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Tours will be posted as manufacturers register for the Dream It. Do It. Minnesota Statewide Tour of Manufacturing.

If you are a school, or educator and have a classroom (s) interested in attending a tour, but do not see a facility in your area listed as hosting as of yet!  Please coordinate in your area.  We are a platform for resources, for the locations, and a program providing support, such as covering your bussing costs and promoting the tours taking place statewide!  When you engage your local manufacturers, come back to us to help with funding and register your tour here!

 

 

Oct
3
Thu
Modern Design Cabinetry – Students Only
Oct 3 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Modern Design Cabinetry is a family owned custom cabinet shop that has been in business for over 25 years. Our 45 person team prides itself on providing handsome designs, superior craftsmanship, precise installation and personalized customer service to both residential and commercial contractors and their clients. We have over a 43,000 square foot facility with state of the art equipment and are known throughout the Twin Cities Metro for precision joinery, furniture-grade finishes and meticulous, hand-scribed installations.

Street parking available.

3M
Oct 3 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
D&K Powdercoating
Oct 3 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Johnson Outdoors
Oct 3 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Valero
Oct 3 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Eaton
Oct 3 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Eaton is an electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power management company. We are dedicated to improving people’s lives and the environment with power management technologies that are more reliable, efficient and safe. Our motto is, “We make what matters work.”

Please park in the visitors lot.

Closed toed shoes are required for the tour.

Vector Windows
Oct 3 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

At Vector, we believe hard work and a “get-it-done” attitude are the secrets to lasting success. That’s something we learned from professional builders. We also learned to take pride in our work and that excuses aren’t an option.

It’s that uncompromising commitment to builders that informs our unparalleled service and exceptional craftsmanship. With Vector, you’ll find quality windows and doors that help builders achieve better results with quick delivery times, personalized service and minimal callbacks.

If you’ve ever used our windows, you already know the difference we bring to the table. If you haven’t, we hope you’ll take this opportunity to see what all the fuss is about.

Core Values
*Do the Right Thing

*Respect & Support Each Other

*Aspire to Excellence

*Honor Our Commitments

Parking on-site

Please wear long pants – do not wear open-toed shoes. Protective eyewear will be provided.

Shoremaster
Oct 3 @ 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

In addition to our premium aluminum docks and lifts, ShoreMaster is a part of the ShoreMaster, LLC family which offers a complete line-up of waterfront equipment continent-wide. As an industry leader across nearly every market in the United States and Canada our waterfront products are synonymous with quality. Superior construction, unmatched strength and stability, and infinite versatility are just a few of the many competitive advantages of our line-up of products. Learn more at www.shoremasterllc.com.

Plenty of parking

Please wear long pants, no open-toed shoes. We will provide protective eyewear.

StoneL Corporation
Oct 3 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

StoneL effectively integrates your discrete (on/off) valves into your process control architecture. In order to do that, we optimize all the critical facets of the valve communication and control system.

StoneL is a global leader in providing reliable, field-proven technologies. Our core focus is to contribute to customer success based on reliability, technology, customer support and value.

On-site parking

Please wear long pants, no open-toed shoes.

Oct
4
Fri
Graco Manufacturing Inc.
Oct 4 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am
Stratasys
Oct 4 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

For more than 30 years, Stratasys has helped organizations around the world to reimagine the way they design and make things with 3D printing technology, including FDM®, PolyJet™ and stereolithography systems. The company’s 3D printers, materials, software, professional services, and on-demand parts can transform the product lifecycle from design through manufacturing and maintenance. Stratasys provides tailored solutions for industries including aerospace, automotive, healthcare, consumer products, and education. These organizations Make It With Stratasys to improve patient care, achieve design breakthroughs, simplify supply chains, optimize manufacturing operations and advance product performance. Stratasys is headquartered in Rehovot, Israel, and Eden Prairie, Minn. Learn more at www.stratasys.com.

Free parking lot around the building

No restrictions but visiting groups must contact us first and attendance is limited to the first 100 people who register.

Oct
5
Sat
Felling Trailers, Inc.
Oct 5 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Felling Trailers is a family-owned and operated Full Line Trailer Manufacturer located in Central Minnesota. Started in 1974, Felling Trailers, Inc. has grown from a small shop to a factory and office complex that today covers over 325,000 square feet. Felling’s pride and differentiation is its customized trailer division, manufacturing over 240 different trailer models they have become known as The Trailer Experts. Their engineers utilize the latest Industry-leading design techniques, and their experienced metal craftsmen use cutting-edge technology to turn customers’ conceptual trailer needs into a tangible product. Felling has been providing innovative trailer solutions to the transportation industry for over 45 years. Felling Trailers’ current capabilities allow them to provide a high-quality product that is distributed across North America and internationally. Felling Trailers, Inc. is an ISO 9001:2015 Certified Quality Management System Company, WBENC-Certified WBE, and an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Parking is available in the front parking lot by Highway 71 along the front of the new office building and across the frontage road by Felling’s Building 7.

Closed-toe shoes must be worn while touring the facility.
Safety Glasses will be provided to those touring.

