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Last month, TV 6 visited L.E. Jones to feature the company in their weekly, “What Works in the UP” feature.
MENOMINEE — Its employees call it one of Menominee’s best kept secrets. Since 1941, L.E. Jones has been making heavy duty engine parts for big name companies all over the world. Their valve seat inserts can be found in Caterpillar, Volvo and Dodge Ram diesel engines, to name a few.
“We probably have about 700 part numbers that we make” said Daniel Ward, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “There are about 40 of those that are high volume and we will ship about 30 million pieces out of here this year.”
This year, L.E. Jones will bring in about 50 million dollars in revenue. 300 employees assist in the process from start to finish.
On September 20th, 2014 L.E. Jones hosted their 2nd Annual L.E. Jones softball tournament. This is a much anticipated event as different departments compete against each other. Employees embrace their competitive spirit and look forward to the tournament. There were 4 departments this year that competed; Foundry, Machine Shop North, Machine Shop South, and Salary. We had a great turn out, as many employees and their families came to cheer the teams on, eat, play games, and play on the bouncy houses. For the 2nd year in a row the Foundry team took 1st place with a close second from Machine Shop North. Overall the event was a hit and we can’t wait for next year!
L.E. Jones was proud to participate in the 32nd Annual Waterfront Festival held August 7th – 10th. Over 50 employees and their families volunteered at the Waterfront booths and parade. The L.E. Jones “Frozen” themed float was a main attraction for the parade as the spectators were very excited to see their two favorite “Frozen” princesses; Elsa and Ana. We look forward to partaking again next year!
On Sunday, June 1st, over 500 people enjoyed plant tours, food and games at the 2014 L E Jones Open House. The Open House – the first for the company time since 1991 – included a dunk tank and raffle to benefit the Healthy Youth Coalition and their work with youth in Menominee and Marinette counties. L. E. Jones provided a new grill to support the raffle. The Doll and Vennema families, owners of L E Jones, matched the money raised bringing the total contribution to the Healthy Youth Coalition to over $2,000, all of which will stay right here in our community to help families.
On the week of May 5th, L.E. Jones participated in the Greater Marinette-Menominee YMCA Corporate Challenge, competing against other local businesses. L.E. Jones took 1st place in many events as well as 1st place overall. Some of the events included: Tug-of-war, cake decorating, boat building, scavenger hunt, obstacle course, dodge ball, and bowling.
On January 28, 2014, employees of the L.E. Jones Company participated in a dodge ball tournament held at the Greater Marinette-Menominee YMCA. This is the 2nd year that L.E. Jones has participated. They had two teams and competed against other local businesses taking 2nd and 3rd place!
L. E. Jones Company is pleased to announce the promotion of Jim Dellisse to the position of Product Engineer. Since joining L. E. Jones in May of 2011, Jim has grown in his knowledge of valve seat insert materials, manufacturing, troubleshooting methods and experience with insert failure modes in the field. Coupled with communication skills and technical background, Jim has developed exceptional working relationships with many customer engineers and proven to be a valuable asset to our technical staff. Jim will continue to work in the Product Engineering area; however, his direct involvement with customers will increase and has expanded into other areas such as quality and manufacturing. Please join us in congratulating Jim on his promotion!
On January 1st 2014, the L.E. Jones Company employees and friends participated in “Da Yooper Plunge” for the second year. The participants “plunged” into the icy cold water in support of the DAR Boys and Girls Club and the River Cities Pool. L.E. Jones Company was the main supporter of the event, and would like to thank the community for their support.