We help you assess the risk, prepare you for potential end-of-life and buy-out obstacles, devise a plan, and assist in negotiations.

Moving your program from one supplier to another takes serious consideration and careful execution. Transferring your manufacturing program from your current supplier to MME group doesn’t have to increase costs or create new headaches.

We start by understanding the challenges you face with your current supplier. With full in-house contract manufacturing services and expertise, we use our resources to find solutions. Once we assess the program, we advise on whether the transfer is financially sound. Alongside assessment, we analyze the risk. We share the facts and costs upfront, and provide ROI predictions. If transferring your program is the right move for your company, we manage it every step of the way.

We broach the transfer with discretion. We understand the delicate nature of potentially ending a supplier relationship. We advise on how to best handle your unique situation. We safeguard against price hikes, end-of-life fees and other hidden—and often unnecessary—costs charged by the current supplier. We aid in the negotiation process to protect your best interest.

We are a vertically integrated contract manufacturer. When we enter into a partnership with your company, we take accountability for the program outcomes. Our superior in-house resources are at your disposal and sourcing outside MME group is fully managed by our team. Whatever complexities your program faces, we are equipped to handle.

If you’re feeling trapped by your current supplier, let us take a look at your program. Please complete our online Request for a Quote or contact Brian Bussmann directly at (651) 483-0965.

Our customer is a company to keep a watch for in the outdoor paintball sport. Its unique, patented product adapts to the end of a paint gun to allow players to play at night. The prototype was originally manufactured overseas. It was so well received by paintball enthusiasts, the company reached out to MME group to re-engineer the design for a lighter, higher quality and lower cost solution to help bring it to market for the masses.

With a patent in place and a few sketches to work from, our engineers are tasked with improving the adapter durability while engineering a stylish, small, lightweight and water resistant product. The adapter must retrofit the most popular style paintball guns. It must include LED lighting and a rechargeable-style battery. Once the product is manufactured, MME group will package and ship the product for final distribution.

Production for the adapter is scheduled for completion in February 2016—just in time for our customer to showcase its product at an upcoming tradeshow.

To learn more about contract manufacturing services including mechanical and electrical engineering, contact Brian Bussmann at (651) 483-0965

Two strategic Midwest locations enable MME group to efficiently serve customers on both coasts. With more than 75,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space, we’re equipped to handle customers from a variety of industries including medical, government, highly regulated and consumer product.

We operate 24 hours a day with more than 75,000-square-feet of manufacturing space at two St. Paul, Minn.-area locations. We operate around the clock because meeting deadlines is not only critical to our customers’ success, but ours as well.

Our facilities feature a class 8 (100,000) clean room for molding and assembly of medical device parts and products. We also house a clean room for silicone (LSR) molding. We operate in the highest regard for customer parts and products and abide by strict safety and quality controls.

We provide inventory management, storage and shipping services. Because timing matters, our customers benefit from our convenient Midwest locations. Access to inventory and shipping requests are handled immediately. Our customers do not experience inventory delays because of overseas time differences and extended shipping requirements.

We work closely with our customers and provided resources when they are needed because we want to ensure project success from start to finish. Our in-house contract manufacturing services include product design and engineering, tooling, molding, assembly and quality control. We’ve earned the privilege to be included on many Approved Suppliers Lists.

We are experts in supply chain management; we are a vertically integrated contract manufacturer. We operate from coast to coast and partner with suppliers throughout the U.S. Our success has generated 99.7% on-time delivery, and a high customer retention and satisfaction rating.

Contact us for your next contract manufacturing project at (651) 483-0965 or sales@mmegroupinc.com

We custom engineered a stylish new indoor/outdoor enclosure for our customer’s product. We secured supply chain management, and provided tooling, molding and sub-assembly with electronics.

Our customer sells innovative lawn irrigation control systems to consumers and businesses. Its eco-friendly products are recognized for innovation and cost savings. Its newest product will now receive kudos for its sleek and stylish enclosure.

Partnering with the company’s engineering firm that designed the controller component of the product, we manufactured the custom enclosure case and provided electrical sub-assembly. We worked side-by-side to ensure design continuity was maintained.

The ingress enclosure features a combination of colors and weather-resistant materials. The assembled enclosures are kitted with anchors, screws and instructions before we send the final product to its distribution center.

Our partner’s product is schedule for production this fall.

Looking for custom contract manufacturing services? Contact Brian Bussmann at (651) 483-0965 or sales@mmegroupinc.com.

 

28 Jul 2015

Call Us the Mask Guys

We have extensive experience in engineering, sourcing, tooling and 2-shot-molding masks for the medical industry. With years of experience, it’s easy to embrace the title of “Mask Experts.”

Our most recent mask customer contacted us through a referral. MME group is contracted to engineer, source and manufacture a new, and highly complex disposable mask within the customer’s price range. Their goal is to get their product to market quickly while abiding by stringent quality controls.

We use our supply chain management expertise to work with our customer’s existing suppliers and supply chain resources to streamline production.  We provided the option to source overseas with MME group maintaining responsibility and managing the vendor.

