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How to Reduce Supply Chain Spend

Using the CI Methodology to seek new opportunities for improvement. By Waypost Advisors A supply chain continuous improvement program should be able to identify and drive improvements to costs (materials, transportation, storage), non-value-added work (human capital optimization), the use of cash ...

What to know about MPMA’s new member-only LinkedIn group

For those who may not be familiar, the MPMA Machine Shop is a member-only LinkedIn group created for connecting with peers, sharing knowledge, and asking questions. We believe that the precision manufacturing sector is in need of a space where people can speak openly about their challenges, and ...

What you can expect if you visit IMTS with MPMA this year

MPMA is headed to the 2024 International Technology and Manufacturing Show (IMTS) for two days and one night (September 10-11), and you’re invited! IMTS is hosted at McCormick Place in Chicago and is the largest and longest running industry trade show in the Western Hemisphere. Here’s what you can ...

Future Forward: How AI Could Lubricate the Future of Manufacturing

By Richard Leguil, Technical Writer at Lube-Tech In the world of manufacturing, tribal knowledge refers to the shared but unwritten techniques, procedures and practices that a handful of employees hold. This might sound like a secret sauce that gives your manufacturing company an edge, however, ...

Governor Walz Announces Recipients of $20 Million in Training for Five High-Demand Career Areas

Funding will train and place 1,200 Minnesotans over the next 15 months; benefit 3,000 businesses

Continuous Chain of Improvement

Staying compliant after changes from 2023 legislative session The 2023 legislative session ended in May of last year, but Minnesota business owners are still grappling with its implications for how they do business. Due to the Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party’s single-party control of the ...

Check out MPMA’s Job Board for new opportunities!

Careers in precision manufacturing are rewarding, but it can be challenging to find the opportunity that’s right for you. This is why we created the MPMA Job Board, where community members can share their manufacturing related openings. Here are some of the types of roles you can often find on ...


W.P. & R.S. Mars Co. (dba Mars Supply) is proud to announce that they are celebrating 100 years in business in 2024.

Minnesota Manufacturing Scholarships for Students

On average, the tuition cost for an in-state college in Minnesota was $16,822 for the 2021-2022 academic year. Needless to say, tuition costs add up – but so do scholarships.

2 MN-Based Manufacturing Companies Attract Buyers From Across the U.S.

Minnesota-based manufacturing companies have become focal points for mergers and acquisitions in recent years, attracting interest from buyers across the country.

Meet the MPMA team

MPMA is run by a small-but-mighty team of people passionate about the precision manufacturing industry. Steve Kalina | President/CEO

An Unlikely Combination

How MPMA’s Golden Gloves Event Began

The power of connection

Dear members, I often tell the story of how I came into this role. Being around MPMA my entire life, I benefited from countless mentors and leaders in the industry that I’ve looked up to. And now I have the privilege to work with those fine people. All of us benefit from those relationships over ...

Your guide to Minnesota’s top manufacturing programs

A career in manufacturing opens a door to our world.

Promising year ahead

Dear members, Welcome to the new year, and thank you for all your support in 2023. Last year was a difficult one — some industries in Minnesota thrived, while others ran into more roadblocks. I wish we had a crystal ball for this coming year but we don’t. Most analysts are still very optimistic ...