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CEO Don Tomann announced today that Ultra Machining Company (UMC), a 45-year-old precision manufacturing company based in Monticello, Minnesota, has named Eric M. Gibson, formerly vice president of channel marketing at Medtronic, as its new president.
CEO Tomann, son of Terry and Mary Tomann who founded the company in 1968, says “We’re excited to have someone with Eric’s background and experience to help take the company to the next level. Eric is a seasoned business executive with over 28 years of leadership experience in the medical device and pharmaceutical industries. His background and expertise in medical device production fit perfectly with the direction and aggressive, customer-driven growth goals UMC has set for itself.”
Randy L. Hatcher, UMC’s Director of Manufacturing concurs, “In the thirty plus years I’ve been with the company, I’ve seen the company go through three economic downturns, a major management transition, and the need for a new facility to accommodate the company's growth. I think Eric will be a perfect strategic and cultural fit—strategic because of his experience in our industry and cultural because he understands that we are a family company in the broadest sense of the word and we are absolutely dedicated to precision quality in our products and team work in our processes.”
In his new role, Eric will be responsible for leading the company’s six-person management team, helping grow and maintain relationships with UMC’s existing client base, and developing new markets for the company’s five divisions—medical, aerospace, industrial, commercial, and energy. Don Tomann will continue in his role as CEO which, as he says, “includes strategic planning, customer relations, and helping to bring in the talent that will maintain and strengthen UMC’s position as a vital part of the supply chain.”
Enterprise Minnesota Magazine - June 2012
Enterprise Minnesota’s Pathways to Business Growth program enters its second year with three new companies and a multitude of past-year successes.
Enterprise Minnesota kicked off year two of its Pathways to Business Growth program on March 14 with a celebration of Enterprise Minnesota business growth
advisors and program participants at Padilla Speer Beardsley in Minneapolis.
Pathways “is about assessment, discovery, where to start and what can really help an individual company the most,” said Enterprise Minnesota President Bob
Kill, speaking to kickoff attendees. “Pathways to Business Growth really does represent the entire state of Minnesota. It’s a great connection, which I think shows
the power of the public-private collaboration.”
Enterprise Minnesota administers the Pathways program with a $515,000 grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing
Extension Partnership (NIST/MEP). Its mission is to help participating companies achieve profitable growth by working with Enterprise Minnesota advisors on
training initiatives such as strategic planning, innovation and idea mining services, business assessments, organizational and leadership development, and
marketing strategy. As part of the grant, Enterprise Minnesota is also using lessons learned from working with each company to develop industry-wide best
practices for helping manufacturers drive growth within their companies, which NIST/MEP will share with MEP centers nationwide.
In 2011, Enterprise Minnesota worked with 10 companies on the Pathways grant, including The Aagard Group, Absolute Quality Manufacturing, Alexandria Pro-
Fab Company, Akkerman Inc., Automated Equipment, Fiserv Solutions Inc., Ideal Aerosmith, Innovance Inc., Pequot Tool & Manufacturing and Ultra Machining
Company. This year’s companies include Jones Metal Products, Harmony Enterprises and Hutchinson Manufacturing.
Jason Zoubek, sales manager at Absolute Quality in Minneapolis, says Pathways has reinvigorated his company with a new web site, new marketing plan, and
newfound clarity around its mission and vision. It has also transformed Absolute Quality’s perspective on employee empowerment.
“Now, what we’re seeing is more interaction between our employees and management. They’re not as afraid,” Zoubek says. “We’re really drilling down to the
lowest appropriate level to make decisions within the organization.”
Thomas Norman of Norman Consulting, who serves as the independent evaluator of the program, considers the program “uniquely effective, and uniquely
trusting,” and commends its focus on individually tailored solutions.
Kill agrees: “I think this program plays a part to make companies better suppliers and better partners, and we’re really proud of all of the companies that were in
it, and pleased with the three companies that are coming into it this year.”
As appeared in Pine River Journal
Pine River's Industrial Park has a small business that has large hopes of creating new jobs in the future.
Ultra Machining Company expanded their operations in December of 2010 to a new facility in Pine River's Industrial Park.
Ultra Machining Company is a precision manufacturer of machined parts and assemblies for many different industries.
