What’s Happening June 2018!

Dairy Day is Friday, June 1 from 11:00am to 1:30pm

in Library Square Park. We hope to see you there!

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This year’s activities include:

  • ~~12:00 pm – Cow milking contest featuring celebrity milkers: Water Carnival Royal Family, McLeod County Dairy Ambassadors, Mayor Gary Forcier, Police Chief Dan Hatten & Fire Chief Mike Schumann
  • ~~12:30 pm – Fro-Yo eating contest sponsored by Below Zero
  • ~~Meet Princess Kay from the Milky Way
  • ~~$5.00 meal
  • ~~Children’s activities
  • ~~Cheese samples
  • ~~Live music

Hometown Golf Challenge

Do you have your (golf) bags packed???  This year’s participants at the Chamber’s Hometown Golf Challenge will be traveling “Around the World in 18 Holes!”  Are you ready to have some fun while networking and highlighting your business?

2018 Hometown Golf Challenge will be Monday, July 23 at the Crow River Golf Club. 

Here’s a little preview of some of this year’s itinerary and travel perks:

  • 11:00am registration and lunch
  • 12:00pm shotgun start
  • 5:00pm dinner and program
  • Four cash prizes – 1st place & three randomly drawn teams
  • $500 guaranteed cash shootout winner
  • Best team costume
  • Best decorated cart
  • Best costume & cart combo
  • Lunch & dinner meals included

We have many different sponsorship opportunities available, click here for a 2018 Sponsor Form.

Registration for the event is now open, click here for the 2018 Registration and Information.


Manufacturing in the Park & Picnic in the Park

On Friday, July 27, 11:00 am – 1:30 pm, manufacturers, educators and related organizations in McLeod County will be in Library Square Park providing an interactive afternoon and engaging with community members. Come and learn who they are, what they do and why they may be looking for you! While learning through play and activities, you can also enjoy a $5 picnic-style lunch. Manufacturing in the Park coincides with Hutchinson Crazy Days and the Hutchinson Downtown Association’s Picnic in the Park

If you are interested in sharing manufacturing and education with the community, click here for registration form.


 Crazy Days – Save the Date!


Are you crazy for Crazy Days?!  We sure are!  

Mark your calendar for July 26 – 28. The Chamber advertises in publications locally and in surrounding communities to share the great deals offered during Hutchinson’s Crazy Days.

More information to come!


Hutchinson Leadership Institute & Leadership 2.0

Enrollment for 2018-2019 is Now Open!

We are happy to announce the Hutchinson Leadership Institute is back for its 30th year! The Hutchinson Leadership Institute is hosted by the Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. This comprehensive program is designed to build community leaders. Over the period of nine months, participants will experience 10 days of training and classes. Each participant will be assigned to a group service project, which will assess community needs, determine a project, and facilitate the project working with other community members and/or groups.

Once you have completed the Leadership program, you can participate in Leadership 2.0! This brand new program will take a deeper dive into personal leadership and how it can impact the future of the entire community. 

Click link for the Hutchinson Leadership Institute application (pdf) or Click here for the Hutchinson Leadership 2.0 application (pdf).

If you have questions about the Hutchinson Leadership program, please click here to email Mary at the Chamber office or click here to call Mary at the Chamber office at 320-234-0785.


Business of the Month

In June we will be highlighting  RiverSong as our Business of the Month.

Click here to learn more about RiverSong.

 


New Members

Welcome to our newest Chamber Members!


Renewing Members

Thank you to our renewing Chamber Members!


The Hutchinson Ambassadors serve as a welcoming and social arm of the Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce by actively supporting and promoting Hutchinson and its surrounding business community.

Click here to check out the Ambassador’s Facebook to see photos of all the visits and other special events hosted by the Ambassadors.

May’s Ambassadors Visits:

Business After Hours is not held in June, July, August or September — See you in October 11th!

Business After Hours is a great way to learn about businesses in Hutchinson and network with fellow chamber members. This monthly event is Chamber invitation only and a way to get behind-the-scenes at our local businesses. Businesses interested in hosting a Business After Hours event, should contact the Ambassadors. Click here to email the Ambassadors


Something from Mary

YOU have it.

