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Tri-State Manufacturers to tour Alexandria Ind.

Tri-State Manufacturers' Association will host a general meeting on Tuesday, January 3, at the Holiday Inn in Alexandria.

At 3:00 p.m. the QCI Network meeting will take place with Ben Bomstad, Alexandria Technical & Community College, presenting the topic "ISO 9001: Let's Dig In."

A Quality Management System built on the ISO 9001 platform is a key ingredient for many successful manufacturers.

Bomstad will explore the ISO 9001:2008 standard, the changes that took place from the 2000 to 2008 revision, the benefits and roadblocks of ISO implementation and examples of how the standard can be implemented in a manufacturing company.

At 3:30 p.m. TSMA will tour Alexandria Industries.

Alexandria Industries' state of the art aluminum extrusion and fabrication facility, high quality and certified aluminum materials, automated extrusion presses, and Kevlar handling system is the ideal environment to develop precision aluminum extrusions.

Their extruded aluminum products have the highest degree of quality and tightest tolerances available in the aluminum extrusion industry.

Following the tour and QCI Network meeting, participants will have time to socialize and network at the Holiday Inn. At 5:45 p.m. dinner will be served.

After dinner, meeting participants will hear from Brittany Dunn, EideBailly, about "Our Ever-Changing Tax Environment: Taking Advantage of Opportunities and Looking Towards the Future." Dunn will discuss bonus depreciation and Section 179 expensing rules for 2011, 2012, and the future. She will also discuss health insurance and new hire credits as well as the frequently misunderstood Research and Development Credit and the opportunities that credit presents.

Tri-State Manufacturers' Association (TSMA) is a membership-based organization serving manufacturers and related industries in west central Minnesota and eastern North and South Dakota. TSMA's 214 members benefit from peer networking, low cost training, plant tours, benefit programs, promotional opportunities, and more.

For more information about Tri-State Manufacturers' Association or the upcoming meeting, contact LeeAnn Rostberg at 1-800-654-5773 or