Congressman Walz Visits Leading Minnesota Electronics Company Creation Technologies, Honors Veterans

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IPC and IPC-Member Company, Creation Technologies, Host Visit as Part of Ongoing Effort to Connect Electronics Industry with Policymakers

Creation's high-tech electronics manufacturing facility in St. Peter, MN offers commercialization and supply chain solutions for complex electronic products from sophisticated industrial controls to medical devices.

Creation Technologies - St. Peter, Minnesota Business Unit

Creation Technologies, a global leader in electronic design and manufacturing and recent overall winner of the Service Excellence Award for EMS providers over $500 million, hosted U.S. Representative Walz (D-MN-1) last month at its custom-built manufacturing facility in St. Peter, Minnesota. During the Congressman’s visit, he met with Creation Technologies’ St. Peter General Manager John Makela, Regional Leader Ron Euer, and the entire Creation – St. Peter team to discuss challenges and opportunities for Congress to help spur job growth and innovation in the electronics manufacturing industry.

Makela and Euer, along with IPC’s Vice President of Government Relations, John Hasselmann, emphasized critical industry issues including those championed by IPC in its recently released Global Policy Framework for 2015. These included Driving Technological Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing, Promoting a 21st Century Economy and Workforce, and Advocating for Smart Regulation.

During the visit, Rep. Walz also toured Creation Technologies’ high-tech manufacturing facility, which has served OEMs in the Midwest since 1968 and today offers commercialization and supply chain solutions for complex electronic products from sophisticated industrial controls to medical devices. The ITAR-registered facility also has a long history supporting OEMs in the defense and security markets.

“We appreciate the Congressman taking the time to visit Creation Technologies in St. Peter,” said Makela, “and to discuss our perspective on current regulatory and economic issues impacting our industry. We had great discussion around how Congress can help manufacturing companies like Creation Technologies maintain our talented workforce to support growth, provide educational opportunities for our people, and advance innovation and technology in the U.S.”

Prior to being elected to Congress, Representative Walz was a public school teacher for 20 years, and served for 24 years in the U.S. Army National Guard. At a Meet and Greet with the entire St. Peter team, Congressman Walz formally recognized the 17 Veterans working at Creation’s St. Peter business unit, some of whom served directly with him in the National Guard. Rep. Walz presented each Veteran with a commemorative Congressional coin in recognition of their service. In addition, the Congressman presented John Makela with a certificate recognizing the Creation Technologies’ St. Peter business unit’s support of the “I Hire Veterans” program.

Those interested in more information on Creation Technologies’ product commercialization and supply chain services should contact Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing, Michael Conway, at 408.954.3844.

About Creation Technologies

Creation Technologies ( provides end-to-end design, manufacturing and supply chain solutions to its customers in the Industrial & Instrumentation, Medical, Communications & Wireless, Computing & Media, Transportation, Defense, Security & Aerospace and Environmental industries.

The company of approximately 2,700 people operates ten manufacturing locations, two design centers and two rapid prototyping centers in British Columbia, California, Colorado, Texas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ontario, China and Mexico.

About IPC

IPC ( is a global industry association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 3,500 member companies which represent all facets of the electronics industry, including design, printed board manufacturing, electronics assembly and test. As a member-driven organization and leading source for industry standards, training, market research and public policy advocacy, IPC supports programs to meet the needs of an estimated $2 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Washington, D.C..; Stockholm, Sweden; Moscow, Russia; Bangalore and New Delhi, India; Bangkok, Thailand; and Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Suzhou, Chengdu and Beijing, China.

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