YOU have the power, knowledge and ability… to change the world.

YOU are capable of changing your life, your business and those around you.

Read the rest of Mary’s article here: 


Table Tent Deadline for Quarter 3 is June 1st 2018!


Are you planning an event for July, August or September 2018?  Make sure you get your event added to the Table Tents!  The deadline to add events for the 3rd Quarter is June 1st.  The cost is $20/listing for Chamber Members and $30/listing for non-members.  We print 900 table tents and deliver them around the community.

The deadline for Quarter 4 (October, November & December) is September 1.

To submit an event , click here to email Gina.

 


Upcoming Save the Dates

June 1 – Dairy Day Celebration
July 23 – Hometown Golf Challenge “Around the World in 18 Holes”
July 26-28 – Crazy Days
July 27- Manufacturing in the Park and Picnic in the Park
September 14 – 15 – Arts & Crafts Festival & Taste of Hutchinson


More Information for You!

 

 

 


What’s Happening in May 2018?

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Hutchinson Leadership Institute

Congratulations to the 2017-2018

Hutchinson Leadership Institute Graduates!

Justin Abfalter                     Jen Barnett                   Angie  Bloemke
Jackie Borka                         Gina  Buske                  James Chapman
Annie DeMeyer                     Andy Erlandson         Dale Gross
Erika  Kellen                           Robyn Lawson           Tanya Mackenthun
Missy Maiers                           Kayla Nemec              Alicia Nortrom
Colton Porter                         Kristen Schuft            Adam Smith
Chris Sperl                              Melissa Straka            Joe Tauer
Danielle Vander Ploeg       Nikki Willemssen       Dave Wollan

Participants, sponsors, alumni and guests are invited to join us on May 16, 2018, at the Crow River Winery to celebrate the graduation and community service project of the 2017-2018 Hutchinson Leadership Institute Class. Students in the Hutchinson Leadership Institute have the rare opportunity to turn knowledge into action by creating community projects as part of the program.

Hutchinson Leadership Institute Banquet
May 16th, 2018 – 5:30pm

Crow River Winery
Current Participants, Sponsors & Guest – No Fee
Alumni & Additional Guests – $20 per person

If you would like to attend the graduation and banquet or would like more information about registering for the 2018-2019 class, please click here to call the Chamber office at 320-587-5252 or email click here to email Mary.


Accessibility for Your Business banner ad

Learn about ADA accessibility for your building or business. From what the ADA barriers are, to developing your own plan… learn from the experts.

  • Tuesday, May 22 at Hutchinson Event Center
    7:45am Registration
    8:00-10:00am ADA Seminar

For more information and registration details click here! (pdf)


Dairy Day / Friday, June 1 / 11:00am – 1:30pm / Library Square Park

 

Every year, over 1000+ supporters come to Business logo for Hutchinson Chamber Agri-BusinessLibrary Square in celebration of Dairy Day, the annual official start of summer in Hutchinson. The Agri-Business Committee hosts Dairy Day honoring our vibrant farming community. Plan to stop down for a $5 meal and learn more about our local agriculture in Hutchinson and the surrounding communities.

Two black and white cows at Dairy DaysThis year’s activities include:

  • ~~12:00 pm – Cow milking contest featuring celebrity milkers include Water Carnival Royal Family, McLeod County Dairy Ambassadors, Mayor Gary Forcier, Police Chief Dan Hatten & Fire Chief Mike Schumann
  • ~~12:30 pm – Fro-Yo eating contest sponsored by Below Zero
  • ~~Meet Princess Kay from the Milky Way
  • ~~$5.00 meal
  • ~~Children’s activities
  • ~~Cheese samples
  • ~~Live music

For more information click here or if you are interested in sponsoring this community event click here for Dairy Day sponsorship form (pdf) or click here to call the Chamber at 320-587-5252.


Hometown Golf Challenge

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Traveling by land, air or sea…… Our theme this year will be Around the World in 18 Holes! We are excited to have some fun at the Hometown Golf Challenge this year and we want to let you in on it too!  This is a fun and easy event to highlight your business.  2018 Hometown Golf Challenge will be Monday, July 23 at the Crow River Golf Club. 

