Archives for 2014

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 .

Engaging Your Employees in Our Community

HodsonWe’re trying new things at the Chamber, and this is certainly something new.  Instead of writing an post this month, I have created a video on my monthly topic:  Hutchinson Leadership Institute – Engaging Your Employees in Our Community.

We’ve also included a link to the application for the 26th Leadership Institute.  If you or your employees would like more information, make sure to give us a call or send us an email.

I hope you enjoy the show…and consider jumping outside you box.

2014-2015 Leadership Institute Application


Are You Getting Your “Money’s Worth?”

HodsonMy family loves food buffets. With three active men in my family, they eat a lot of food. They don’t eat everything available on the buffet, but they do eat the basics and then try some new things.  They also like to get their “money’s worth.”

As a Chamber Member, are you using everything available to you? Are you using your “money’s worth?” Much like a food buffet, the Chamber offers a variety of programs and services, which our members can choose to use. Many of our members don’t use some of the basic resources and tools available to them.

Here are some quick reminders of how you can increase visibility and traffic for your business:


  • Update your Member information page– each Chamber member has access to their own webpage on the Chamber website. Log in to your portal and update your business description, hours of operation, driving directions and your key search words. Add your social media links and review your business representatives. If you have an upgraded webpage, you are able to add bullet points, which can LINK to specific pages on your website, and possibly your business logo and up to 8 photos. Don’t know how to log in? Call us, and we’ll help you with your login and password.
  • Read the monthly Chamber Newsletter- what’s happening in the Chamber world? Who has joined the Chamber, what new businesses have been opening or moving? The newsletter has reminders, event information, and educational opportunities for many different industries.
  • Utilize the Event Calendar – Submit your events online! Melissa monitors our website activity and shared with us recently that on any given day 100 people look at the Event Calendar and that number increases Friday- Sunday each week! It’s easy to do and answers questions for community members and tourists. The Chamber receives MANY phone calls asking for details on events in town. Go to, click on community events, scroll down to the gray bar, and click on submit events. Here you can add details including contact information, location, times, dates, ticket prices, and event details.
  • Attend Business After Hours- hosted by the Chamber Ambassadors, these monthly events highlight a local Chamber member, bringing together business people from the community. Learn about local businesses, their products and services, while you network with other Chamber members. These are listed in the monthly newsletter, and invitations are sent out through emails each month.
  • Become a Business of the Month- Business of the Month has no fees! Each month a business is highlighted in the newsletter, on the Chamber website, on the Chamber Facebook page, and in the Crow River Business section. The best part may be the radio interview with me! Showcase your services, products and/or milestones. It’s easy to sign up, just call Melissa, Angela, or me!
  • Brochure and Business Card Display- The Chamber has a wall of Chamber member business brochures- bring a small supply of your business brochures to the office, we then in turn share them with people who come to the Chamber to learn more about Hutchinson.
  • Have a job opening or a “hot deal”?- Post your job openings and any specials, deals or sales your business currently has. You can do this through your Member Information Page.

Hopefully these few ideas will help you as you work through the buffet of Chamber programs, events and services!

McLeod Manufacturers’ Association Summer Event

Join the McLeod Manufacturers’ Association for their Summer Event!

This event will be held on June 10th, 2014, from 7:30am – 10:00am at
Lester Building Systems – 1111 2nd Ave. S, Lester Prairie, MN.

There will be a plant tour and Steve Gasser, of VIVID Image, will be speaking on Internet Technology and Manufacturing.

RSVP to David Nelson.

MMA Summer Event 2014

MITGI Hosts Facility Tour for LifeScience Alley and Hutchinson EDA

HUTCHINSON, MN – May 6, 2014

Midwest Industrial Tool Grinding, Inc. (MITGI) recently hosted a tour of their Hutchinson-based facility that included representatives from LifeScience Alley (LSA) and the Hutchinson Economic Development Association (EDA).  Part of a tour of Greater Minnesota, the LSA and EDA are working together to help cultivate relationships and connect industry partners.

Serving the life sciences in the United States, LifeScience Alley is a state-based trade association that works to improve the operating environment for companies through advocacy, education, innovation, and building connections throughout the industry.  In Minnesota, life sciences focus primarily on renewable materials and energy, food, animal health, and medical devices.

For over 20 years, MITGI has manufactured specialty cutting tools for manufacturing plants that require extraordinary precision and repeatability.  “By producing tools that are extremely precise, our standard and custom tools are exactly what the medical device manufacturing industry requires,” explains Eric Lipke, General Manager of MITGI.  “We were thrilled to showcase the capabilities that MITGI has to offer to the medical device industry and to participate in this event with the Hutchinson EDA.”

“Bringing outside groups to Hutchinson helps to raise awareness of the manufacturing capabilities that are available here,” said Lee Miller, Economic Development Director with the EDA.  “Tours like these allow us to show the full range of manufacturing that could apply to the life science industry, from very precise tooling to large scale manufacturing.”

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, and aerospace industries.

