MITGI leadership team

The leadership team at Midwest Industrial Tool Grinding Inc., from left, Jesse Korson, John Korson, Nate Bode, Ryan Zimmerman, Bruce Kasal, Jeff Streich, Ted Doring, Eric Lipke and Andrea Waller-Plath, attended the Minnesota Business magazine Manufacturing Awards Sept. 23. Team members not pictured are Sheila Murphy and Jennie Nelson.

Minnesota Business magazine of Minneapolis presented its 2014 Minnesota Manufacturing Awards Sept. 23, and Midwest Industrial Tool Grinding Inc. of Hutchinson took top honors.

MITGI, which manufactures and markets standard and custom cutting tools, won first place, or gold, in the Image Award category, recognizing an organization for improving the industry’s image and showing the appeal of careers in manufacturing.

“The company is using its years of experience to not only build a profitable enterprise, but also to inspire youth to explore careers in the industry. Through on-site tours, classroom visits, presentations at manufacturing expos, and participation in advisory groups, it’s helping to expose elementary through high school students and their parents to the types of jobs that are available in the expanding industry,” the magazine wrote about MITGI.

The Image Award was one of 11 Manufacturing Awards presented by Minnesota Business magazine. A first-time finalist for the award, MITGI was honored to be recognized for its efforts to improve the industry’s image and the appeal of careers in manufacturing, said Eric Lipke, MITGI general manager.

“Manufacturing is growing and thriving in Minnesota, and we’re pleased to help promote and represent the best that our industry has to offer,” Lipke said.

The work MITGI has done to earn the award benefits the manufacturing industry as a whole, said Mary Hodson, president of Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. “MITGI has succeeded in helping to improve the image of manufacturing and improve recruitment into the manufacturing industry. We are so pleased for them,” she said.

MITGI also won silver in the Best in Class: Small Company category, coming in second behind Jet Edge of St. Michael. The award recognizes a small company (1-50 employees) for overall excellence in the manufacturing industry in Minnesota.