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SCC President On Obama’s Manufacturing Committee

October 2, 2013 No Comments

Effort focuses on building U.S. manufacturing competitiveness NORTH MANKATO — South Central College President Annette Parker has been appointed to serve on a panel that was established by President Obama as part of a continuing effort to build U.S. manufacturing competitiveness. Officially launched last week, the 21-member Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee’s main focus is […]


The Coming Rise Of Women In Manufacturing

September 25, 2013 No Comments

By Natalie Schilling What do you think of when you consider a 10-year-old tech company? Progessive? Egalitarian? Now, how about a 125-year-old manufacturing company? Old-school? Male-dominated? You wouldn’t be alone. Manufacturing in the US grew by 517,000 jobs from January 2010 to February 2013 according to a report from the National Women’s Law Center. But, since […]


Don’t Miss the Boat: 5 Signs Your Workers Aren’t Ready for the Manufacturing Boom

September 17, 2013 No Comments

Production is still a risky business, but there’s evidence aplenty of a resurgence in North American manufacturing. Don’t allow your floor to be left behind. Recent months have seen a resurgence in manufacturing activity. But nothing like July. In the U.S., the Institute for Supply Management index jumped to 55.4 from 50.9 in June — […]


Technical Academies of Minnesota approves moving forward with charter school in Owatonna

September 12, 2013 No Comments

OWATONNA — A charter school is coming to Owatonna — the latest piece of the puzzle for the redevelopment of the former Pillsbury Baptist Bible College campus. During a regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, the school board for Minnesota Technical Academies decided that Pillsbury will be used as a site to host a charter school. […]


AMT: Manufacturing Technology Orders Off In July

September 10, 2013 No Comments

July U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $351.21 million according to AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was down 23.6 percent from June and down 23.6 percent when compared with the total of $459.44 million reported for July 2012. With a year-to-date total of […]

NewsBytes: September / October 2013

NewsBytes: September / October 2013

September 10, 2013 No Comments

Check out some of the latest news and events happening around MPMA and the manufacturing industry. If you have something you would like to submit for publishing to our news section, please email For more news and events be sure to check out Statewide Tour of Manufacturing Be sure to mark your calendar […]


Rural manufacturing leads Minnesota rebound after years of contraction

September 9, 2013 No Comments

West-central Minnesota is leading the way on jobs growth. CEO Chris Carlson of Sportech is headed toward a record revenue year, with nearly 200 full-time and temporary employees at two plants operating round the clock six days a week. “We’re hiring like crazy,” Carlson said. The Elk River manufacturing company makes thermo-formed plastic windshields, panels […]


Manufacturing pushes mid-America economy

September 5, 2013 No Comments

Midwestern, national indexes showed promise last month. Manufacturing in the Midwest and across the United States showed stronger activity in August and hinted that the U.S. economy might be gaining traction, according to two closely watched economic reports released Tuesday. A key index for Mid-American states rose in August for the first time since March, […]


Manufacturing in U.S. Expands at a Faster Pace Than Forecast

September 4, 2013 No Comments

Manufacturing is poised to make a bigger contribution to the U.S. expansion after a factory barometer unexpectedly climbed in August to the highest level in more than two years. The Institute for Supply Management’s index rose to 55.7, the strongest since June 2011, from 55.4 a month earlier, the Tempe, Arizona-based group’s report showed today. […]


5 Quick Questions: Attracting & Retaining Quality Manufacturing Workers

August 29, 2013 No Comments

According to one global recruitment specialist, the best in the labor pool are looking for more than just money. Interview by Jeff Reinke, editorial director It’s no secret that one of the most pressing issues facing U.S. manufacturing is a lack of qualified workers. In looking to fill this skills gap, Brian Binke, the President […]

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