Business and Property Ownership in Hutchinson, MN

Jeff and Scott Haag are two brothers from Hutchinson, MN who are business and property owners offering their perspective on the life-blood of Hutchinson.

Jeff Haag owns property in Hutchinson and has a different perspective than his brother, Scott, but they come together when talking about their experiences as business owners within the community. Jeff notes, “Hutchinson is great for businesses, a central location to market a business, close to an airport and the metro area. We are a healthy, upscale community.” Scott Haag, who manages Hillyard at the Hutchinson location agrees, “Hutchinson is a successful community.”

Scott explains the importance of networking. “Networking through the Chamber is where you can search and find new people and connections. Most of our employees live within 25 miles of Hutchinson” Jeff Haag says that networks play a role in business formation in Hutchinson, but the most important component all of these groups have in common is community involvement.

Networks Share Critical Knowledge

Jeff uses networks to find tenants for his properties by talking to a cross-section of individuals within the community. “It is important to connect with all of them.” As part of the business community, the Haags see how networking and collaboration have helped Hutchinson during global economic challenges, “the city has been aggressive to fill in the voids that are there from some of the recent layoffs and the economic recession. Networks evolve and change. The city has done its best to open the area to new markets. They are great about creating networking among the business owners and share the knowledge of what is going on in their newsletters. Their emails and communication to business managers have improved. Mankato and St. Cloud are very aggressive business centers, but Hutchinson can hold its own with these cities.”

While many new businesses typically don’t have the fiscal resources to get started, Jeff Haag explains that new business ventures can often be financed locally. “Relationships are key to do things. The Economic Development Authority (EDA) has helped me with loan programs. [The] Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF) helps with micro loans and guides entrepreneurs. EDA & SWIF are flexible and customer-driven; it’s a great combination.”

“The Hutchinson EDA & SWIF are flexible and customer-driven; it’s a great combination.”

Scott also notes, “We are connected to other businesses in Hutchinson through the Chamber.” Jeff Haag concludes, “Hutchinson is more friendly, customer driven and willing to help with planning and zoning than ever before. In today’s economy we can’t afford to make people jump through hoops. There is a great attitude and spirit within the community to help businesses grow.”


Pedaling Forward with Outdoor Motion

After changing from a career in social studies to owning a cycling shop, Chad Czmowski has been a business owner, a City Council Member and has participated in numerous community committees for the City of Hutchinson.

Chad purchased Outdoor Motion from the original owners and has expanded the business as a regional expert in the growth sport of cycling. Czmowski says, “Cycling is a growing sport and people can do a loop around town without riding on the streets. The cycling public and consumers are more educated in the sport than they used to be. People know there are knowledgeable cycling experts in our shop, so they can keep the business in town. My dream is to have the Luce Line or Dakota trails paved into Hutchinson, so we could get more of the distance cycling traffic.”

High Rate of Manufacturing Jobs Directly Correlates to Other Areas of Business Growth

Czmowski thinks that the high rate of manufacturing jobs is important for a community to be successful and that success is also built upon by other types of businesses. He states, “It is a bit surprising for a business, like NuCrane, which builds nuclear power plant parts to ship to China, to be in Hutchinson, but great for the community.”

Czmowski says that an important component to Hutchinson’s success is the people within organizations. “If you are involved in community activities, more people know about you and can be supportive of your business. Hutchinson is a community with unique, small businesses that fill niches. I am on the EDA and Jaycees; those organizations have extended my network. By participating in lots of activities, you can get a lot of word of mouth exposure for your business; however, you need to be sincere about why you are participating in civic organizations. Being on the City Council has shown me who cares about the community and who puts in the time (and elbow grease) in organizing and participating in activities.”

“Hutchinson is a city that stays on the front edge of other communities.”

“Hutchinson is a city that stays on the front edge of other communities. People are qualified for what they do; there is no attitude that we are “finished or always done”. We are a nice community that is big enough to have amenities, but small enough to feel like a “real community” and that is why Czmowski keeps his business in Hutchinson!


The Advantages of a Manufacturing City

Hutchinson Manufacturing in Hutchinson, MNHere in Hutchinson, we know a lot about building things and making things better.  The diverse workforce uses the latest technology to build the products of tomorrow.  After speaking to Tom Daggett of Hutchinson Manufacturing, he has a keen outlook on the advantages a vibrant manufacturing base offers to its community.

Variety of Business

Hutchinson is successful because it offers multiple manufacturing options.   Many different types of products, reflect a higher level of education and training.  “When you compare Hutchinson, a multi-company manufacturing community to a similar community that is food-processing based, Hutchinson has a highly trained, talented and educated population of workers.  This benefits the overall community, from education to cultural initiatives.  Ridgewater College offers the nationally recognized NDT (non-Destructive Testing) which helps businesses and nuclear plants test the quality of their welds and that education supports the manufacturing businesses,” said Tom Daggett.

