Winona company unveils collaborative think tank

Miller Ingenuity CEO compares space to Google campus

A first of its kind facility in Minnesota opened its doors Wednesday.

Miller Ingenuity transformed a former manufacturing space into a collaborative think tank.

The company specializes in manufacturing parts for rail cars.

Several local lawmakers joined Miller Ingenuity for a tour of the space.

The company’s CEO compared the space to Google’s campus and says the goal is to get people to think differently about ways to service the customer and community. One idea from the space is already moving forward.

“If it works, and we think it will it has the potential to retrofit every locomotive in the United States with our new product, which will create tons and tons of jobs,” said Miller Ingenuity CEO Steve Blue.

The company also introduced a challenge for college students to explain how manufacturing companies can lure the best and brightest minds in, away from other industries.