MSC Southeast Interim President Larry Lundblad (left) met with Bay State Milling Plant Manager Al Simanovski on October 23, 2019, to accept a three-year pledge of support for the college’s Advanced Manufacturing Infrastructure Initiative.
Bay State pledges financial support to MSC SE’s Advanced Manufacturing Infrastructure Initiative
Minnesota State College Southeast is proud to announce that Bay State Milling has joined the large number of regional businesses that support the college’s Advanced Manufacturing Infrastructure Initiative. Bay State Milling has pledged a generous financial commitment over the next three years to assist the college in building a more robust learning environment for students in manufacturing-related programs.
Bay State Milling is a family-owned company that produces traditional bakery, rye, gluten-free and organic flours as well as many innovative plant-based food ingredients. The company’s deep roots in Winona date all the way back to 1899, when the Porter Mill was purchased and re-named Bay State Milling Company.
The close ties between Bay State Milling and Minnesota State College Southeast are seen in the numbers of alumni who work at the company and current employees who are enrolled at the college.
“We support the efforts of MSC Southeast to provide our community with exceptional education programs,” said Plant Manager Al Simanovski. “We truly believe programs such as these are important, not just to us as manufacturers, but to provide people with critical skills necessary to be successful in a rapidly changing work environment.”
The Advanced Manufacturing Infrastructure Initiative (AMII), a product of local businesses, community advocates, and the college’s leadership, was launched in February 2019. The purpose is to overhaul the college’s advanced manufacturing education capabilities and provide state-of-the-art equipment for years to come.
Following the ribbon cutting in August 2019 of the CNC/Advanced Manufacturing Lab, work continues at the college, particularly in expanding capabilities in Mechatronics, a new program that includes training in robotics and human-machine interfaces.
“Investments such as this three-year pledge from Bay State Milling will help us further develop resources for students such as the Industrial Automation Laboratory and the Advanced Manufacturing Lab,” said Interim President Larry Lundblad. “Our business partners are helping to make MSC Southeast one of the most technologically sophisticated two-year colleges in the state of Minnesota.”
To date, the college has received close to $1 million in direct financial support, in-kind donations and pledges towards the Advanced Manufacturing Infrastructure Initiative. Individual and corporate donors include:
• Bay State Milling
• Benchmark Electronics
• DCM Technology
• Elizabeth Callender King Foundation
• Merchants Bank
• MiEnergy Cooperative
• Miller Ingenuity
• Jerry and Pat Papenfuss
• Peerless Industrial Group
• RTP Company
• Slaggie Family Foundation
• Stone Machinery
• Thern, Inc.
• WNB Financial
• Winona Area Industrial Development Association