Oct
8
Tue
Donnelly Custom Manufacturing Company
Oct 8 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Headquartered in Alexandria, MN, we are proud to be counted among the outstanding custom manufacturing companies in Minnesota. Our dedicated employees, 36 robots, and 36 injection molding machines operate 360 days per year, 24 hours per day. We’re not just raising the bar in short-run manufacturing – we’re setting new standards. At Donnelly, that’s How Short Run is Done.

Enter through the main office entrance door. Parking available on-site.

Closed-toe shoes or boots only. (no sandals or flip-flops, etc.).
Do not wear loose articles of clothing or jewelry.

Oct
10
Thu
Douglas Machine
Oct 10 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

For over 50 years, Douglas has provided customers with high-quality automated packaging solutions for paperboard, corrugated and shrink-film. We specialize in the design and manufacture of case and tray packers, shrink wrap systems, cartoners and sleevers. Based in Alexandria, Minnesota, Douglas is an employee-owned company that has installed more than 9,000 machines in 30 countries. As a 100% employee-owned company, we are empowered to make decisions, take educated and calculated risks and do what we feel is right to best serve our customers. Every day, we employee-owners find the best ways for our customers to be more productive and save money through our continuous improvement solutions.

Brenton Engineering
Oct 10 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Brenton Engineering specializes in what is know as “end-of-line packaging” – or in other words, the final packaging before a product is shipped. Using the example of a product such as bottled water, Brenton can design and build a machine to wrap already-filled bottles in plastic shrink-wrap, and a machine to stack those cases on a pallet and another machine to wrap them with stretch wrap, making the bottles ready for shipping.

In addition to end-of-line packaging machines, Brenton also builds robots that can be used for case packing, palletizing, material handling and painting. Brenton is well know as being able to find solutions to tough problems that other companies may have failed at, such as integrating several existing machines.

FAST Global Solutions
Oct 10 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

For over 35 years, FAST Global Solutions has been helping improve operational performance in the air transportation, material handling and agricultural industries, with smartly designed and ruggedly built equipment. Founded in 1979 as Watkins Aircraft Support Products (WASP), the company’s focus on unparalleled quality and critical safety engineering of non-powered ground support equipment, resulted in exponential growth—doubling in capacity every year for the first decade.

Production momentum for the company continued over the years, with the addition of package conveyor and military trailer design and manufacturing. In 2015, WASP combined with FAST Manufacturing—a producer of high-quality agricultural sprayers and liquid fertilizer equipment—to become FAST Global Solutions.

LGC, Biosearch Technologies
Oct 10 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Biosearch Technologies™ provides products and services for genomic analysis that support mission critical applications for global customers in agrigenomics and human healthcare. The portfolio offers integrated tools and technologies to accelerate sample preparation, amplification, cloning and expression, next generation sequencing (NGS), custom oligonucleotide synthesis, nucleic acid chemistry reagents, and oligo therapeutics.

Massman Automation Designs
Oct 10 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Massman Automation Designs, LLC has been providing innovative automation for a wide variety of industries for over 40 years. Founded in 1978 by Burl Massman, the company built its reputation on high quality case packing machines. Case packing remains as Massman’s primary product line.

Burl sold the company in 2005 to Jeff Bigger, an Alexandria resident with significant industry experience. In recent years, through acquisitions and product development, Massman has expanded its product offering to include robotics, palletizing, pouching, and integrated end of line systems.

Parking available east of facility.

Oct
11
Fri
ITW Heartland
Oct 11 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

ITW Heartland is a world-class manufacturing company located in Alexandria, Minnesota with 80 employees and more than 37 years of serving customers around the world. We specialize in precision engineered machines, parts, gears, and electro-mechanical products across a variety of industries. We have distinct expertise in the following markets: Aerospace, Energy, Military and Transportation

Our operations have matured through time and experience. We are a lean manufacturing company with a highly skilled workforce of engineers, machinists, and assembly technicians. ITW Heartland maintains several important certifications including: AS9100 and ISO 9001

Pace Industries
Oct 11 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Pace Industries is North America’s largest leading full-service aluminum, zinc and magnesium die casting company. Strategically located throughout North America, we are more than a die casting company. We are a solution provider offering a wide array of capabilities and services. The Product Tech Division located in Maple Lake, MN has 13 Die Cast machines, Vertical and Horizontal Machining Centers plus support machines like lathes and dedicated machines, robotic sanding cells, a tool room to support mold design, cleaning, repairing etc. We manufacture and produce magnesium components for various products, with a focus on pneumatic and electrical power tools, medical, communication equipment, ATV and other recreational motor sports, inventory control devices and electronics.

We have a big employee lot West of our building that you can use, it can also support buses.

All attending must have long pants and were closed toe shoes.

Oct
22
Tue
Ametek-Student Only Tour
Oct 22 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Chandler Industries-Student Only Tour
Oct 22 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Friendship Homes-Student Only Tour
Oct 22 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Granite Falls Energy-Student Only Tour
Oct 22 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Ice Castle Fish Houses-Student Only Tour
Oct 22 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
SpecSys-Student Only Tour
Oct 22 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm