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Shop Profile: Millerbernd Systems

Shop Profile: Millerbernd Systems

March 8, 2017 No Comments

Growing Into New Markets by Melissa DeBilzan What do 640-pound blocks of cheese, light fixtures, and wind towers have in common? Many of these products are produced using complex precision equipment in Minnesota by Millerbernd Systems in Winsted. Since 1933, Millerbernd Systems has been designing, manufacturing, and automating stainless steel cheese-processing equipment for creameries throughout […]

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Feature Story: Training Them Early

Feature Story: Training Them Early

March 8, 2017 No Comments

Manufacturing Pathway at White Bear High School by Melissa DeBilzan On a cold winter night, the halls of White Bear Lake Area High School bustled with manufacturers, students, and their parents, all eager to learn more about manufacturing careers. The showcase was part of the school’s new Manufacturing Pathway program, designed to guide students as […]

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Cover Story: Passing the Torch

Cover Story: Passing the Torch

March 8, 2017 No Comments

Growing the Family Business By Nancy Huddleston There’s no “how to” manual that provides step-by-step instructions to guide family business owners about passing the torch from one generation to the next. That said, although the transition is different for every manufacturer, the key to success is to have a plan. Ritch Sorenson, academic director of […]

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Feature Story: Optimistic Outlook

Feature Story: Optimistic Outlook

January 17, 2017 No Comments

Political Change Provides Opportunities by Nancy Huddleston Minnesota’s manufacturing leaders acknowledge that it’s hard to separate campaign rhetoric from what will actually happen in Washington, D.C. following the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States, but they’re optimistic about the new opportunities in 2017. “The idea of structural change in […]

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