Paul Wagner--The Minnesota Wire Innovation Story

  • Feb 27, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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Paul J. Wagner is Chairman and CEO, of Minnesota Wire, a vertically integrated, custom manufacturer for wire, cable and interconnect assemblies to the Medical, Defense and Industrial markets. The company is a market and R&D leader in: electrical signal integrity; low noise cable radio-translucent wire; and innovative connections for wearable electronics, patient monitoring systems and leading-edge medical devices.

Facing price competition from global competitors, this family business had to find new ways to grow and profit.  Innovation was the strategy.

Their 30,000 square foot headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota boasts a full R&D and test and measurement center, an Electromagnetic Capabilities (EMC) chamber for electronic pre-compliance testing and a “wet lab” for its nanotechnology applications. Another high volume, 58,000 square foot focused-cell, lean production facility is located in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Minnesota Wire is ISO 9001: 2008 certified, ISO 13485: 2003 compliant, ROHS compliant, and is a MIL-STD and IPC-620 certified harness manufacturer.  

I have seen Paul speak and the turn-around at MN Wire is an amazing innovation, marketing and operations story.  

Clyde Hanson, Host

About the Meetup

Meet other entrepreneurs and independent product developers.   Bring your questions and "group-source" the answers.  Hear from specialized experts willing to share their insights.  Get energized and stay motivated to pursue your goals.  Relax and have interesting conversations.  Participants have found clients and collaborators through this Meetup.

Software, electronics, life sciences, med tech, services, products, materials, designs--innovators of a wide variety of value propositions participate. Both for-profit and non-profit entrepreneurs participate.  Many are starting their second or third business.  A partner in McKinsey & Company (NYC) turned up one evening. We have enjoyed meeting people from China, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Italy, India, Bangladesh and other countries.  Many are newcomers to Minneapolis/St. Paul.  Multi-generational, our age range has been 20 to 70+.  Several investors make periodic visits for those of you looking for capital.

Let the host know what kind of expert you would like to have at a future meeting and feel free to refer speakers.


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  • Brandon W.

    Hey, due to delays I won't be able to make it. Have fun!

    February 27, 2014

  • Linda R.

    Looking forward to it.

    February 23, 2014

  • Clyde H.

    Paul's innovation is the star of a new reality TV show. His team came up with visual and dramatic ways to demonstrate how strong and resilient it is. Think Road Runner and the Coyote.

    February 19, 2014

  • Clyde H.

    This will be a great session. Marketing, operations, R&D orchestrated into a new strategic direction for MN Wire gives start-ups a template for thinking through their strategies.

    February 10, 2014

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