Bob Schut Brings 35+ Years of Experience as Newest Addition to Company’s Leadership Team

When I started in the tool room at Leigh Products in Coopersville, MI in 1981, I knew I had found a field I was passionate about, but wasn’t sure what the future would hold. After 35 years in the tool & die industry, accepting the position of Engineering Manager here at Die Cad Group seemed like a natural transition and the perfect synthesis of the experience I’ve had in the tool & die field.

Die Cad Group’s driven, knowledgeable leadership team and their approach towards finding innovative solutions to often complex tool & die design problems was a big draw for me to apply for this position, and I cannot be more thrilled that I was entrusted with my new role at Die Cad.

“As our company grows, we never want to lose that personal touch and relationship that we have enjoyed with each of our customers over the last 20 years. Bob’s natural technical leadership ability, problem-solving savvy, and strong communication skills make him the ideal choice for this position,” shared Bobbie Blanton, President of Die Cad Group, Inc.

I believe that my experience working my way through many different positions in our industry has given me the ability to understand the unique challenges and requirements of my position, and I am looking forward to what the future holds.

Die Cad’s culture of collaboration and integrity align not only with my work ethic but my personal value system, and I am blessed to have this opportunity to develop this working relationship with my co-workers and the exceptional clients of Die Cad Group.

Thank you, everyone, for the warm welcome! Please feel free to connect with me sometime soon. You can reach me via e-mail at on my cell at 616-365-2454 or stop by my office and say ‘hello’.

Manufacturer Upskills Workforce to Strengthen Market Position and Regional Economy

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While Michigan’s economy continues to gain momentum, businesses are still challenged with finding workers with the skills they need to meet demand.  To address this issue, the Governor recommended and the Legislature supported the creation of the Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF) in 2013.  Each year millions of dollars in training funds have been awarded to employers in West Michigan to address their hiring challenges. Die Cad Group, Inc., a woman-owned manufacturer with offices in Grand Rapids and Greenville, is leveraging more than $68,000 in STTF funds to aggressively address their workforce issues.

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Rapidly Growing Female Run Company to Exhibit at FABTECH Canada 2016


Grand Rapids, MI – (March 11, 2016) – Die Cad Group (DCG), led by female President Bobbie Blanton, is proud to announce its participation in the FABTECH Canada show on March 22 to 24, 2016 at the Toronto Congress Centre, to display its complete metalworking engineering service offering, which includes metal stamping die design, draw form simulation, tool processing, surfacing, transfer die animation, and die detail sourcing.

Founded in 1995 the company has experienced exceptional growth under Blanton’s leadership.  “In the male dominated tool & die industry, Bobbie’s entrepreneurial spirit combined with her 20 years of experience has provided a much needed push towards rethinking the way we operate in the industry” said Die Cad Senior Manager Brad Rine.

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Die Cad Receives U.S. Department of Labor Accreditation for Die Design Apprenticeship Program

Die Cad Group, Inc., a business specializing in the simulation and design of metal stamping line dies, transfer dies, progressive dies, and blank dies for the automotive, off-highway, furniture and white goods industries, received U.S.Department of Labor (USDOL) accreditation for its die design apprenticeship program on Sept.9, 2015.

“Achieving USDOL certification is a significant step to meeting our goal of being able to developand train the next generation of tool and die designers in-house” said Bobbie Blanton, president,Die Cad. Like other manufacturing companies Die Cad is concerned about the growing skillsshortage in the tool and die trade and the impact this shortage would have on their business.

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Die Cad Group, Inc. to Expand into Greenville

Good news continues to come to the Greenville job market as Die Cad Group, Inc. recently announced its expansion into the city.  Headquartered at 3258 Clear Vista Ct. NE in Grand Rapids, Die Cad’s expansion into Greenville will add much needed capacity to support its aggressive growth plans.

Eric Icard, Business Development Manager with The Right Place in Grand Rapids, recently hired to cover the Greenville area, has worked extensively with Die Cad on determining the right site in Greenville.  The new location will be located at 106 S. Greenville West Dr. and will open December 1, 2014.

“These are the high wage jobs that are at the center of any economic development strategy,” says Icard.  Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Gae Wolfe concludes, ““They will be a welcome addition to the Greenville market landscape.” 

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