Enterprise Minnesota, Representative Marion O’Neill Tour Von Ruden Manufacturing
(Pictured Left to Right: Brandon Anderson, president of Von Ruden Manufacturing; and Bob Kill, president & CEO of Enterprise Minnesota; Dan Solomon, field representative, U.S. Senator Al Franken; and Minnesota State Representative Marion O’Neill (R-29B)
Minneapolis (July 5, 2017) - Enterprise Minnesota President & CEO Bob Kill and Minnesota State Representative Marion O’Neill (R-29B) recently visited Buffalo, Minnesota-based Von Ruden Manufacturing to tour the facility and see firsthand how rapid technological advances have transformed small manufacturers like Von Ruden.
Von Ruden and its 43 employees design and manufacture mechanical power transmission and hydraulic drive components, including driven tooling for the machine tool markets. The company has benefited from the Growth Acceleration Program (GAP), a state matching investment to help small and medium size manufacturing companies access business improvement services. GAP is administered by Enterprise Minnesota and worked with Von Ruden to grow a new product line and to attain ISO 9001 certification.
Joining Kill and Representative O’Neill on the tour was Dan Solomon, field representative, U.S. Senator Al Franken. Brandon Anderson, president of Von Ruden led the tour.
“The Growth Acceleration Program is immensely beneficial for medium and smaller-sized manufacturers like Von Ruden, as it provides opportunities to take advantage of business growth strategies and operational improvements that can create jobs and make them more competitive in the global economy,” said Bob Kill, president & CEO of Enterprise Minnesota.
GAP is a direct state investment program aimed at helping manufacturing companies of 250 or fewer full-time employees to access business improvement services. Eligible companies must have a business plan for improvements and demonstrate an economic need for GAP. All companies awarded GAP resources must match at least $1 for every $1 of GAP investment. First authorized by the Legislature in 2007, GAP has helped over 300 Minnesota manufacturers and continues to receive bipartisan support for its valuable role in job creation and job retention in Minnesota’s manufacturing industry.
“GAP has been an important investment in the profitability and success of our company," said Brandon Anderson, president of Von Ruden Manufacturing. “It has helped improve our operations and enabled us to make the strategic investments that we needed to expand our product offerings, add jobs, and grow the business.”
About Enterprise Minnesota
Enterprise Minnesota is an ISO 9001:2008 certified consulting organization that works with medium and smaller manufacturing enterprises to help them compete and grow profitably, and also serves as the “voice” for the industry, raising visibility and appreciation for the value manufacturers provide our communities and the state’s economy. Our affiliation with the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) further positions us to offer clients leading-edge services to improve manufacturing operations and strengthen business.
In the last five years alone Enterprise Minnesota has helped over 510 Minnesota manufacturing companies gain access to strategies that increase efficiency and promote growth. Resulting from the organization’s work, clients have realized a total positive economic impact of over $696 million in sales, reduced costs by over $131 million, invested over $289 million in capital expenditures and modernization and added or retained over 6,600 jobs.