Fall 2020
Letter from Les
Hello CMMA members and friends, I hope this message finds you enjoying the colors and activities of Autumn in Minnesota!

Please let me please start with some “front office” gratitude from CMMA to all of you who continue to support and engage our organization amid these challenging and changing times.  We sincerely appreciate your attendance at our virtual gatherings as we all adapt to deliver and receive information safely and responsibly and to cultivate our .... Read more

Please also check out CMMA's 2020 Goal Statement.
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Marketing your manufacturing business with video
November 18 • 11 am
Virtual meeting
November 19 • 8:00 am
Topic: Lesson Learned from 10 years of helping implement EOS
Presenter: Mike Roth
Leveraging Research & Data to Guide Your Marketing Strategy
December 16 • 11:00 am
Presenter: Liz Diedrich, Diedrich RPM
Online webinar
Past Event Recordings

Video links available:
CMMA news & happenings
Board of Directors Election in November
Watch your inbox for an electronic ballot on November 16. Please cast your vote by November 30.
CMMA is proud to announce the YAT!
The Youth Apprenticeship Toolkit was created to help educators and manufacturers navigate the process of starting a Youth Skills Training or Youth Apprenticeship program. Both options are for Minnesota students who are 16 years of age and older, focus on career preparation and training with a specific career pathway; and are paid experiences. The site has information on both the Youth Skills Training program through the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry and the Youth Apprenticeship program through the Minnesota Department of Education.  A comparison of the two programs is also included. 

Schools can find a step-by-step process, requirements, cost, forms, agreement examples and more information on CTE requirements for schools. Please help spread the word! 
K12 Navigator connecting educators and manufacturers
Launching soon!
The K12Navigator is a FREE tool to connect education and Central Minnesota manufacturers. The website aggregates work-based learning resources to integrate into classrooms or workforce development programs. Educators can log on and search for a list of manufacturers in Central Minnesota that are willing to provide the following items:
  • Classroom speakers
  • Company tours
  • Job shadowing
  • Youth apprenticeship programs
  • Work-based training
  • Student mentors
  • Student technical project support
  • Material donations.

Watch for your email for announcements and more information.
CMMA met with state officials in October in honor of Minnesota Manufacturing Month. CMMA members chatted with MN Senator Torrey Westrom, MN Representative Paul Anderson, and MN DEED Commissioner Grove.  Discussion at the October 20th event focused on the need for collaboration on several workforce related issues: exposing K-12 students and parents to manufacturing careers; shrinking class size contributes to smaller labor pool; broadband issues in rural communities; changing the narrative with K-12 administrators, teachers, and counselors; expansion of STEM programs in the K-12 setting ... Read More
Governor Walz Rountable held Oct 14
Two long-time CMMA members were part of an online Manufacturing Roundtable with Governor Tim Walz and DEED Commissioner Steve Grove on October 14.
In addition to CMMA Exec Director Sandy Kashmark, the 10-member panel of participants included CMMA members Joel Bauer with Midsota Manufacturing, Inc. in Avon; and Chuck Hentges with St. Cloud State University; as well as TSMA member Ed Bolas with Dycast Specialties Corporation in Starbuck
Discussion focused on how the state can help manufacturers find the employees they need, with an emphasis on the ongoing need to raise awareness about good-paying manufacturing careers, particularly with parents. Watch it here.
CMMA Golf Social Recap 2020
The CMMA Golf Social once again raised significant funds in support of scholarships and youth manufacturing programs. Held at Wapicada Golf Club in St. Cloud on September 15, the eighth annual event netted $12,500 in profits. As the association’s only fundraiser each year, proceeds are earmarked to support the CMMA Foundation. The Foundation distributes scholarships and grants that support youth manufacturing programs in the region.

First place prize money was awarded to a team of golfers from Advantage One Insurance: Brian Jarl, Andy Noble, Doug Odegaard, and Justin Berg.  They scored a 55; 17 under par!

