Curt Jasper Inducted Into Minnesota National Guard Court of Honor

Curt Jasper Inducted Into Minnesota National Guard Court of Honor

Ajax Human Resources Manager Courtney Mickelson and Director of Operations Curt Jasper shown at the company’s continuous improvement board.

Ajax Metal Forming Director of Operations Curt Jasper was inducted into the Minnesota National Guard Court of Honor on October 6, 2019 at Camp Ripley in Little Falls, Minnesota. The Court of Honor recognizes service members who have distinguished themselves during their military service and within their communities.

Curt has achieved the rank of Command Sargent Major, the highest enlisted rank in the United States Army.

“The Court of Honor is an inspirational achievement for everyone in the Minnesota National Guard – young and old, enlisted or commissioned,” said Col. Brian Melton, Camp Ripley Garrison Commander. “The exceptional example of service each inductee embodies has motivated us all for several decades and will well into the future.”

“Curt continues to make invaluable contributions to our company and his community,” said Ajax President Kent Djubek. “Our colleagues here at Ajax join Curt’s friends and family in celebrating this great honor.”

Ajax a Top Workplace Five Years Running

Ajax a Top Workplace Five Years Running

Ajax Metal Forming of Minneapolis, MN picked up another StarTribune Top Workplaces honor for 2019. That’s five and counting.

StarTribune Top Workplaces recognition is no small thing. It tells people that our company cares about our employees. It gets our name out there via a major metropolitan newspaper. More importantly, it means that our people think Ajax is a swell place to work.

We like that. A lot. It’s the kind of humbling endorsement that goes far beyond industry awards (we like those too, BTW).

If you’ve never run a business, you may not appreciate just how important your people are to the success of your company. When people think highly of the company they work for, they’re more effective at their jobs. Customers sense that right away.

Ajax is celebrating our 75th anniversary this year. We’ll continue to do what it takes to remain one of the top employers in the Twin Cities area. The future of our company depends on having great people in every role.

Ajax Hosts MFG Day 2019 Students

Ajax Hosts MFG Day 2019 Students

Ajax Metal Forming Solutions Director of Operations Curt Jasper demonstrates a metal forming process to Minneapolis area high school students during MFG Day 2019 on the Ajax plant floor.

Ajax hosted 175 Twin Cities-area high school students on October 3 & 4 for Manufacturing Day. Students were treated to a meet & greet session that included presentations from several of Ajax’s metal forming pros.  Wearing safety gear, students were taken on guided plant tours with demonstration stops at each machinery bay.

Ajax makes a huge effort each year on MFG Day to provide presentations and demonstrations to these youngsters because they and others like them represent our future manufacturing talent pool.  Several of our current Ajax colleagues were introduced to us through this process, so we’ve become believers. Another fresh batch will visit us next year!

Created by the Manufacturers Association in 2012, Manufacturing Day has enjoyed support from many organizations aligned with its mission of positively changing the public perception of modern manufacturing. Ajax has been an active participant in this event since its inception.

Breaking A Sweat To Install A New Press Brake

Breaking A Sweat To Install A New Press Brake

A brand new 230-ton Cincinnati press brake is trucked in to Ajax Building #1

Installers are puttin’ in the OT to bring our shiny new 230-ton Cincinnati press brake online this week.  This massive machine can produce super-consistent parts up to 14 feet in length. It cycles fast for max efficiency. Operators get a 3D view of the part throughout the entire bend sequence, which is very cool.  Advanced touch-screen interface operation speeds-up the setup process.

Short version: Ajax customers will get consistent, close-tolerance forming, super-high part quality, and the lowest possible cost.

October 9 Update: We added a few pics from the completed installation:

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz Visits Ajax Metal Forming Solutions

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz Visits Ajax Metal Forming Solutions

Ajax Metal Forming Solutions Vice President Don Wellman tours the Ajax plant with Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry Commissioner Nancy Leppink.

Governor Tim Walz and Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry officials launched their Manufacturing Week tour Monday at Ajax Metal Forming Solutions.

 “It is not by mistake that we’re kicking off our push on manufacturing and workforce right here at Ajax,” Governor Walz said. “Your top priority is the people who work here. It’s about their growth and their opportunities,” he said. “That’s something that sets this company apart.”

Governor Walz was joined at Ajax by Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry Commissioner Nancy Leppink. “Ajax has been a phenomenal partner with this agency,” Commissioner Leppink said. “Employees are looking for a place where they can build their careers, where their employer invests in them.  Ajax has found that sweet spot.”

Also touring with the Governor was Director of Labor Standards and Apprenticeship John Aiken. “Ajax is a flagship for what’s going on in manufacturing in Minnesota,” Director Aiken said. “We have a tremendous, tremendous relationship.  They’ve been amazing partners to work with.”

Ajax Vice President Don Wellman said his company was honored to be the Governor’s first tour stop. “Governor Walz understands that workforce development drives quality and customer satisfaction,” Don said. “That’s why Ajax customers value these programs. They know they’ll get a better product and a better experience.”

Ajax provides factory tours, technology and machinery demonstrations, and career opportunity presentations each year to area students and their families during Manufacturing Week. This year’s tour date at Ajax is Thursday, October 3.

About Manufacturing Week in Minnesota

Manufacturing Week in Minnesota runs from October 1 to 7, 2019.  During this week, Governor Walz and his staff members will tour the state to highlight the importance of manufacturing to the state’s economy, and the critical need for continuing investment in workforce development.

Key facts about manufacturing in Minnesota[1]:

  • Manufacturing added $52.7 billion to Minnesota’s economy in 2018, representing the second largest contribution (14 percent) to the state’s gross domestic product by any industry.
  • Manufacturing workers took home $21.6 billion in wages from Minnesota manufacturing jobs in 2018, the second-largest total payroll among private sector industries.
  • Manufacturing exports brought $21 billion into the Minnesota economy in 2018.
  • Manufacturing in Minnesota pays an average annual wage of $67,098, which is 15 percent higher than the state’s overall average wage.
  • Manufacturing provides 322,000 skilled, well-paying jobs, which significantly contribute to Minnesota’s high standard of living and economic vitality.