Here’s a little preview of some of this year’s itinerary and travel perks:

  • 11:00am registration and lunch
  • 12:00pm shotgun start
  • 5:00pm dinner and program
  • Four cash prizes
  • 1st place & three randomly drawn teams
  • Best team costume
  • Best decorated cart
  • Best costume & cart combo
  • Lunch & dinner meals Included

We have many different sponsorship opportunities available, click here for a 2018 Sponsor Form.

Registration for the event is now open, click here for the 2018 Registration and Information (pdf).


Manufacturing in the Park & Picnic in the Park

Seven kids having Dairy Day picnic lunch at blanket in Library Square ParkOn Friday, July 27, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, manufacturers, educators and related organizations in McLeod County will be in Library Square Park and provide an interactive afternoon engaging with McLeod County community members. Come and learn who they are, what they do and who they are looking for…

Manufacturing in the Park coincides with Hutchinson Crazy Days and Picnic in the Park which is hosted by Hutchinson Downtown Association. While learning through play and activities, you can also enjoy a $5 picnic-style lunch.

If you are interested in sharing manufacturing and education with the community, click here for registration form (pdf).


 Crazy Days – Save the Date!

Hutchinson Chamber Crazy Days July 26 - 28 2018
Are you crazy for Crazy Days?!  We sure are!  

Mark your calendar for July 26 – 28. The Chamber advertises in publications locally and in surrounding communities to share the great deals offered during Hutchinson’s Crazy Days.

More information to come!


Thank you to everyone who helped to make the 2018 Bring It Home Family Fun & Business Expo another successful year! We want to thank all those who donated their time and talents.Bring It Home Business Expo Chamber business logo A special shout out to the McLeod County Fairgrounds, Randy Starke and his staff, to the Hutchinson Jaycees for setting up and taking down the booths and another to our own, Ashley Gabbert, who furnished us with a photo booth that provided hours of fun and photos that captured the days excitement! 

The Expo would not be possible if not for the businesses that graciously contribute to the event and to those braved the snowstorm and participated in the day.   

Last but never least, we would like to acknowledge our Event Sponsors, Champion Sponsors and Visionary Sponsor. Our deepest gratitude to these businesses for their generous support.

EVENT SPONSORS

Ashley HomeStore, Cash wise Foods, Century 9 Theater, Factory Direct Furniture, Goebel Fixture, Hutchinson Leader, Hutchinson Rotary, Luce Line Loops, NU-Telecom, Outdoor Motion, Piehl Hanson Beckman, Plumbing & Heating By Craig, Quade Electric, Stamp N Storage & Wal-Mart.

 CHAMPION SPONSORS

3M Hutchinson, Hutchinson Health, TDK– Hutchinson Technology & Uponor

VISIONARY SPONSOR

Citizens Bank & TrustThank you in multiple colored letters


Woodstone Senior Living Community business logo

Business of the Month

 

In May we will be highlighting  Woodstone Senior Living Community as our Business of the Month.

Click here to learn more about Woodstone Senior Living Community.

 


New Members

Welcome to our newest Chamber Member!

  • Jennifer’s Avon

Renewing Members

Thank you to our renewing Chamber Members!

  • Adult Training and Habilitation Center
  • AKI
  • Benny’s Meat Market
  • Caspers Chiropractic Center
  • Edina Realty
  • Hutchinson Financial
  • Hutchinson Huskies Basketball Association
  • Keller Williams Realty Integrity – The Straka Group
  • LBC of Hutchinson
  • McLeod Emergency Food Shelf
  • NU-Telecom
  • Shoe Sensation
  • Twice is Nice

Hutchinson Chamber Ambassadors business logo


The Hutchinson Ambassadors serve as a welcoming and social arm of the Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce by actively supporting and promoting Hutchinson and its surrounding business community.

Check out the Ambassador’s Facebook to see photos of all the visits and other special events hosted by the Ambassadors.