Location, Location, Location

Dagget says the businesses should be here because we are so close to a major market. “Hutchinson can get educated employees and service from the city; but still have a rural work ethic: the best of both worlds.  There is easy access to supply chain/distribution and to customers.  Dedicated rural employees coupled with metropolitan access are just minutes down the road.”

Room to Grow

Tom Dagget of Hutchinson ManufacturingThe city philosophy mirrors that of Dagget, he explains, “The attitude of the Planning/Zoning has done a great job of looking for ways to make economic development happen.  The Chamber of Commerce and Southwest Initiative Foundation encourage businesses, like 3M and Hutchinson Technology and spinoff companies from other organizations to buy local when it make sense.”

Dagget concludes that start ups should go to Southwest Initiative Foundation to connect with others and learn about options to underwrite funding.  He also advises new businesses to work with a Hutchinson bank. “If you think a big chain bank should be your local bank, you will have issues trying to get financing and the personal attention a small business needs.  Local financing can be critical for success.”

Hutchinson has an available, affordable and highly skilled manufacturing workforce of thousands that is turnkey ready for your business.  Tom Dagget’s family and Hutchinson Manufacturing are a testament to that relationship between business and community.

Improve Your Bottom Line

Utilities can be a large expense to any size business and impact the bottomline. That’s why Hutchinson devotes time to helping reduce overhead expenses like utilities through reliability, cost saving measures, and renewable energy.

Mike Kumm, General Manager of Hutchinson Utilities, believes in helping companies come to Hutchinson. “When a business moves to town, we offer a One-Stop Shop” meeting at City Hall with all the local utilities.   We talk to the developer to make things easier for the business.” [Read more…]

Strong Past, Stronger Future

Corey Stearns of StearnswoodAny business looking at coming into a community like Hutchinson is bound to consider longevity and stability, and nothing speaks to this like a business who’s made the decision to stay for over 120 years.

Stearnswood has been an important part of Hutchinson for over a century and is proud to call this community home. Corey Stearns, President of Stearnswood knows his company and Hutchinson have evolved together over time. “My father sponsored the first redevelopment of the downtown area in the 1960. He also helped bring to town anchor businesses like JC Penny’s, Rexall Drug, Red Owl, Woolworths, and Walgreen’s back before there was an EDA.” [Read more…]

A City of Opportunities

From its early days, Hutchinson has been a place where arts, parks and commerce have merged together to create a way of life that residents are proud to call home. From cultural events and the arts, to businesses and  an environmentally conscientious community, Hutchinson is a model for 21st century cities. Hutchinson has the nation’s second oldest city park system (only New York City’s Central Park is older).

Steve Cook, the current Mayor of Hutchinson explains where Hutchinson has been and where it is going. “I describe Hutchinson’s culture as conservative and progressive. We provide amenities and quality of life for families and an educated workforce for the businesses in town. We believe arts and historic preservation is important. Our river’s beauty is enhanced by the many parks (well above national average for a community this size). Our natural resources are important to our way of life; we were the 2nd Tree City USA in the state.” [Read more…]

The Next Big Idea

3M in Hutchinson, MNDo you have your sights on the next innovation that will impact generations to come? You are not alone, and in fact, you’re in great company.

Innovative companies like 3M, Hutchinson Technology, American Energy Systems, and Hutchinson Manufacturing have all selected this area because of its ideal climate for incubating new ideas.

It’s been over 60 years since Hutchinson won over 3M with its sound infrastructure, close proximity to the metro area, and rural advantages. Finding necessary resources to take their big ideas to the world, 3M Site [Read more…]

Where the Right Introductions Happen

Duane Hoversten, Small Business Development Center

The business leaders in Hutchinson, Minnesota know how to make things happen. Nowhere else will you find business people so excited to step up and do what it takes to help make someone else’s business get off the ground or expand, and succeed.  Rare maybe, but not in Hutchinson where the entrepreneurial spirit is strong.

Hutchinson business leaders take the time to connect and build relationships. It’s these “networks that are hugely helpful for small business,” says Duane Hoversten of the Hutchinson Small Business Development Center. Both well-established companies and new entrepreneurial endeavors alike, find resources, financing, support, and encouragement within the Hutchinson business community. Hoversten, whose finger is firmly on the pulse of small business [Read more…]

New Ventures Take Root

Tim Ulrich of Citizens BankHutchinson has always made it a priority to have a vibrant industrial park and land available for small and large businesses to take root.

Tim Ulrich, the President of the local Citizen’s Bank and Trust shares  his sentiments about Hutchinson. “Businesses should choose Hutchinson because it is a nice community with a great location, amenities, and everything a business needs is right here or close by.”  Ulrich is also a member of the Hutchinson EDA, and he has a lot to say about the role of business development and growth within the area.

Citizens Bank in Hutchinson“New ventures can usually be financed locally. The downtown association and the EDA have loan funds available for our thriving downtown district. We are always interested in local opportunities and are responsive to organizations who want to grow. Hutchinson has the tools and resources to get it done,” says Ulrich.

The Citizen’s Bank and Trust, where Ulrich is President, has been in Hutchinson since 1886 and has always been a strong supporter [Read more…]