Quick-Die-Change Strategy – Thinking Outside of the Box

Racine Metal Fab – Article in Metal Forming Magazine:

CoilsAt RMF we’re always looking for ways to be smarter and move faster. We know our customers need us to be ahead of the game and not wait to make improvements. The article link below is an example of a punch press die change process that in the past would have taken hours to do. Using Lean Thinking and a standardization methodology we’ve taken a difficult process that was time consuming and unique, and transformed it into a standard practice that can be repeated across all similar equipment quickly.

Article Link: RMF Quick-Die-Change Thinking Out of the Box

RMF Employees Raise Money for Herma Heart Center

Herma CDTThe Customer Development Team (CDT) at RMF recently donated $2150.00 to the Herma Heart Center at Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee. The CDT raised the money by hosting a lunch sale cookout for all the employees. This included the sale of donated food from the CDT, an organized bean bag toss competition, and everyone’s favorite “Pie in the Face” contest.

The Herma Heart Center was chosen by the team in honor of Nash Pike, the son of Andy from RMF. Nash is pictured with the donation check (center), his brothers, and Dr. Michele Frommelt from the Herma Heart Center.Doc and Kids

The CDT really stepped up and did something special. What started as a fun idea, turned into a great idea with a purpose. Amazing work and special thanks to the CDT pictured in the bottom right of the collage. Nick Hanson, Phil Wade, Cassie Machajewski, Bruce Miller, Mary Ellen Graebner, Andy Pike, Linda Engelhardt, Al Coulthart, Xing Phouybanhdyt. Not pictured: Drew Smith and Dave Bach.

I can’t wait to see what they do next year!

RMF Donates to Support COP House

Recently, employees at RMF collected school supplies to give to the Lakeside COP House. The Lakeside COP (Community Orientated Policing) House is located at 2237 Mead St.  It was built with a donation from SC Johnson Wax and the Racine Community Foundation along with other supporters from the community.Mount Pleasant Police - COP House

The purpose of the COP house is to allow officers assigned to work closely with the Lakeside community to address concerns of the residents. Through interaction with the residents, officers gain information on crime trends, quality of life concerns and the needs of the community allowing for program development to help the community.

The top picture includes Officer James Kelley, Cathy Hicks and Heather Halbach from RMF. The lower picture has some of the local kids that came over to see what the hubbub was about.

Heather Halbach Joins RMF as Human Resource Generalist

Heather HalbachRMF is pleased to announce the addition of Heather Halbach as Human Resources Generalist for Racine Metal Fab.  She will be responsible for payroll, benefits administration and other general HR duties.  She will also be a member of the CWC team and safety committee.

Heather has a Bachelor’s degree from Lakeland College in Sheboygan and she joins us from Mid-Point Machine. Heather is a Certified HR Professional from both the HR Certification Institute and The Society of Human Resources.

Pictured with Heather is Dean Popek – CFO. You are a great addition to the team and welcome!

RMF Team Helps Woodlands School Playground Renovation

Woodlands School-Bluemound CampusWoodland Playground

Lower Playground Renovation

RMF was lucky enough to be able to help with part of the Woodlands School-Milwaukee playground renovation project. The RMF Team was led by Andy Pike – Director of Engineering and Customer Development.

Back In 2003 (13 years ago), Woodlands School decided to add a playground on the lower lot of the Bluemound Campus.  This lower lot playground is meant for children 1st grade and up to enjoy!  After many years of use, the shredded rubber surface and border has broken down and is in desperate need of replacement.  Woodlands School Leaders and the PTO recognized this a few years ago; but the roadblock has always been finding a place to take the shredded rubber to dispose of, or recycle.  We now found a source to recycle the shredded rubber and are moving on to the next step of taking action!

The Volunteers Raised $4,000! Participating were 20 volunteers with 80 hours of project time . . . and the transformation is amazing!!

Special Thanks:

Woodlands School – Bluemound Campus

Racine Metal Fab

Chris Svoboda – Owner of Pier Milwaukee Yacht Storage

Mrs. Schier – Tom’s Trailers

RMF Walking Challenge Winner – Final Week

Amy H Winner Week 2 Mini ChallengeThe second week of the RMF walking challenge was won by Amy Havemann. Amy walked 44.1 miles in during the week and the total for everyone in the challenge was 530.6 miles in 2 weeks, approximately 1,061,200 steps in total! Amy is one of our Operation Team members working hard on getting products out to our customer’s on-time and crafted to their exacting standards.

Take a minute to check out our E-Book on prototypes. This process is the starting point that allows us to help our customers develop new products, test designs, and get them into the marketplace quickly.

RMF Walking Challenge – Week One Winner

Phil WalkingAt RMF we strive to promote best practices in manufacturing. We also do the same in employee development and health. Our Health and Wellness Team provides opportunities to come together as a group to learn and participate in a number of programs.

Phil Wade took the Week 1 Walking Challenge with a whopping 52.7 miles walked. While he’s not walking, Phil is a key member of the New Product Implementation team.  NPI is instrumental in helping us get our customers prototypes and samples used in developing new products. Can he repeat for Week 2…stay tuned.

RMF Welcomes New Director of Operations – Jason Praefke

scottjasonIn 2015 RMF made the leap and implemented self-directed work teams. When you have self directed work teams you need a leader that is more teacher than teller, and more coach than general. We’re very happy to announce we’ve found just the person to help us continue on our journey.

Jason Praefke is our new Director of Operations and comes to us with years of sheet metal experience that fit perfectly into our team based Lean culture. RMF specializes in highly aesthetic products with complex manufacturing and supply chain needs. Jason brings a blend of leadership and technical experience that will allow us to continue to grow our teams, and our manufacturing offerings.

Welcome Jason, and thank you for joining the team! Jason is pictured on the right, next to our President – Scott Lucas.

Visit us at RMF to view other career opportunities.

Customer Accounts Manager – New Position

WE’RE HIRING – RMF is currently looking for a Customer Accounts Manager to grow new accounts and nurture existing relationships. Please go to “Careers” and submit your resume. 

Customer Accounts Manager

Position Summary: The Customer Accounts Manager is a leader in developing future business growth for RMF. This position is part of the Customer Development Team (CDT) and works within the team to grow existing Customers and be the initial point of contact for New Customers. This role requires someone who is Customer Focused and is able to initiate sales leads with Customers. The Customer Accounts Manager will work through a process of finding key Customer contacts (decision makers), gain an understanding of the Customer’s needs and facilitate a Customer Development team to meet these needs. View Full Job Description

RMF 2016 Golf Outing – Ives Grove Golf Course

Golf Outing 2016We recently held the annual RMF company golf outing at Ives Grove Golf Course in Sturtevant WI. It was a beautiful day and despite the toll we all took on the course a great time was had by all. The outing was followed by lunch and prizes. Thanks to everyone for attending and a special thanks to Mona Milinski and Cathy Hicks for setting everything up and keeping us on schedule!