Manufacturing is king in central Minnesota.
More than 28,000 people work in manufacturing in the region, making everything from gears to soaps to engines. Major companies include New Flyer (buses), Cold Spring Granite (stone products) and American Crystal Sugar (food products).
St. Cloud was the site of one of the state’s top corporate expansion projects last year, when German farm-implement maker Geringhoff announced plans to launch its first U.S. manufacturing facility.
Seven sectors dominate the region’s manufacturing industry: food, fabricated metal products, machinery, printing, furniture, wood products and nonmetallic mineral products. Other manufacturers are capitalizing on the North Dakota oil boom, making specialized equipment and fabricated metal for pipelines, refineries and transportation systems.
Printing remains a prominent industry in the region’s metro hub of St. Cloud, led by Quad/Graphics, Merrill Corp. and Nahan, which print a range of products from direct mail to books to national magazines. St. Cloud is also home to a Swedish Electrolux manufacturing facility that is the largest freezer factory in the world.
Central Minnesota is an ideal place for commerce, with a globally competitive manufacturing sector, talented and educated workforce, and central location between the Twin Cities and the North Dakota oil fields. Select here to learn more about why central Minnesota is a great place to live, work and do business.