Here is a summary and the latest news on various projects & initiatives the EDA is currently working on. Check back often for project updates!

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


Web: mitgi.us

Phone: (320) 583-0480

Email: jennie.nelson@mitgi.us

Depot Marketplace

The Hutchinson EDA, in partnership with the City of Hutchinson and the McLeod County Rail Authority, is working on a project to redevelop the railroad depot site on Adams Street, in downtown Hutchinson.

Plans call for the site to be cleaned up, the existing quonset building will be removed, the historic rail depot will be shifted on the site (so its parallel to Washington Avenue) and placed on a new foundation, a paved parking lot will be constructed and a new pavilion will be constructed that provide a permanent home for the Downtown Farmer’s Market.

Currently we are in the process of doing an environmental review of the site.  Once that’s done (hopefully by mid-August) we should be ready to move forward with site clean-up.  Stay tuned for further developments!

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.