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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 ...

How much can manufacturers make?

You’ve probably heard that manufacturing is a high-paying field with strong growth opportunities for the future. But everyone has a different definition of “high-paying” — so just what is the earning potential for a career in precision manufacturing?

A Story of Slow Growth

Experts weigh in on what happened in 2023 and weathering what’s to come in 2024 At both the local and national level, the economy saw rain and shine in 2023, and Minnesota manufacturers have felt it all. Last year around this time, rumors of an impending recession had many Americans feeling nervous ...

DSB Rock Island Wealth Management, LLC Merger

November 20, 2023 – DSB Rock Island Wealth Management, LLC and Waterfront Financial Group, LLC today announced a merger, effective immediately. The firm will operate as DSB Rock Island Wealth Management, LLC.

Federated Insurance Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

Owatonna, MN – Federated Insurance® Chairman Jeff Fetters recently announced that Nicholas R. Lower has been appointed the organization’s new President and Chief Executive Officer effective January 1, 2024, upon the retirement of its current Chief Executive Officer, Michael G. Kerr.

Wilson Tool International announces COO

WHITE BEAR LAKE, MINN., August 16, 2023 - Wilson Tool International, the largest independent manufacturer of tooling systems for punch presses, press brakes, and punch and die components for the stamping and tableting industries, today announces the appointment of Chris Lawless as COO and the ...

Federated Challenge raises record-breaking amount

Pictured from left to right: Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities CEO Patrick Sukhum; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota Executive Director Jackie Johnson; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota Executive Director Michelle Redman; Big Brothers Big Sisters of America President and ...

Important Upcoming MN OSHA Changes

MN OSHA is planning a significant penalty increase. To ensure our clients are well informed about the upcoming MN OSHA changes, we have compiled a list below. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your OECS Safety Associate.

Sunbelt Business Advisors Applauds SBA Rules Revisions for 7a Loans

Sunbelt Business Advisors Applauds SBA Rules Revisions for 7a Loans --Will Provide More Flexible Succession-Planning and Exit Options for Business Owners MINNEAPOLIS – 5/12 – Sunbelt Business Advisors President Chris Jones today applauded Small Business Association (SBA) revisions to rules on 7a ...

Scholarship deadline extended

We extended our scholarship application deadline to MAY 15, 2023!

Seeking judges for Engineering Machine Design Championship

The Minnesota State Engineering Center of Excellence seeks engineering and STEM-related professionals, educators, and college/university students to serve as judges for the 2023 Engineering Machine Design Championship event at Anoka Technical College on Friday, April 21. They anticipate around 40 ...

Essential Golden Gloves Information

Know Before You Go! 46th Annual Golden Gloves Banquet and Boxing Exhibition Sponsored by Lube-Tech - SOLD OUT! We are looking forward to seeing everyone on March 28 at a sold out Golden Gloves! Please share this information with those attending the event with you; we only have email addresses for ...