Founded in 2021, Manufacturers Connect is an exclusive event where members discuss current trends, strategic insights, and best practices in manufacturing, outsourcing, capacity management, and quality assurance with like-minded individuals.


The inaugural Manufacturers Connect event featured a star panel of manufacturing industry leaders speaking on several pertinent topics and sharing how their companies are continuing to navigate the changing business landscape. 

The event was hosted at the beautiful Golden Valley Country Club and was free of charge for the manufacturing business owners, executives, and leaders that attended. Key takeaways from our attendees included solving supply chain issues, approaching pricing with rising material costs, creative ways to connect with prospects and new accounts, and engaging their people on multiple levels to increase retention and production.

Manufacturers Connect aims to be the top networking destination for owners and leaders in the industry. Attendees were encouraged to network before the event during check-in and after with a hosted bar and appetizers. People chatted well past the intended end time, and the conversations and connections made proved to be very valuable. 

Manufacturers Connect events will never have salespeople or exhibition halls. It is designed to be a stress and pressure-free environment to collaborate with peers within the industry.

Our next event will occur in the Spring of 2022 and will feature an expert speaker on the state of the economy in Minnesota and how it affects manufacturing specifically. Please stay tuned for more helpful content and insights from our sponsor group covering marketing, taxes, sales, wealth management, IT, and recruiting aimed toward helping manufacturing companies grow and prosper. 

You can follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn. See you all in the Spring!

Panel Moderator:

Gary Braun, Partner; Pivotal Advisors


John Bower – Chief Operating Officer, Precision Gasket Company

Jordan Einck – Project Manager, Gardner Builders

Mike Braun – Partner and Co-Founder, Pivotal Advisors

Lori Tapani, Co-President – Wyoming Machine

Discussion topics:

  • Supply Channel Changes
  • Space Usage – Real Estate
  • Financial Challenges or Opportunities
  • Sales Process Changes
  • Trade Shows/Conferences – Changing the way people connect and sell
  • People Recruitment/Retention


Please save the date to join us in person for our Manufacturers Connect event on April 21, 2022. You will get to network with other manufacturing executives and listen to the expert on the 2022 Minnesota Economic Outlook for 2022.

When: April 21, 2022, 4:00-7:00 pm CT

Where: Golden Valley Country Club

Who: Executives from manufacturing companies – No vendors or sellers

Why should you attend?

Generate New Ideas

What technology and digital solution could enhance your company operations – use the conference to hear new ideas.

Build Your Personal Network

Meet other like-minded professionals and build your own network of contacts.

Take Advantage of Expertise and Experience

Speak to and hear from a mix of professionals from both service providers, solutions providers, and industry operators.