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Money Matters: Succession Planning

Money Matters: Succession Planning

May 1, 2012 No Comments

Planning for Continued Success by John Edson Research from the University of Miami Institute on Estate Planning indicates that only 30 percent of family businesses survive into the second generation, and only 12 percent survive into the third generation. That is a startling statistic if you own a closely held business you intend to hand […]

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Metaling Affairs: Leveraging Technology

Metaling Affairs: Leveraging Technology

May 1, 2012 No Comments

Benefits Gained by Andrew Skoog When I worked as a machinist, the shop owner got a kick out of throwing industry sales people out of his shop. Years later, when I started a career in distribution, I realized how much tooling and technology this shop could have used if only he would have listened to […]

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Best Practices: Energy Management

Best Practices: Energy Management

May 1, 2012 No Comments

St. Paul Port Authority & Center For Energy and Environment by Pete Klein and Chris Plum This series is meant to provide you with the opportunity to read how selected MPMA members handle and manage various best practices within their company, giving you insight and information as a resource for your business on several topics […]

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Made in Minnesota: DoodleTown Toys

March 19, 2012 No Comments

Manufacturing Committed to Kids by B Kyle and Todd Nelson The workshop near Big Lake, Minnesota, where DoodleTown Toys founder Michael Poisson makes handcrafted wooden blocks, trains, trucks and other classic toys, may be the closest thing to Santa’s workshop this side of the North Pole. Unable to duplicate Santa’s trick of shimmying down chimneys […]

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