Madeline Koch, 651-259-7236
ST. PAUL – Companies announced 34 expansion projects in Minnesota in the 2013 fourth quarter with plans to create more than 1,100 jobs, according to a new report from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Altogether in 2013, 146 expansion projects were announced that will create 7,700 jobs statewide.
The agency said the expanding companies include APAC Customer Services, which is adding 230 new jobs at its call center in Mendota Heights; Imagine! Print Solutions, which is hiring 200 new workers at its Shakopee headquarters; and Charter Communications, which is expanding with 140 new workers in Rochester.
“Companies are choosing Minnesota for their expansion projects because of the state’s outstanding workforce and healthy business climate,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. “With leading indicators pointing to continued growth in the state, we anticipate the expansion trend to continue in 2014.”
DEED participated in 15 of the 34 projects announced in the fourth quarter, and roughly half of the total expansion projects announced in 2013.
In the latest round, half of the expansion projects were in the Twin Cities and the other half were in Greater Minnesota. New Ulm led Greater Minnesota with four expansion projects: Frontier Labs, Zinniel Boring, United Commercial Upholstery and DLC Manufacturing.
Manufacturing led all sectors with 16 expansion projects in the quarter. The industry also was the clear leader in total expansions in 2013, with 88 projects reported across a broad array of industries, including agricultural machinery, avionics, electronics and medical devices.
While the Twin Cities led the state in total projects last year, other locations also had a significant number of expansions. Seven Duluth companies reported expansions, particularly in the city’s avionics industry. Jackson reported three significant projects, including a major expansion at the AGCO manufacturing facility. St. Cloud had four projects, including a large expansion of New Flyer’s manufacturing facility.
The full fourth quarter business expansion report and a map showing where the expansions will occur can be found here.
DEED is the state’s principal economic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, international trade and community development. For more details about the agency and our services, visit us at http://mn.gov/deed/ . Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/mndeed .
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