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2018 Made in Minnesota Manufacturing Awards winners

Get to know the winners of our 2018 Made in Minnesota Manufacturing Awards.

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Civil discourse: Four community leaders reflect on building an inclusive workplace

This past spring, Minnesota Business magazine received a phone call from an individual who complained that the magazine “only featured protected groups” on its covers. At that time, we were also reading through an article on diversity in the workplace submitted by Borrowed Interest podcast host Shareina Chandler.

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Millennial-lead SIMEK’S is marketing to a new generation of foodies

Founded in the early '70s, SIMEK’S has had a number of incarnations over the years. Partners Bill Simek and Jay Bruber created the SIMEK’S brand; it began as a wholesale restaurant distributor and quickly transitioned to a specialty retail chain.

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Choosing between diversification and specialization

There are conflicting views on whether business owners should specialize in something they do well or diversify their products and services. Jim Collins, elevated the “hedgehog concept,” which he said is the intersection between personal passion, what you can be the best at in the world, and what drives your company’s economic engine. 

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Kaywin Feldman is making the Minneapolis Institute of Art accessible

Back when Studio/E launched their first-ever cohort, Kaywin Feldman had an idea. Intent on improving the museum’s gift shop, Feldman’s idea evolved into a larger strategy to change the experience of entering the museum. Now more than twice the number of people enter the museum than when she inherited her role (last year, attendance hit 900,000).

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A Q&A with Mike Moroz of Walter's Recycling and Refuse

In 2014, Mike Moroz became president and CEO of Walter’s Recycling & Refuse based in Blaine. Since he came on board, the company has nearly doubled in size. Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with Moroz about the company’s plans for the future. 

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Wisconsin vs. Minnesota in a jobs showdown

IN AN INDUSTRIOUS STATE: More than half of Minnesota’s Fortune 500 companies fall within the manufacturing industry. Employment in this state’s sector increased by about 10% overall since 2010. (Source: Deloitte, 5/4/18)

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ARKRAY USA launches new Oral Wellness System

ARKRAY USA, Inc., has launched the SiLL-Ha Oral Wellness System for use by dentists and other oral-health professionals to complement clinical assessment of their patients’ oral health. SiLL-Ha provides clinical measurements in three areas: tooth health, gum health and oral cleanliness. 

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Technology

Data Sciences International launches inhalation exposure system

According to a 2016 report by Pulmatrix, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and pharmaceutical companies are placing an increased focus on inhalation as a method for drug administration over the more traditional ingestion method for both respiratory and systemic diseases.

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