The MME group engineering team worked closely with the customer’s team to re-engineer the product to allow for 9 variations of the mask. Plus, each with different components to create countless SKUs and kits. Our team recommended and sourced materials to ensure the customer’s price point was met.

Our quality control team will assist with the company’s CE certification mark which certifies that a product has been evaluated and meets rigorous standards for safe operation.

The mask is slated for production in early 2016.

Looking for a mask or medical device contract manufacturing expert? Contact Brian Bussmann at (651) 483-0965 or sales@mmegroupinc.com.

We’re excited to announce the launch of our new website. The new site provides the ultimate user experience featuring improved navigation and organization.

The MME group website includes a fresh, modern design compatible with today’s browsers and built on a responsive platform to enhance the user experience on desktop, tablet and mobile devices. With one click, it’s easy to follow menu helps you navigate directly to the information you’re looking for. Once there, you can navigate further into the site to learn more about MME group’s full service contract manufacturing capabilities.

MME group website features: 

•   Contract manufacturing capabilities

•   Improved navigation and organization

•   Responsive design compatible with all devices

•   Technical articles and white papers

•   Case studies

•   Industry and MME group news

The request for quote form and button are prominently featured on every page of the site so you can quickly and easily contact MME group.

MME group recently welcomed new hire Natalie Nemetz to the team. Natalie joined MME group in April 2015 as a new Customer Service Representative.

Natalie handles customer communication and acts as a liaison between customers and departments at MME group. She provides account management services including receiving purchase orders and report reconciliation, creating sales order acknowledgments, and providing scheduled shipment reports.

Natalie is a graduate of St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minn. After graduation, she worked several years in various customer service positions. “I worked in several positions where I needed to adapt and be flexible. My critical thinking and problem solving skills were frequently challenged, and my customer service skills soared,” said Natalie. Prior to joining MME group, she was a research manager at a marketing research company. She provided web analytics and data to Fortune 500 companies. After the company consolidated to Florida, Nemetz found her next opportunity with MME group.

With a smile on her face, Alexandria boasts about the addition of Natalie. “Natalie is a ray of sunshine. In her short time at MME group, she’s impressed us with her ability to learn processes, programs and products.” Natalie’s personality has won-over her colleagues as well. “Natalie has an empathetic nature and is a social butterfly. She uses those strengths to breakdown communication barriers between employees and customers alike,” adds Alexandria.

You can reach Natalie Nemetz at (651) 483-0965 ext. 229 or nnemetz@mmegroupinc.com.

MME group, a contract manufacturer, today announced that it was selected by Wild Wheels Enterprises to manufacture its JOCX™ The Original Hose Holder, an innovative new product designed to securely hold the nozzle receptacle of pneumatic hoses commonly used in automotive and paint shops. Wild Wheels selected MME group because of its extensive engineering and supply chain management experience, and full service contract manufacturing capabilities.

“The team at MME group is responsive, resourceful and experienced. We chose a partner who did not simply manufacture a product. Rather, MME group worked with a sense of ownership and provided practical, cost-effective solutions to quickly engineer and manage production for a successful market launch,” said Mike Huebl, sales manager at Wild Wheels Enterprises.

MME group was presented with two Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) prototypes of the hose holder invention. Originally, the Company was asked to develop tooling to manufacture the product – pretty straightforward. What transpired took the product from concept to market.

The original JOCX Hose Holder concept was presented as a two-piece product: One style featured a magnet application. The other style featured a semi-permanent screw-in option. The concept required two separate molds, fasteners, and an assembly operation in order to produce the final product. MME group took to development and provided its first cost-savings solution.

MME group engineers re-developed the product by integrating two mounting options into a one-piece design. Engineering a single solution eliminated additional tooling, molding, fasteners, and assembly costs associated with a two-piece design. It also provides customers the flexibility to chose the style that best meets their needs.

“While MME group stood to benefit from producing a more complex and costly design, its team recognized the importance of bringing a competitive product to market,” said Huebl. “This is just one example of how MME group helped manage costs. We immediately recognized that this was a partnership and not a transaction.”

Material selection provided additional savings. Wild Wheels had originally discussed using a high-cost engineering resin. However, MME group engineers presented lower cost options that would meet or exceed the product requirements. The Company leveraged its extensive supplier network to source the right material, along with providing a custom color match.

“Engineering a new product design was crucial to bringing the JOCX Hose Holder to market at a reasonable retail cost,” said Huebl.

Lead engineer, Mitch Kinsey, managed the product development. “Wild Wheels originally reached out to MME group for tooling services. After determining the company needs, we engineered product design, tooling, sourcing and molding to significantly reduce the overall production and materials cost,” said Kinsey.

Kinsey continued, “We procured materials and provided a color match to manufacture JOCX in neon green. Wild Wheels wanted the JOCX logo on the product, but only had an artist’s sketch. We digitized the logo and laser engraved it into the tooling so it could be embossed on the molded product.”

Currently, Wild Wheels assembles, packages and ships orders. As the product reaches the masses, MME group is capable of executing all deliverables.

“We’re proud to be the preferred contract manufacturer for the JOCX The Original Hose Holder,” said Brian Bussmann, vice president at MME group. “From design to assembly, we have the in-house contract manufacturing expertise to help deliver new products to the market.”