CMMA volunteer profile - Doug Cook
Title: Senior value advisor
Where do you work, what work do you do? Headwaters Strategic Succession Consulting, Inc. I am a certified Exit Planning Advisor. I help business owners create a blueprint to maximize the value of their business.
CMMA anniversaries - Thank you for your membership!
Member for 10 years
Member for 5 years
Legislative success
On October 15, 2020 the Minnesota Legislature passed a bill to conform to section 179 expensing effective for tax year 2020 providing $208 million in tax relief over the next three years. AMFA, CMMA & TSMA partnered with the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, and many others, to advocate for this law change for the past three sessions and we are pleased it has been accomplished! Thank you to members who took the time to contact their legislators! Read more
Riveters Club
This program runs on a point system, or rivets, with CMMA advocates (current members) earning rivets as follows:
  • 1 Rivet when you bring a guest to a meeting
  • 3 Rivets when your manufacturer guest JOINS CMMA!
  • 2 Rivets when your non-manufacturer guest JOINS CMMA!
  • 1 Rivet each time the company RENEWS their membership.
2019 CMMA Annual report
Check out the CMMA 2019 activities and accomplishments in this annual publication.
MPMA launched skilled-training academy at Hennepin Tech College
The Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association (MPMA) has launched a skilled-training academy for incumbent workers that combines traditional machine tool technology training at Hennepin Technical College (HTC), self-driven training through TITANS of CNC: Academy, and mentors overseeing production work through on-the-job training. Read the press release here.
Jobs in MN campaign
DEED recently launched its #GoodJobsNow campaign to promote the abundance of quality career opportunities throughout the state. For Greater Minnesota, this is a good opportunity for employers to market themselves broadly, and encourage prospective newcomers to consider your communities. View campaign videos. Contact Jen Gates, DEED Communication Director at 651-358-0300 for questions. 
Are you hiring and wanting a unique way to reach potential candidates?
Participate in the Curbside Career Fair! 
To be held Wednesday, December 2 at CareerForce St. Cloud. Job Seekers will receive a bag filled with advertisements of open positions by driving, walking, or biking through our socially-distanced career fair. More.
Web marketing minute
Historically, manufacturing businesses have relied on tradeshows to attract business. Even post-pandemic, more and more of the buying process will be done online, with many decision-makers having grown up in the internet age. Far more selling is being done virtually. Just as business travel and face-to-face selling are diminishing, so too is the interest in print material. Your presence on CMMAworks.org can be enhanced to increase leads to your sales team. Contact Becky, Communications Director, with questions.
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15480 17th Avenue NE, Little Falls, MN 56345
(877) 909-7848
Supplying components for all major brands of sandblasting and painting equipment.
117 1/2 5th Ave South, St. Cloud, MN. 56301
(320) 980-3983
Commercial real estate solutions.
15815 Franklin Trail SE, Prior Lake, MN 55372
(763) 226-7155
Sales strategy and coaching.
4314 32nd Street S, St. Cloud, MN 56301
(651) 333-2170
Business succession planning and business transition management
1415 5th St. North, St. Cloud, MN 56303
High performance floor coatings and coverings.
519 2nd Street N, St. Cloud, MN 56303
(320) 345-7307
Marketing agency.
30701 Pearl Drive, Ste. 3, St. Joseph, MN 56374
(320) 363-0051
Technologically advanced cabinets, caseworks and millworks.
1 First Ave So., Buffalo, MN 55313
(763) 682-1671
Financial services firm
CMMA Foundation
Year-end donations
The CMMA Foundation was officially established in March 2015 to provide grants and scholarships for programs that encourage manufacturing careers in Central Minnesota. Between donations and investment growth, the CMMA Foundation currently has assets of over $60,000.

K12 schools can apply for CMMA grants and scholarships here

Donations are welcome and encouraged! Donations are eligible as a 501(c )3 charitable contribution. Donate online at Community Giving, or send to 101 7th Ave. S. #100, St. Cloud, MN. 56301 with CMMA Fund in the memo line.
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Lower your health insurance costs

MMA began offering health insurance plans to CMMA members in 2017. The plans are totally customizable and have provided significant savings to fellow TSMA, CMMA and AMFA members. See the testimonial below from a fellow CMMA member. We have partnered with Hahn Financial Group, Inc., in Sioux Falls, SD, to offer Employer Health Plans.

Minimum of five participating employees. Contact us to learn more: 800-654-5773 or Sandy@MidwestManufacturers.com

Learn more about the program in this video.
Now in our third year of self-insurance, we are very happy we made the decision to go with TSMA’s Employer Health Plans. Lower premiums contributed to cost savings, plus the program provided an unexpected revenue stream in the form of a significant refund. We appreciate the relationship we have with Hahn Financial Group. They go above and beyond when we need help with something.”  
-Dennis Kashmark, Diamond Buick GMC/Valu Ford & Chrysler