CNN Article: 'Dying trade' Revived in Job Creation Effort

March 1, 2013

(CNN) -- By day, Scott Loeser works from home for a company based in Hong Kong, selling stationery and school supplies to American big-box retailers.

In the afternoon, he rides a bus about 30 minutes from St. Paul, Minnesota, to a studio where he makes small leather goods by hand in the hopes of one day selling them for his own company. Before he can do that, though, he figures he needs to know how to use a sewing machine and make a scalable product.

'Made in America' movement creates rebirth in sewing industry

March 6, 2013
(KARE 11) MINNEAPOLIS - The demand for the "Made in America" tag has led to a boost in the sewing industry and that has meant a rebirth of a unique program offered at Dunwoody College and Technology.
Inside the Minneapolis school, 18 students are doing something that has not been done in about seven decades.

"Dunwoody had a...

Minn. Companies are "Building" New Workers From Scratch


May 3, 2013

(CBS News) ST. PAUL, Minn. - We previously reported that one thing holding back the economic recovery is there just aren't enough skilled workers. But some companies have decided if they can't find qualified employees, they'll just create them -- as we found out in St. Paul, Minnesota. 

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Made in Minnesota: The Makers Coalition and the Renewal of Our Industrial Sewing Heritage

Support the Makers Coalition

The Makers Coalition has been designated as the recipient of the proceeds raised in the Maiden Minnesota fundraising event.

More than 35 "Maidens" will show you their fashion, jewelry, accessories, home decor, specialty food items and more.  The event will feature exclusive sales, merchandise, and a silent auction.
We hope you will join us and attend this great event.

When: November 1st, 2013
Time: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Where: Graves 601 Hotel
Purchase a ticket to attend

Tickets to the Maiden Minnesota event are $20 each in advance online and $30 at...