Header Die & Tool, Inc. was named 2013 Manufacturer of the Year by Rockford Chamber of Commerce

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Ron Phillips

National Manufacturing Day 2014

In October 2014 on National Manufacturing Day, Ron Phillips, General Manager of Header Die & Tool, hosted a group of 40 students from Winnebago High School, along with Lieutenant Governor-elect Evelyn Sanguinetti, for a tour of the company facilities. Technology has transformed modern-day manufacturing and increased the importance of obtaining a good education. Phillips highlighted the benefits and rewards that make manufacturing a satisfying career option.

Lucas Derry

Header Helps Local Students Find Jobs

Header Die & Tool recently participated in a job skills program that involved a group of local area manufacturers hosting two dozen Rockford-area high school students for hands-on training and guidance. This educational program, funded through a grant from Rock Valley College, is designed to help today’s students find careers in manufacturing. Thanks to the training and shepherding supplied by Header Die & Tool, all of the students passed the program and all have found work. Header hired one of the program graduates as a permanent employee.

Watch this story to learn more about Header’s local training initiative:

Rockford Chamber of Commerce 2013 Manufacturer of the Year Award

Header Die & Tool, Inc. Wins Rockford Chamber of Commerce Award

Congratulations to Lucas Derry and Header Die & Tool, Inc. for being named Manufacturer of the Year by Rockford Chamber of Commerce. Great job on all the hard work.

Watch Lucas accept the 2013 Manufacturer of the Year Award or read more here about the Rockford Chamber of Commerce Celebration of Manufacturing Dinner and Expo.


A Success Story

After 57 successful years in business, Header’s leadership is committed to keeping the company from becoming complacent. To ensure employees are focused on customers and committed to continuous improvement, the company exposed its entire workforce to lean concepts through an IMEC-conducted training session, then decided to embark on several projects to begin implementing improvements.
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WTVO17 Stateline Business Spotlight

Header Die & Tool featured as local manufacturing spotlight.

Manufacturing continues to play a key role in the Stateline economy despite taking some punishment during the recession. Some local manufacturers, such as Header Die and Tool are continuing to grow despite the tough economic times. Header has added 7 new employees over the past six months to raise their total number to 45. President Lucas Derry says, “We are looking forward to an even better 2011. We’ve seen a nice recovery in 2010. We actually grew a little bit over our 2008 numbers.” Derry adds he hope to hire even more new workers during the upcoming year.
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Lucas Derry

Lucas Derry named Rockford area 40 under 40 leader

Being named a 40 under 40 leader is special to Lucas Derry for one particular reason. “It’s good to show that there are younger people involved in manufacturing, and that it’s a viable career choice,” he said. Lucas runs Header Die and Tool, a Rockford-based company founded in 1954 that has grown as a global supplier of cold forming tooling and other specialty manufactured parts. His father, Tom, bought the company in 1976; Lucas went to work for his dad in the shop when he went to Guilford High School. “I was handed a putty knife, shop rags and solvent and told to clean the sludge off the floor,” said Lucas, laughing.

Lucas Derry on Channel 17

Local Company Looks To Hire More Skilled Workers

While many manufacturering jobs have left the Stateline, there are some local companies that are acutally looking to hire skilled manufacturing workers. Header Die and Tool is one of them. The President, Lucas Derry, says the company currently has about 40 employees and hopes to increase that number by about 10 percent in the near future. Derry adds the key to being successful in tough times is flexibility and adds, “There is no more doing business as usual….time restraints are tighter….it is all about knowing the needs of your customers and meeting them.” Header Die and Tool makes many different kinds of manufacturing parts for local and national companies.
Read more about Header adding more workers

My Stateline

Stateline Manufacturing Increases Compared To 2010

Rockford manufacturers rank July as a solid month, and remain cautiously optimistic about the future. At Header Die and Tool Company, some workers got overtime because of increased orders.
Read more about manufacturing increases