Mfg Day 2018 at DMS Better than Ever

Nearly 200 sixth to 12th graders from Breithaupt, Cass, Gompers and Hamtramck schools visited Detroit Manufacturing Systems on Mfg Day, Friday, Oct. 5, and learned about a variety of rewarding career paths in manufacturing. Visiting students participated in plant tours, production demos, career talks and the ever-popular DMS Mfg Day Quiz Show for prizes, including Smart TVs and laptops.

DMS Chairman and CEO Bruce Smith surprised the young crowd when he took the stage to randomly pull raffle tickets for Lions and Pistons tickets and a $10,000 college scholarship won by a deserving Gompers Middle School eighth-grade student with a 4.0 GPA.

At DMS, we are proud to support the children in our community, opening our doors and showcasing the many ways manufacturing can help them create a bright future.



DMS Welcomes New Chairman and CEO


We are excited to introduce Bruce Smith, our new owner, chairman and chief executive officer.

Before DMS, Bruce held key executive management positions, including his most recent role as president and CEO of BTM Company.

Previously, Bruce served as president and CEO of Elyria & Hodge Foundries, a provider of highly engineered castings, president and CEO of automotive supplier Piston Group, a modular assembler of automotive components, president and COO of Guilford Mills, a supplier of automotive interior fabrics, and president and COO of United Plastics Group, an engineered injection molding company.


Bruce, who holds an MBA from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University, is married with four children.


Welcome to DMS, Bruce. We look forward to the next chapter with you.


DMS Wins Ford World Excellence Award

Detroit Manufacturing Systems Wins Ford World Excellence Award 2018

DMS CEO Andra Rush holds the Ford World Excellence Awards crystal trophy presented to DMS for Diverse Supplier of the Year while posing with Joe Hinrichs, Ford Motor Company Executive Vice President and President, Global Operations, and Hau Thai-Tang, Executive Vice President of Product Development and Purchasing.

Detroit Manufacturing Systems was recognized in May 2018 as a top-performing global supplier for Ford Motor Company at the automaker's 20th annual World Excellence Awards. The company was presented with a World Excellence Award for Diverse Supplier of the Year.

Ford Motor Company honored top-performing suppliers, selecting a few dozen from thousands of Ford global suppliers at the award ceremony. Honorees were recognized for achieving the highest levels of global excellence in a variety of categories:

  • Primary Brand Pillars – quality, green, safe and smart

  • Aligned Business Framework principles focused on quality, value and innovation

  • Lincoln Luxury

  • Supplier Diversity Development

"It is truly an honor to be recognized by our customer and partner, Ford, exceeding their expectations and collaborating with them to deliver the highest quality and support our community," said DMS CEO Andra Rush.


Andra Rush inducted into hall of fame for supplier development and diversity

Pictured left to right: Andra Rush, CEO of Rush Group and DMS, is congratulated by Hau Thai-Tang, Ford Motor Company EVP of Product Development and Purchasing, Joseph Comer, CEO of Comer Holdings LLC, and Burt Jordan, Ford Motor Company VP of Global Vehicle Purchasing after MMSDC ACE Awards and Michigan Minority Business Hall of Fame induction ceremony.    (Photo credit: Rogers Foster)

The Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council recently inducted Detroit Manufacturing Systems CEO Andra Rush into its 2017 Michigan Minority Business Hall of Fame for creating thousands of jobs and helping to grow the minority business ecosystem in underrepresented Michigan communities. 

Rush and fellow inductee William Pickard were honored during a formal dinner and ceremony at the Marriott Detroit in early December.

“It gives me great pleasure to induct two of the country’s finest entrepreneurs into the Michigan Minority Business Hall of Fame, said Michelle Sourie Robinson, MMSDC president and CEO, in a statement. “We have honored elected officials, entrepreneurs and leaders since creating this award to celebrate the many hidden figures driving economic development in Michigan and beyond. This year’s honorees are proud Michiganders whose impact spans globally.”


Detroit Manufacturing Systems donates

3-D printer to local high school

DETROIT MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS donates 3-D printer to Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men

Pictured left to right: DMS purchasing manager Jim Owen, 9th grader David Oates, DMS Chief Diversity Officer Lori Lancaster, DMS purchasing manager Waqas Mirza, 10th grader Louis Smith, 12th grader Matthew Patterson, science teacher Chad Segrist, and DMS board member Barbara Whittaker.

Dec. 11, 2017 -- Science students at Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men, a public high school on Detroit's west side got a special treat on a cold and snowy December morning, a new 3-D printer with all the supplies needed to begin operating it almost immediately.

The generous gift, valued at $5,000, was provided by DMS to ensure students in our community have access to the latest technology for classroom learning and future career preparation.

"It's going to add more to our STEAM program and give us more to do -- to learn how to use a 3-D printer and learn the science behind it," said FDA senior Matthew Patterson.

The new equipment will be housed in the soon-to-be remodeled science lab on the second floor of the all-male, grades 6 - 12, school.

