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Manufacturers attract workers by walking the ‘servant leadership’ walk
August 1, 2019 - 9:43am
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Rick Trontvet knows the numbers: Half a million open jobs in manufacturing right now, and over the next decade in America,...
Finding qualified workforce a top challenge for Minnesota's manufacturers
May 22, 2019 - 9:29am
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- While wages are on the rise, challenges remain for Minnesota's manufacturers when it comes to hiring a qualified workforce....
‘Optimistic’ Minnesota manufacturers expect an improving or stable 2019
January 14, 2019 - 3:46pm
ST. PAUL - Minnesota manufacturers are starting the year with an optimistic outlook, with most saying they expect business conditions to either...
Minnesota-based 3M keeping close eye on group representing those born after 2000
November 28, 2018 - 4:53pm
ST. PAUL - Don’t confuse 3M with Gen3M. One is the Maplewood-based $32-billion-a-year maker of products sold worldwide. The other is a business...
Minnesota looking to attract 'mass timber' producers as alternative to steel for building construction
August 7, 2018 - 7:54am
DULUTH — A burgeoning industry based on a relatively new type of material may be coming to Minnesota. Known as mass timber, the material...
Makers: Manufacturing matters, and these three standout regional companies show why
August 1, 2018 - 12:04pm
Makers GRAND FORKS – Manufacturing is like the fuel injector of the engine of the region’s economy. It’s a comparatively small part that...
Concrete opportunity: A Q&A with Tom Kelley, CEO of Gage Brothers Concrete Products of Sioux Falls, SD
June 5, 2018 - 11:02am
Editor’s note: For Sioux Falls, 2017 marked the fifth straight year of record construction. And Gage Brothers’ $40 million expansion is a...
Chamber partnership in Winona, Minn., sets out to solve workforce shortage
April 30, 2018 - 10:24pm
The schools that are crowded with students are over here. The manufacturers that desperately need workers are over there. And ne’er the two...
Brewing trade battles complicate North Dakota exporters' business
April 12, 2018 - 2:10pm
GRAND FORKS—It was dusty on the Odra LLC manufacturing floor, but, given the mission of the place, that was kind of fitting. Odra, a U.S....
Virtual reality gets down to business
April 3, 2018 - 11:22am
With its sloping, windowless walls, reinforced concrete construction and 79-foot height, the Missile Site Control Building at the Stanley R....
INSIGHTS & INTUITION: What's the most useful or positive trend you're seeing in corporate human relations?
January 30, 2018 - 6:26pm
One of the more exciting trends in corporate human relations is the focus on employee engagement. Employees who are engaged tend to be passionate...
Excavator manufacturing up and running in Bismarck
November 26, 2017 - 8:20am
BISMARCK — Even a year ago, while Bobcat was making small implements in its Bismarck manufacturing facility, there was a lot of open space,...