MITGI: Finalist in 2014 Manufacturing Awards by Minnesota Business Magazine

HUTCHINSON, MN – August 15, 2014

Midwest Industrial Tool Grinding, Inc. (MITGI) is a first-time finalist in two categories for the Minnesota Business 2014 Manufacturing Awards. Awarded annually by Minnesota Business magazine, the Manufacturing Awards recognize achievements in 10 categories. This year, MITGI is a finalist in the following categories: Best in Class (Small Company, 1-50 employees), recognizing companies for overall excellence in the manufacturing industry in Minnesota; Image Award, honoring an organization for improving the industry’s image and showing the appeal of careers in manufacturing.

In the past few years, MITGI has grown in many ways, including a move from a 2,000 sq ft facility into a 20,000 sq ft facility, doubling the number of employees, tripling the amount of manufacturing equipment, and increasing sales an average of 35% year-over-year. Poised for steady growth, MITGI continues to assess equipment and processes, further enabling them to provide high quality production with efficient, tight timelines. “At MITGI, our company culture encourages a balance between process and innovation, encouraging employees to use their talents to improve quality and production,” explains Eric Lipke, MITGI General Manager. “As a Best in Class finalist, we’re honored to be considered in a category that recognizes excellence in small and growing manufacturers.”

Committed to community and education, MITGI strives to be a reliable partner to both. In examining the Minnesota manufacturing community, business growth plans, and the availability of well-qualified employees, MITGI is dedicated to encouraging and supporting the steady flow of young men and women entering into manufacturing-related programs. “Making the decisions to start working with area schools in an advisory capacity, offering scholarships and internships, and promoting careers in manufacturing was easy. The owners at MITGI believe that they need to be good corporate citizens and recognize schools as community assets,” explains Lipke. “We’re proud to be finalist for the Image Award and all of the efforts that companies make to help support the growth of manufacturing in Minnesota.”

Finalists in each category will be featured in the October 2014 issue of the Minnesota Business magazine, and the winners will be announced at an event in downtown Minneapolis on September 23, 2014.

MITGI manufactures standard and custom cutting tools that are built to tighter tolerances than most tools on the market. Combining innovation with quality and repeatability, MITGI tools have become the product of choice in many R&D departments and manufacturing facilities that serve the medical, automotive, computer, and aerospace industries.