DEMMER CENTER FOR BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION was established in December 2011, through a significant new gift from the John and Marnie Demmer family.
In 2008, the Lansing-based Demmer Corporation and several other mid-Michigan companies were participants in the “Imaging the Future: Revitalization of Mid-Michigan Companies Through Deep Strategic Change” project directed by MSU professors Roger Calantone and Shawnee K. Vickery. This project was funded by a Michigan Initiative for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MIIE) grant which is designed to assist the participating companies in revitalizing or reinventing their organizations to more effectively compete in regional, national, and global marketplaces.
Demmer Corporation CEO Bill Demmer impressed with the work being accomplished under the auspices of the grant said “We had been using consultants help from all over the country assisting us in our business transformation. As our relationship with the MSU Broad College of Business grew we found that everything we needed was right in our own back yard. We are so pleased to be able to give back and participate in marshalling the tremendous resources of MSU to transform other Michigan businesses.” With this in mind his family, funded gifts totalling $5 million to set up Demmer Center for Business Transformation with the task of providing consulting, advisory, and educational services by faculty members and student teams to help Michigan-based companies strengthen their competitive performance. These activities should allow Michigan business leaders to access research on business process transformation with an emphasis on growth strategies, lean manufacturing and supply chain, and quality processes and metrics.
Additionally, the Demmer family’s gift created an endowment to provide funding for faculty members and students to work with companies and for educational grants to smaller companies to enable them to participate in executive education programs that will be offered by the Demmer Center.
NOTE: Demmer Corporation was formed in 1951, by John E. Demmer, with a focus to design and build tools, dies, and special machinery. In the following decades, the company’s entrepreneurial spirit enabled it to evolve and transform as the competitive environment changed. In the 1990s, the Demmer Corporation infused lean manufacturing and quality principles into its organization, positioning the company to rapidly expand in the next decade as new opportunities arose. Today, Demmer Corporation is a key supplier of assemblies, modules, and components for defense, aerospace, transportation, and commercial heavy fabrication customers and is known for its innovative engineering and manufacturing solutions.