April’s Ambassadors Visits:

May’s Business After Hours:

Thursday, May 10, 2018 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Business After Hours events are open to all Chamber Member business employees.  If you are the only primary representative with your business receiving emails from the Chamber, please invite all your employees to join us! Preregistration is strongly encouraged, so our business hosts may plan accordingly.

Click here to register for May’s Business After Hours  or click here to call the Chamber at 320-587-5252.


Table Tent Deadline for Quarter 3 is June 1st 2018!May 2018 photo of table tent events

 

Are you planning an event for July, August or September 2018?  Make sure you get your event added to the Table Tents!  The deadline to add events for the 3rd Quarter is June 1st.  The cost is $20/listing for Chamber Members and $30/listing for non-members.  We print 900 table tents and deliver them around the community.

Click here to email Gina with questions, if you want table tents delivered to your business or if you want to submit an event for upcoming table tents.

 

 


Something from Mary

Mary Hodson Chamber President 2017

Sign of the Times

Are you keeping up with the times? Are you investing in your personal and professional development? Are you investing in your employees’ personal and professional development?

Read the rest of Mary’s article here:

 


Upcoming Save the Dates

May 4 – Leadercast
May 10 – Business After Hours: MidCountry Bank
May 22 – ADA Seminar
June 1 – Dairy Day Celebration
July 23 – Hometown Golf Challenge “Around the World in 18 Holes”
July 26-28 – Crazy Days
July 27- Manufacturing in the Park and Picnic in the Park
September 14 – 15 – Arts & Crafts Festival & Taste of Hutchinson


More Information

 

April to June 2018 table tent events pdf

ADA Basics Seminar May 22 2018 at Hutchinson Events Center pdf

Dairy Days June 1 2018 in Library Square Park pdf

Mediacom Home Controller information 2018 pdf


Hutchinson Chamber business logo

 

2018 Dairy Day – Friday, June 1

Dairy Day / Friday, June 1 / 11:00am – 1:30pm / Library Square Park

 

Every year, over 1000+ supporters come to Hutchinson Chamber Agri-Business business logoLibrary Square in celebration of Dairy Day, the annual official start of summer in Hutchinson. The Agri-Business Committee hosts Dairy Day honoring our vibrant farming community. Plan to stop down for a $5 meal and learn more about our local agriculture in Hutchinson and the surrounding communities.

Two black and white cows at Dairy DaysThis year’s activities include:

  • ~~12:00 pm – Cow milking contest featuring celebrity milkers include Water Carnival Royal Family, McLeod County Dairy Ambassadors, Mayor Gary Forcier, Police Chief Dan Hatten & Fire Chief Mike Schumann
  • ~~12:30 pm – Fro-Yo eating contest sponsored by Below Zero
  • ~~Meet Princess Kay from the Milky Way
  • ~~$5.00 meal
  • ~~Children’s activities
  • ~~Cheese samples
  • ~~Live music

Children standing by table in frozen yogurt eating contestGrey cow in Library Square Park at Dairy Days eventTwo green John Deere tractors and one red International tractor at Dairy Days

Business Scams Targeting School and Youth Support

8-25-2017

Hutchinson, MN

Scams Targeting School and Youth Support

Recently another promotional scam has targeted Hutchinson, MN businesses.

An individual stating they are working with the “Hutchinson Boosters” for a fall calendar of sports events has contacted businesses in town to collect money. This project like many others are portrayed to be part of or working for an organization. Some will use tactics like “we talked to the Chamber” when in fact they have not, or a business owner referred another business. These tactics, although convincing, or usually not true.

Police Chief Dan Hatten says “There are no limitations on who scammers claim as victims, the young, old, male, female, businesses, and churches.  The sole responsibility to prevent these scams from occurring is on each of us.  We must educate ourselves on the indicators of a scam and be diligent because it is not if you will become a target of a scam but merely when.”

If you are unsure if it is a scam or ever question if you are possibly being scammed contact your local police department before you agree or send any money. Hatten continued, “Once you send money or sign documents there is virtually no recourse.”

Hutchinson Public Schools work exclusively with Crow River Press and the Hutchinson Leader to produce their sports calendars. Hutchinson Activities Director Thayne Johnson said “If any of our local businesses are contacted by any other organization, please know that they are not working on behalf of the school.  Their claim to represent the Hutchinson Booster Club is false, as there is no such organization.”

