Dream It. Do It. MINNESOTA

Statewide Tour of Manufacturing



October 1st - 10th

Or anytime in October that works for you!





Free to host
Free to attend

What is Dream It. Do It. MINNESOTA Statewide Tour of Manufacturing?

The Dream It. Do It. MINNESOTA Statewide Tour of Manufacturing is an opportunity for schools, families, and the general public a chance to see how modern manufacturing is high-tech and innovative.

Tours take place throughout the month of October, however most tours will occur during Minnesota Manufacturing Week, October 1-10.


Dream It. Do It. MN thanks the following sponsors for their support of the Statewide Tour of Manufacturing:


Platinum Sponsor

Dream It. Do It. Minnesota is led by 360, a manufacturing-based center of excellence. 360 develops the future workforce through Dream It. Do It. Minnesota.As a consortium of 15 institutions led by Bemidji State University and includes 14 other technical and community colleges, 360 is designing a 21st century education system that prepares individuals to have rewarding careers in manufacturing and meets the needs of the region’s manufacturing employers through an enhanced pipeline, industry-driven curriculum, and authentic assessment. 360 is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and received a National Science Foundation grant in 2012 to become an Advanced Technological Education Regional Center. To learn more about 360, contact Karen White, executive director, at 218-755-2208 or kwhite@bemidjistate.edu.


 Platinum Sponsor

Founded in 1990, Tri-State Manufacturers’ Association (TSMA) TSMA is a membership organization serving manufacturers in west central Minnesota and eastern North and South Dakota.
TSMA’s manufacturing members range in size from the one-man shop to a handful with more than 200 employees and are primarily involved in metal manufacturing, with plastics, textiles, woods and foods also represented. The majority are contract manufacturers, along with some OEMs.
TSMA also encourages membership from those who provide services to manufacturers – such as consultants and financial, educational, and government institutions.
TSMA hosts general meetings on the first Tuesday of the month; typically in Alexandria, Fergus Falls, and other locations. The meetings include a manufacturing tour, guest speaker and dinner.
Workforce development efforts include a scholarship program, Dream It. Do It. program, and Tour of Manufacturing events. TSMA engages with local K-12 institutions by offering free membership, free meeting attendance, and a grant program to fund the purchase of equipment and tooling for K-12 manufacturing programs, along with funding for robotics teams, field trips, and more.
Dozens of TSMA members benefit from the Trifac Workers Compensation Fund.
TSMA is affiliated with Midwest Manufacturers’ Association, along with Arrowhead Manufacturers & Fabricators Association (AMFA), Lakes Area Manufacturers Alliance, and Central Minnesota Manufacturers Association (CMMA).


Platinum Sponsor

This group of 300+ manufacturers came to Dream It. Do It. Minnesota in April 2012 to help bring the campaign statewide. Their funding and support has helped us drive our message all across Minnesota. Having been around for over 60 years, MPMA has a ton of initiatives to keep good people coming to the industry. The Education Foundation, Super Mileage Challenge, and the Minnesota PLTW Statewide Conference with MPMA are just a few of the ways you can benefit from connecting with MPMA. Not to mention the updated job postings and their free Precision Manufacturing Journal. To learn more about MPMA, contact Bill Remes, director of sales, membership and advertising, at bill@mpma.com.

sponsor-prostaff-ware Platinum Sponsor

 Pro Staff and Ware Technology are two staffing firms within Atterro Human Capital Group that specialize in staffing and recruitment for the administrative, light industrial, and engineering fields.
Atterro is a diverse family of specialty staffing and recruiting firms, each dedicated to a particular niche specialty. Atterro’s experienced industry professionals utilize the latest research, recruiting technology and assessment tools to serve clients through its five specialty brands—Digital People for creative, interactive and marketing, Hunter Hamilton for finance and accounting, Pro Staff for administrative and light industrial, Technical ProSource for information technology, and Ware Technology Services for engineering. Visit www.atterro.com.

                sponsor-mars Gold Sponsor

  The Mars Company was founded in 1924 to service the emerging iron mining and timber industries in Northern Minnesota. The company is built on the philosophy of “finding solutions” and “personal touch.” The entire Mars team is dedicated to personally making sure they take good care of their customers.

sponsor-west-central             Silver Sponsor

West Central Initiative is a regional community foundation that serves nine counties in west central Minnesota: Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin. WCI invests and helps leverage resources in our communities for regional success; and success for WCI means thriving families, communities and businesses–it’s all inter-related!WCI works with many partners, using the tools of economic development, community development and promoting philanthropy to help people and communities create a better tomorrow for west central Minnesota.

sponsor-deed Silver Sponsor

DEED has the right tools and expertise to help your business start strong and stay strong. One key resource, the Made in Minnesota Directory, can make it easy for your company to find – and be found – by home state suppliers. And more and more manufacturers are discovering the directory with nearly 900 listed.
The Made in Minnesota Directory is a free online directory of products and suppliers with products manufactured in Minnesota.Working with local suppliers can save you time, money and promote the local economy. The directory is available to virtually anyone from anywhere.Find components and final goods, from food and shoes to sanding belts, CNC machining and molding injection. Search by key word, industry, county, renewable energy products and potential buyers and suppliers.
Contact information, top products and number of employees are accessible with few clicks.Choose from any of the options in the directory since they can be combined to bring you more specific results.The directory is simple for manufacturers to use and register their businesses. Any business with manufacturing operations in Minnesota is eligible to register in the directory.
For more information, contact Magda Olson at 651-259-7183 or magda.olson@state.mn.us.


Thanks to a generous grant from the Toyota USA Foundation, Dream It. Do It. Minnesota is providing transportation scholarships to help expose students to modern manufacturing.
sponsor-manufacturing-institute  The Manufacturing Institute is the authority on the attraction, qualification, and development of world-class manufacturing talent. The Institute is the place where we exceed expectations and deliver results to help close the skills gap.