About MME group
MME group is a leading contract manufacturer of small to medium-sized parts and products. Services include: Full product development, tooling, molding and assembly. We provide program, quality, supply chain and inventory management.

With some of the fastest turnaround times for contract manufacturing companies in the United States, MME group’s speed to market is unmatched providing you with a competitive advantage on low cost manufacturing.

MME group provides the best solutions to fit your needs with unmatched care, quality systems and technical expertise. Make MME group your contract manufacturing partner for short lead times, highest quality and cost competitiveness. Visit mmegroupinc.com.

About JOCX™ The Original Hose Holder
JOCX™ The Original Hose Holder is designed to support the coupler end of an air hose preventing it from falling to the floor when disconnected from a pneumatic tool. By inserting the coupler end into the center of the holder, the technician has a convenient fixed home to anchor their air hose. Made from durable polypropylene plastic, the base fastens to multiple substrates using a 65-pound ceramic fixture magnet or two #10 screws. Learn more at www.wildwheelsent.com or call (702) 600-1705.

MME group, a leading contract manufacturer of small to medium-sized parts and products, recently welcomed a visit from Ramsey County Commissioner Blake Huffman. Commissioner Huffman along with the City of Vadnais Heights City Administrator Kevin Watson, City of Vadnais Heights City Council Member Craig Johnson, and Vadnais Heights Economic Development Corporation (VHEDC) Executive Director Ling Becker toured the facility.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development awarded MME group a $50,000 grant through the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) program. Upon learning of the award, Becker of the VHEDC, a non-profit organization established to further economic development in the City of Vadnais Heights, Minn. and surrounding areas, reached out MME group to request a tour of its facilities and learn more about the company. Partnering with Century College in White Bear Lake, Minn., MME group is using the grant to develop customized technical training for its production, engineering, quality systems and human resources employees.

“Vadnais Heights is a hub for manufacturing. We employ more than 100 people and value workforce training and professional growth. We are active in the community and a member of the VHEDC and jumped at the opportunity to showcase our talent and expertise in contract manufacturing,” said Brian Bussmann, vice president at MME group.

The tour included a brief run-through of MME group’s history which began in 1974 when the company started out as a toolmaking shop. As the demand on manufacturers changed and technology advanced, so did the Company. MME group now operates as a full service contract manufacturer with two locations running three shifts, 24-hours a day.

Bussmann escorted city leadership through a tour of the facility. He began by introducing the product development department; the team design and engineer parts and products. He then proceeded to the plant floor where engineering design becomes reality.

Bussmann and the group explored the plant’s extensive tooling, molding and assembly operations including a tour of the Company’s class 8 (100,000) clean room. MME group also features inventory management and shipping. Its Quality Management Systems include ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 certificates, and an ITAR certification.

“We are a vertically integrated manufacturer. Our in-house capabilities and supply chain management expertise help our customers take their products from concept to market. The tour helps demonstrate our servant leadership approach to successful contract manufacturing,” said Bussmann.

“Small businesses like MME group are the backbone of most cities. They employ our neighbors, they stimulate countless local businesses with their purchases and they pay property taxes – which pay for a significant portion of our infrastructure. This company is a tremendous asset to Ramsey County and the City of Vadnais Heights,” said County Commissioner Blake Huffman.

To learn more about MME group contract manufacturing services, visit www.mmegroupinc.com or call (651) 483-0965.

St. Paul, MN, January 2015 – The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development awarded MME group a $50,000 grant through the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) program.

The MJSP program works strategically with businesses and educational institutions to train or retrain workers, expand work opportunities, and keep high-quality jobs in the state.

MME group has partnered with Century College in White Bear Lake, Minn., to develop customized technical training for its production, engineering, quality systems and human resources employees.

MME group is in the process of internally revamping much of its training documentation and working to build a web-based training application that will serve as a repository for training documents and presenters.

Customized courses will include: lean manufacturing principals; machine and assembly operator advancement; setup and process engineering; CAD/CAM software training and inspection; and, CMM training and certifications. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be awarded.

“We place a tremendous amount of value in workforce training and professional growth,” said Bob Archambault, president of MME group. “Working with Century College to develop innovative manufacturing skills training will expand opportunities for current and future employees.”

The project will run through Feb. 2016 and will benefit more than 60 MME group employees.

To learn more about MME group, visit www.mmegroupinc.com.

About MME group
MME group is a leading ISO 13485:2012 certified custom plastic injection molding company offering end-to-end integrated manufacturing solutions for simple to complex individual components and electro mechanical assemblies of small to medium-sized parts. Services include: Full product development, tooling design, in-house tool construction, production molding, electro-mechanical assembly, program management, supply chain and inventory management.

With some of the fastest turnaround times for contract manufacturing companies in the United States, MME group’s speed to market is unmatched providing you with a competitive advantage on low cost manufacturing.

The MME group uses the latest technologies, quality processes, and skilled professionals—always striving to find the best solutions to fit your needs. Make MME group your contract-manufacturing partner for short lead times, highest quality and cost competitiveness.