John Ihrke

Business Growth Consultant

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About John

John Ihrke is a business growth consultant who partners with manufacturers throughout the state to help them enhance their competitiveness through continuous improvement, industry standard certifications, cybersecurity, and automation. John has learned that although these tools are obviously important, it is the culture supporting and sustaining them that will ultimately impact their effectiveness. Taking the time to help manufacturers understand and embrace methods for improvement is John’s favorite part about his job.

Prior to joining Enterprise Minnesota, John has held numerous engineering, quality management and leadership positions at manufacturing companies including Honeywell, ADC Telecommunications and Lake Engineering, Inc. He has been instrumental in helping organizations embrace lean thinking and how to implement process improvements as part of company culture.

Currently residing in Plymouth, MN, John enjoys reading, athletic activities, real estate renovation, and especially sharing quality time with his family. John is also an Eagle Scout and enjoys helping with Scouting programs including Camp Cuyuna near Cross Lake, MN.


  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering – North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
  • Mini-Masters of Business Administration – University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN

Certifications and Training

  • Certified Lead Auditor ISO 9001:2015
  • Six Sigma – Green Belt Certification
  • US Patent holder
Additional resources:

Enterprise Minnesota consulting services

State of Manufacturing® survey results

Enterprise Minnesota® magazine