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Best Practices: So, How do you Know?

Best Practices: So, How do you Know?

July 23, 2014 No Comments

Producing Results by Keith Summers So, how do you know? It does not take long, in almost any manufacturing job, to be in the situation where someone is providing an answer on the quality of your parts that will make you happy—or the opposite of happy. If you get the happy answer, you’ll likely move […]

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Made in Minnesota: RockTenn Company

Made in Minnesota: RockTenn Company

May 8, 2014 No Comments

by Bill Remes Paperboard Manufacturing in Saint Paul Have you ever driven along Interstate 94, in Saint Paul (near the Cretin/Vandalia exit), during the cold winter months, and seen a plume of smoke—or what appeared to be a cloud—rising just north of the freeway? No, it is not smoke or a cloud, it is merely […]

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Sales and Marketing: Reinventing Yourself in the Marketplace

Sales and Marketing: Reinventing Yourself in the Marketplace

May 8, 2014 No Comments

by Brian Burley Surviving a Market Downturn In the article below, Brian Burley, president of Tooling Science, reports on how they strategized to reposition and reinvent themselves in a high-tech marketplace during the market downturn. Although 2009 is linked to part of a dark economic time many would like to forget, some of us view […]

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Membership Forum: Fourth Tier

Membership Forum: Fourth Tier

May 8, 2014 No Comments

by Jeff Wosje Taxing the Wealthy Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association (MPMA). Last year, the Minnesota Legislature and the governor signed into law a new 2 percent, fourth tier tax on the wealthy. […]

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E-Clusive: “Magic Material” Provides an Invisible Barrier to Ward Off Metal Corrosion

Researchers have discovered a material that you probably hold in your hand every day could be a solution to...

E-Clusive: Teaser: Five Fundamentals for Sales Collateral

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