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Enterprise Minnesota Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Bob Kill, president & CEO, Enterprise Minnesota, addresses the audience at the organization’s 30th anniversary celebration
(Bob Kill, president & CEO, Enterprise Minnesota, addresses the audience at the organization’s 30th anniversary celebration)

Minneapolis (February 8, 2018) – More than 160 manufacturers, friends, and allies attended an event in the new headquarters of Enterprise Minnesota to commemorate the organization’s 30th anniversary.

Enterprise Minnesota’s consultants help guide medium-size and smaller manufacturing companies in all aspects of manufacturing operations.   

"We’ve come a long way from the early days of introducing the concepts of lean manufacturing to the shop floors of Minnesota’s manufacturers,” Enterprise Minnesota’s president & CEO Bob Kill told attendees at the reception. “The high level of expertise and broad array of services that we provide to Minnesota’s manufacturers today has evolved significantly. It has been our honor for 30 years to work with and for the manufacturers. Our entire staff is passionate about continuing to help manufacturers as they bring quality jobs and overall prosperity to the people of Minnesota.”

Originally called the Greater Minnesota Corporation (GMC), Enterprise Minnesota entered the market in 1988 after it was created by the Minnesota Legislature. The GMC was a major priority of then Governor Rudy Perpich who envisioned it as a way to help small- and medium-sized manufacturers in Greater Minnesota get access to the tools and expertise they needed to compete in an increasingly global marketplace.

In addition to its hands-on work with manufacturers, Enterprise Minnesota also serves as the “voice” of Minnesota’s manufacturing industry and anchors a diverse coalition of stakeholders dedicated to raising the profile of manufacturing as a key driver of the state’s economy. Since 2008, Enterprise Minnesota has conducted The State of Manufacturing® survey, a comprehensive survey of Minnesota's manufacturers. The survey reveals the perceptions and opinions of over 400 Minnesota manufacturing executives on the economy and other major issues impacting their businesses. 2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the survey.

In the last five years alone Enterprise Minnesota has helped more than 510 manufacturers 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.

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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.