The Chamber’s goal is to work with all area businesses and organizations to make everyone more aware of the scam business. “It is a business to these people,” said Mary Hodson, Chamber President. She added “in the past five years I’ve lost track of the number of scams we’ve been made aware of. Last year we were able to cut one off at the pass, but many we don’t hear about and then we can’t help. Connecting with the Police or the Chamber before making a commitment can go a long way to protect yourself and others.”

If you have more questions, please contact Police Chief Dan Hatten 320-587-2242 or Mary Hodson 320-587-5252.

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News Release: North American Showcase and Distinguished Minnesota Potter Featured at Annual Festival

HUTCHINSON, MN — Thirty-five potters from across North America will be on display at the sixth annual Minnesota Pottery Festival in Hutchinson, MN the weekend of July 29th and 30th.

Robert (Bob) Briscoe of Minneapolis, Minnesota is this year’s featured potter. Bob has been a potter for more than forty years and is one of the founding potters behind the renowned St. Croix Pottery Tour, held each May. Bob’s passion for clay comes from his desire to make beautiful pots that also feel wonderful to hold. “I want them to give distinct pleasure in use – to allow a subtle conversation over time. I point my work towards a quiet simplicity. I look to subtlety and nuance as the foundation for my aesthetic. The essence that I am seeking in this work is a stripped, almost brutal, rawness.” An acclaimed potter, Bob has received awards from both the Jerome Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, and his work has been featured in Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics Arts Daily, American Craft, 500 Bowls and The Art of Contemporary Pottery.

Also at this year’s Festival are twenty other Minnesota potters and thirteen ceramic artists from other states as far away as North Carolina, Georgia, Maine, and Texas. The festival welcomes thirteen potters for the first time including Tom Homann from Georgia, John Bauman from Indiana, Carolina Niebres from Wisconsin.

There are also four Emerging Artists featured at this year’s festival: Gillan Doty of Portland, Maine and Greg Palombo of Buffalo, New York; both are current Fogelberg Studio Fellows at Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis. Chris Singewald currently resides in St. Paul, but originally hails from Waverly, Iowa. Reiko Cunningham Uchytil from Grimes, Iowa, she is the daughter of Miky Cunningham, who is also participating in the show.

The Festival provides an excellent day trip for clay-lovers, families, and collectors. Entrance and parking are free. The two days are filled with on-site raku firing, Pottery Olympic competitions and a Kids’ Station where children of all ages can get their hands dirty. Food and beverages available for purchase provided by the Phoenix Drumline and beverages for sale from the Crow River Winery.

The Minnesota Pottery Festival takes place on the grounds of the Clay Coyote Gallery & Pottery, just one hour West of the Twin Cities. The backdrop includes thirty acres of conservation prairie land, two ponds, trails, and beautiful Todd Lake in the distance.

The Minnesota Pottery Festival is a nonprofit organization, it’s mission is to provide a venue for quality clay artists to educate and engage with an increasingly knowledgeable public by raising the appreciation and understanding of pottery to help broaden the depth and breadth of ceramic arts in Minnesota.

Board-member Kerry Brooks of Dock 6 Pottery in Minneapolis says, “The Minnesota Pottery Festival is such a fun event! The setting is beautiful, the pottery is of the highest quality and great variety, and the customers are a delight because they’re knowledgeable and love pottery as much as we do. Not only is it a first-rate festival, but it’s also so much fun for the potters!  We love to hang out after hours and talk shop, play music, eat good food, and have a great time with kindred spirits. The pottery olympics and the kid’s tent make it fun and interesting for all ages and an outing everyone enjoys.”

This activity is made possible, in part, by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council (SMAC) thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. The Minnesota Pottery Festival Board would also like thank our generous supporters: Continental Clay Company, Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, Smith-Sharpe Fire Brick Supply, Shimpo Ceramics and all of our generous individual donors and volunteers.

More information and full list of artists available at www.mnpotteryfestival.com.

