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Pace Industries – St. Paul, Minn., division / 2010 division sales: $16 million to $17 million / HQ: Arden Hills, Minn. Employees: 120 / Specialty: Aluminum die casting, machining and assembly the st. paul division specializes in producing aluminum die castings for cosmetic and complex parts. Setting the Pace pace industries’ st. paul, minn., division works to handle the uptick in business. by brian salgado Like many manufacturers recovering from the recession, Pace Industries’ St. Paul, Minn., division is in the midst of “rightsizing” its operations to remain profitable. However, that doesn’t mean the aluminum die caster has a lesser need for qualified, experienced manufacturing employees. “The biggest difficulty since growing is finding the people to do the work,” Division President John Coats explains. “As surprising as it may sound, it takes a long time to find 10 66 SPRING 2011 people. They don’t like hard industries like this or are not suited for them. This has been a struggle since the spring when business jumped considerably.” In response to the labor shortage in the area, this division launched an apprenticeship program in conjunction with the state of Minnesota at the beginning of 2011. According to Coats, this is just one of the many ways Pace Industries is making itself more attractive to recruit and retain the top people in the industry. “I’m most proud that the corporation has introduced a lot of programs that are people-based,” Coats says. “There is the marketplace chaplain program and many other concepts that help grow people and make them more productive.” “The thing I’m most proud of is the corporation has taken the initiative to make this happen because they really care about individuals,” Coats adds. “This shows where Pace is going as a whole.” This division – which is located in the St. Paul suburb of Arden Hills, Minn. – was founded as St. Paul Metalcraft in 1960. At that time, the operation focused on producing

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Manufacturing Today - Spring 2011
Business Value
Supply Chain
Patriot Forge Co.
Reading Bakery Systems
The South African Mint Co.
GCX Corp.
Jay Industries Inc.
Johnson Electric Coil Co.
Certified Transmission
Olhausen Billiards
Pace Industrues
RTI Claro
The Testor Corp.
Restonic Matresses
Advanced Automation
Anadigics Inc.
Hermes Cones & Snack Manufacturers
JR Automation Technologies LLC
Prodomax Automation Inc.
Stafford Manufacturing Corp.
New England Ropes
Berger Paints Trinidad Ltd.
Air Tractor
Artisans Inc.
Bermingham Foundation Solutions
Bowers Manufacturing Co.
Ferti Technologies
Industrial Acoustics
Morton Industries
Presstek Inc.
Ranco Fertiservice Inc.
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Manufacturing Today - Spring 2011