Like many business owners, Jim was a bit of a rebel growing up. Not afraid of risk and preferring to do his own thing, Jim and his buddy started mowing yards at age 15, by 18 he had 8 employees and ended up selling the business so he could attend college. Having a close family and a love for this mother Mary, Jim started Mom’s Design Build, originally as a landscape company, but his clients wanted more, so they expanded, and now complete beautiful interior design and remodels. Check them out at www.momsdesignbuild.com
I had the honor of interviewing, Brad Ahlm, President of Conductive Containers, Inc. Listen to this, when you rub your feet on the carpet, then touch someone, and give them a “shock”, it took about 5,000 volts of static electricity to generate that “shock”. Now picture this, your company makes something like computer microchips, and if your microchip is exposed to even 10 volts of static electricity, it will ruin your microchip, but you need to ship your microchips across the county… now what? I’ll tell you, “what”, you call Conductive Containers Inc because when it comes to protecting products from an electrical charge, they have the answer. They can make a custom container for your microchips or anything else you might need shipped, stored, or displayed. Check them out at www.CorStat.com
P & F Machining stated in 1983 by Floyd and Patsy Pawlak in New Hope, MN. Floyd spent his nights and weekends operating a small manual lathe in the corner of a warehouse until he was able to quit his day job and be self-employed. Today they have a BEAUTIFUL facility in Otsego, with a waiting list of people who want to work there. P & F Machining, Inc. specializes in precision machining for the medical device industry and by the looks of things, they’re definitely doing something right! Check them out at www.PFMachining.com
If you can dream it, Acucraft can build it. There is no fireplace took complex, or request too unique. For, example how about a fireplace that makes ice? Yes, ice! Take a listen as Chris Maxon, CEO of Acucraft Fireplace Systems tells the story of an electrical fire that literally burns his company to the ground, and like a Pheonix, comes back from the ashes bigger, better, and stronger! Check them out at www.acucraft.com
When I think of the way a COO should think and do, Anthony Cole is it. This guy is constantly thinking, “how can we do better,” he knows all his business metrics, tracking what he needs to track, and has goals for the future. We’ve all heard, “Readers and Leaders,” well Anthony has already read 40 books this year! Check them out at www.backyardmn.com
Eric Pratt, Minnesota Senator, is my new favorite politician, and here’s why. Eric walked on to the Division 1 football team, Colorado University, as a linebacker. Of the 24 players who tried out as a walk-on, 23 were cut and Eric was the last man standing. At this time his coach asked him, “why do you want to play football here?,” and Eric’s reply was because “I like to hit people.” My MAN! How can you not love that? Website: ericprattmn.com
The Fenix Group has answered the most complex application challenges in the specialty performance coatings industry. They have developed leading-edge technology, building a reputation for solving problems no ‘off-the-shelf’ performance coating can touch. Check them out at fenixspc.com
Park Construction is a Minnesota-based contractor specializing in construction planning, surveying, and site development for transportation, flood control, oil and gas, heavy industrial, utilities, and commercial markets.
Bart Anderson is a fellow patriot and the CEO of US Site Work based out of Elk River MN. They are an earthwork, demolition, and utilities contractor. I am amazed how quickly they have grown, opening in 2013 and already employing about 70 people!
DSI started in a barn back in 1982 and now employs 115 people! If you have a manufacturing problem, DSI has the solution. Listen to Troy Brake, Noah Stark, and Lisa Horn, as they tell us why they’ve hired 25 people in the last 12 months and where they’re headed. Check them out at www.DSIMN.com
Listen as Taylor Carlson Schroer talks about the history of the ERX Motor Park, and the year-round events taking place including off-road and snowmobile racing, concerts, charitable events and so much more. Check them out at https://www.erxmotorpark.com/
Nick Bailey and this team at Two Men and a Truck are more than just a moving company. Pack, unpack, move something to another room or across America, crates, storage, residential, commercial, and junk removal… they do it all. Nick got his start in his dad’s furniture business, as a kid, and later purchased a Two Men And A Truck franchise with his dad in 1999. Check them out at https://twomenandatruck.com/movers/mn/minneapolis/south
Rob takes us from working at his dad’s auto parts store as a kid and having no doubt he was going to take over the family business, to starting a solar panel company from his kitchen table back in 2007, and now employing 60 employees. Goes to show, if you have a dream, you can make it happen. Check them out at www.cedarcreekenergy.com
As a little boy, Dave was fascinated with Robots. Starting with his first Erector Set, to winning the State Championship in Robotics in high school, to now helping companies become more efficient, reduce injuries, and providing alternative solutions for the labor shortage, Dave Neville has a ton of experience and knowledge in robotics. Whether you’re interested in leasing a robot for your manufacturing company, supporting his power storage program, or finding out more about Robots making Robots (WTH!), this episode is for you. Check them out at https://www.infinityrobotics.com/
Tony Schmidt and Bret Niccum have known each other since the 7th grade. They take us on a journey from the beginning. From making docks in his dad’s 1,000 square foot garage 40 years ago to being THE go-to dock company on Lake Minnetonka and with clients all over the country. Check them out at https://niccumdocks.com/
Andy Nordeen tells us about how his football injury led to starting Assurance Construction Solutions.
From Porky’s on Lake Street to Classic Rides & Rods- Brad Burns has taken his childhood fantasy, and made it his reality!
Gary contributes his success to treating people right. All people, not only his clients but also the subs, vendors, and everyone else in between. It’s a 3rd generation business started by Gary and this father John back in 1978, but building decks and whatever else they could find to stay busy. Today, Gary and this two sons, John and Jeff, are building some of the most beautiful custom homes in the state of Minnesota. John Kraemer and Sons have received many awards, including four-time winner of the Housing First MN ‘Builder of the Year’ award. Check them out at www.JKandSons.com
We are joined by our special guest Sam Rosen in today’s episode.
We are joined by our special guest Mike McGrath in today’s episode.
We are joined by our special guest Michael Torado in today’s episode.
We are joined by our special guest Michael Anderson in today’s episode.
We are joined by our special guest Jim Glomstad in today’s episode.
We are joined by our special guest Jessie Houlihan in today’s episode.
We are joined by our special guest Darrem Kiser in today’s episode.
We are joined by our special guest Todd Meyers in today’s episode.
In this episode we talk with Sandy Stoddard!
In this episode of The Minnesota Made Podcast, we get to interview our special guest, Jim Sebesta of Minnesota Occupational Health
Today at Minnesota Made Podcast we get the chance to sit down with Douglas Cossette from Super Siders. Douglas tells us all about how Super Siders came to be and talks to us about the core values of the company.
Laketown Electric has hired 25 employees in the last 2 months! Matt and his team are CRUSHING IT. This small town Minnesota electrical contractor is on the Fortune 5000 list! Tune in to hear how Matt and Laketown Electric are bringing power to MN!
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In this episode, Jason sits down with Christ Stropes from Maximum Recycling
In this episode, Jason sits down with John Foley of John Foley Masonry
In this episode we sit down with Peter Doran Lawn and Landscaping
In this episode of the Made in Minnesota Podcast, our host Jason Webb sits down with Frank Pennachio. The guys discuss risk management for clients, the importance of mentors and more!