News Release: Utility investigation for 2020 Highway 15/Main Street project in Hutchinson begins

WILLMAR, Minn. – Utility location and surveying work has started in preparation for the 2020 Highway 15/Main Street project in Hutchinson.  As part of the preliminary design work utility locates and surveying will occur throughout the summer.  Motorists and residents can expect to see bright pink paint along the project areas.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the City of Hutchinson are working cooperatively on the reconstruction of Highway 15/Main Street through downtown Hutchinson. The project includes the full reconstruction of underground utilities as well as full reconstruction of the roadway.  The work will extend from building front to building front in the downtown corridor from 2nd Ave. NW (near the South Fork Crow River Bridge) to 5th Ave. SW.  As part of this project, concrete rehabilitation /repair work is also being planned from 5th Ave. SW to just south of Denver Ave.  Sidewalks and pedestrian crossings will also be upgraded to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) along the project area.  The project is scheduled for the 2020 construction season and will require a detour.

The project is in the early stages of development and MnDOT, along with the City of Hutchinson, will be working with the community to gather feedback over the next several months.

For more information on the project please contact Teal Spellman, Project Manager, at 320-214-6350 or via email at teal.spellman@state.mn.us.

For more information on the project, along with project timelines and contact information, visit www.mndot.gov/d8/projects/hwy15downtownhutchinson.

For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org.

2017 Dairy Day Celebration!

Join us on Friday, June 2nd 2017 at 11am-1:30pm in Library Square Park!

Every June the Agri-Business Committee celebrates Dairy Day in downtown Hutchinson. Dairy Day festivities include:

  • $5 lunch meal
  • Cheese samples
  • Cow milking contest
  • Live music
  • Tractors
  • Children’s activities
  • AND MORE!

More details to come!

Click here for Dairy Day Volunteer Opportunities: 

Super Bowl 52 – What does it mean for YOU?

Last week you may have seen that I ventured out to Minneapolis to learn more about how our community can get involved with Super Bowl 52.

Now you might wonder why would that matter to us at the chamber and our community?  Not only is the Super Bowl a day for football fans, this entire event hosts numerous opportunities for minority businesses to work directly with the NFL and showcase their craft or service.  It gives us a chance to “get on the map” in a HUGE way.

Business Connect, the National Football League’s Super Bowl and special event supplier diversity program is focused on creating contract and business development opportunities for certified minority-, woman-, veteran-, lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender-owned qualified, diverse businesses and is looking for the following business types:

Audio Visual • Barricades • Carpet/Flooring • Catering/Food & Beverage • Courier Services • De-icing • Décor • Employment Agencies • Entertainment • Equipment Rental • Event Production • Fencing • Florists • Furniture • Generators • Gifts & Promotions • Golf Carts • Hardware Supplies • Linens • Office Supplies • Painters • Photography    • Port-O-Lets • Printing & Graphics • Security • Snow Removal • Tenting • Trailers • Transportation • Vans • Video • Waste Removal

If you are a business providing those goods or services, here are the additional eligibility requirements:

  • Be Headquartered in the state of Minnesota (with offices within the 13 County Twin Cities area)
  • Be 51% owned by a minority, woman, veteran, or LGBT-owned business individual and certified as one of the following:
    • Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)
    • Woman Business Enterprise (WBE)
    • Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB)
    • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Business Enterprise (NGLCC)
  • Have been in operation for three (3) or more years (i.e. registered with the state)
  • Provide goods or services requested by this program (see SBLII BC’s 56+ scopes of work)
  • Must be in good standing and eligible to do business in the state of Minnesota

If you meet these requirements, you must provide proof and initiate an application for certification/verification.  Please refer to the below website to gather more information on how you can apply for this certification.

http://www.mnsuperbowl.com/get-involved/business-connect

All vendor registrations & certifications MUST BE completed by 03/31/17.  Registration does not guarantee your participation in the event as a vendor – but it allows you the opportunity to potentially bid on the opportunities available.

Why would you go through this process? This puts you in direct contact with key influential people from the NFL. It doesn’t give you an absolute “in” with them, but it definitely gives you an “edge”.  The program will host leadership and training opportunities, multiple networking events, and if chosen to take on a job, gives you and your business direct access to one of the largest stages& events in the world – the Super Bowl.

