Archive - February 2015

February 2015


Bob Kill
It is less than 100 days until the release of our seventh annual State of Manufacturing® Survey. Our pollster, Rob Autry, will soon begin the process of collecting this year's data. If you receive a phone call asking to participate in this year's survey or in a focus group of fellow executives, I implore you to take advantage of this opportunity. The State of Manufacturing provides Minnesota manufacturers a chance to have their voices heard on the issues that are most impacting their business. Each year more and more policy makers, educators, and media outlets are taking notice.

I would also like to invite each of you to register to attend our State of Manufacturing Survey Release Event on Wednesday, May 13 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. In addition to the Minneapolis release event, we will be taking the results of the survey around the state, so keep an eye out for our schedule of State of Manufacturing events in Greater Minnesota. 

Thanks to all of you who have helped make The State of Manufacturing such a remarkable success, and I look forward to this year's being the best one yet. If you would like to assure a voice in The State of Manufacturing survey please contact me at


Mary Connor
"Workplace disagreements are quietly acted out rather than discussed, and mistrust is passed in whispered complaints to third parties.  Failure to speak up in the workplace about concerns can have real financial consequences.  Encouraging candid dialogue can boost productivity."

Read- Is Workplace Conflict Killing Your Bottom Line

“It is a buyer’s market for smaller manufacturing companies and the competition will get more fierce as boomers continue to exit their businesses.  If you are in this category, make sure you are thoroughly prepared with the documentation typically requested by a buyer in a due diligence conversation.” 
- Mary Connor

Read- 8 Do's and Don'ts of Selling Your Business

Pat Voyles

“Do your employees care about your company's mission?  Mission is one of the key elements of employee engagement, and having a sense of purpose and meaning in one's work is crucial to individual well-being.  How clear is your company’s mission statement?  Does it inspire and motivate your people?  If not, ask your employees what’s important to them?"

Read- Factory Workers Don't Care About Their Company's Mission

"Learn how the largest John Deere dealership in America was able to grow and sustain over 45 years by focusing on employee and customer engagement and by adhering to three simple principles: maintain a sense of core values; understand stakeholders' ever-shifting needs, and delivering the finest service."
- Pat Voyles

Read- Building a Giant in the Heavy-Equipment Industry

A Vision of Growth - Strategies for Manufacturers

Tim Hartigan, St. Paul Foundry, speaks at Enterprise Minnesota event

Enterprise Minnesota's February business event at Connexus Energy in Ramsey featured presentations from two CEO Council members; Monticello Council member Matt Hanson of Hanson Silo Company and South Metro Council member Tim Hartigan of St. Paul Foundry. 

Click on the links below to view copies of the speakers' presentations given.

Dean Atchison, President & CEO
Spectrum Aeromed - Fargo, ND
- Advisor
Midwest Fire - Luverne

Mary Connor, Business Growth Consultant
Enterprise Minnesota - Minneapolis

Matt Hanson, President
Hanson Silo Company - Lake Lillian

Tim Hartigan, President
St. Paul Foundry - St. Paul

Upcoming Events

Focus Groups
February 27 - March 24, 2015
Focus Group Schedule

To join a focus group, please contact or call 612-455-4239

Survey Release Event
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Minneapolis Convention Center
More information

Enteprise Minnesota® Magazine

February 2015

Enterprise Minnesota Magazine- February 2015