"Our youth are not entering into the fields of the future for high-paying and high-skill jobs," said Chad Segrist, the science teacher who will lead the 3-D printer curriculum. "I knew we could get them excited with this [3-D printer]. Now they say they can't wait to get started. And it's all thanks to DMS."


Detroit Manufacturing Systems officially opens new high-tech facility in Toledo

CEO Andra Rush and the DMS executive leadership team welcomed hundreds of new team members to the new Toledo facility, which officially opened on Oct. 26, 2018. The state-of-the-art plant, built from the ground up and located on Jeep Parkway, builds components for the next-generation Jeep Wrangler.



Mfg Day @ DMS was huge success!

Mfg Day @ DMS 2017
Mfg Day @ DMS Quiz Show
Mfg Day @DMS Quiz Show
250 Students Visit DMS on Mfg Day
Mfg Day @ DMS Quiz Show Winner
Mfg Day @ DMS Tour Guides
Mfg Day @ DMS Career Talks
Mfg Day @DMS Production Demo
Mfg Day @ DMS Production Demo
DMS CEO Andra Rush touts Mfg Day




Business and Academic Community Discuss Skilled Trades at DEC

Dr. Timothy Meyer, chancellor of Oakland University, Cindy Pasky, CEO of Strategic Staffing Solutions, and Andra Rush, founder, chair and CEO of Rush Group, shared insights regarding how employers are closing the gap between the skills they need to run their businesses and the skills available in today’s workforce at the Detroit Economic Club's May 1 meeting at MotorCity Casino and Hotel. Detroit News editorial director Nolan Finley served as panel moderator.


Andra Rush Named Distinguished Woman in Logistics

Pictured above: Lori holds crystal trophy as she poses with (from left to right) Bob Voltmann, president of TIA, Ellen Voie, president of Women in Trucking, and Brent Hutto, CEO of award sponsor

April 7, 2017 -- DMS Chief Diversity Officer Lori Lancaster traveled to Las Vegas for the annual Transportation Intermediaries Association “Capital Ideas” Conference and Exhibition to accept the 2017 Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award on behalf of CEO Andra Rush.


Andra was chosen among three finalists for the third annual award. Lacy Starling, president of Legion Logistics LLC, and Karen Duff, president and CEO of International Express Trucking Inc., were the other finalists.


DMS CEO Andra Rush Selected for Michigan Business Women Hall of Fame

Feb. 2, 2017 -- Rush accepts award from event host, WDIV TV news anchor Rhonda Walker, during induction ceremony, a highlight of the Women Thrive Conference at the Detroit Marriott. 



Friday, Oct. 7, 2016

The movement for manufacturing is gaining momentum in Detroit!


Detroit Manufacturing Systems welcomed almost 250 middle and high school students, educators and parents on Manufacturing Day.

Visiting youngsters, who hailed from Academy of the Americas, Breithaupt, Cody, Hamtramck and Western International high schools, along with Gompers Middle School, were treated to facility tours, career talks, production simulations and equipment demonstrations, along with a full lunch and random drawings for $25 gift cards.


New this year, DMS unveiled its Mfg Day Quiz Show to engage students in a fun game that also showcased manufacturing as a pillar of our economy, job creator and possibly the perfect fit for people who are curious about the way things work. Quiz Show contestants won prizes such as Smart TVs, drones and build-your-own-robot kits.

DJ Dr. Darrius and DMS team members hosted a brief program at the start of the day to encourage young guests to consider a rewarding and good-paying career in modern manufacturing.



DMS Mfg Day Quiz Show
DMS Mfg Day Quiz Show
Friday, Oct. 7, 2016
Friday, Oct. 7, 2016
Friday, Oct. 7, 2016
Friday, Oct. 7, 2016
Welcome, students!
Welcome, students!
DMS Mfg Day Guest Registration
DMS Mfg Day Guest Registration
DMS Mfg Day 2016
DMS Mfg Day 2016
Hosts Sierra Massey & James Crispino
Hosts Sierra Massey & James Crispino
DJ Dr. Darrius welcomes crowd
DJ Dr. Darrius welcomes crowd
Nearly 250 students visit DMS
Nearly 250 students visit DMS

DMS Breaks Ground in Ohio for New Plant

Aug. 24, 2016

CEO Andra Rush announces new plant to be built in Toledo during news conference in front of overcapacity audience of business leaders, elected officials and media. Eddie Martin, DMS vice president of operations, served as the master of ceremonies. The new DMS Toledo facility, located at 3400 Jeep Parkway in Overland Industrial Park, will build components for the next-generation 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

DMS CEO Andra Rush is joined on stage by Faurecia Interior Systems President Donald Hampton Jr. and Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson.

DMS CEO Andra Rush (fourth from left) is joined by Lucas County commissioners, Eddie Martin, Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson and local businessmen for official turning of the soil on the site where the new DMS Toledo plant will be built.

CEO Andra Rush announces new plant to be built in Toledo during news conference in front of overcapacity audience of business leaders, elected officials and media. Eddie Martin, DMS vice president of operations, served as the master of ceremonies. The new DMS Toledo facility, located at 3400 Jeep Parkway in Overland Industrial Park, will build components for the next-generation 2018 Jeep Wrangler.


