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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 ...

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 ...

Steve Kalina Reappointed to Governor’s Workforce Development Board

MPMA's President/CEO Steve Kalina was reappointed as a business representative for the Governor's Workforce Development Board. He will continue to serve on the board for the next three years. Read the full press release here!


Concept Machine Tool evolves capabilities, leadership, and name to become Concept — bringing unmatched knowledge and comprehensive offerings to the precision manufacturing industry. MINNEAPOLIS, MN – February 2023 Concept Machine Tool, a company that has spent the past 45 years providing quality ...

Precision Coatings, Inc. adds Dicronite® low friction solid lubricant coating service.

St. Paul, MN. We are pleased to announce that as of December 30, 2022 Precision Coatings, Inc. purchased the assets of Dicronite® of Minnesota, Inc. and began providing the Dicronite® services on January 3, 2023. We are excited to add the Dicronite® product to our portfolio of coating services that ...

2023 Education Foundation officers and board members

We're excited to announce the 2023 Education Foundation officers and board members! President: Chuck Olson, Maxcam Vice President: Heidi Braun, Anoka Technical College Secretary/Treasurer: Barb Dorumsgaard, NTM Inc. Directors Jesse Schelitzche, Imagineering Machine Jasmine Nordstrom, Hutchinson ...

Support the Education Foundation with a year-end gift!

Every year, the MPMA Education Foundation offers $2,000 scholarships to help motivated people with an interest in manufacturing receive the training they need to become successful in the field. To support as many students as possible, we rely on gifts from people like you, who want to help the ...

Chicago-Based Family Office Makes Platform Investment in Minnesota

True North Mergers and Acquisitions Facilitates Acquisition of Reliable Bronze and Manufacturing by Temple Hall Group Chicago-Based Family Office Makes Platform Investment in Minnesota

Power Up with GibbsCAM 2023

GibbsCAM 2023 features a number of significant Turning enhancements including the highly effective implementation of Sandvik Coromant’s PrimeTurningTM strategies. These new cutting methodologies permit turning and facing in all directions, delivering dramatic increases in high volume production. ...

Jones Metal featured in Washington Post

Jones Metal, a company providing advanced metal fabrication solutions for various industries, was recently featured in a Washington Post story about Minnesota's labor market. Read the piece here!

3 Items to review when considering a new healthcare plan:

3 Items to review when considering a new healthcare plan: 1) Healthcare Cost and Quality: a. Look for programs that enable employees to evaluate their options for both cost andquality. Within the same zip code there can be large variances in cost and quality, and knowing what a reasonable price to ...

Free Inflation Resource from National Association of Manufacturers

Download the Free Inflation Resource Bundle for Manufacturers

MPMA Matching donations for Statewide Tour of Manufacturing

The Minnesota Statewide Tour of Manufacturing is an opportunity for students, families, and the general public to discover the innovative, high-tech world of modern manufacturing. Each year, MPMA helps the Minnesota State Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence fund their transportation ...

Concept Machine Tool appointed distributor for United Grinding North America

UNITED GRINDING North America has appointed Concept Machine as its exclusive distributor for cylindrical, surface, and profile grinding as well as tool making and measuring through five states for sales, service, and consumables. “United Grinding is a premier supplier and will be a great partner to ...

Federated offers complimentary risk management training

Federated Insurance is offering complimentary risk management training for all industries on August 2-4, 2022. Through this valuable session, you will discover methods you can use immediately to help protect profits by reducing risk at your business.

MPMA Introduces Healthcare Plan

Members have been asking for help with mounting healthcare costs, and MPMA is excited to announce a new healthcare plan for our members! Partnered with Hahn Financial Group, MPMA will share a plan proven beneficial for manufacturers. Members that have initially reviewed the plan are seeing 10-15% ...

5 Students Earn MPMA Education Foundation Scholarships

The Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association’s (MPMA) Education Foundation has awarded five $2,000 scholarships to local students who plan to pursue careers in manufacturing. The students include: Maxwell is enrolled at Alexandria Technical and Community College and is majoring in Machine Tool ...

Volunteer for MPMA's New Membership Committee

MPMA has a Membership Committee! We are looking for members who like to connect with others and want to help make MPMA stronger by building member engagement.