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Manufacturing Company NTM, Inc. Receives National Certification as "Women Owned Business"


Manufacturing Company NTM, Inc. Receives National Certification as "Women Owned Business"

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MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- NTM, Inc., a business specializing in the manufacturing of cutting tools, precision machining, and CNC tool grinding, recently received national certification as a woman-owned business by Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

"My sister Cynthia (Thielen) Blue and I are very proud to carry on our father's legacy in manufacturing quality cutting tools and providing precision machining for the defense industry. Becoming a certified woman owned business will place our company in an arena to better serve the manufacturing community," said Barbara (Thielen) Dorumsgaard, president of NTM, a 42-year old company started by their father Bob Thielen and uncle Bill Thielen in 1976. When Bob passed away in 1999, his wife, Marianne Thielen ran the company until she retired in December 2012, when their daughters took over the company.

It is becoming increasingly important to be designated a woman-owned business because government contracts and association contracts call for suppliers to be women- or minority-owned.

NTM sells their products through relationships with national distributors. The company plans to expand to online sales via their website this September.

"We have steadily grown over the years. We manufacture our own line of magnetic v-blocks, Swiss-tool holders and boring bars. Keeping our customers boring is our top priority. Providing custom CNC tool grinding services and precision CNC milling and turning are our specialties," said Cynthia (Thielen) Blue, vice president of NTM, Inc.

About NTM Inc.

NTM, Inc., One Stop Tooling and Machine Shop is owned and operated by Barbara (Thielen) Dorumsgaard and Cynthia (Thielen) Blue. Founded in 1976 by their dad Bob Thielen, NTM, Inc. started as a small machine and grinding shop. 

Our memberships include the Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association (MPMA) and Industrial Supply Association (ISA).

For over 40 years, NTM Inc has been providing custom ground cutting tools and related grinding services to manufacturers around the national.

Combining our years of experience and craftsmanship with the technology of today's grinding equipment, we help our customers increase productivity with innovative tooling solutions. From designing a new tool to putting a new edge on an old tool, NTM is the answer for your custom grinding needs.

Our quality control works in conjunction with manufacturing to obtain results that often exceed our customers' requirements.

Our measuring equipment and abilities are surpassed only by our dedication to the fully defined and documented NTM Quality Control Program. 

We are ISO 9001:2015 Certified.

The company has 34 employees.


The Women's Business Enterprise National Council is the nation's largest third party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the United States. WBENC is a resource for the more than 700 US companies and government agencies that rely on WBENC's certification as an integral part of their supplier diversity programs.

WBENC's national standard of certification implemented by the Women's Business Development Center-Midwest is a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business and site inspection. The certification process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women.

By including women-owned businesses among their vendors, corporations, and government agencies demonstrate their commitment to fostering diversity and the continued development of their supplier/vendor diversity programs.

To learn more about NTM, Inc., please visit

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