Group News

                        SME Chapter 11 was Chartered 85 Years Ago!

A fair number of members turned out May 4 to share pizza and catch up face to face after 26 months of pandemic-induced separation.  The pizza was good, the conversation better, and the networking best!  It was so nice to catch up with those we’ve missed!

As we head into late spring and summer, our group takes a break to enjoy the weather, the fishing, and the adventure that comes with the seasons. It is our target to resume in-person tours come September, with a varied lineup of unique manufacturing facilities. We hope everyone has an enjoyable summer, and we look forward to catching up over pizza at a factory tour or two.

Fall Plans

Make a note on your Fall calendars for SME tours during the following weeks:
            Week of September 19th
            Week of October 10th
            Week of November 14th
We are planning to visit a few of the companies that promised to host us when the pandemic ended.   Those include Air Automation’s customer learning lab, By-The-Yard outdoor furniture, and Wyoming Machine. Look for more information in August!

Chapter Business

We are still seeking a Chair Elect for 2022.  Other open volunteer positions include webmaster and programming assistant.  Contact David at to learn how the Chapter can help you develop your leadership skills.

SME Minnesota State-Wide 2021 Chapter Awards:

Jim Stertz is recognized for his years of service as Treasurer, and for his enthusiasm for all things related to sensible automation.  Enjoy your upcoming retirement, Jim!
Tim Lange is the recipient of the 2021 Chapter Chair’s AwardA long-time SME member, Tim is always finding new ways to contribute.  This year’s opportunities include being ready with manufacturing related jokes and cartoons, taking minutes, proofreading bulletins, and, most importantly, always being present at leadership meetings and willing to offer wise and valuable council to his colleagues.  Thank you so much, Tim, we truly appreciate your passion for, and dedication to, SME!

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Welcome to SME Minnesota State-Wide Chapter 11!

Members, Associates, and Friends:  We attempted to resumed tours and in-person general meetings in September, with limited success.  We will continue with virtual meetings until May, 2022.

Our executive committee meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month (except June and July). We invite you to join us; either in person or via Zoom.  Send an email to for meeting time and location, or the Zoom link.  The next Executive Committee Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 1, at 7:00 PM.

SME Minnesota Chapter 11 is passionate about local manufacturing!  Our strategic & tactical plans for the current year can be found here.

We thank the following companies for supporting our chapter:


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