue in this profession." Due to such positive responses, Dayton Rogers of SC plans to continue the tours on a regular basis. For more information on student tours, please contact us: http://www.daytonrogers.com/ or 800-677-8881.
Dayton Rogers of MN will be one of 10 manufacturing companies to benefit from a $446,090 Minnesota Job Skills Partnership grant awarded to Hennepin Technical College. According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, a metro-area manufacturing consortium wants to upgrade the technical skills of its workers and will do so during this three-year project which will train 84 new and current employees of 10 manufacturing companies. To learn more please go to: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development News Center
MPMA Education Foundation elects as a Foundation Director, John Madsen, General Manager of Dayton Rogers of MN. Once again Dayton Rogers Manufacturing, Co. shows its interest in the future of manufacturing through the support of students and educational institutions. MPMA Foundation awards scholarships in amounts ranging from $500- $1,500. These scholarships help motivated students with an interest in manufacturing, receive the training they need to become successful in the field. Also through donations, the Foundation supports educational institutions so they might purchase much needed equipment and software for training students. Providing these necessary tools, helps prepare the students for future employment in the manufacturing industry. Please visit MPMA's website for more information: http://www.mpma.com/workforce-foundation.html
On October 14, 2015, Jerry Mattern, Director of Human Resources for Dayton Rogers Manufacturing, Co. received a recognition award for his outstanding service as chair for the Precision Metal Forming Association's Safety Committee. Jerry has served as chair for the past 3 years. As a leader of the committee, he spearheaded many changes to the safety conference which benefited all attendees. We extend our congratulations to Jerry!
On October 2, 2015, Dayton Rogers Manufacturing, Co. hosted more than 100 students from two Minneapolis high schools for Manufacturing Day 2015. The students toured the plant, had hands on experience with a welding simulator, enjoyed lunch and had the opportunity to talk with our manufacturing employees.
Dayton Rogers is committed to stimulating and opening the minds of younger generations to the world of modern day manufacturing. To learn more about Mfg. Day, please go to www.mfgday.com
On October 1, 2015 the Emma B. Howe YMCA celebrated it's 10th year of hosting it's annual gala. Dayton Rogers Manufacturing, Co. was a major sponsor of the annual event. Their theme was "Everyone Deserves Greatness". Over 300 people were in attendance and the event raised over $55,000 and is used to support the youth initiative programs at the Emma B. Howe YMCA. For more information go to the Emma B. Howe YMCA website.
Dayton Rogers Manufacturing, Co. was on the host committee and a sponsor for the 2015 Women in Manufacturing SUMMIT held in Minneapolis, MN on September 23rd - September 25th. With close to 300 attendees from all around the country, the attendees participated in tours, panel discussions and professional development tracks. With PMA as its founding partner, WiM has expanded to more than 500 members, women who have chosen career paths in the manufacturing industry. For more information on WiM please go to: www.womeninmanufacturing.org
Ron Lowry, Owner and CEO of Dayton Rogers recently spent time in Washington, D.C. to promote pro-manufacturing issues. Mr. Lowry was representing One Voice (www.metalworkingadvocate.org), which is an organization related to PMA (pma.org). In two days Mr. Lowry visited 12 offices to promote training, education, tax reform and better EPA and NLRB rules for manufacturing. The time that Mr. Lowry dedicates to fighting for manufacturing is appreciated by not only Dayton Rogers Manufacturing, but all small manufactures across the country.
(photo caption: Congressman Joe WIlson - South Carolina (left) & Mr. Ron Lowry)
On Tuesday March 10, Dayton Rogers of Minnesota hosted local educators that are involved in Project Lead the Way to discuss what is covered in middle and high school curriculum, and what manufacturing companies like Dayton Rogers are looking for in potential employees. Project Lead the Way is a great program to get young people involved in STEM programs in a K-12 setting. PLTW is helping students develop the skills they need to succeed. You can find out more about PLTW by visiting their website.
Dayton Rogers of Minnesota General Manager John Madsen had the privilege of interviewing for a local TV segment for the program called Greater MSP Business. The program highlights stories of the region's businesses and business leasers and the impact they have on the economy and quality of life. The segment aired on Sunday March 1, 2015.
Dayton Rogers is proud to announce that John Madsen, General Manager of our Minnesota division, has been appointed to the Minnesota Precision Metalforming Association (MPMA) Board of Directors. John has been with Dayton Rogers since 1986 and has been involved with the MPMA since 2013. John will serve a two year term from November 2014 — October 2016.
On Friday October 3, 2014 Dayton Rogers of Minnesota hosted a Manufacturing Day event. We welcomed many guests from a bus load of students to retired tool makers reminiscing about the past and admiring new technology.
"We were pleased at the large student attendance to help Dayton Rogers celebrate and share 'how it's made' to introduce them to the manufacturing industry, I am making it my personal mission to get the next generation interested in manufacturing so that companies like Dayton Rogers can continue and have excited people to carry on the legacy of manufacturing into the future."
John Madsen, General Manager Dayton Rogers of Minnesota
We were honored to be involved in Manufacturing Day 2014 and hope that our continued interest in educating future generations about manufacturing will keep both our industry and our business growing for years to come.
(photo caption) Anoka-Hennepin STEP students arriving for the Manufacturing Day 2014 event.
The annual Emma B. Howe Family YMCA—Coon Rapids fundraiser Gala was held in Andover, Minnesota on Thursday, October 9, 2014. Dayton Rogers Manufacturing joined a number of other local businesses to sponsor the Gala. As part of its sponsorship Dayton Rogers made a donation for the live auction. The live auction as a whole brought in $10,850. Over all the Gala raised a record breaking amount of $50,000. All of the proceeds from the Gala went to the Emma B. Howe YMCA located in Coon Rapids. For further information on the Emma B. Howe YMCA—Coon Rapids, go to http://www.ymcatwincities.org/locations/emma_b_howe_ymca/
Ron Lowry, CEO of Dayton Rogers, received Speaker of the Year award from the San Fernando Valley Chapter of APICS. The award was presented in recognition of Ron's outstanding presentation and speaking ability. Each year APICS presents a full schedule of speakers to share their knowledge and expertise on various subjects, based on the feedback and rankings of APICS members. Ron is the 2013 award recipient.
(photo caption) Dave Gaulke (center) receiving the APICS award on Ron's behalf.
Ron Lowry CEO of Dayton Rogers and his wife Julie attended the State of the State Address as VIP guests of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. The Lowry's were 2 of approximately 20 people invited to attend Governor Haley's address to the State of South Carolina and the private reception at the Governor's residence that followed. The Lowry's were acknowledged for being great examples of new business growth and opportunity in the state. Dayton Rogers South Carolina began operations in late December and continues to gain momentum in the southeast region of the United States.