Enterprise Minnesota Honors
ISO Expertise Cited as Contribution to Manufacturers
When Minnesota manufacturers want to become ISO certified, many think of Kent Myhrman.
One of Enterprise Minnesota's business growth advisors, Myhrman is a
widely-known lean expert throughout the state, and his expertise in ISO
is fast making him the go-to person for this beneficial certification.
passion to help manufacturers grow their businesses and his
extraordinary professional integrity last week earned him Enterprise
Minnesota's "Esteemed Colleague" award during the annual staff
recognition day. It is the highest honor granted to Enterprise Minnesota
"Kent is dedicated to creating positive business results for our clients," said Bob Kill,
CEO and president of Enterprise Minnesota. "He and the rest of our team
strive to lead Enterprise Minnesota to becoming one of the top ISO
certifiers in the country and when we get there, Kent will have been one
of the key reasons."
Myhrman draws on more than 30 years of
experience in manufacturing, engineering and sales. He was vice
president of manufacturing at FMH Corporation, a leader in mechanical
design, engineering, fabricating and implementation of electronic
controls before coming to Enterprise Minnesota.
He also worked at
Productivity, Inc., a distributor of machine tools, fabrication
equipment, tooling and accessories. Prior to Productivity, Myhrman
worked for Cummins Onan, a manufacturer of recreational vehicle
generators and at AGCO, an agricultural equipment manufacturer.
River Machine is one manufacturer benefitting from Kent's guidance and
expertise. "As we traveled the path to ISO certification, Kent helped us
see the difference between 'compliance' and 'effectiveness' in the
design of our Quality Management System (QMS)," said Jim Barthel,
president of Elk River Machine. "Kent helped us see that an effective
QMS could help with our desired transition to growth. The effort we put
into ISO certification has helped us position ourselves for that future
growth. We couldn't have made it through without Kent's guidance and
Myhrman says that informal quality management systems
at many manufacturers frequently inhibit growth or expansion. "ISO
certification is a process-based approach that enables them to shed that
old system, and develop a more structured, formal one that can sustain
Research shows ISO-certified companies enjoy higher
revenues, higher employment and longer business lives. The certification
also helps companies deliver the same product at a lower price, Myhrman
Enterprise Minnesota's ISO certification process is a
highly individualized process that first assesses a company's business
needs, develops processes to meet those needs, and then adjusts those
processes to meet ISO requirements.
ISO certification will benefit from Enterprise Minnesota's Oct. 3
business event, "Leveraging ISO Certification to Grow Your Business."
The event will feature business leaders who are making ISO certification
part of their overall business strategy. They will talk about the
process and benefits of ISO certification. For more information, click here or go to www.enterprise.minnesota.org.
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• Roger Hurd, Business Growth Consultant,
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Minnesota plays a significant role in strengthening Minnesota
businesses and we are seeking talented business professionals to join
our statewide team.
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understand business' perspective and experience specific to hiring and
job training welders and to use this input immediately in employment
service programming and delivery.
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Corporation chairman, president and chief executive officer Marshall
Larsen joined Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar,
City of Burnsville Mayor Elizabeth Kautz, and other officials at a
ribbon-cutting ceremony this week to mark the opening of its expanded
high tech manufacturing facility in Burnsville, Minn.
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