MN Brownfields – KSU/TAB EPA Grant Writing Workshop in Hutchinson

Several attendees tour the Depot Marketplace and Farmers Market

Several attendees tour the Depot Marketplace and Farmers Market

More than 20 redevelopment professionals from the public and private sectors came to the Hutchinson City Center on July 15th for a one day workshop designed to either introduce participants to EPA grants dedicated to Brownfields Cleanup and Redevelopment or to sharpen and refresh the skills of those who’ve completed the grant process in the past.

The highly competitive grant program has a limited budget each year, and only the best applicants are awarded funds. The level of competition is reflected in the overall quality of the entries, nearly all of which earn 90% or more of the possible points during evaluation. Furthermore, the lowest scored successful applications might have earned 95% or more of those points.

We’re grateful to Minnesota Brownfields and the Technical Assistance to Brownfields Program at Kansas State University for their efforts and passion for this work. MN Brownfields and TAB provide comprehensive resources and guidance to communities and not-for-profits in addressing the ubiquitous need to redevelop contaminated properties. The importance of this work is that it allows municipalities to address the ever-changing land use demands of citizens and businesses by: creating opportunities within older neighborhoods; removing blight; and responding to the incompatible uses that can arise as industries become obsolete, businesses fail and housing expectations change.

Local Manufacturer Continues its Upward Trend

Midwest Industrial Tool Grinding, Inc, (M.I.T.G.I.), a Hutchinson, MN based custom tooling manufacturer, has announced that their Spring 2015 catalog will offer approximately 4,200 tools, up from approximately 600 last year.

For the full article by Terry Davis in the May 13th Hutchinson Leader, click here.


To learn more, visit the M.I.T.G.I. website.



Manufacturing Shines in Hutchinson

Minn. manufacturers promote their state (pdf)

Click here to view the original article in October 2014 Cutting Tool Engineering.


MITGI: Winner of the 2014 Image Award

MITGI: Winner of the 2014 Image Award

MITGI:  2014 Image Award Winner, Minnesota Business Magazine Manufacturing Awards

HUTCHINSON, MN – September 25, 2014

Midwest Industrial Tool Grinding, Inc. (MITGI) has been awarded the 2014 Image Award, one of eleven Manufacturing Awards presented by Minnesota Business Magazine.  A first time finalist for the award, MITGI was honored to be recognized for their efforts to improve the industry’s image and the appeal of careers in manufacturing.

“Manufacturing is growing and thriving in Minnesota, and we’re pleased to help promote and represent the best that our industry has to offer,” explains Eric Lipke, MITGI General Manager.  “We believe that by helping students and parents to better understand the opportunities that exist for good paying, rewarding careers in manufacturing, we’re helping to pave the way for a new era in manufacturing.”

Committed to community and education, MITGI encourages and supports the steady flow of young men and women entering into manufacturing-related programs.  Through participation in advisory boards, scholarships, paid internships, on-site tours, and classroom visits, MITGI strives to inspire students to explore careers in the industry.  “The owners at MITGI recognize schools as community assets, and we are proud to help serve and support them,” noted Lipke.  “When students consider career paths that utilize their skills in math and interest in technology, such as those found in modern-day manufacturing facilities, our local community thrives.”

Located in Minnesota, MITGI manufactures and markets standard and custom cutting tools. Combining innovation with quality and repeatability, MITGI tools have become the product of choice in many R&D departments and manufacturing facilities that serve the medical, automotive, computer, and aerospace industries.

Jennie Nelson

Director of Marketing and Media



Phone: (320) 583-0480


Industrial Park 100% Complete

Project Summary

The project is to establish a new fully served municipal industrial park with installation of public infrastructure (city water, sanitary sewer and streets). In addition, the EDA wrote and is administering state and federal grants to help defray a portion of the $2.4 million infrastructure cost.

Latest News: 22 September 2011

“Energy Park” is now 100% complete. This summer Industrial Boulevard between Michigan Street and Impressions, Inc. was reconstructed and a second “lift” of bituminous was added to both Hackbarth Street and Benjamin Avenue in the new Industrial Park. Also, water and sewer service was extended to a 3.09 acre lot in the southwest corner of the industrial park, making it ready for development.

Next Steps:

The EDA is in the process of closing out the federal EDA grant so the remaining $238,955 can be collected by the city. Also, the EDA will work on closing out the State of Minnesota “Business Development Public Infrastructure” grant and pull in that $250,000.

Customer Elation to add 30 jobs

Latest News: 22 September 2011

Customer Elation, an in-bound customer service center, is planning to add 60 new jobs between now and Christmas. With approximately 150 employees on staff here in Hutchinson, the company continues to experience rapid growth and needs to ramp up its workforce to meet increasing demand. Earlier this month, the company completed the north half of its 22,200 square foot call center facility, adding cubicles, computers and phone systems. In addition, the company added 70 parking stalls earlier this summer to accommodate its ever growing workforce.