Deco Products: Michael Suarez Hired as New HR Recruiter

Deco Products Company has hired Michael Suarez as the HR Recruiter. Suarez is replacing Eric Smedsrud who recently accepted a position as a Sales Project Manager for Deco.

Suarez is from La Quinta, Calif., and came to Decorah to attend Luther College where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and was a member of the wrestling team. Prior to accepting the position at Deco, Michael was the Assistant Wrestling Coach for Luther College and worked for Decorah Builders.

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Deco Products Receives Iowa Innovation Grant

The Iowa Economic Development Commission has awarded Deco Products a Manufacturing 4.0 Workforce Innovation grant of $500,000. Deco is one of 46 companies in the state of Iowa to receive this grant. These grants are issued to Iowa manufacturers with 76-250 employees across the state investing in industry 4.0 technologies to address workforce issues in manufacturing caused by the negative impacts of COVID-19. The purpose of these grants is to allow companies like Deco Products to remain globally competitive while addressing workforce shortages that are limiting growth or sales.

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Deco Explains Zinc Energy Efficiency

Zinc alloy has a relatively low melting temperature when compared to other metals (approximately 790 degrees Fahrenheit). This along with its high pressure and rapid shot profile, results in less energy consumed when processed.

At Deco Products, less fuel and electricity are needed to process parts in our proprietary zinc die-cast centers. This provides for cost savings and lower environmental impacts. Due to the fluidity in the metal zinc, it does not require additional expensive machining and/or additional operations when manufacturing zinc.

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New Quote Specialist at Deco Products

Deco Products Company has hired Jordan Thompson as a quote specialist. Thompson previously was a marketing and sales intern at Deco before taking the job as the new quote specialist.

Thompson grew up in New Market, Alabama, with his parents and six siblings. He moved to Decorah, Iowa, four years ago when he started college at Luther College. In the spring of 2021, he graduated from Luther with a bachelor’s degree in management.

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Deco Products New HR Recruiter: Eric Smedsrud

Deco Products Company has hired Eric Smedsrud as HR Recruiter. Smedsrud was previously working as the marketing and sales intern at Deco before being promoted to the human resources position.

Smedsrud started his career at Deco in 2018 when he worked in production. He worked at Deco for three months during the summer in-between his freshman and sophomore year at college. He came back in August of 2020 and held the marketing and sales intern position for ten months until he got offered the job of HR Recruiter.

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Deco Products: Multi-Slide Zinc Die-Casting Equipment Acquisition

Recently Deco Products acquired miniature, four-slide zinc die-casting equipment and related process technology. These machines were acquired from Mumford Metal Casting of South Carolina in March 2021, and provides further expansion of Deco Products and solution advantages for customer designs.

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Zinc Die Casting: History of Deco

Deco Products is the largest stand-alone zinc die casting company in the US. Deco was established in 1960 by the Lake Center Switch Company, which was primarily an automotive supplier of dimmer switches and other electronics for automotive. The die casting operations were moved to Decorah, Iowa, which is where they produced die castings, assemblies, and a line of hose clamps.

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