Dematic North America is celebrating its seventy-fifth year in business as a Grand Rapids, Michigan-based company. Dematic designs, builds, and supports logistic solutions that optimize material and information flow. Dematic maintains a network of regional operations offices through the United States and internationally in Ontario, Canada. Dematic provides competitive solutions that support a number of Michigan’s larger employers, including Meijer and Amway, and national companies Amazon, Wal-Mart, Frito-Lay and Grainger Industrial Supply.
In May 2012, while facing incredible business growth and high demand for top technical talent, Dematic settled into the Michigan Tech Enterprise Corporation (MTEC) SmartZone Lakeshore Center in Houghton, Michigan. The move-in-ready office space at the MTEC SmartZone allowed the site manager to immediately bring student interns onboard to work part-time while going to school, gaining hands-on experience and familiarity with the Dematic culture. The satellite operation also provides Dematic an opportunity to engage more frequently with Michigan Tech students and to evaluate engineering students as future employees.
When Dematic needed to hire 100 engineers in 2013, the satellite office helped recruit experienced employees to fill positions. Dematic has broadened its employee pool while increasing solid employment opportunities for several Michigan Tech graduates who are now on board full-time. Today, Dematic employs ten full-time engineers and five students working in the Houghton office.
Also in 2013, Dematic was celebrated as the first company to participate in Michigan Tech’s Career Services "Gold" Partnership Program. As a Gold Partner, they capitalize on their convenient new Houghton location and leverage year-round marketing and branding from Career Services. These options help explain the benefits of careers at Dematic in a very real, and technologically engaging, way throughout campus, including using the new eDisplay system. Strategically located throughout campus, eDisplay systems deliver corporate recruiting messages and brand awareness to Michigan Tech’s nearly 7,000-student population.
Dematic’s continued growth and support of Michigan Tech is providing great opportunities for students including hands-on learning and on-the-job training that will help them create the future.