Winter 2021
Letter from Les
Hello CMMA members and friends, I hope this message finds you healthy, busy, warm and safe in this season of temperature shifts and changing times. Our organization continues to evolve, engage, create, achieve, grow and succeed, something that I’m proud to report to you, something to be proud of as members, partners and associates. 

Update from my desk and with great optimism, I say that at CMMA it’s  .... Read more
Member feature
Minnesota Chamber of Commerce -
Energy Smart
Energy Smart is a Saint Paul based non- profit program of the Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation. All services are provided at no cost for Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy commercial accounts and those that are members of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. Energy Smart connects with you in-person or virtually to identify your goals and prioritize energy cost saving opportunities. Among these measures, we provide utility bill analysis to better understand how .... Read more
Webinar #8: How to develop a digital marketing strategy
February 17 • 11:00 am
Virtual meeting
February 23 • 11:00 am
Virtual meeting
February 25 • 8:30 am
Workforce Partnership Seminar
February 25 • 10:30 am
Panelist: Sandy Kashmark, Executive Director
Webinar #9: It's not luck, It's targeting: Platform options for digital prospecting
March 17 • 11:00 am
Upcoming virtual meetings
March 25 • 8:30 am
Topic: A model for Manufacturing Excellence: Using ISO 9001 Management Systems

April 22 • 8:30 am
May 27 • 8:30 am
Upcoming webinars in the series
April 21 • 11:00 am
May 19 • 11:00 am
Past Meeting Recordings
November 2020
December 2020
January 2021
CMMA news & happenings
MMA names officers for 2021
Ed Bolas was recently named 2021 President of Midwest Manufacturers’ Association (MMA). Bolas is the Controller at Dycast Specialties Corporation, a Starbuck-based manufacturer of precision zinc and aluminum die castings. Read more.
CMMA Board Election results
Central Minnesota Manufacturers Association 2021 Board of Director election results were confirmed in December. Nine candidates were listed on the electronic ballot issued in November, with seven seats available. 
Re-elected to the board were incumbents... Read more.
Introducing new member benefit
The new CMMA 401(k) Retirement Plan affords members the opportunity to provide a powerful retirement plan for employees, save money, and spend less time on plan administration.  Structured as a Multiple Employer Plan (MEP), CMMA partnered with Clint Nelson, Qualified Plan Advisors, to offer this new member benefit. Read more.
New CMMA website launched on January 1
CMMA published a new website on January 1. The website has the same domain name at The CMMA site is a part of the larger website under the Midwest Manufacturers' Association (MMA) site. Read more.
K12 Navigator looking for manufacturers
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.
Manufacturers - please register your business to be a part of the
Youth Apprenticeship Toolkit launched to help manufacturers
If you're interested in starting a Youth Skills Training or Youth Apprenticeship program, you now have access to step-by-step instructions, , costs, forms, and other resources here. Help spread the word.
Member of the year nominations by Feb 18
Each year, CMMA recognizes members that have distinguished themselves by making outstanding contributions to manufacturing in Central Minnesota. The Member-of-the-Year awards celebrate CMMA’s primary purpose of contributing to the growth and success of manufacturers. Help us identify ... Read more.
Sponsorship packages
As the central office serving CMMA, AMFA and TSMA our job is to help your business succeed. We are proud to offer the 2021 sponsorship packages and are ready to help your reach your prospects, customers and follow members. Earn a FREE add-on when you buy a package. Learn more!
2021 Printed directory - coming in June
Each year MMA produces a printed directory that includes a listing of all CMMA, AMFA, and TSMA members. We will be sending emails soon to purchase ads and log into your account here. Once you have logged in please review the accuracy of your company listing and update inaccurate or incomplete information. Ad placement will be on a first-come first-serve basis. Contact Becky if you have questions.
CMMA volunteer profile - Della Ludwig
Title: Workforce Strategy Consultant for Central Minnesota
Where do you work, what work do you do? I work at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). I cover 13 counties in central Minnesota by supporting businesses and their communities in developing innovative workforce solutions by aligning resources, facilitating collaboration, and leveraging expertise in targeted industries such as manufacturing. Read more.
Emerging Leaders Insight Recap
On February 10, CMMA and sister organizations AMFA and TSMA hosted an online forum for emerging leaders in manufacturing.  Participants shared their story/attraction to a career in manufacturing, which led to brainstorming on tactics to reach the upcoming generation of workers.  The conversation was inspiring and full of fresh perspectives.  Watch your email for an announcement regarding “what’s next” for Emerging Leaders Insight.  Contact Sandy to nominate an emerging leader.
CMMA anniversaries - Thank you for your membership!
Member for 10 years
Member for 5 years
2021 CMMA goals
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.
2020 CMMA Annual report
Check out the CMMA 2020 activities and accomplishments in this annual publication.
Web marketing minute
As you may know we launched a new CMMA website on January 1. The new 4-in-1 website was designed to help search engine optimization. Did you know that completing your presence on can enhance our SEO results even more? Contact Becky, Communications Director, with questions.
White list MMA staff
Please white list or add our emails to your contact list:
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Welcome new members
2395 Troop Drive #102, Sartell, MN 56377
(320) 293-6379
Residential and commercial real estate.
8000 W. 78th St., STE 415, Edina, MN 55439
(952) 222-BOSS
Exit and succession planning.
215 Park Ave. S #100, St. Cloud, MN 55301
(320) 251-6968
Financial planning and services.
300 Lindbergh Dr S., Little Falls, MN 56345
(320) 632-9266
Industry-grade snow plows and snow plow equipment.
1805 Maple Lane, St. Cloud, MN 56304
(763) 233-2284
Midwest Performance Group, LLC
4065 Shorewood Trail, Medina, MN 55340
(763) 218-0328
Growth strategies and ultra-efficient processes.
4401 Co Rd 8 SE, St. Cloud, MN 56304
(320) 249-2707
Credit card payment system.
400 N. Robert St, Suite 1500, St. Paul, MN 55101
(651) 292-3915
Virtual or in-person energy-use consultation.
1120 38th Ave NE, Sauk Rapids, MN. 56379
(320) 529-4012
Premium windows and doors.
404 County Road 50, Avon, MN 56310
(320) 356-2407
Manufacturer of utility trailers, agricultural and commercial lawn care equipment.
(Formerly Midsota Manufacturing.)
CMMA Foundation
Recap of 2020 Education Sponsor Program
Despite limited program activity due to covid-19 restrictions, the CMMA Education Sponsorship Program is pleased to report grants totaling $5,000 in 2020. Funds were awarded in support of six applications received from projects and programs that expose... Read more 

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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Responding to your needs, we have carefully selected four vendors — vetted by our board and endorsed by fellow members— to provide a cost savings to your operation, including...
Since its inception in 1997 more than 125 companies have benefited from reduced costs, an improved safety environment, and increased control over claims management. Learn more.