MITGI earns Manufacturer of the Year honor

February 23, 2017 - 11:45am

Midwest Industrial Tool Grinding Inc. (MITGI), which manufactures and markets standard and custom cutting tools, has been named Manufacturer of the Year in the small company category by the Manufacturers Alliance, a Minnesota association that promotes education and peer-to-peer mentoring in the state's manufacturing industry. Located in Hutchinson, Minn., MITGI was selected for its efforts to help promote manufacturing through articles, work with schools, business partnerships, tours, presentations and industry outreach.

"As a company, MITGI believes that it is part of our responsibility to help promote manufacturing, economic growth, innovation, and skilled workforce development," said MITGI President Eric Lipke. "We’re fortunate to be part of a thriving manufacturing community that includes engaged and involved business leaders, educators, legislators and industry associations."

In partnership with area schools and businesses in the region, MITGI has helped to raise the visibility of manufacturing and build the foundation for a thriving community and well-prepared workforce. 

Over the past year MITGI has:

  • Provided tours to showcase different types of facilities, work environments, and career opportunities.
  • Participated in advisory boards to ensure that opportunities in education and business exist for students when they are ready to work.  Local education partners include Dassel-Cokato High School, Hutchinson High School, Glencoe-Silver Lake High School, Ridgewater College, and SCTCC.
  • Hosted meetings and tours with legislative leaders and staff, including Senators Klobuchar and Franken.
  • Participated in manufacturing-related education seminars through organizations such as Manufacturers Alliance, IMTS, Made in McLeod, Crow River HR Group, Minnesota DEED, Hutchinson Chamber, and Ridgewater College.
  • Promoted activities and events to draw local, regional, statewide, and national exposure to the successes of these unprecedented local partnerships.

"We are very proud of the work that our employees do to help promote a strong manufacturing environment in Minnesota and in our community," said Jennie Nelson, MITGI's director of sales and marketing. "When we host tours and events, our employees provide personal perspective, explaining what it is like to work in manufacturing. The words and actions of our employees help individuals to connect their interests and talents to potential careers. It is important work, as the foundation we lay today will help ensure the long-term viability of our industry and community."

MITGI will be recognized at an awards presentation on April 13 in Golden Valley, Minn. 

Related Glossary Terms

  • Rockwell hardness number ( HR)

    Rockwell hardness number ( HR)

    Number derived from the net increase in the depth of impression as the load on the indenter is increased from a fixed minor load to a major load and then returned to the minor load. The Rockwell hardness number is always quoted with a scale symbol representing the indenter, load and dial used. Rockwell A scale is used in connection with carbide cutting tools. Rockwell B and C scales are used in connection with workpiece materials.

  • grinding


    Machining operation in which material is removed from the workpiece by a powered abrasive wheel, stone, belt, paste, sheet, compound, slurry, etc. Takes various forms: surface grinding (creates flat and/or squared surfaces); cylindrical grinding (for external cylindrical and tapered shapes, fillets, undercuts, etc.); centerless grinding; chamfering; thread and form grinding; tool and cutter grinding; offhand grinding; lapping and polishing (grinding with extremely fine grits to create ultrasmooth surfaces); honing; and disc grinding.


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