HUTCHINSON, MN – October 6, 2017

Midwest Industrial Tool Grinding, Inc. (MITGI) has been named the winner of the Workforce Development Award, part of 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.

“We’re thrilled and honored to receive the Workforce Development award for our work in supporting and promoting careers in manufacturing,” shares Eric Lipke, MITGI President.  “There are many kinds of careers in manufacturing and they require a wide range of skills and talents to fill them.  As a company, we believe it is essential to help students, parents, and potential employees learn about manufacturing to discover everything the industry has to offer.”

“Over the past decade MITGI has experienced extraordinary growth.  Our business goals all face in the same direction – continuing to grow sales and market share, then ensuring we have the space, equipment, and people to support it,” explains Jennie Nelson, MITGI Director of Sales and Marketing.  “Achieving these goals will only be possible if we have talented employees ready and available, which makes workforce development some of the most important work we do.”

Winners and finalists in each category are highlighted in the October issue of Minnesota Business magazine.  Winners were 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), and the Workforce Development Award (2017, Minnesota Business Manufacturing Awards).

Ross Peterson, MITGI Engineer, started as an intern while attending South Dakota State University.  After completion, Peterson returned to MITGI full time and volunteers as a Hutchinson Tigerbots First Robotics Mentor.