One of Our Own in Washington?

Darlene Miller is running for the U.S. Congress to represent Minnesota's 2nd district. I’ve know her quite a while, and her resume vis à vis precision machined parts manufacturing is, I think, quite impressive. There are ways for you to support her if you can't vote for her.

Darlene Miller has thrown her hat into the political ring, announcing she is running for the U.S. Congress to represent Minnesota’s 2nd district. I’ve know her quite a while, and her resume vis à vis precision machined parts manufacturing is, I think, quite impressive.

First, Ms. Miller is “of the body” as CEO of Permac Industries, a precision machined parts manufacturer in Burnsville, Minnesota. In 1992, she started as a sales representative for Permac and bought the company in 1994. Outside of running her shop, she has been active in regional and national issues regarding manufacturing.   

She was the first female president of the PMPA (Precision Machined Parts Association) from 2013-2014. She has been a consistent voice for manufacturing, serving on both the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness as well as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Locally, she has been recognized extensively, receiving numerous state and local awards for activities outside of running her company. As part of activities on the President’s Council, she co-chaired the High Tech Education subgroup and helped create an advanced manufacturing skills training program called Right Skills Now that has spread to eight states.

I understand that most of you are not District 2 Minnesotans and therefore cannot cast a vote for Ms. Miller. However, there are other ways to support her (one of our own) and perhaps give us (our industry) a voice in the hollowed chambers that currently seems somewhat deaf to our issues. Learn more by clicking here.