A Public/Private Production
Initiative Foundation joins Enterprise Minnesota to help central Minnesota manufacturing access services to grow business
By Lynn Shelton
Enterprise Minnesota's Vice President of Marketing
(Lynn Shelton, vice president of marketing, Enterprise Minnesota)
Bob Kill, our president and CEO, likes to talk about how public/private collaboration will be the key way that manufacturers work their way to a solution to the employee shortage. One superb example of that is going on this week as the Little Falls-based Initiative Foundation (IF) and Enterprise Minnesota have embarked on our first round of reduced-rate consulting sessions designed to enable small manufacturers to become more competitive. In the arrangement, IF grants cut the cost of Enterprise Minnesota’s service sessions by 50 percent. Participants are attending sold-out day-long sessions devoted to three subjects:
Learning to Lead helps all manufacturing employees influence the culture and performance of their companies. They learn to improve team dynamics by understanding behaviors, developing the skills of a change leader, and creating a culture of accountability and engagement. Participants learned to: demonstrate the qualities and traits of a leader; evaluate the impact of individual behaviors on team dynamics; exhibit versatility in working with others; display the behaviors of change leader; develop a culture of accountability; and promote employee engagement.
Principles of Lean Manufacturing (with simulation) provides manufacturers with a common language to use for continuous improvement and demonstrates how to generate the energy and enthusiasm needed to implement improvements. Participants are introduced to: standardized work; workplace organization; push versus pull scheduling; elements of 5S; visual controls; cellular manufacturing; plant layout; quick changeover; total productive maintenance (TPM); batch reduction; and continuous improvement.
5S (with simulation) instructs manufacturers to create and sustain workplace efficiencies through practiced “5S” process improvements: sort, set in order, shine, standardize, and sustain. Enterprise Minnesota adds a 6th "S" to include safety. Participants learn to: reduce time-loss looking for an item by reducing the amount of items; reduce the chance of distraction by unnecessary items; simplify inspection; increase the amount of available, useful space; and increase safety by eliminating obstacles.
Formed in 1986 by a partnership of regional leaders and the McKnight Foundation, IF is one of six Minnesota Initiative Foundations serving Greater Minnesota. Each Foundation was created to independently strengthen its regional economy and communities. It is widely believed that this model is unique to Minnesota. No other U.S. state has a similar foundation network that unites community and economic development.
The foundation has a long history of collaboration with Enterprise Minnesota. In addition to sponsoring our annual State of Manufacturing® survey research project, IF has provided one-off grants to help individual companies in their region acquire specific in-house services, typically for companies with between 200 and 250 employees.
“But we knew we were missing a whole other tier of manufacturers who really couldn't afford to go deep on one particular project like that at that level,” said Jeff Wig, IF’s vice president for economic and business development. That’s why Wig said he was immediately intrigued when approached with the collaboration by Dawn Loberg, a business development consultant at Enterprise Minnesota.
How To Develop Your Future Leaders
**Exclusive to Manufacturers**
Thursday, December 6, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Best Western Premier Nicollet Inn
14201 Nicollet Ave S
Burnsville, MN 55337
What to Expect
Manufacturers know that the growing skills gap means they can no longer count on hiring applicants who will have the skills they need. Instead, they urgently need to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities of their current employees. Equally important, manufacturers need to focus on the unique competencies that comprise leadership skills.
Please join us to learn insights about the critical components of talent management and the steps necessary to develop a successful leadership development program. Upon completion of the workshop participants will be able to:
- Define talent and talent management
- Identify the talent management lifecycle
- Describe key components to talent management
- Explain the impact leaders have on an organization
- Depict steps to developing a leadership development program
- Create an action plan to implement within their own organization
This event is exclusive to manufacturers and is free of charge. Registration required.
To register please contact firstname.lastname@example.org