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.
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
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
Key facts about manufacturing in Minnesota:
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
workers took home $21.6 billion in wages from Minnesota manufacturing jobs in
2018, the second-largest total payroll among private sector industries.
exports brought $21 billion into the Minnesota economy in 2018.
in Minnesota pays an average annual wage of $67,098, which is 15 percent higher
than the state’s overall average wage.
provides 322,000 skilled, well-paying jobs, which significantly contribute to
Minnesota’s high standard of living and economic vitality.
Dan McGee, Sales Engineer at Ajax, and Don Wellman, VP of Sales and Marketing, are in booth #7349 at Power Gen International in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Show runs through Thursday December 7, 2017. Ajax board member Erick Ajax is also in attendance.
Colleagues from Ajax Metal Forming hosted an exhibit at the Veterans Career Fair on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at the DoubleTree By Hilton hotel in Bloomington Minnesota. This career fair, held annually and organized by The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), is the largest career fair dedicated to veterans in Minnesota.
Curt Jasper, head of Human Resources at Ajax, has been exhibiting at this event annually along with Ajax colleagues Patt Patterson and Jose Chavarria. The Ajax team created special apparel for the event that features a combination of military fatigues and manufacturing uniforms.
Ajax Colleagues Patt Patterson, Jose Chavarria, and Curt Jasper greet potential recruits at the 11th annual Veterans Career Fair on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at the DoubleTree By Hilton in Bloomington , Minnesota. (Click to enlarge)
“Military veterans succeed at Ajax Metal Forming because of the excellent training and relevant experience they acquire on military duty,” Jasper said. “This Veterans Career Fair is a terrific opportunity for Ajax to attract these outstanding candidates who want to continue formalized “training”. That’s why we exhibit here every year.”
Jasper said Ajax is recognized as an outstanding employer in the region. The company was named as a Top Workplace by the StarTribune newspaper for the third year in a row, and was recently named as the Anoka County Employer of the Year. The company is also a MNSHARP Worksite, awarded to companies who demonstrate an excellent safety record.
About The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is the state’s principal economic development agency. Agency programs promote business recruitment, expansion and retention, international trade, workforce development and community development. The agency facilitates an economic environment that produces good jobs and improves the quality of the Minnesota workforce.
185 companies exhibited at this year’s fair. Career-seeking veterans are admitted free of charge. This is the 11th year DEEDS has organized this event.