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What Matters Most to Minnesota Manufacturers?
Annual State of Manufacturing® survey to be featured at Enterprise Minnesota’s May event
Engineering And Tooling

Alexandria, Minn. (May 7, 2015) – In a continually evolving marketplace for Minnesota manufacturers, key factors like workforce development efforts, talent development, healthcare and energy regulations, have a large impact on business success.

The latest issues affecting Minnesota manufacturers will be explored at Enterprise Minnesota’s The State of Manufacturing® Survey Release Eventon May 13 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Ron Kirscht, president of Donnelly Custom Manufacturing Company, is slated to participate on the panel during the event from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Kirscht brings a broad perspective to the panel and understands the importance of productivity, alignment and profitability to help local manufacturers be competitive in the larger marketplace.

Located in Alexandria, Minnesota with 225 employees, Donnelly knows firsthand the challenges and opportunities facing Minnesota’s manufacturers. The injection molder specializes in short-run custom manufacturing for industrial OEM’s and often handles more than 40 mold change-overs per day relying upon a strong and well-trained workforce to maintain speed, flexibility and precision.

“The event is a great opportunity to not only explore the issues that keep manufacturing leaders up at night, but to also understand and design solutions to these issues. We want attendees to walk away with information and insight they can use to go into the marketplace and compete to ensure growth and prosperity in Minnesota.”

Rob Autry, president of Meeting Street Research will present the findings from the seventh annual State of Manufacturing survey outlining the challenges and opportunities facing Minnesota manufacturers. In addition to Kirscht, panel participants include: Brandon Anderson of Von Ruden Manufacturing, Colleen Landkamer of USDA Rural Development, Kevin McKinnon of DEED, Joe Mulford of MnSCU and Dan Ryan of C.H. Robinson.

People interested in attending the event on May 13 can register directly with Enterprise Minnesota at:

I’m excited to participate in the panel discussion alongside such a notable group of leaders from throughout Minnesota
– Ron Kirscht, President

Based in Alexandria, Minn., Donnelly’s 225 employees are dedicated to setting the standards in the custom injection-molding marketplace for “How Short Run Is Done.” The company’s focus is on providing its OEM customers with value added engineering and highly customized manufacturing and customer support services. A strong customer service orientation ensures outstanding customer satisfaction. Visit to learn more.

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