University of Minnesota
Minnesota Technical Assistance Program
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Allina Hospitals and Clinics, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis

Goal: Minimize toxic product use in maintenance and environmental services.

Intern Summary

Nordic Ware, Saint Louis Park

Goal: Reduce energy used for makeup air units in the painting areas and improve heating efficiency during non-manufacturing hours.

Intern Summary

Stone Products of St. Cloud, Inc., Saint Cloud

Goal: Automate the gel-coat spray operation to reduce waste, toxic air emissions, and worker exposure, while improving quality.

Stylmark, Inc., Fridley

Goal: Reduce an anodizing line's nitric acid use and nitrate discharge.

Thomas Engineering Company, Brooklyn Park

Goal: Replace trichloroethylene (TCE) degreasing with a combination of n-Propyl Bromide and aqueous degreasing.

U.S. Distilled Products, Princeton

Goal: Reduce packaging and product losses, and wastewater generation from the production lines.

Intern Summary


Aveda Corporation, Blaine

Goal: Evaluate ways to reduce water use and evaluate efficiency of the reverse osmosis system.

Blandin Paper, Grand Rapids

Goal: Increase the efficiency of the clay preparation area by recovering material for reuse and removing material from the wastewater.

Endocardial Solutions, Saint Paul

Goal: Reduce costs associated with the use of non-value added materials in the manufacture of medical devices.

Intern Summary

Hutchinson Technology, Hutchinson

Goal: Test ways to reduce water use and improve rinse water cleanliness.

Pro-Corn LLC, Preston

Goal: Evaluate energy conservation opportunities for motors and uninsulated piping at an ethanol production facility.

Redwood Area Hospital, Redwood Falls

Goal: Research how to reduce volume of solid waste and waste that results in the emission of persistent bioaccumulative toxins (PBTs).

Rock-Tenn Company, Saint Paul

Goal: Improve facility insulation to reduce energy costs.

Intern Summary

Ultra Image Powder Coating, Big Lake

Goal: Evaluate how to reduce raw material use in the powder coating application process.

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Crenlo LLC, Rochester

Goal: Reduce paint arrestor waste and evaluate opportunities to conserve water and chemicals.

Greif, Rosemount

Goal: Reduce scrap by reviewing scrap-generating processes in the tubing department, including density of plain paper rolls, setup procedures and cutting operations.

Intermet, Minneapolis

Goal: Examine water use and wastewater, focusing on water use at the tumblers and evaluate electricity use, mainly on the compressors, motors and natural gas to the evaporator.

Lou-Rich, Albert Lea

Goal: Reduce water used in cleaning and cooling operations by 8.9 million gallons per year, saving $42,100 annually.

Intern Summary

Malt-O-Meal, Northfield

Goal: Evaluate options to decrease the volume of off-specification product produces.

Tiro Industries, Fridley

Goal: Reduce water and wastewater to reduce a Service Availability Charge (SAC).


Associated Finishing, Mankato

Goal: Work with molten salt paint stripping materials and methods to reduce phosphorus in wastewater.

Cortec Corporation, Saint Paul

Goal: Improve efficiency of raw material use.

Fairview Health Services, Bloomington

Goal: Reduce infectious waste.

HealthEast, Saint Paul

Goal: Recommend equipment modifications and reusable sharp containers.

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K-Bar Industries, Faribault

Goal: Improve inspection of reject parts before stripping, increase operator awareness, and suggest process changes.

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Lifecore Biomedical, Chaska

Goal: Remove unnecessary equipment and repair water valves to reduce water use.

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Technical Plating, Brooklyn Park

Goal: Improve flow control on one plating line and recommend effluent reuse.

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Amidon Graphics, Saint Paul

Goal: Reduce paper waste from web printing processes.

Columbia Gear, Avon

Goal: Reduce filtration waste.

Fiberglas Fabricators, Le Center

Goal: Evaluate trim scrap and overspray.

Intern Summary

Hibbing Taconite, Hibbing

Goal: Reduce ore spills by making equipment and maintenance changes.

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Oakwood Homes, Redwood Falls

Goal: Reduce construction scrap waste.

Pillsbury Foods, Chanhassen

Goal: Reduce water use at food processing facility.

Quest International, Rochester

Goal: Reduce wastewater loading.

Wis-Pak of Mankato, Mankato

Goal: Reduce water use and wastewater loading.