According to a memo from the company from Executive Assistant Roxann Wardarski, approximately 80 percent of their business is made up of medical implants and surgical instruments, 15 percent is concerned with fuel delivery engine components for aerospace and the remaining five percent of the business deals with heavy industrial coolant components.
The company, now based in Monticello, was established in 1968 by Terry and Mary Tomann in their family's garage.
According to Wardarski in a memo, in 1972, Ultra Machining Company moved out of the family garage and into a building in Hamel. Eventually, in 2003, the business moved to its current location in Monticello.
In 2007, the ownership of the company changed hands to the second generation and is now owned by Don and Jenny Tomann.
And in 2010, the company decided to make another change.
They decided to expand their operations and open up a second location.
The fully operational facility in Pine River now has two employees and the company states that the Pine River facility has continued to increase its effectiveness when dealing with the heavy industrial coolant components.
Ultra Machining Company stated that their strategic growth plan includes eventually bringing medical-related machining to the area, which would create some new jobs.
February 24, 2011
By Amy Klobuchar
Innovation is key to Minnesota’s private-sector job creation and economic success in the years ahead.
Take the Center for Applied Mechatronics at Alexandria Technical College, for instance. It provides
education for the technologically advanced fields of manufacturing automation and motion control,
especially in the packaging industry.
In a time when too many people are out of work, the program has a job placement rate of 96 percent. It
prepares students for high-tech positions that do not require a Ph.D. or even a four-year college degree,
but nonetheless demand specialized training and experience.
What’s going on at Alexandria Tech and at so many other universities, colleges, and technical schools
across Minnesota builds on our state’s long history of innovation. Ours is a state that has given the world
everything from the pacemaker to the Post-It Note.
Innovation has been our strongest competitive advantage, both as a state and as a nation. In recent
years, however, America’s position as the global leader in innovation has been challenged.
According to a recent study by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, the U.S. now
ranks sixth out of 40 industrialized nations for innovative capacity and international competitiveness,
and ranks last in efforts to improve either of those capabilities.
If the U.S. economy is to recover fully, I believe we need to adopt a comprehensive competitive national
agenda to spur innovation.
That is why I hosted an innovation summit in January at the University of Minnesota. Attended by
hundreds, the meeting was an opportunity for business leaders, educators and policy experts to discuss
the strategies needed to sharpen America’s innovative edge and ability to compete in the global
And building upon this summit, this month I introduced the Innovate America Act with Scott Brown,
my Republican colleague from Massachusetts.
This legislation would deliver a series of targeted tax incentives to stimulate more private-sector
research and development; cut excess red tape that strangles innovation by small businesses; expand
opportunities for science, technology, engineering and math education; promote exports by small and
mid-sized businesses; and encourage higher education institutions to convert their research into products
Many of the ideas included in our legislation came from meetings and discussions I’ve had with
business owners, workers, teachers and students across our state about how we can best move our
In January and February, I visited more than 20 Minnesota communities to meet with local
entrepreneurs; see the schools that educate them; and hear from local leaders who want to do everything
they can to promote economic development.
I went to the University of Minnesota Duluth and Minnesota State University Moorhead as well as
technical colleges in Rochester, Alexandria, Anoka, and Brooklyn Park.
In Rochester, the Mayo Clinic and Rochester Community and Technical College have partnered to
develop a training program that will prepare nursing students to become a part of Mayo’s pioneering
patient care system.
I also visited successful homegrown businesses like Minnesota Rubber & Plastics in Litchfield, SJERhombus
in Detroit Lakes, Ultra Machining Company in Monticello and Wells Technology in Bemidji.
They have all increased their number of employees during the past year.
For example, Ultra Machining has steadily grown into one of the premier manufacturers of precision
machined parts and assemblies, especially for the medical device and aerospace industries. It is a great
example of a business that has been able to expand and add new jobs even during very difficult
There are many gems of innovation like this in Minnesota communities, large and small. They are
already producing the jobs of tomorrow - today. We need more like them.
With countries like China and India moving full-steam ahead, neither Minnesota nor America can afford
to rest on our laurels. We have been an innovation leader before, and that is what we need to be
Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat, is Minnesota's senior U.S. senator.
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