(LtoR)Lee Miller (EDA, City of Hutchinson), Sheila Murphy (Director of HR, MITGI), Jonny Block (EDA Board Member, Senior IT Analyst, HTI), Eric Lipke (GM, MITGI), Brittnay Gilbertson (Marketing & Communications Manager, LSA/BBAM), Dale Wahlstrom (President & CEO, LSA/BBAM), Bruce Kasal (Owner, MITGI), and Steve Cook (Mayor of Hutchinson)

(LtoR)Lee Miller (EDA, City of Hutchinson), Sheila Murphy (Director of HR, MITGI), Jonny Block (EDA Board Member, Senior IT Analyst, HTI), Eric Lipke (GM, MITGI), Brittnay Gilbertson (Marketing & Communications Manager, LSA/BBAM), Dale Wahlstrom (President & CEO, LSA/BBAM), Bruce Kasal (Owner, MITGI), and Steve Cook (Mayor of Hutchinson)

Hutchinson Gives Back

HGB_LogoAs part of the Hutchinson Leadership Development Program, we are kicking off a new community initiative, and asking for your help in identifying individuals and groups in need of assistance. We are organizing a one day event – Hutchinson Gives Back: One Community, One Super Saturday – in which we are matching volunteers with projects throughout the community on Saturday May 17th.

Our request is to help locate individuals and groups that are in need of assistance on projects so that we can provide volunteers to help them. This can be in the form of helping the elderly mow their yard or cleaning their garage to helping a church wash their windows to planting a garden. There is no project too big or too small; okay maybe there is a project that would be too big. Regardless, our aim is to get community members to help each other.

Our goal is to match as many projects as possible with volunteers to do them. We ask that those requesting assistance do so by May 3rd so that we may prioritize, match, and communicate back by May 10th.

There a two ways that a group or individual can request assistance:

1. Utilize the Sign-up forms

2. Stop by the Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce & fill out the form in person

Updates to our event can be found through Facebook –

If you would like a member of our group to attend a group meeting or present our initiative, please do not hesitate to contact one of our group chairs.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Hutchinson Gives Back Project

Joe Jorgenson – Email Joe or call 612-859-8770
Melissa Mayer – Email Melissa or call 320-234-1639
Karlie Mosher – Email Karlie or call 218-790-0372

Can you find #MuchInHutch

When we sat down to plan out our year last fall, we knew that we wanted to focus on getting Hutchinson noticed in 2014.  With that main goal in mind, we have been working hard to promote Hutchinson as a place to be.  We want people to know about our businesses, our events, and our attractions.  Something interesting that we have found though, is that it’s not just about spreading the word outside of Hutchinson that counts.  We also need to promote Hutchinson within our community.  We want visitors to find more reasons to come back and visit us again, and again, and again.  Shouldn’t the same be true for Hutchinson residents?

We have affectionately come to refer to this as ‘Connecting the Dots.’  We want people to know that there is more in Hutchinson than just a sports tournament, a single event, or the closest grocery store.  And so far, it seems like our ‘Connect the Dots’ campaign has been working.  Feedback from both businesses and shoppers during Small Business Saturday and Stop Shop & Drop have told us that people are finding reasons to both come to and stay in Hutchinson.  Not only are people  hearing about Hutchinson from family and friends and then coming to check it out for themselves, but locals are also finding more reasons to stay local.

The good news is, we’re not done yet!  We are constantly looking for new ways to promote Hutchinson and our businesses.  Events like the Bring It Home Business Expo are designed to showcase our businesses locally, while our shopping events like Stop Shop & Drop, Crazy Days, and Small Business Saturday allow us to draw from both local and non-local markets.

We are also in the second year of our Tourism Marketing Grant program with another deadline coming up on June 10th.  By offering marketing grants to our local events, we have a chance to help other organizations grow their events and push their marketing into potentially unreached areas as we continue to spread the word that Hutchinson is the place to be.

And now, thanks to social media and smart phones, we have yet another way to really show people what Hutchinson has to offer.  If you are out and about at an event or just having fun with your family, consider tagging your social media posts and/or pictures with #MuchInHutch.  And if you are looking for something to do, check out the table tents or visit our online calendar.  Let’s show off all the great things that we have to offer here in Hutchinson!


Let’s Go Hutchinson!

The March Food Drive Challenge is in full swing!  Have you donated yet?  The McLeod County Emergency Food Shelf has a goal of raising 100,000 pounds of donations during the month of March.  Donations collected during March are matched by Minnesota Food Share Network, making this a critical time to stock the shelves.  You did see the word “challenge” in that first sentence, right?  This is a challenge between Hutchinson, Glencoe, Lester Prairie, Winsted, Silver Lake, and Plato, to see who can bring in the most donations per capita.  Plato has been the winner the last couple of years, and we think it is time for Hutchinson to win!  To help make this happen you may drop off your donations at the locations listed below.

Donation Sites:
American Family Insurance
Citizen’s Bank
Ecumen Oaks and Pines
Health Source of Hutchinson
Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism
Hutchinson Leader
McLeod County Food Shelf – Hutchinson Location
Taco John’s
Vivid Image

*If your business would like to be a collection site please contact our office

2014 Food Drive Poster