Archives for August 2014

MITGI: Finalist in 2014 Manufacturing Awards by Minnesota Business Magazine

The following is a press release from MITGI on August 15, 2014.

MITGI: Finalist in 2014 Manufacturing Awards by Minnesota Business Magazine
HUTCHINSON, MN – August 15, 2014

Midwest Industrial Tool Grinding, Inc. (MITGI) is a first-time finalist in two categories for the Minnesota Business 2014 Manufacturing Awards.  Awarded annually by Minnesota Business magazine, the Manufacturing Awards recognize achievements in 10 categories.  This year, MITGI is a finalist in the following categories: Best in Class (Small Company, 1-50 employees), recognizing companies for overall excellence in the manufacturing industry in Minnesota; Image Award, honoring an organization for improving the industry’s image and showing the appeal of careers in manufacturing.

In the past few years, MITGI has grown in many ways, including a move from a 2,000 sq ft facility into a 20,000 sq ft facility, doubling the number of employees, tripling the amount of manufacturing equipment, and increasing sales an average of 35% year-over-year.  Poised for steady growth, MITGI continues to assess equipment and processes, further enabling them to provide high quality production with efficient, tight timelines.  “At MITGI, our company culture encourages a balance between process and innovation, encouraging employees to use their talents to improve quality and production,” explains Eric Lipke, MITGI General Manager.  “As a Best in Class finalist, we’re honored to be considered in a category that recognizes excellence in small and growing manufacturers.”

Committed to community and education, MITGI strives to be a reliable partner to both.  In examining the Minnesota manufacturing community, business growth plans, and the availability of well-qualified employees, MITGI is dedicated to encouraging and supporting the steady flow of young men and women entering into manufacturing-related programs.  “Making the decisions to start working with area schools in an advisory capacity, offering scholarships and internships, and promoting careers in manufacturing was easy.  The owners at MITGI believe that they need to be good corporate citizens and recognize schools as community assets,” explains Lipke.  “We’re proud to be finalist for the Image Award and all of the efforts that companies make to help support the growth of manufacturing in Minnesota.”

Finalists in each category will be featured in the October 2014 issue of the Minnesota Business magazine, and the winners will be announced at an event in downtown Minneapolis on September 23, 2014.

MITGI manufactures standard and custom cutting tools that are built to tighter tolerances than most tools on the market. Combining innovation with quality and repeatability, MITGI tools have become the product of choice in many R&D departments and manufacturing facilities that serve the medical, automotive, computer, and aerospace industries.

Law Enforcement Park Progress

The following is a press release from the Hutchinson Area Community Foundation on August 14, 2014.

Members of the Law Enforcement Park Committee reviewed construction progress of the Law Enforcement Park. This project has been possible via many donations from community members, businesses and police officers. The Hutchinson Area Community Foundation has served as the fiscal agent for the Law Enforcement Park Project. Reviewing the progress left to right, Robert Hantge, Hutchinson Area Community Foundation President; Juli Neubarth, Committee Member, Joe Nagel, Police Officer and Committee Chairman; Lenny Rutledge, City of Hutchinson.

Shown in the photo below is the Stainless Steel 10’ “Portal” featuring the cut-out of a police officer. Just to the East of the Portal will be a bronze statue of a police officer. The design was created by Deb (Knutson) Zeller.

A dedication is planned for October 20, 2014.

HACF Park update

Mission & Vision – Are you seeing 20/20?

Mission & Vision- are you seeing 20/20?

We hear these two words quite frequently. But what do they mean?What direction is your business going?
Are you moving in the “right” direction?
Do you see your business for what it is, or, what you want it to be?

There are many online posts about mission and vision, and I have taken some time to pull out key notes to simplify this for our businesses.

Mission statements are:
• Typically used more internally, than externally
• Not catchy or cleverly written
• A definition of what the business wants to do for at least three sets of people: customers, employees, and owners. It should not be just meaningless hype words.

The question then becomes- Is the work you do, supporting your mission?
If not, does your mission need to change?
Or does your work need to change?
You’ll need to decide this within your own business or organization.

Vision statements:
• Project forward into time three or five years and presents a picture, like a dream, of how things should be
• Where is it, what is it doing, how big is it, what’s special about it
• Short phrase, not long, easy to recall
• Shared publicly

Using your vision statement, you can easily keep the goal in front of you, making business plans to reach your vision, goals, and achieve growth.

