Story and photos by Jaideen Cobb
“American Made = American Jobs” – that’s the motto and goal of DNKB Inc., an assembly manufacture company based in Phoenix on South 51st Street between Baseline and Elliot Roads. The company offers kitting solutions and commercial industry products.
“Kitting” is the gathering of components and parts needed for the manufacture of a particular assembly or final product. Individual components are gathered and packaged as a kit. The kit can then be shipped to an end-user, a consumer for example or to an assembly line plant that needs multiple components from numerous suppliers to complete a product.
DNKB is well positioned to offer these services. It is certified in the aerospace and medical device industries, as well as being certified as a veteran and minority owned company.
A major problem says DNBK owners is that American businesses are sending their assembly work out of the country in pursuit of cheaper labor and manufacturing costs. This excludes Americans from assembly jobs and removes manufacturing jobs from the American economic landscape. DNKB’s CEO Dewayne Baker’s goal is to provide assembly-manufacturing jobs throughout America for veterans and individuals within urban communities.
Senior Director of Engineering Andre Fisher states, “Our motivating factor is to bring manufacture assembly jobs. We want to be able to produce. And the more contracts we have the more jobs we can offer Americans.” Fisher continues by saying, “We have good history, we need the right opportunity. We can meet quality standards while being competitive with other countries. What we do here, we do perfectly.”
DNKB Inc. wants to bring a renaissance to American manufacturing and reverse the effects of manufacturing jobs going outside of the country. Dewayne Baker is confident that assembly-manufacturing jobs can create long terms income for employees. He states, “As long as we are providing jobs we are giving people hope. It’s amazing what you can accomplish, hope is a powerful thing.”
Baker shares, “The misconception is that not everyone needs a degree. What we need are the (manufacturing) contracts that are supposed to be here to give American’s jobs.” Baker notes that many people without advanced education often rely on service industry jobs that pay very low wages, require a lot of hours and don’t financially sustain families. He also notes the positive cycle of good paying manufacturing jobs. Solid jobs allow individuals to purchase property, which improves the housing market. With an improved housing market, property taxes increase funding for education.
Not only is DNKB Inc. looking to provide sustainable jobs for Americans; but in addition, they’ve taken the responsibly of local charity work by given away refurbished laptops to students across the Valley in a program they created called “Laptops 4 Learning.” DNKB’s staff has given away as many as 90 computers this past year to students across the Valley.
As the company awaits more and larger contracts to increase its workforce, DNKB Inc. is standing on its solid past performance and building relationships with major corporations and contractors. In the meantime, as Andre Fisher states, “The biggest risk is the biggest reward,” and DNKB Inc. is dedicating its resources to improve the living standards for Americans nationwide through employment, which in the end they believe, is the biggest reward.
More information is online at www.dnkbinc.com