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Leader in Precision Manufacturing

One of the missions of the Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association is to continually identify and engage our membership in those activities that develop and support a fully-integrated precision manufacturing presence in Minnesota.

The Workforce Development Committee oversees most funding requests presented to the MPMA. The goals of the Workforce Development Committee are:

  • To develop and/or support programs that attracts and train workers into the field of precision manufacturing.
  • To provide training to incumbent workers of member companies.

All requests for funding must directly contribute to the overall goals of the MPMA in order to be considered for funding.

Click here to download a funding request application.

Dream It. Do It.

2017 Statewide Tour of Manufacturing

Now is the time to make plans to be part of the 2017 Dream It. Do It. Minnesota Statewide Tour of Manufacturing and be a part of changing the perception about advanced manufacturing.

Check out this video.

When: Tours can take place anytime in October, however, most tours occur October 1 - 7 during Minnesota Manufacturing Week or during National Manufacturing Day, October 6.

Register: Go to to register your tour dates and times so participants can find your tour. You’ll also receive a toolkit to help promote your tour after registering.

Contact your area schools: Invite your area schools to tour your facility.  Send them this link for the education tour transportation application form

Need transportation from a school to your tour?

  • MPMA is sponsoring transportation scholarships for schools in the metro and surrounding areas this year.
  • For more information about transportation scholarships go to: Click on Student Tours and look for “Resources are Available to Help Your Students” the bottom of the page.
  • For more detailed information, please contact Jaimee Meyer at

Hosting school tours provides a way for you to:

  • Connect with and provide students, parents, influencers, educators, counselors, education administrators, school board members, and community leaders a look at today’s advanced manufacturing.
  • Inspire the next generation of manufacturers.
  • Tell your company’s story.
  • Share exciting career opportunities at your company.
  • Demonstrate the need for skilled workers in the exciting career field of advanced manufacturing.
  • Highlight and demonstrate how Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) relate to modern manufacturing and how these skills are used every day.


 Contact: Sandy Kashmark, Midwest Manufacturers’ Association, 1-800-654-5773 or

Local Workforce Initiatives

MPMA is working to expand the available workforce through initiatives aimed at attracting new people into the field of manufacturing, supporting them with scholarships and programs once enrolled in school and also encouraging our retired employees to serve as mentors for those new to the field.

By focusing our efforts in diverse areas, we are reaching out and spreading the word about the benefits of entering and being a part of the manufacturing industry. MPMA supports and is affiliated with these initiatives:

Minnesota Supermileage Challenge – The Challenge takes students with a variety of technology education experiences, as well as core curriculum backgrounds and then forms teams whose purpose it is to design, fabricate and test one-person vehicles capable of achieving ultra high miles per gallon ratings.

Minnesota Project Lead the Way – This hands-on project and real world problem based program is all about teaching, learning and adding rigor to traditional technical programs and relevance to traditional academics. The students learn to understand how the skills they are learning in the classroom can be applied to everyday life.

SkillsUSA Minnesota – SkillsUSA Minnesota creates opportunities for students, educators and business. This is accomplished through leadership training, volunteerism opportunities, competitions and conferences, which enhance students' self-worth and employability skills to create a seamless transition into the workforce.

US First Robotics Competition – This competition challenges teams of young people and their mentors to solve a common problem in a six-week timeframe using a standard "kit of parts" and a common set of rules. Teams build robots from the parts and enter them in competitions.

VEX Robotics Competition– The VEX Robotics Competition, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, is the ultimate STEM activity for middle school and high school students (ages 11-18). Each year, an engineering challenge is presented in the form of a game. Students, with guidance from their teachers and mentors, use the VEX Robotics Design System to build innovative robots designed to score the most points possible in qualification matches, elimination matches and Skills Challenges. In addition to having a great time and building amazing robots, through their participation in the VEX Robotics Competition and their work within their team, students will learn many academic and life skills. For more information contact Jessica Gehrke at 218-755-2209 or