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Minnesota Flexible Corp.
www.mfchose.com / HQ: St. Paul, Minn. / Specialty: Hose, fittings and formed tube assemblies /
Will Stewart, president: "Our sales staff is highly technical and very well-educated."

Midwest

we've been blessed with," Larsen
adds. "We're a fast-paced company
with people who work very hard, but
we have a lot of fun doing it."

A Wide Breadth

mfc fabricates and distributes a
range of fluid conveyance products
and can fabricate hose/tube
combination assemblies.

Flexible Strength
minnesota flexible corp.'s sales and other staff
are key to the company's success. by jim harris

Minnesota Flexible Corp. (MFC)
believes in always putting its best foot
forward when it comes to serving existing customers and attracting new
business. "Our sales staff is highly
technical and very well-educated,"
says Will Stewart, president of the St.
Paul, Minn.-headquartered company.
"They really know our products."
Sales training is a high priority for
MFC to maintain its culture.
"We hire people who have no prior
industry experience, but are bright
and well-educated, and train them in
our industry and product line," Vice
President of Sales Andy Larsen notes.
"The end result is that we have sharp
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people who are well-versed in our
products and industry."
MFC's extensive training programs
extend beyond its sales staff to its
manufacturing floor, where staff has
regular weekly meetings to discuss
aspects of their jobs, Vice President
of Operations Terry Kelly notes. The
company takes great pride in the work
of all its staff members. "We have
the kind of people we're proud to say
work for us," Stewart says.
Several of MFC's staff members
have worked there for five, 10 or 15
years. "There's a lot of talk in the
industry about finding and retaining talented people, and that's what

Founded in 1969 as a manufacturer
of metal hose assemblies, the company today fabricates and distributes a
wide range of fluid conveyance products including formed tubing, hydraulic hose, Teflon hose, industrial hose
and HVAC products.
"The breadth of our product line
sets us apart," Kelly says. "There are
not many companies that cover as
many hose products as we do."
The company can also fabricate
hose/tube combination assemblies.
"Many distributors that carry these
assemblies have to buy them from another vendor, but we have the capacity to make them in-house," he adds.
Its other services include managing
inventory for clients, field engineering services, assembly, testing and
certification and custom kitting.
MFC serves a range of OEM customers, resellers and maintenance,
operations and repair (MRO) customers in most industrial markets.
Approximately 70 percent of the company's sales are to the OEMS of power
generation, paint spray, agricultural
and construction equipment.
In addition to its ISO 9001-certified
main manufacturing facility in St. Paul,
MFC operates branches in Grand Rapids, Minn.; Galesburg and Peoria, Ill.;
and New Berlin and Appleton, Wis.
The Grand Rapids location is located near a customer's manufacturing
site and specializes in fabricating,
stocking materials and managing inventory for that client. "We make sure
they have everything they need for
production that day," Kelly says.
MFC gained the locations in Illinois


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