Both of these are different from your Business Objectives which should be hard-baked, concrete, specific, and, above all, measurable. Objectives are like sales growth rates, employee headcount, customers in the database, percentages of gross margin or profitability, units sold, and so on.

The bottom line is to create something that works for your business. Another note to mention, don’t forget about your own  personal mission. Your business should fit into what YOU want to do in your life. A personal mission can help you determine what you say ‘yes’ and ‘no’ to as you receive requests for support.

Create a mission for you and your business. Look into the future- what do you see?
A vision of your personal and business growth… now… what will you do to get there?


8/1/2014 EDA Press Release

Curtiss-Wright | Nuclear Division | LMT relocating testing division to Hutchinson
Hutchinson, MN August 1, 2014

 LMT, a business unit in the Nuclear Division of the Curtiss-Wright Corporation, is consolidating testing operations with its sister company Anatec in Hutchinson, MN.  The project is expected to create 5-10 jobs initially.

LMT is an inspection provider of full service Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) services to the Power, Petrochemical, Construction, Defense, and Transportation industries, both in the United States and abroad.  The company was established in 1975 as the nuclear industry’s first independent inspection company and has been a leader in the NDE industry for over 39 years. The company employs some of the most experienced examiners in the industry to provide ISI inspections, steam generator eddy current inspections, phased array ultrasonic testing, and balance-of-plant inspections of components and piping.

Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW) has a long history with its roots dating back to Orville and Wilbur Wright’s first flight in 1903, and Mr. Glenn Curtiss, the father of naval aviation. In 1929, the companies founded by these three great aviation pioneers, the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company and Wright Aeronautical Corporation, merged to form the largest aircraft company at the time, Curtiss-Wright Corporation.

Today, Curtiss-Wright is a diversified, multinational provider of highly engineered, technologically advanced products and services. Curtiss-Wright maintains a balanced and diversified business portfolio with revenues generated across our three segments: Commercial/Industrial, Defense and Energy, which support several of the largest, most vital industries in the world. Curtiss-Wright has been a publicly traded company for nearly 85 years and its highly engineered, innovative products and services are recognized for their advanced technology and unsurpassed reliability.

The company had been exploring several locations in the U.S. over the past year before recently committing to Hutchinson.  A major part of the decision to relocate was due to the proximity of Ridgewater College’s Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) program.

“LMT is very proud and elated for the opportunity to be associated with Ridgewater College and the City of Hutchinson. It is the first step towards a strong relationship and strategic alliance that will place both LMT and Ridgewater College as the premiere authorities of NDT in the commercial nuclear power market.”—Jeff Devers, Vice President of LMT

“It is exciting to have LMT joining the Hutchinson community.  Their expertise is a natural fit with Ridgewater’s NDT program and their presence helps to reinforce Hutchinson as a leader in the non-destructive examination field,” Hutchinson Mayor Steve Cook said. “I want to congratulate the Hutchinson EDA and Ridgewater College for their collaborative efforts to help bring LMT to Hutchinson.”   

The Hutchinson Economic Development Authority (EDA) assisted the company with the facility search that included several sites.  LMT will enter into a service agreement with Ridgewater College that will allow the company to be housed at Ridgewater’s Business Development Center.  As part of the service agreement, LMT and Anatec will act in an adjunct instructor capacity and also allow access to specialized equipment that would not otherwise be available to NDT students.

 The company is planning a $100,000.00 build out/renovation at the Business Development Center and hopes to be operational by September 1st.  The company’s plans also call for regular training sessions that will result in groups of 20-30 people periodically coming to Hutchinson for weeklong training.

“We are excited to be entering into this innovative agreement with LMT. Having them co-located on our campus will be a tremendous benefit to both Ridgewater NDT program students and corporate partners looking for non-credit workforce training. Combining LMT’s position as an industry leader in NDT services in the nuclear power generation industry and Ridgewater’s long and prestigious history as an NDT educator makes for an exciting opportunity to advance NDT instruction and workforce development to new levels.”—Sam Bowen, Dean of Customized Training and Continuing Education

“LMT is a cutting-edge company that is internationally recognized as a leader in their field,” said EDA Director Lee Miller. “We’re absolutely thrilled that LMT chose Hutchinson after a nationwide search for the new home of their testing division and proudly welcome them to the community.”

The Hutchinson EDA serves as the city’s economic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, redevelopment, workforce and community development. For more details about the EDA and its services, visit us at .