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FEMA engineers mentor a FIRST team


The local Vicksburg, MI BullBots team finished their 2016 competition season this month with excellent results. The team, comprised of high school students and mentors, designed, engineered, and assembled a robot to participate in the national FIRST robotics competition. FIRST is a youth program "For Inspiration Recognition of Science and Technology". In two events the BullBots team competed well and made it into the semi-finals of the competition! This was truly an outstanding finish for their 5th year participating in the FIRST program. 

The team, led by mentors from FEMA Corporation, built a robot capable of picking up 8" diameter game balls, transporting them across obstacles, and firing them at the opposing team's target. The robot featured a twin motor drive system with 6 powered wheels and 8 non-powered wheels. Game balls were picked up using a loading screw system and fed into a shooting mechanism via a rotating flap lift. Extensive LabVIEW programming allowed the students to drive the robot and control all of its functions wirelessly via twin joysticks.

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FEMA Corporation releases another advertisement in Diesel Progress industry trade magazine - March 2016 edition

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FEMA sponsorships


Every year FEMA Corporation continues to live out its mission statement by providing employees with various opportunities to get active, get outside, and spend time with co-workers beyond the company's walls. This year, FEMA will be sponsoring employees in nine different racing events, including the Kalamazoo Mud Run, the Kalamazoo Klassic, the Tri Del Sol triathlon, and the Grand Rapids Marathon (a full list of 2016 sponsored events can be found at 'Read More' below). In addition to these race events FEMA will also sponsor various sports teams throughout the year (some examples of past company teams include softball, basketball, flag football, and hockey). These teams not only give employees the chance to get active, but they also promote camaraderie and build relationships that exist independently of the workplace.

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FEMA offers Component Manufacturing


Individual custom components are available through FEMA Corporation for moderate or high quantity markets. Contact Sales for additional information and reference Component Manufacturing (CM).

For internally consumed parts, FEMA engineering supports CM by being heavily involved in the product development process. Engineering is done concurrently with product design to enhance communications. 

Our CM process embraces open and candid interchange with purchasing and quality, along with proactive consultation when working with outside suppliers. Full technical support is available upon request. 

FEMA component manufacturing produces a large share of our production turned and milled parts for top level assemblies using numerous CNC machining centers. Additional component parts are also available in various materials with diameters up to 51mm on CNC Lathe and Swiss Dual Spindles.

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FEMA Corporation supports its customers globally


Exceeding customer expectations- this is one of the bedrock ideals on which FEMA Corporation was founded in 1968. An important factor contributing to our success in fulfilling this mission is our Application Engineering (AE) team. They offer an abundance of technical electro-hydraulic (E-H) valve knowledge and experience with large and mid-sized manufacturers of original machines and equipment. This team is comprised of application engineers, business development engineers and service / support engineers. Since these experts are all centrally located at our headquarters in Portage, MI, USA they have direct and continuous contact with our design and product development engineers, our extensive test, durability and R&D laboratory; process engineering, component manufacturing and assembly / test operations. This provides our AE group with unique opportunities for unlimited access to the specific technical information necessary to offer solutions to our customers.

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FEMA Corp achieves ISO 14001 environmental certification


FEMA Corp achieved ISO 14001 environmental certification in November of 2015 from “bsi”, a third party accreditation firm.  ISO 14001 certification puts environmental management at the “core” of our operations and enables us to achieve sustainable success in reducing our environmental impact while also fostering wonderful opportunities for business growth and employee careers.  Our employees, our customers, our suppliers, and our neighbors will take confidence that FEMA is not just talking about environmental stewardship, but that we are actively taking a leadership role as demonstrated by this commitment to certification and its continuance.   


The rigorous certification process took over 1 year to complete by a cross functional leadership team working with all departments and groups within FEMA.  Systems and processes were smoothly integrated into our operations, including best practice ways to identify and continuously reduce our overall environmental impact. 


There are certainly many benefits to achieving ISO 14001 certification, including employee pride, fostering a better “culture” to work within, pro-actively achieving future customer expectations, cost reduction, and overall risk mitigation, yet aside from all of these benefits, it is simply the right thing to do!

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FEMA Corporation releases an advertisement in Diesel Progress - January 2016 edition

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FEMA Corporation is recognized by Caterpillar for its outstanding performance


For the second consecutive year, FEMA Corporation has earned platinum level certification through Caterpillar’s Supplier Quality Excellence Process (SQEP).  Caterpillar created the Supplier Quality Excellence Process (SQEP) to recognize those suppliers that demonstrate their commitment to excellence, and drive a "zero defects" culture within their organizations.   Certification levels include Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum, reflected in order of increasing difficulty.  Suppliers are certified through SQEP by meeting or exceeding stringent supplier performance standards, such as product quality and shipping performance, which are measured over the course of a calendar year.

FEMA Corporation is an engineering, manufacturing and testing company which provides electro-hydraulic solutions that assist our global customers efficiently control mechanical power and offer differentiated machine performance.

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FEMA Corporation earns recognition as a John Deere “Partner-level Supplier”


FEMA Corp. has earned recognition as a Partner-level supplier for 2015 in the John Deere Achieving Excellence Program. The Partner-level status is Deere & Company’s highest supplier rating.  FEMA was selected for the honor in recognition of our dedication to providing products and service of outstanding quality as well as our commitment to continuous improvement. Company employees accepted the recognition during formal ceremonies held on December 3, 2015 in Portage, MI.

FEMA is a supplier of electro-hydraulic valves, manifolds and steering components to several John Deere operations.

Suppliers who participate in the Achieving Excellence program are evaluated annually in several key performance categories, including quality, cost management, delivery, technical support and wavelength, which is a measure of responsiveness. John Deere Supply Management created the program in 1991 to provide a supplier evaluation and feedback process that promotes continuous improvement.

                FEMA Corporation is an engineering, manufacturing and testing company which provides electro-hydraulic solutions that assist our global customers efficiently control mechanical power and offer differentiated machine performance.

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FEMA Engineers look forward to 24hrs of Lemons 2016 Race Season


Returning from a 1 year hiatus after their Class B win, FEMA engineers James Rucker and Michael Gruizinga have resumed efforts on the exciting “MetSHO” race car. 

The team competes in the 24hrs of Lemons racing series, where $500 “lemons” are raced wheel-to-wheel on paved road courses across the country.  2016 will mark the teams 6th year competing in the series, and their first year bringing MetSHO into the ultra-competitive “A” class. The endurance series requires creative engineering solutions in order to remain both competitive and reliable while maintaining strict budget limits.

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