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National Manufacturing Day 2019

General Stamping & Metalworks (GSM) welcomed nearly 100 students to our facility on October 4, 2019 for National Manufacturing Day. Students were welcomed by the Director of Cultural Development where they learned about the history of GSM. This brief introduction was followed by a safety presentation. Students then participated in a facility tour where they were met with industry specific pathway activities. The activities were designed to showcase the diverse careers within a manufacturing environment. Careers at every level of the organization were highlighted.

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Students learned about careers in Tool & Die Making, discussed GSM’s apprenticeship program, learned about laser technology through a demonstration depicting the strength of laser beams, learned about facility maintenance through an activity designed to showcase maintenance careers, participated in a welding activity that included the entire welding team from engineer, to technologist, to supervisor, to trainer, and ultimately to the welder performing the actual welds. Students were afforded the opportunity to read a blueprint and place the welding components into a welding fixture to determine if the weld would pass a quality test. Additionally, students learned from the bending engineer about the software program used to design parts for the bending team. Students observed an actual part being made from the engineered part and then participated in their very own bending activity that paralleled what they had just learned. Students participated in the bending of a metal jeep and were given the jeep as a takeaway to remember their time at GSM.

These experiences exposed students to the many career pathways within the manufacturing industry. Students were also provided information as it relates to the hiring and applicant selection process. We discussed networking and how visits like Manufacturing Day can jump start a young person’s networking circle. The day afforded students the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities designed by our production and training team. The pictures below depict what our event consisted of and how students interacted with employees at every level of the organization.

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Number of Youth Participants:

Approximately 100 students from The South Bend Career Academy, St. Joseph High School and New Prairie High School participated in Manufacturing Day activities.

Keys to Success:

As with anything, the biggest key to success is the time commitment of dedicated professionals and the monetary resources to accomplish the items we set out to achieve. Because of our dedicated team of engineers, production team, human resources, sales, training & development, and support staff we were able to plan, organize, and execute the event.

Program Enhancement:

We created pathway specific activities designed to target each student group’s academic experience. Prior to the event, we received a list of students who were visiting us and from pathways in which they were participating. Thus, we tailored the hands-on activities to their specific studies.

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* Excellent energy balance thanks to the world’s most efficient CO2 laser
* Sheets up to 50 mm thick can be processed
* Mobile operation and monitoring of the machine using the MobileControl App
* High-performance CO2 cutting optics guarantees best-quality sheet metal parts of all thicknesses
* Cut edges of the highest quality throughout the whole machining spectrum
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Chicken beef ribs short ribs biltong hamburger corned beef turducken sirloin boudin. Ball tip pork belly ribeye, short loin biltong boudin chicken hamburger swine short ribs pork chuck bresaola. Turducken beef capicola tri-tip bresaola ham hock meatloaf cow beef ribs brisket bacon shankle flank ribeye. Capicola andouille pig venison sirloin. Drumstick rump tri-tip biltong tenderloin chicken, prosciutto ball tip andouille frankfurter pork.
Drew Yarger
Chicken beef ribs short ribs biltong hamburger corned beef turducken sirloin boudin. Ball tip pork belly ribeye, short loin biltong boudin chicken hamburger swine short ribs pork chuck bresaola. Turducken beef capicola tri-tip bresaola ham hock meatloaf cow beef ribs brisket bacon shankle flank ribeye. Capicola andouille pig venison sirloin. Drumstick rump tri-tip biltong tenderloin chicken, prosciutto ball tip andouille frankfurter pork.
Paige Hawkins
Chicken beef ribs short ribs biltong hamburger corned beef turducken sirloin boudin. Ball tip pork belly ribeye, short loin biltong boudin chicken hamburger swine short ribs pork chuck bresaola. Turducken beef capicola tri-tip bresaola ham hock meatloaf cow beef ribs brisket bacon shankle flank ribeye. Capicola andouille pig venison sirloin. Drumstick rump tri-tip biltong tenderloin chicken, prosciutto ball tip andouille frankfurter pork.
Emily Axelberg
Chicken beef ribs short ribs biltong hamburger corned beef turducken sirloin boudin. Ball tip pork belly ribeye, short loin biltong boudin chicken hamburger swine short ribs pork chuck bresaola. Turducken beef capicola tri-tip bresaola ham hock meatloaf cow beef ribs brisket bacon shankle flank ribeye. Capicola andouille pig venison sirloin. Drumstick rump tri-tip biltong tenderloin chicken, prosciutto ball tip andouille frankfurter pork.
Trumpf TrumaBend V85
* 3200 x 2200 x 2885mm (L x W x H)
* Lower tool holder for single V-matrices with hydraulic clamping
* Pressing force 85 Ton
* Bending length 2550 mm
* Withdrawal speed 135 mm / s
* Projection 410 mm
* Stroke 365 mm
* Working height 1050 mm
Trumpf TruBend 7036
* 51 x 52 x 94in (L x W x H)
* Pressing force of 40 tons
* Bending length of 40 inches
* Precise up to 0.00008 in Y axis
* Precise up to 0.0008 in X and R axis
* Heat-free LED lighting
* Laser projector for exact positioning of bending line
* Variable supports for standing and seated operation
Davi MCA 4 Roll
* 51 x 52 x 94in (L x W x H)
* Can roll up to 6 foot wide sheets
* Can roll up to 3/8 in sheet thickness
* Prebending thickness of 1/4 in
* 6.6 HP electric power
* Top toll diameter of 7.5 inches
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Continuous Improvement


For almost 95 years you’ve known us as General Sheet Metal Works. Today, a new leading edge facility, a new name, buttress our enduring commitment to providing the highest level of service, responsiveness, quality execution, supply chain integration and breadth of fabrication.


To more fully reflect the company we have become and the capabilities we have developed over 95 years of continuous operation, effective September 15, 2016, GENERAL SHEET METAL WORKS, INC., will now be operating as


September 15, 2016

Dear Valued Customers, Suppliers, and Business Partners:

We are excited to announce we have changed our name from General Sheet Metal Works, Inc., to General Stamping & Metalworks, Inc., effective September 15, 2016. This change more accurately expresses the core of our capabilities as a full-service metal fabricator providing parts to OEM’s worldwide.

Our new name reflects the evolution of our operational expertise, which shifted dramatically in 1953, when we left the sheet metal business entirely to pursue the fabrication of metal parts for a diverse range of customers producing products for lawn and garden, agriculture, automotive aftermarket, and other consumer-focused industries. Today, we are a major supplier to the solar infrastructure market as well as serving emerging industries looking to prototype and scale new products.

For your convenience, our Internet address remains www.gsmwinc.com. Company email addresses will also remain the same. Our corporate address remains as follows until December 1, 2016:

General Stamping & Metalworks
1902 South Main Street
South Bend, IN 46613

After December 1, 2016 our address will be:

General Stamping & Metalworks
25101 Cleveland Road
South Bend, IN 46628

Our phone number will remain unchanged:
574-288-0611