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September 15, 2016


Finding And Creating Meaningful Workforce Training Programs In Rural Minnesota

Aurelius Manufacturing was founded in 1926 as a producer and seller of hand crank eggbeaters. In 1963, the company began a transition from a job-shop producing many products and components to a company focused on manufacturing hydraulic cylinders. Initially, Aurelius Manufacturing produced standard tie-rod cylinders, but quickly moved to specialize in make-to-order welded cylinders. Loren Nelson joined the company in 1974, and continues to serve as President today. Nelson is a champion of jobs and training programs and has successfully incorporated public training programs for his employees. He serves as a member of the Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Workforce Development Board and was recently appointed to the Governor’s Workforce Development Board. Nelson will challenge the perception that accessing workforce training funding from governmental entities involves red tape, a blizzard of paperwork and extensive delays. It didn’t for him! He will discuss how his small manufacturing firm built successful partnerships with government funding sources and training providers to positively impact his company’s production capabilities and create new jobs in north central Minnesota.


Northwest Private Industry Council Northland Community & Technical College
Northland Community & Technical College
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NCTC Airport Campus
13892 Airport Road
Thief River Falls, MN

Meeting Agenda

11:30 am
Welcome: Dave Goetz, H2WMA President
Lunch: $15

12:00 pm
H2WMA Update: Dave Goetz

12:10 pm
Keynote: Loren Nelson, President of Aurelius Manufacturing Co. Inc.

12:50 pm
Guest Speakers:
~Carey Castle – NCTC
~Murray Turner – Mobile Labs for Advanced Manufacturing

1:15 pm
Adjourn: Dave Goetz
Optional tour of the Thief River Falls airport facility