Are you ready for this?  This is the time for you to take a look in the mirror, think about where you see your business as it is now and where you want it to be in the future.  If you think you have what it takes, let’s get you there.

Please reach out to me, Mollie Terlinden, if you have additional questions about how to proceed.  Time is of essence – and if you have interest in taking this further, you must act QUICKLY.

All my best,

Mollie

320-234-0789

mollie@explorehutchinson.com

 

MITGI Receives Manufacturer of the Year Award from Manufacturers Alliance

HUTCHINSON, MN – February 15, 2017

Midwest Industrial Tool Grinding, Inc. (MITGI) has been named Manufacturer of the Year (small company category) by the Manufacturers Alliance, a Minnesota association that promotes education and peer-to-peer mentoring in the Minnesota manufacturing industry.  MITGI was selected for efforts to help promote manufacturing through articles, work with schools, business partnerships, tours, presentations, and industry outreach.

“As a company, MITGI believes that it is part of our responsibility to help promote manufacturing, economic growth, innovation, and skilled workforce development,” explains Eric Lipke, MITGI President.  “We’re fortunate to be part of a thriving manufacturing community that includes engaged and involved business leaders, educators, legislators, and industry associations.”

In partnership with area schools and businesses in the region, MITGI has joined together to raise the visibility of manufacturing.  These efforts help to build the foundation for a thriving community and well-prepared workforce.  Over the past year MITGI has:

  • Provided tours to showcase different types of facilities, work environments, and career opportunities.
  • Participated in advisory boards to ensure that opportunities in education and business exist for students when they are ready to work.  Local education partners include Dassel-Cokato High School, Hutchinson High School, Glencoe-Silver Lake High School, Ridgewater College, and SCTCC.
  • Hosted meetings and tours with legislative leaders and staff, including Senators Klobuchar and Franken.
  • Participated in manufacturing-related education seminars through organizations such as Manufacturers Alliance, IMTS, Made in McLeod, Crow River HR Group, Minnesota DEED, Hutchinson Chamber, and Ridgewater College.
  • Promoted activities and events to draw local, regional, statewide, and national exposure to the successes of these unprecedented local partnerships.

 

“We are very proud of the work that our employees do to help promote a strong manufacturing environment in Minnesota and in our community,” describes Jennie Nelson, MITGI Director of Sales and Marketing.  “When we host tours and events, our employees provide personal perspective, explaining what it is like to work in manufacturing.  The words and actions of our employees help individuals to connect their interests and talents to potential careers.  It is important work, as the foundation we lay today will help ensure the long-term viability of our industry and community.”

MITGI will be recognized at an awards presentation on April 13, 2017 in Golden Valley, MN.  The event will be attended by nearly 400 manufacturing leaders from throughout the state.

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).

2017 Food Drive for McLeod County Food Shelf

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It’s time to gear up for the 2017 Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign, which benefits the McLeod County Food Shelf! Let’s kick some cans!

This is what the McLeod County Food Shelf has to say about this campaign:

The MN FoodShare March Campaign has traditionally been the years largest collection of financial and food support for MEFS. In 2016 a combination of over 104,500 dollars and pounds were collected – the categories were split pretty evenly between the two! Food donations obviously allow us to continue in our mission of providing food support and financial support allows the opportunity to purchase foods to fill in the gaps and  meet our obligations in maintaining our facilities.

In the past there has been some friendly competition between cities to see which municipality can spur the most in donations. We track all donations as they come in and give honors to bragging rights! Many organizations, schools, civic groups and businesses conduct their own drives during the campaign – all going toward the “Town Challenge” totals. Your business or organization my utilize the following schedule and  organize your own collection effort as appropriate:

Participating in the campaign between February 24, 2017 and April 2, 2017 allows MEFS to be eligible for additional grant funding.

Drop off Locations:

  • MidCountry Bank : 201 Main St S.

All donations must be received by 1pm, Monday April 3, 2017!

If your  business is interested in being a drop off location for the March Food Drive please email Casey or call our office at 320-587-5252.