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Reell Precision Manufacturing Overview

Saint Paul, MN
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Reell Precision Manufacturing is an employee owned, global company that provides high-quality innovative solutions to transmit torque, control angular position and protect delicate components from excessive force. Combining the world's most precisely controlled ... Read more

Mission: At Reell, our people are the heart of the company. Our goal is for every coworker to have fulfilling jobs, where they can bring their whole self; to work and feel trusted and empowered to carry out their work to the best of their ability. In addition – we are ... Read more

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  • @Reell Precision Manufacturing Servant Leadership and Inspirational Wisdom are core values. Read about how several Reell coworkers were inspired to serve their community here. #Reell #ServantLeadership #InspirationalWisdom #Community

  • Throwback Thursday - It wasn't that long ago Reell Precision Manufacturing Corporation that we were able to celebrate our Festival of Nations with our Coworkers. We can't wait until we can come together again to celebrate the end of quarantine. #Reell #ESOP #Throwbackthursday

    2020 Festival of Nations

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Reell Precision Manufacturing – Why Work With Us?


Imagine working for an employee owned organization that is a recognized global leader in innovative motion control, that creates high-quality custom engineered solutions, and delivers world class customer service!

Reell Precision provides high-quality engineering solutions to transmit torque, control angular position and protect delicate components from excessive force. Reell's patented technology is widely used in the consumer electronics, automotive, office automation, and medical industries

As important as excellence and expertise are to the work done at Reell, how that work is accomplished is even more important.

Reell is known for its strong commitment to integrity and business ethics. It is a company where coworkers are passionate about what they do, and how they do it. They live out the company's values every day with unquestioned integrity and a strong desire to serve others. This dedication is reflected in Reell's name, which means "honest, trustworthy, and good".

People are at the heart of Reell, and the company is dedicated to the growth and development of each coworker. It was founded on the belief that life's highest purpose is for each person to fulfill his or her true potential. To this end, Reell is committed to providing an environment that supports and encourages the growth and development of coworkers, where every coworker can have a meaningful and fulfilling job, where they can bring their whole self to work, and where they are trained, empowered and trusted to carry out their work to the best of their ability.

Reell offers an educational reimbursement program, along with targeted training and great job experience. Reell provides coworkers with a competitive salary and excellent benefits, including medical, dental, life, 401(k), Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), short and long term disability and flexible spending accounts.


We believe the dignity of every individual to be sacred...

We believe life's highest purpose for each individual is to become all that she or he is created to be, and...

We believe the highest purpose for the Corporation is to make worthy contributions to the common good, therefore...

All activities, objectives and policies are to be ordered toward individual development and the common good.

Because economic success is essential for an environment that fosters human development and provides for the common good, we must maintain an orderly, efficient and profitable organization and respect the dignity of every individual.

Because many spiritual traditions speak powerfully regarding the conditions necessary to provide for the common good, foster individual development and respect human dignity, we will encourage each other to draw wisdom from these traditions and from individual expressions of spirituality.


Reell is a team united in the operation of a business based on the practical application of spiritual values to promote the growth of individuals and advance the common good for the benefit of co-workers and their families, customers, shareholders, suppliers and community. Rooted in Judeo-Christian values, we welcome and draw on the richness of our spiritually diverse community. We are committed to provide an environment where there is harmony between work and our moral/ethical values and family responsibilities and where everyone is treated justly.

The tradition of excellence at Reell was founded on a commitment to excellence rooted in the character of our Creator. Instead of driving each other toward excellence, we strive to free each other to grow and express the excellence that is within all of us.

By adhering to the following four common spiritual principles, we are challenged to work and make decisions consistent with God's purpose for creation according to our individual understanding.

Do what is right
We are committed to do what is right, even when it does not seem to be profitable, expedient, or conventional.

Do our best
In our understanding of excellence we embrace a commitment to continuous improvement in everything we do. It is our commitment to encourage, teach, equip, and free each other to do and become all that we were intended to be.

Treat others as we would like to be treated

Seek Inspirational Wisdom
By looking outside ourselves, especially with respect to decisions having far-reaching and unpredictable consequences, but we will act only when the action is confirmed unanimously by others concerned.

We currently design and manufacture innovative products for a global market. Our goal is to continually improve our ability to meet customer needs. How we accomplish our mission is important to us. The following groups are fundamental to our success:

People are the heart of Reell. We are committed to provide a secure opportunity to earn a livelihood and pursue personal growth.

Customers are the lifeblood of Reell. Our products and services must be the best in meeting and exceeding customer expectations.

We recognize that profitability is necessary to continue in business, reach our full potential, and fulfill our responsibilities to shareholders. We expect profits, but our commitments to coworkers and customers come before short term profits.

We will treat our suppliers as valuable partners in all our activities.

