Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty recently gave a keynote speech at a half-day conference hosted by Vista Technologies LLC, a Vadnais Heights, Minn.-based rapid prototyper, rapid tooler and injection molder. According to a news release from the company, Pawlenty "noted that the public perception of manufacturing is 20 to 30 years out of date, and praised Minnesota manufacturers for adopting niche and value-added systems to counteract decline in the sector." The event introduced attendees to the new methods and technologies used to manufacture low-volume production parts including additive fabrication, milling and aluminum tooling. Attendees included engineers and purchasers from companies including Medtronic, Lockheed Martin, St. Jude, Toro, 3M and Boston Scientific.
Gov. Pawlenty visits Minn. molder
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