Spring 2020
Member feature
Anchor Marketing
Reach more influencers with your brand
While manufacturers are adept at building products, it can often be challenging for them to build their brand. This is partly because it is out of their area of expertise (manufacturers are generally better at invention and engineering than professional communication) and partially because they are stationed squarely at the far end of the sales and distribution channel. This means they are compelled to utilize business-to-business communication (known universally as B2B) to promote their products and brand.... Read more
May 13 • 10:30 am
2020 Meeting dates
Mark you calendar

August: Summer Social
September 15: Golf event
September 24
October 22
November 19
December: Holiday Social

We hope to reschedule plant tours that were intended in March, April and May at Midsota Manufacturing, Douglas Finishing and Coldspring.
September 15 • Golf Social
Wapicada • Sauk Rapids, MN

Golf event has tentatively been rescheduled for September 15. We will keep you posted as the summer progresses.
CMMA news & happenings
CMMA COVID-19 Initiative
An essential manufacturers survey was recently distributed and will take the pulse of our manufacturers and their ongoing needs during this time. The sender line shows CMMA Research Team. Your response would be greatly appreciated.

Mfg Vital Signs Photo Contest
Congratulations to Messer Repair - the 1st CMMA submission and winner of a $100 gift card. Photos and stories from the contest are being used to disseminate the message on how critical manufacturing is to the pandemic response and to our economy.

Be sure to like and share the social media posts as an award will also be given to the most popular post of this series.

Engage with CMMA on
Explore STEM @ home
Hands on activities for youth entering 6 - 9th grade from the MN State Engineering Center of Excellence. Read more.

CMMA Board profile - Angie Brick
Angie Brick is currently the Director of Community Relations at Rotochopper, Inc. in St. Martin. Rotochopper manufactures grinding equipment that transforms waste materials into profitable opportunities for customers such as colored landscape mulch and biomass fuels to name a few. Prior to this role at Rotochopper, she was the Director of Human Resources helping grow the Rotochopper workforce from a handful to well over 100.    
Brick has been on the CMMA board since 2019. “It is exciting to work with an organization, such as CMMA, that emphasizes the importance of creating interest in manufacturing careers in central Minnesota among the youth in our community,” said Brick. “Whether you love to weld or want to be the CEO, manufacturing offers many exciting and fast paced career opportunities, and being a part of CMMA is an additional opportunity to bring this message to our future manufacturers.”  

Brick also sits on the Paynesville Area Community Foundation Board. “Together, working with local communities and organizations, we can build a strong foundation for manufacturing in central Minnesota,” she said.

Congrats to Bruce Hagberg - riteSOFT
The St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce announced Bruce Hagberg as their Small Business of the Year award winner. Hagberg is a CMMA board member and his company riteSOFT, is a long-time CMMA member. Congratulations Bruce!

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.
CMMA anniversaries - Thank you for your membership!
Member for 10 years
Technical Die Casting
Member for 5 years
Leaderboard position available
Put your brand in the leaderboard position for the rest of 2020 for only $500. Leaderboard appears on all pages of TSMA.org, CMMAworks.org, and AMFA-MN-WI.org. More.
2019 CMMA Annual report
Check out the CMMA 2019 activities and accomplishments in this annual publication .
2020 Membership directory
You should have recently received your complementary copy. Contact the office for additional free copies.
Workforce development
Grant awards
The CMMA Education Sponsorship Program is pleased to report grants totaling $5,000 for applications received thus far in 2020. Funds were awarded in support of six applications received from projects and programs that expose young people to careers in manufacturing.
The CMMA Foundation provided financial support to these applicants:
Robotics Competition
ROCORI High School – FIRST
Princeton High School – VEX
St. Cloud Technical & Community College – VEX State Tournament
Classroom Equipment/Supplies
Sauk Rapids-Rice Schools – CNC Tooling
Albany High School – welding equipment, calipers, tooling
Elk River High School – equipment and tools
To learn more about the CMMA Education Sponsor Program or to make a charitable donation, give the CMMA office a call at 800.654.5773. Or – show your support via sponsorship or attendance at the CMMA Golf Social tentatively scheduled on September 15 at Wapicada Golf Club. Proceeds from this annual fundraiser are used exclusively in support of youth manufacturing programs in the region. Learn more about CMMA Education Sponsorship Program, or make a donation.
Welcome new members
1500 39th St S, St. Cloud, MN 56301
(320) 980-2762
Corporate benefits packages.
1617 37th St. S., Saint Cloud, MN 56301
(320) 249-3599
Process for evaluating candidates with a criminal record.
441 W Dual Blvd, PO Box 489, Isanti, MN 55040
Custom job shop manufacturer that focuses on all fabrication needs for sourcing single components or whole assemblies .
2789 Clearwater Rd Suite X, St. Cloud, MN 56301
(800) 595-6302
LED lighting supplier.
1901 Oakcrest Ave., St. Paul, MN 55113
(621) 201-3067
Electrical testing and maintenance.
N915 Craftsmen Drive, Greenville, WI 54942
(920) 757-7777
Custom springs.
490 River Street W., Holdingford, MN 56340
(320) 746-3156
Custom stainless steel equipment fabricator for food processing, foodservice, restaurants, pharmacies & medical practices.

307 31st Ave. S., Waite Park, MN 56387
(320) 654-8910
Formerly called Diversified Machine.
Mbiz Solutions - Lower your operating costs
Announcing a new benefit!!!!!

Midwest Manufacturers’ Association (MMA) is pleased to announce the launch of a new business partnership with Beaudry Oil & Propane for its MBiz Solutions program. This partnership, created to further the core objective of MBiz Solutions to lower members’ operating costs, will address the production needs of... Read More

Employer Health Plans outreach
Maria Berens, the health operations manager at Hahn Financial Group, our health plan partner, will be reaching out to all members in the coming days and weeks to schedule plan reviews. This would be a great time for your employees to use downtime to investigate our Employer Health Plans which can likely save your company money on premiums and plans.