Archives for December 2016

What’s Happening in January 2017?

2017 Chamber B15732347_1348284535202621_441776776007984798_oeach Bash

January 20, 2017 –  Join us for the Hutchinson Chamber Beach Bash!  Location at Crow River Winery. We will be “Flip Flopping” some things around.

Casually visit with friends and business associates while you dine on carefully selected beach party food and beverages.

Click here to register for event.

New & Renewing Members

Welcome to our newest Chamber Members!

Also, THANK YOU to our renewing Members!

  • Albers Insurance
  • American Family Insurance- William “Bo” Young Agency
  • Aveyron Homes, Inc
  • Bernick’s Pepsi
  • Central MN Jobs & Training Services
  • Citizens Bank & Trust Co
  • Compton-Anderson Construction
  • Dobratz Hantge Chapel
  • Edward Jones – Kim Winter
  • Excelsior Homes, Inc.
  • Hager Jewelry Inc
  • Hassan Valley Lodge #109 – Odd Fellows & Rebekahs
  • Hutch Cafe
  • Hutchinson Downtown Association
  • Hutchinson Health
  • Hutchinson Jaycees
  • Jay Malone Motors
  • Juul Contracting Co.
  • KDUZ/KARP Radio
  • Kraft Walser Law Office
  • L & P Supply Co.
  • Larry & Connie Fraser
  • Lynn Card Company
  • McKimm Milk Transit
  • Melchert Hubert Sjodin – Neil Jensen, Partner
  • Peace Lutheran Church
  • Pheasant Run Retreat
  • Primary EyeCare
  • Prince of Peace Retirement Living
  • Regional Eye Specialists, P.A.
  • Simonson Lumber Co.
  • Town & Country Tire
  • United Way of McLeod County
  • Westlund Associates
  • Zellas



Welcome to 2017!  With the change in the calendar, we are excited to announce changes to our membership structure to assist members in fully customizing their investment with us!  But don’t worry, we haven’t changed any of our basic benefits that all of our Chamber members receive.  By simplifying our structure and options, we hope to make your experience with us easy to understand and utilize.  Feel free to check out our new membership brochure and ask any questions that you may have.  As the year progresses, we will be contacting you about your membership and how we can fully customize it to your needs.  Thank you for being a part of our community and Chamber!

2017 Membership Brochure

Business of the Month

In January we will be highlighting Farm Bureau Financial Services as our Business of the Month!

Click here to learn more about Farm Bureau Financial Services.

Business After Hours

Join the Hutchinson Ambassadors as they kick off the 2017 Business After Hours events at Thrivent Financial. Business After Hours will be held on Thursday, January 12 from 4-6pm at Thrivent Financial, 116 Main Street South, Hutchinson, MN.

Business After Hours events are for all Chamber Member business employees to attend, just make sure everyone does register, so our business hosts may plan accordingly.

Click here to register for the January Business After Hours.

Save the Date!

Bring it Home Expo: Saturday, April 8th, 2017. More information to come!


Something from Mary


I suppose the recent events at the Faribault Chamber of Commerce are still sitting close to my heart as I write this. Sometimes I sit down to write an article, and who knows what will happen when I type.

As we begin a new year, a few things come to mind as you go into a new business year…

Read more here: 

More Information for You!



Something from Mary

I suppose the recent events at the Faribault Chamber of Commerce are still sitting close to my heart as I write this. Sometimes I sit down to write an article, and who knows what will happen when I type.

As we begin a new year, a few things come to mind as you go into a new business year…

  1. Business Emergency Plans. These ‘plans’ in case of an emergency, including a staff lose, fire, or any number of things can help employees know how to respond to emergencies and perhaps tragedies. We must keep going… our minds know this… but perhaps our hearts will struggle.
  2. Up-to-date Procedures. How timely, as we here at the Hutchinson Chamber will be going through staff transition as Matt moves over to Citizens Bank. Keeping daily, weekly, monthly and annual procedures current will help those coming in to take over duties, no matter the situation. Allowing people to “just know” what they do, or “I have it all up here” (imagine the motion of them taping at their noggin) simply won’t help anyone left to carry on or pick up where someone has left off.
  3. Know Your Employees. Know what is happening in their lives. Watch for signs, listen for cues, offer assistance and community resources. We cannot save everyone, but gol’ darn it, let’s try. Make yourself familiar with various local organizations that can help in the cases of Domestic and Sexual Assault, Homelessness, Addiction, Depression, or Suicide Intervention/Prevention.

