Darlene Miller is the CEO of Permac Industries, a precision parts manufacturing company in Burnsville with approximately 30 employees. She grew up as one of eight children on a family farm in New Prague in Scott County. She worked on the production line at Honeywell among many jobs. In 1992 she started as a Sales Representative at Permac and bought the company in 1994, transforming it into a modern advanced precision parts company that does work for a range of companies from aerospace to medical to motorcycles. Darlene has two sons and five grandchildren.
Darlene Miller has been recognized as a leader in the Minneapolis-St Paul business community including:
- 2016 Induction into the Minnesota Women Business Owner Hall of Fame
- 2014 Served as the first female President of Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA)
- 2010 Burnsville Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year
- 2009 Finance & Commerce Named 1 of 40 Minnesotans on the Move
- 2007 U. S. Chamber Blue Ribbon Award
- 2006 Small Business Administration (SBA) Small Business Person of the Year for Minnesota
- 2003 Named “Woman Change Maker” by the Minneapolis and St Paul Business Journal
Permac Industries was recognized as the U.S. Chamber Small Business of the Year in 2008.
She also co-founded the Minnesota Valley Medical Manufacturers network in 2006.
Darlene Miller was twice selected to partake in Governor Pawlenty’s trade missions to China and South America.
In 2011 she was appointed to the non-partisan President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, she co-chaired the High Tech Education subcommittee, where she helped create an advanced manufacturing skills training program called Right Skills Now that originated in Minnesota at Dunwoody College of Technology and South-Central College and has now been replicated in at least eight states. This program helps train the skills people need to get good-quality jobs in the manufacturing sector.
Minnesota’s 2nd congressional district covers much of the southeast Twin Cities containing Eagan, Burnsville, Lakeville, and Cottage Grove stretching out to rural communities including Red Wing and Pine Island. The counties of Dakota, Goodhue, Scott, and Wabasha are entirely within the district along with portions of Rice and Washington.
The economy ranges from agriculture to small businesses to large corporations. Businesses located in the 2nd district include Red Wing Shoes, Cambria, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Thomson North America Legal. Also located in the district is Minnesota’s largest oil refinery in Minnesota, Koch Industries.
The second district is currently represented by John Kline (R). Upon his decision to retire last fall, he has endorsed Darlene to help continue the work that he has done for Minnesota.