HUTCHINSON, MN – July 10, 2017

Midwest Industrial Tool Grinding, Inc. (MITGI) has been named a finalist in the Workforce Development Award category for the 2017 Minnesota Business Manufacturing Awards.  This award recognizes a Minnesota-based manufacturing company for innovation and excellence in talent recruitment, efforts to retain employees, and enhancing the image of the industry.

“In recent years, MITGI has experienced extraordinary growth, more than tripling the size of our facility and workforce” describes Andrea Waller-Plath, MITGI General Manager.  “This rapid expansion created a big problem; the demand for machinists was higher than the pool of available applicants.”  MITGI faced this problem in a new way and began a process of community engagement, simultaneously applying public relations strategies and building a coalition of business leaders and educators.

“Over the past year, MITGI employees have worked with area businesses, regional resources, schools, and legislative leaders to align resources and focus on common workforce development goals,” explains Eric Lipke, MITGI President.  “We’re seeing extraordinary results in our community: the development of a new high school structure and corresponding career path curriculum, increased enrollment in manufacturing related classes, and the development of job shadowing and internships as a regional standard practice.”

“Manufacturing is a big part of our state and our local community,” describes Jennie Nelson, Director of Sales and Marketing.  “We’re thrilled to be included as a finalist with other highly regarded companies who all believe strongly in the impact that manufacturing can have on our families, the economic outlook for our region, and our position in the global economy.”

Finalists in each category will be highlighted in the October issue of Minnesota Business magazine.  Winners will be announced at the 2017 Manufacturing Awards event on September 28, 2017 at ARIA in Minneapolis.

Located in Hutchinson, MN, MITGI manufactures and markets standard and custom cutting tools. Combining innovation with quality and repeatability, MITGI tools have become the product of choice in many R&D departments and manufacturing facilities that serve medical device, aerospace, automotive, and rapid prototyping industries. MITGI is the recipient of the Image Award (2014 & 2015, Minnesota Business Manufacturing Award), 100 Best Companies to Work for Award (2015, Minnesota Business), and the Top 150 Workplaces Award (2015 & 2016, Star Tribune), Manufacturer of the Year Award (2017, Manufacturers Alliance).