Gears & Gadgets

gearsWhat is Gears & Gadgets?

Founded in 2012, Gears & Gadgets is an exclusive quarterly event hosted by Minnesota Manufacturing Executives (MME) where members discuss manufacturing business trends and develop synergistic connections. A typical event showcases a manufacturing industry speaker followed by a networking Happy Hour with a cash bar and appetizers. Our generous Platinum Sponsors contribute to the success of Gears & Gadgets.

Why attend Gears & Gadgets?
  • Stay current on manufacturing industry changes that affect your business
  • Peer-to-peer interaction builds your network and a strong Minnesota manufacturing community
  • Maximize business development and supplier synergies for your company
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Who is eligible to attend Gears & Gadgets?
  1. Manufacturing business owners
  2. Manufacturing executives and senior leaders currently employed in a manufacturing company
  3. To view upcoming Gears & Gadgets events, click here
How do I receive an invitation to Gears & Gadgets?

Gears & Gadgets is “by invitation only” for eligible members of MME.

Please contact the group founder, Marni Hockenberg at; 952.500.9542. Marni Hockenberg is the Principal of Hockenberg Search, a firm specializing in Executive Outplacement and Career Transition for the manufacturing industry. Your network is your net worth — see you at Gears & Gadgets!

Gears & Gadget’s, Fall 2015 event was featured on MN Business Magazine’s Recent Blog

Four Minnesota Business magazine 2015 Manufacturing Awards winners got a second round of exposure on October 28 at Minnesota Manufacturing Executives’ 15th Gears & Gadgets gathering. Read more.

Gears and Gadgets was recent featured in Minnesota Business magazine >


Minnesota Manufacturing Executives is the premier networking group dedicated to Minnesota’s manufacturing industry.

Thank you for your interest in MME’s Gears & Gadgets. To get involved contact Marni Hockenberg at; 952.500.9542.

For upcoming Gears & Gadgets events, click here >


Thank you to our sponsors for making this Gears & Gadgets possible!


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