A Strong Culture Brings Out the Best

Author: Vicki Zylstra

Feature

A Strong Culture Brings Out the Best for the person, company, and customer Many companies are enamored with the word culture yet few fully understand what it is.  Some believe culture is employee volunteerism. Others believe it’s about team meetings and company offsites.  While others think coffee bars, exercise classes, and generous amounts of time-off define culture. The word culture… Read More

FIRST LEGO® League (FLL)

Author: Kayla Curtis, Chad Barnes, Mu-Hua Cheng, and Matthew Reed

Teaching Students Team Work, Problem-Solving, & Engineering “On the yellow field we have team Invent-a-Tech 2.0,” states the announcer. Two student technicians fly to the playing field and nest their robot, Purple Monster, into the starting zone. “3…2…1…Lego!” Purple Monster delicately glides forward and drops off the shark tank with success. Like a pack of hungry wolves, the technicians grab… Read More

Building into the Lives of People

Author: Jay VanderBoon

Habitat Home is a Win-Win

A Habitat Home is a Win-Win I’ve had the pleasure to serve with Habitat for Humanity several times since starting with DISHER, and I want everyone to know that it is a fantastic experience. You learn a lot, have fun, and it really changes people’s lives. My latest opportunity to help was this past October. For those who have not yet experienced… Read More

Growing & Going with Grace

Author: Joe Dyer with Casandra Bouwhuis

Stwardship at Camp Geneva

Growing with Grace On June 10th, the entire Disher team had the privilege of enjoying a day at Camp GENEVA’s beautiful retreat center on the shores of Lake Michigan for a company-wide offsite. These bi-annual collaborative sessions give members the opportunity to participate in strategic planning, culture enrichment, community, and stewardship. This year’s theme was Growing with Grace, a fitting… Read More

Healthy Competition

Author: Aimee VandenElzen

Kids' Food Basket - Disher Team 1

What’s the first thing that pops into your mind when you think back to the month of March? The NCAA March Madness tournament, perhaps? For years companies have organized heated bracket-picking tournaments. I’ve been involved in this friendly, little competition from the days when we used highlighters to mark winners and losers and excel spreadsheets to tally points. Now all… Read More

A League of Extraordinary Legomen

Author: Kyle McLellan

In September of 2015, six novice robotics engineers came together for the first time at their secret laboratory within the walls of Disher’s Ann Arbor office.  They united in a spirit of teamwork to accept the challenge of building a superior garbage-busting robot and to devise an innovative solution to control the waste from used whiteboard markers. Geared up for… Read More

Above & Beyond Corporate Responsibility

Author: Chuck Beasley

Every day the people of Disher are making a positive impact at their jobs and in the world around them.  In late June 2015, my two boys and I spent a week in Wartsburg, Tennessee helping those in need by repairing their homes.  We fixed flooring, tore off siding, replaced the walls, and added new windows and siding.  People like… Read More

What is ‘Stewardship’ all about?

Author: Chuck Beasley

Disher’s Definition of Stewardship: Stewardship – being responsible with all the resources we have been given . . . for us and for the world around us. Stewardship comes in many forms and meanings for every individual that participates.  Here at Disher, in just the last 12 calendar months, our team has contributed more than 1,912 hours making a positive… Read More

Story of a Part

Over 70 students from the area attended a Michigan SmartCoast event hosted at OMT Veyhl and sponsored by Consumers Credit Union. Disher Design and Lakeshore Advantage also helped support the event. “The Story of a Part” highlighted the interesting steps a part follows from idea to production. OMT-Veyhl and Disher Design collaborated to design a real part for the event…. Read More