HodsonMade in McLeod- We make cool stuff!

It is likely you know someone who has had heart surgery, knee or hip replacement surgery: you trust the doctors and the team of professionals who are doing the work…. Imagine the knee replacement being made, with a drill bit so precise it is measured to the .00001 and it is made in Hutchinson!

What would you do if you needed to ship a really big piece of equipment weighing in at 20,000 pounds? Have a shipping box made for it, in Hutchinson!

Have you browsed at Nordstroms, Louis Vuitton, and Victoria’s Secret? You’ve seen those items on display cases made by a company in Hutchinson.

Have you seen Hutchinson Health’s new stone-base signage? Spoiler Alert: It isn’t stone, it’s Styrofoam and it was made in Hutchinson!

Have you had a nuclear reactor blow up recently? You could have a special crane made in Hutchinson to send down into your reactor for the clean-up process.

MITGI, Stearnswood, Goebel Fixture Company, Crow River Signs, Innovative Foam, NUCrane and MANY other companies make cool stuff!  In Hutchinson!

October is dedicated to Manufacturers in our area; including a Made in McLeod Tour for students in grades 7-12 and their parents. Our students are invited to see and experience the manufacturing world that is no longer dirty, dark and dangerous,  on October 15th. Tours will run from 8-4pm that day, with a four- and two-hour option, including 3-5 businesses.

Why are parents invited? Parents help guide their children through their education decisions. Supporting a student who would like to attend a two-year school is a great way to set them up for great success- less school loans, earlier entrance into the workforce, more time/money toward retirement, and entry level pay is very similar to four-year graduates.

Success in the New Economy is a great video to learn more about what a two-year education can do/provide/save for people today. Please take a look at this eye opening video!  (http://vimeo.com/67277269)

I ask you to take a couple minutes of your day to take a look at the video, review the flyer attached to this newsletter, read the newspaper article and editorial in the Wed. October 1, 2014 edition of the Hutchinson Leader.

This work effort is not done alone! We need to give a shout-out to Lee Miller, Hutchinson EDA; Tom Mayer, 3M; Eric Lipke and Staff at MITGI; Gray Foster, Ridgewater; and Principals Walsh and Grina at Hutchinson High and Middle Schools for helping with the planning process to make these tours possible.

Sign-up your student and yourself by contacting any of the area school offices, or the chamber.

Come see the cool stuff!