As I bid you Happy New Year’s, my hope and wish for you and your employees is truly a SAFE, HAPPY and SUCCESSFUL 2017!

McLeod Alliance for Victims of Domestic Violence 1-800-934-0851

Safe Avenues (800) 792-4210

Common Cup Ministry (320) 587-2213

United Community Action Partnership (800) 829-2132

Crisis Text Line to connect with trained counselors about anything Text “Go” to 741741 Free, 24/7

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 (24/7) Press 1 for Veterans line

Police 911- it may seem obvious to some, BUT they are here for emergencies
Non-Emergency situations are invited by Chief Hatten to call 320-587-2242 and speak with an officer of investigator to explore their options. Chief Hatten also offers presenters for work groups and others.


Barb Larson, Faribault Chamber Membership and Event Coordinator died Friday, December 23rd, while staffing the Chamber office over the noon hour. She was shot by her ex-husband, who then killed himself. Barb was very kind, fun and extremely encouraging to others in the industry.

Press Release: MITGI Finalist for 2017 Community Impact Awards by Minnesota Business Magazine

HUTCHINSON, MN – December 19, 2016

MITGI has been honored as a finalist for a 2017 Community Impact Award from Minnesota Business magazine in the Youth Initiative category.  This award category recognizes companies for creating or supporting programs designed to enable youth to develop abilities in areas such as leadership, social responsibility, skilled trades, education, and community involvement.

“Over the past decade, MITGI has dedicated company resources and employee talents to help students explore and prepare for careers in manufacturing,” explains Eric Lipke, MITGI President.  “We’re proud of the collaborative environment that has developed in the Hutchinson community between Ridgewater College, Hutchinson Public Schools, Hutchison Area Chamber of Commerce, Hutchinson EDA, and Made in McLeod manufacturers.  These efforts have resulted in new curriculum and school facilities, increased enrollment in manufacturing related classes, alignment between students and local employers, and potential cost savings for graduates.”

Recognizing the impact that new perspective and repositioned resources could have on the local community, MITGI has worked to build support by:

  • Providing tours that showcase different types of facilities, work environments, and career opportunities
  • Giving MITGI-sponsored scholarships to help students defray the costs of education and connect the business to the student
  • Offering paid job shadowing and internships to provide practical work experience while exploring the types of jobs possible in manufacturing
  • Participating in advisory boards to ensure that opportunities in education and business exist for students when they are ready to work
  • Aligning business leaders and schools to create common goals and secure resources, including raising more than $1.2 million for Hutchinson High School
  • Hosting meetings and tours with legislative leaders and staff, including Senators Klobuchar and Franken
  • Promoting all of these activities and events to draw local, regional, statewide, and national exposure to the successes of these unprecedented local partnerships

“MITGI is proud to be a leader in the efforts to build the foundation for a thriving community and well-prepared workforce,” describes Sheila Murphy, MITGI Director of HR and Safety.  “We look forward to working within our community to help support and promote the continued growth of manufacturing.”

The winners in each category will be announced at the 2017 Community Impact Awards event, held on February 23, 2017 at Aria in Downtown Minneapolis.  Each category winner will be featured in the March 2017 issue of Minnesota Business magazine.

Located in Hutchinson, MN, MITGI manufactures and markets standard and custom cutting tools. Combining innovation with quality and repeatability, MITGI tools have become the product of choice in many R&D departments and manufacturing facilities that serve medical device manufacturing, aerospace, automotive, and rapid prototyping industries. MITGI is the recipient of the Image Award (2014 & 2015, Minnesota Business Manufacturing Award), Paragon of Leadership Award (Sheila Murphy, 2016, Minnesota Business Community Impact Awards), 100 Best Companies to Work for Award (2015, Minnesota Business), and the Top 150 Workplaces Award (2015 & 2016, Star Tribune).



Press Release: Hutchinson, Litchfield, Bolton & Menk Receive Asphalt Paving Awards


The Cities of Hutchinson and Litchfield, and Bolton & Menk, Inc. received awards from MnDOT Office of Materials & Road Research at the 63rd Annual Asphalt Conference. Both the Hutchinson Municipal Airport and Litchfield Municipal Airport were honored with Merit Awards for Bituminous Surfacing for an intermediate airport.