Rhonda Walker Foundation Visits DMS

Teen girls get inspiration
DMSers pose with Rhonda Walker
Plant tour and career talk

Jan. 23, 2016

WDIV Local 4 morning news anchor Rhonda Walker visited DMS with teen girls who participate in field trips and mentoring programs provided by the Rhonda Walker Foundation to inspire and empower inner-city youngsters to become strong, confident, successful and moral leaders.


RWF participants enjoyed a full day of activities hosted by DMS team members, including plant tours, career talks and a delicious lunchtime meal.


Oct. 2, 2015 -- Detroit Manufacturing Systems welcomed nearly 200 high school students on Manufacturing Day to its campus on Detroit's northwest side, where more than 1 million vehicle instrument panels were produced last year.


Visiting teens were treated to facility tours, career talks and production simulations, along with refreshments, giveaways and random drawings for tech-oriented prizes, including a 32" LED Smart TV and remote-controlled vehicles.


U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, U.S. Commerce Assistant Secretary Marcus Jadotte and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan joined DMS CEO Andra Rush for a brief program at the start of the day to encourage youngsters to consider a rewarding and good-paying career in modern manufacturing.



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Event Designed to Broaden Knowledge of Manufacturing,

Improve Public Perception of Manufacturing Careers


Sept. 15, 2015 -- In celebration of Manufacturing Day on Friday, Oct. 2, Detroit Manufacturing Systems will open its doors to hundreds of students, educators and parents as part of a nationwide effort aimed at changing perceptions about modern manufacturing and bringing focus to rewarding, high-skill manufacturing career opportunities for the next generation of workers.


“Manufacturers will soon face an unprecedented shortage of skilled workers and lots of unfilled jobs,” said Detroit Manufacturing Systems CEO Andra Rush. “The manufacturing sector, especially in Michigan, sorely needs highly skilled professionals who can design, program and manage technology. We’ve got to show our young people that a career in manufacturing can be satisfying and rewarding."


Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan will attend the event at DMS to greet schoolchildren and deliver remarks encouraging them to pursue manufacturing careers.


DMS will offer registered school groups a tour of the plant on Detroit's northwest side where 1.2 million vehicle dashboards were produced in 2014. The auto parts supplier also will conduct production demonstrations and random drawings for prizes such as a 32” LED Smart TV and remote- controlled cars. Refreshments will be served. Bus transportation will be provided at no charge for registered student groups attending middle and high schools in Brightmoor and adjacent neighborhoods.


To register a school group for Manufacturing Day at DMS, please visit and click on the Manufacturing Day button on the homepage to access the registration page. Teachers or school administrators must accompany all school groups. A DMS representative will follow up by email to confirm the total number of attendees and bus schedules for registered schools.


Rush also is leading regional planning efforts for Manufacturing Day, including events at anchor sites such as free admission all day on Friday, Oct. 2, at the Ford Rouge Factory Tour for school groups with advance reservations, manufacturing exhibitions at Focus: HOPE, a nonprofit career training facility where programs are offered for free, and 39 hands-on exhibits at the Michigan Science Center that demonstrate how the manufacturing process turns ideas into reality with the aid of computer design, prototypes, simulations, conveyors, robots, statistics and more.


According to projections by the Manufacturing Institute, the average manufacturing worker will be 56 years old by 2020. Five years later, 3.4 million manufacturing jobs will become available in the U.S., but the skilled labor shortage could leave 2 million unfilled.


Manufacturing Day, first established in 2012 and held annually on the first Friday in October, is supported by thousands of U.S. manufacturers with a variety of events designed to showcase  modern manufacturing technology and careers. Manufacturing is a technologically advanced industry that makes ample use of automation, 3-D printing, robots and screen technology. Manufacturing workers earn $77,000 annually, on average -- nearly 20 percent more than all other workers. They also enjoy the highest job tenure in the private sector, and 90 percent have medical benefits.


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Mayor Duggan Announces

Summer Employment Program at DMS

June 26, 2015


The number of jobs created at DMS is a source of pride for Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, who chose the plant as the location for the June 26 news conference to announce Grow Detroit’s Young Talent, a summer youth employment program.


“I believe that talent is equally distributed across this world, but what is not equally distributed is opportunity,” Duggan said at the news conference. “We have an enormous number of talented young people who have not had the same kinds of opportunities as people in other communities.”


The program will offer jobs to nearly 5,600 Detroiters 14 to 24 years old at companies based in the city. Young participants will be paid to work 20 hours a week for six weeks and learn work-readiness and leadership skills. Since the City of Detroit exceeded its goal of 5,000 positions for Detroit youth this summer, the mayor is considering raising the goal to 8,000 to 10,000 in 2016.


For its part, DMS is welcoming 100 interns this summer, the biggest commitment by any employer in the program.


“We’re excited to be working with smart, young Detroiters during the earliest stages of their careers, helping them get the training and experience they need to thrive,” said DMS CEO Andra Rush. “Grow Detroit’s Young Talent supports the next generation of workers, and also benefits Detroit employers by helping us build our talent pipeline for the future of our city and our region.”




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