We will use a share of our energy and resources to meet the needs of our local and global community.

We find that in following these principles we can experience enjoyment, happiness, and peace of mind in our work and in our individual lives.

  2016 Dominican Republic Service Trip - We built a playground!

Buidling Hope. Changing Lives. Connecting Communities.

Since its founding in 1970, Reell's has been committed to serving the common good, striving to build hope in our world by changing lives for the better through both financial aid  and service to our communities.   

Each year Reell gives 10% of its pre-tax profits to our local and global communities.  When we are blessed with profits we will give back.  

Reell also provides opportunities for Coworkers to serve in both the local and global communities.

Through these efforts,  we hope to build stronger relationships with both our communities and our fellow Coworkers.  

Reell’s Community Involvement Mission Statement:  
We will strive to bring our Coworkers together to serve our local and global communities, looking outside ourselves and recognizing the high value there is in serving the common good.    We also believe that serving together fosters a deeper understanding, appreciation, and love for one another, enhancing our lives as well as providing service to others.
Reell is currently committed to giving back in these three areas:

Essential Human Needs and Disaster Relief
Meeting the essential needs of food, shelter and clothing for those in crisis.  In order to grow and develop these needs must be met first.

Helping to restore and heal people so they can further grow and develop to become all they are created to be.

Growth & Development.  
Support for education that fosters growth and development.  This includes Reell’s yearly service trip to support the school we are building in the village of El Callejon, Jarabacoa in the Dominican Republic.

The combined forces of the founders’ entrepreneurial drive and their ethical values shaped the company’s history. Dale Merrick took the first of many entrepreneurial leaps when he left 3M Corporation to start a manufacturing representative firm. Bob Wahlstedt and Lee Johnson both joined him to build a company that fostered both business success and a healthy life outside of work.

The three established Reell Precision Manufacturing in 1970 as a high-quality, wrap spring clutch manufacturer.

From the beginning, the three partners discussed how to shape and build the company through ethical values and principles. The founders accepted the importance of strong financial performance, but not at the expense of employees’ health and families. They envisioned a company in which all coworkers could perform valuable and creative work in an environment that supported their physical, emotional and spiritual health. They built Reell's success by placing a high priority on understanding and serving the needs of coworkers, customers, suppliers and the community.

New technology leads to success throughout Reell's history.

The partners identified opportunities in developing a new technology through its long-term relationships with its customers. Reell entered the wrap spring clutch market in response to 3M Corporation’s need for a clutch with a significantly longer life. Reell worked closely with 3M to create a clutch more reliable than any other on the market. Reell collaborated with 3M to continually improve the technology to increase quality and reliability. These generations of technical advancements led to a significant wrap spring clutch patent in 1975.

The founders developed strong customer partnerships to drive Reell's new technology development.

Reell's new clutch technology helped land Xerox Corporation as a major new client. Xerox, like 3M, became a valuable partner in both product development and the implementation of new business practices at Reell.

Early in their relationship, Xerox challenged Reell and its competitors to develop an electrically actuated wrap spring clutch. Reell's engineers listened to Xerox and other customers to develop and patent a highly reliable, cost-effective product that is still considered a world-class device.

In 1985, Hewlett Packard Company spurred another technological breakthrough for Reell. HP contacted Reell to design a constant torque hinge for a "laptop" computer it was developing. Although Reell did not produce any similar devices at the time, its engineering group responded to the request by designing an innovative plastic hinge with a spring inside that provided the needed function.

This initial development launched Reell as a premier supplier of constant torque hinges to the laptop computer industry.

Learn why Reell is a great place to work.

Reell Precision Manufacturing Reviews

  • "Great company to work for."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
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    I have been working at Reell Precision Manufacturing full-time (More than a year)


    How refreshing is to see and experience a company that values and cares about not only their coworkers but also the community in general, you don’t see that often.

    When you put the person and their family ahead of numbers (don’t get me wrong numbers are important for Reell) people always respond to making sure that the company succeeds.

    People at Reell are relaxed and enjoy what they do, that is why they are successful . You tell me a place where the CEO takes time to have lunch with employees to get to know them, always available for anyone at any time, cares about you and your family and remembers your name ? very rare right? Well there you have it.

    Any Company can claim that they have good culture , what sets this one a part from the rest is, their great culture has been alive more than 35 years, now if that is not a picture of how wonderful place Reell is than I don’t know.


    None that I can find now.

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Reell Precision Manufacturing Photos

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Reell Precision Manufacturing Awards & Accolades

  • Minnesota Business Ethics Award, Minnesota Business Ethics Award, 2017
  • Minneapolis Star Tribune Top Workplace, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2017
  • Minneapolis Star Tribune Top Workplace, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2016
  • Minneapolis Star Tribune Top Workplace, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2018
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