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During his speech, Gov. Pawlenty noted that the public perception of manufacturing is 20 to 30 years out of date, and praised Minnesota manufacturers for adopting niche and value-added systems to counteract decline in the sector. He also commented on the prevalence of Minnesota growth due largely in part to in-state entrepreneurs who build their businesses locally.
Dan Mishek, co-owner of VistaTek, and his grandfather, Ken Wilson, founder of Wilson Tool, introduced the governor together. The event was held at North Oaks Golf Club in North Oaks, MN. Attendees included engineers and purchasers from companies including Medtronic, Lockheed Martin, St. Jude, Toro, 3M and Boston Scientific.
The session concluded with a panel discussion on the trends in low-volume production and the implications these trends have on the Minnesota economy.
Other participating experts at the event included:
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