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BTD Manufacturing
www.btdmfg.com / Annual revenue: $170 million / Headquarters: Detroit Lakes, Minn.
Employees: 900 / Paul Gintner, president: "Talent development will be key for us."

combined. BTD has been a wholly
owned subsidiary of Otter Tail
Corporation since 1995.
BTD has five facilities in the
Midwest. Headquartered in Detroit
Lakes, Minn., the company also has
two locations in Lakeville, Minn., and
single locations in Otsego, Minn. and
Washington, Ill. BTD strives to set
itself apart from the competition
through quality control, cost containment, innovation and rapid delivery.

count as customers are Polaris, CNH,
Caterpillar, GE, Honda, John Deere,
Siemens and Toro. This represents a
small slice of the dozens of companies
that have chosen to partner with BTD.
"We work in a number of industries," Gintner says. "We do a lot with
recreational vehicles, heavy and light
construction, agriculture, lawn and
garden, and the energy sector in natural gas and wind. Those are our primary industries."
"We can help our clients deal with
issues like the skilled labor shortage
and supplier consolidation," he adds.
"They expect us to be the metal
expert and to have leading-edge technology. We can be their engineering
arm and help them drive out cost,
making their parts more cost effectively so they can sell more units."
From assembly, finishing, tooling,
stamping and fabrication to tubing,
welding, machining and quality control, BTD has an impressive list of
capabilities. Its custom metalwork
services include metal fabrication,
forming, tool and die work, machining, powder coating, prototyping,
laser cutting, robotic welding, stamping, cutting, CNC and EDM. The company is equally comfortable working
on projects where customers need
engineering and manufacturing of a
single component, or if it is needed on
a metal fabrication project from
beginning to end.
"The backbone of our company has
always been tool and die," Gintner
says. "Today we have 110 people in our
tool and die division alone. Over time,
it has been a journey for us to go from
tool and die all the way to building a
finished product for the OEMs."

Serving the Best

Regular Investment

Today, BTD offers a vast array of custom metalwork services to a number
of the world's top brands. It works
with clients in the United States,
Canada and Mexico. Among the
world-class brands that BTD can

An ISO 9001:2008-registered company, BTD regularly invests in metal
fabrication innovation, partnering
with another leader in the industry or
developing new metalworking solutions. By investing in people, equip-

working with a diverse client
base, btd manufacturing helps
clients drive out costs with
engineering.

On the Move
geographic expansion and extensive capabilities are
driving btd manufacturing's growth. by eric slack
BTD Manufacturing has been
serving the contract and custom
manufacturing needs for many top
brands since 1979. The company's
extensive range of contract and custom manufacturing capabilities,
along with its growing geographic
footprint, are helping BTD live up to
its mission of growth, service, quality
and innovation.
"What we are focusing on as a business is to keep growing our ability to
be a one-stop shop for metal fabrication for our OEM customer base,"
President Paul Gintner says.
Founded in 1979 as Bismarck Tool
and Die Co., the current incarnation
of BTD came into being in 2011 when
Miller Welding, Performance Tool &
Die and BTD Manufacturing Inc.
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