Looking to engineer a resurgence

  • Article by: TODD NELSON , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 9, 2009 - 4:57 PM

Prototype and Production Systems Inc. specializes in solving problems that seem to defy solution on the way to building machines for medical device firms and others.

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davehougAug. 10, 09 8:13 AM

"PPSI's best choices for building and sustaining a long-lasting and competitive edge, McNamara said, appear to include creating new innovations for customers, maintaining technical superiority and providing comprehensive customer service." - - - Unless there is a base of industrial capability this custom type of business can not thrive. As other countries develop the expertise, they too will support nimble + quality custom shops.

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jackson42000Aug. 10, 0911:54 AM

This sounds like a great company that is full of innovative, intelligent people who are suffering to make a profit and stay afloat. Years and years of experience in electrical, mechanical, computer and chemical engineering and still a company of 12 employees can only make 2 million in revenue. Meanwhile, companies that are basically "educated gambling" institutions, (ie: insurance companies, banks, financial institutions, hell government) are wraking in the dough. I would venture to guess not more than 5% of the people employed in the "educated gambling" field could have passed the rigourous education it took to complete an engineering degree. However, I bet everyone in the technical fields could have passed any of their schooling. My point is, once the revenue deviation between highly skilled, technical workers and "educated gamblers" becomes non-existent there is no longer any motivation to pursue careers in the techical field. Why go to college and work your ass off to be an engineer when you can party all day long and become an investment banker and make more money.

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