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The State of Manufacturing in Minnesota – Confidence Soars

For the past 9 years, Enterprise Minnesota has conducted surveys to gauge the state of manufacturing in Minnesota. This year’s State of Manufacturing survey revealed record optimism among small to midsize manufacturers, with 94% confident about the futures of their companies. This represents a steady gain over the years, and 57% of companies assert that […]



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A Month-Long Manufacturing Celebration

With Manufacturing Day on October 7, 2016, many people may just be heading back to the daily grind. But Manufacturing Month runs all through October, so now is still the perfect time to get the word out about this critical sector of the United States economy. The industrial world is still facing a number of […]



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Getting the Most Out of IMTS 2016

Now that IMTS 2016 is finally here, it’s important to carefully plan out your trip to get the most out of each day. Running nearly a full week, from September 12-17, 2016, it may seem like there’s more than enough time to see everything – but keep in mind this is a massive show! Finding […]



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Von Ruden Hosts Senator Klobuchar

Manufacturing in the U.S. has been facing a variety of challenges. From increasing regulations to an aging workforce, manufacturing is at a make-or-break point in the United States. One way to change the future is to get more people, including local politicians, involved and interested in today’s manufacturing challenges. Manufacturing is closely tied to the […]



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Examining the State of Manufacturing 2016 Survey

Each year, Minnesota manufacturers are polled on their level of confidence in their business prospects and the overall economic landscape in the U.S. The survey is produced by Enterprise Minnesota, and is sponsored by local companies, organizations, and schools. Von Ruden Manufacturing contributed as a Bronze Sponsor for this year’s survey. The survey itself brings […]



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Gearing Up for IMTS 2016 – Things to Know About This Year’s Show

The largest manufacturing show in North America, the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) 2016 will be here before you know it. Running from September 12 to 17, 2016 in Chicago’s McCormick Place, the show promises an exhaustive array of exhibitions, events, and co-located shows. For students, the Smartforce Student Summit will be returning for the […]



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Storing Snow Removal Equipment for the Spring

As the temperatures slowly rise and precipitation turns from snow to rain, it’s time to get ready for spring. For snow removal equipment owners and operators, this means getting plows and snow blowers ready for storage. However, this is easier said than done, and requires a fair amount of forethought. Here’s we’ve broken down the […]



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Department of Transportation Unveils New Plow Equipment

Around the country, most people are still anxiously awaiting the first snowfall of the season. Here in Minnesota, we have not had that problem. We’ve been getting snowfall right on schedule, occasionally even having to declare snow emergencies. To keep up with demand while also preparing for eventual winter weather elsewhere in the nation, the […]



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Celebrating American Manufacturing in October

October is an important month for those of us in the industrial sector, as it is designated as Manufacturing Month. October 2nd was the official Manufacturing Day, but engagement continues throughout the full month. Here in Minnesota, a number of activities and tours were set up across the state to promote the role of manufacturing […]



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Automating Gage Calibration Records for Easier Audits

Very few people enjoy scheduling a customer audit. Even if you have a well-organized quality system, there’s always a seemingly unlimited range of questions from the auditor on personnel, procedures, equipment and facilities. Just in the case of gaging these questions must be routinely answered: Do we have this gage? Where is it? What is […]