News Archive

Newsletter – Winter/Spring, 2015

EJ Ajax Combines Workforce Talent with Servoforming to Join Metalforming Short List

EJ Ajax Brings a World of Experience to AHR Expo – January 20, 2015

EJ Ajax Manages Hairpin Curves – January 19, 2015

HVAC Manufacturing Video, AHR Expo – January 15, 2015

Newsletter – AHR Expo Special Edition – January 10, 2015

Manufacturing Company Becomes Model for Fighting Long-Term Unemployment National Skills
Coalition – October 17, 2014

Newsletter – Fall, 2014

Where the jobs are: The new blue collar
USA TODAY – September 27, 2014

Minneapolis: Blue Collar Job Market
USA TODAY – September 27, 2014

What the Jobs Are: Laser Cutting Machine
USA TODAY – September 27, 2014

10 skills that can launch a fulfilling manufacturing career By Erick Ajax
Special to the Pioneer Press – September 27, 2014

Newsletter – Summer 2014

Newsletter – Spring 2014

Workforce Development and the State of the Union – April 2014
by PMA member Erick Ajax, Co-owner, EJ  Ajax Metal Forming Solutions

Newsletter – Winter 2013

Newsletter – Fall 2013

Closing the skills gap is a matter of partnership
Minneapolis StarTribune – November 10, 2013
By Erick Ajax and Senator Al Franken

Altheha DrePaul an Upward Spiral
Featured in Precision Manufacturing – October 2013

Al Franken & Erick Ajax Conference – July 2013

Senator Al Franken and Erick Ajax discuss bill to address the skills gap – July 2013

Business leader EJ Ajax says four year college not for everyone,
offers manufacturing apprenticeships – June 2013

WCCO Radio Interview – June 2013

Local manufacturer offers apprenticeships for valuable STEM
careers – Channel 9 TV News June 2013

Good Question: Is College Worth The Cost For Everybody? – Channel 4 TV News June 2013

Not all good Twin Cities jobs require a 4-year college degree – June 2013

Newsletter – Summer 2013

Wanted: Highly skilled workers for good manufacturing jobs – April 2013 Civic Caucus Interview

Fridley family firm EJ Ajax is a model for training – Star Tribune April 2013

EJ Ajax Acquires Swirtz Tool & Manufacturing – February 2013

Investing in Employee Training–January 2013

Erick Ajax : Manufacturing Skilled Workers – November 2012

DOL Working for You: Minnesota Business Hires Veterans With Fast-Track Training – November 2012

Erick Ajax: Hiring veterans is good business. We know from experience. – September 2012

PMA Running Strong – July 2012

Safety Trumps All at EJ Ajax (podcast) – June 2012

Erick Ajax: Hiring veterans — our positive experience
By Erick Ajax Press

EJ Ajax colleagues featured on Kare 11 news – March 2012

A One-Stop Shop to Get Back to Work – March 2012

On the Job with Jose Chavarria: Star Tribune – January 2012

EJ Ajax receives “Metalforming Pioneer” award – December 2011

EJ Ajax gets nod from President Obama: – June 2011

EJ AJAX WINS 2011 U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Blue Ribbon Award – March 2011

Ethical Leaders in Action MN. Manufacturer of the year – March 2011

EJ Ajax & Sons Named 2011 Minnesota Manufacturer of the Year for sharing its
best practices in education, safety and lean manufacturing. – Feb 2011

A Brief to the White House Summit on Community Colleges:
How to Create High-Impact Partnerships for Jobs and Economic Vitality – Oct 2010

Minnesota Safety Council Spotlight on EJ Ajax – Oct 2010

EJ Ajax & Sons, Inc. Wins 2010 North American Safety Award of Honor – Aug 2010

We’re ready to hire, but there’s a shortage of workers with the right skills
St. Paul Pioneer Press ( – July 25, 2010

Green Metal Forming Initiatives
MetalForming Magazine-April 2010

Investing in their futures – February 2010

An Open Letter to the New President of the United States
Manufacturing Success – Winter 2009

Education is ready and eager to support manufacturing
manufacturing Success – Summer 2009

Ethical Leaders in Action
The Hill Center for Ethical Business Leadership – December 2009

Minnesota manufacturers need more workers with more skills – January 2009

Small Business Takes to Export World
Trade Magazine – December 3, 2008

Dedication to Training and Education
MetalForming Magazine – October 2008

Built on Collaboration
Manufacturing Success Magazine – Summer 2008

Dealing with energy costs: less politicking, more sense
St. Paul Pioneer Press ( – May 24, 2008

Manufacturing: The New ABCs
Minneapolis Star Tribune – January 14, 2008

Q&A with Erick Ajax: Talking Time, Talent and Treasure
Corporate Citizen Boston College – December 2007

America’s Safest Companies: Passionate about Safety
Occupational Hazards – November 2007

Safety is the Bottom Line at EJ Ajax & Sons
Occupational Hazards – November 2007

Manufacturing Respect
Minneapolis Star Tribune – October 15, 2007

Technical Education: Another Pathway to Success
St. Paul Pioneer Press May, 2007

(Reprinted by U.S. Chamber of Commerce) Manufacturing: The Minnesota Model
Minneapolis Star Tribune – April 16, 2007

Workforce Development in the Manufacturing Sector
Hitachi Foundation January 2006

An Abundance of Higher Skilled Manufacturing Jobs?
Economist’s View – August 14, 2006

Innovation at Work
HIRED Annual Report 2006