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Feature Story: MPMA: Standing Behind Minnesota Manufacturers for 60 Years

Feature Story: MPMA: Standing Behind Minnesota Manufacturers for 60 Years

January 14, 2016 No Comments

By Melissa DeBlizan It was the year James Dean died, Disneyland was unveiled, Rosa Parks was arrested, and McDonald’s opened its doors. President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent the first few advisors to South Vietnam and the Pentagon announced a plan to develop intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). Two of the greatest entrepreneurs of all time were […]

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Cover Story: The Great Divide

Cover Story: The Great Divide

January 14, 2016 No Comments

“Flat is the new up.” That’s the pithy, and sobering, assessment of Goldman Sachs in predicting what’s in store for the U.S. economy and for investors in 2016. The investment bank in mid-November cut its forecast for 2016 U.S. economic growth to 2.4 percent, down from a previous estimate of 2.8 percent. (1) But not […]

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Shop Profile: Sign of the Time: Trust

Shop Profile: Sign of the Time: Trust

November 4, 2015 No Comments

Albrecht Sign Company Making a Name for Itself With Help From CorTrust Bank The signs are everywhere:  Papa Murphy’s, Gillette Children’s Hospital, the Vikings Stadium, and Holiday Inn Express & Suites. Business is mounting for Albrecht Sign Company, a local, family-owned shop that designs, fabricates, and services hundreds of recognizable billboards, neon signs, and electronic […]

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Feature Story: Spindlechecking Machines

Feature Story: Spindlechecking Machines

November 4, 2015 No Comments

to Prevent Unexpected Failures and Identify Problems By Don Martin and Mark Kretschmar All of the samples from that run of 400 parts failed on two dimensions on the CMM. They’re probably all scrap. Who gets to tell the boss? Better yet, who gets to tell the customer? “We’ve been making these parts every month […]

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E-Clusive: NIMS Credentialing a “Win-Win,” Minnesota Manufacturers Say

Credentialed employees need less training. They become productive faster, cut employer costs and risk. A college-industry partnership makes it...

E-Clusive: Developing the Workforce of Tomorrow

Part 1 Interview by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, Manufacturing Business Technology In the next few years, thousands of Baby...