Wholesale & Distribution International 2018 - Volume 5, Issue 1 - 54
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."
Minnesota Flexible Corp.'s sales and other staff are key to the company's success.
BY JIM HARRIS
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 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 wide range of fluid conveyance
products, as well as hose/tube combination assemblies.
innesota Flexible Corp.
(MFC) believes in 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
Sales training is a high priority for MFC.
"We hire people who have no prior industry experience, but are bright and well-educated, and train them in our industry
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and product line," Vice President of Sales
Andy Larsen notes. "The end result is that
we have sharp people who are well-versed
in our products and industry."
MFC's extensive training programs extend beyond its staff to its manufacturing
floor, where staff has regular weekly meetings to discuss various 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
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 OEM customers, resellers
and maintenance, operations and repair
(MRO) customers in most industrial
markets. Roughly 70 percent of the company's sales are to the OEMS of power
generation, paint spray, agricultural and
In addition to its ISO 9001-certified
main manufacturing facility in St. Paul,
MFC operates branches in Grand Rapids,