Both projects involved rehabilitation of the runway, taxiway, and apron at the Airports. The process of full-depth reclamation (FDR) was applied to both Airports. FDR is the process of pulverizing the existing bituminous and blending with the underlying aggregate base to create a reclaimed asphalt base course. Four inches of new bituminous was then paved over the reclaimed asphalt base. Utilizing this process resulted in recycling all the material on-site and substantially reducing the project cost.

The Hutchison Airport project was completed in the fall of 2015. The project was phased to minimize the impact to aerial sprayers during the fall months when crop spraying is at its peak. The contractor, Duininck, Inc., was able to keep the runway open while working on the taxiway and apron, allowing aerial spraying for the region to continue.

The Litchfield Airport project was completed in the summer of 2016. The contractor, Duininck, Inc., was successful in having the Airport opened early enough in the summer for the Airport to host their fly-in pancake breakfast. Both projects were completed on-time and under budget.

Bolton & Menk, Inc., ranked in the Top 500 Engineering Firms by Engineering News Record (ENR), provides a broad range of engineering, surveying, planning, and environmental services to communities and agencies in Minnesota, Iowa, and North Dakota. In serving public sector and private clients of all sizes for more than 65 years, Bolton & Menk has become experts in providing quality professional services.

What Happening in December 2016?

2017 Chamber Beach Bash

(Formerly known as the Annual Banquet)

Save the Date: January 20, 2017 –  Join us for the Hutchinson Chamber Annual Banquet!  We will be “Flip Flopping” some things around. Click here to register for event. 



Community Awards

Community Award nominations must be submitted by Wednesday, December 28, 2016.  Each year the Hutchinson Chamber teams up with the Hutchinson Jaycees to thank the people in our community that are doing extraordinary things!  We all know a few people who deserve to be nominated, so take a few minutes and nominate them today. These people rarely get the appreciation they deserve.

Nominations are being accepted for:
Business Person of the Year
Volunteer of the Year
Teacher of the Year
Young Leader of the Year (under 35 years of age)

Click here to learn more, and to get the nomination form.

December Business of the Month

We are excited to highlight Nala Jean’s as our December Business of the Month!
To learn more about Nala Jean’s please click here:

Holiday Business After Hours

The Hutchinson Ambassadors are excited to be hosting their annual Holiday Business After Hours event.  This event, along with all Business After Hours events, are open to all Chamber Member business employees.  If you are the only primary rep with your business receiving emails from the Chamber, please invite all your employees to join us!

Thursday, December 8
Landy Lodge 

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.  Click here to register or call the Chamber at 587-5252.

New & Returning Chamber Members

We would like to welcome our new members to the Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce!

We also want to thank our renewing Members!

  • Colorlyne Directories, Inc.
  • Ecumen Oaks & Pines
  • Hutchinson Area Community Foundation
  • Jonny Block
  • Landy Lodge Bar and Grill
  • New Discoveries Montessori Academy
  • New Era Financial Group, Inc.
  • River of Hope Lutheran Church, ELCA
  • Robert Peterson
  • Schumaci and Associates
  • Southwest Initiative Foundation
  • The Legal Professionals PA


Something from Matt & Mary: Membership 2017

During this time of year, many of us celebrate the holidays with family and friends by eating delicious food, giving gifts and getting together to celebrate the time gone by… And I think I can safely say that we have all been a part of a get together or party that was just plain not for you.  That one family member who brings the fruitcake no one eats, the friend who drags you to the bar or party when all you want to do is curl up on the couch with Netflix, the work party that, well, not a lot of people want to spend more of their personal time at work…. You get my drift.  So where am I going with this?  There is no one, cookie-cutter way of dealing with the holidays.  What works for some people does not work for others, and there is nothing wrong with that!  We all have different wants and needs when it comes to this time of the year and our diversity is what makes us unique.  Embrace it!  Read more here: 

Small Business Saturday – Thank You!

We would like to express our thanks and gratitude to everyone that came out on Small Business Saturday to shop local! A huge shout out to elves from the Bring It Home Committee & Board of Directors for surprising and paying for purchases throughout the day. We would also like to extend a special thank you to Tri County Water, Valley Sales of Hutchinson, Factory Direct Furniture, Citizens Bank & Trust, Brandon Trees, Miss Central Minnesota, Miss Southwest Outstanding Teen, and businesses that are participating in the Snowman contest for making our welcome station extra special!