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From Breakthroughs to Businesses

Posted on June 19, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Tags: manufacturing, bioscience, small businesses

skyline.jpgCan there be any doubt about Minnesota’s ability to turn big ideas into big commercial successes and world-class industries?

The fact that some of the world’s most recognized companies – including many in biotech fields – are headquartered or have major operations in Minnesota says a lot. 

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Collaboration Triggers Biotech Success

Posted on June 18, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Tags: bioscience, manufacturing, small businesses

Collaboration.jpgA rare atmosphere of collaboration exists among scientists, researchers, engineers, academia, industry and government in Minnesota's biotech sector.

And that willingness (desire, really) to work together is one of the things that draws bioscience companies here and makes them so successful. 

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Research Drives Minnesota's Biotech Innovation

Posted on June 17, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Tags: bioscience, small businesses, manufacturing

Researcher.jpgResearch lies at the heart of most every biotech breakthrough.

And for more than 150 years, dedicated scientists, researchers, engineers and physicians at the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic have driven bio-science advancements in Minnesota.

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Minnesota's Inventive Genius on Display

Posted on June 16, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Tags: bioscience, manufacturing

Medtronic device.pngMinnesota practically gave birth to the world's medical device industry, and the state remains at the forefront of discovery in many life science and biotech sectors today.

That kind of success is so rare that it will be recognized later this summer as part of an exhibit at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

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Spotlight on Minnesota's Bioscience Sector

Posted on June 15, 2015 at 3:45 PM
Tags: bioscience, small businesses, manufacturing

Neurons.jpgExecutives from Minnesota biotech companies, key research institutions and a whole lot of industry movers-and-shakers are converging on Philadelphia this week for the BIO 2015 International Trade Show.

What better time to take an up-close look at one of the state's largest and most fascinating industries?

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There's More to Manufacturing Jobs Than Production & Assembly

Posted on October 28, 2014 at 10:30 AM
Tags: Southwest MN, economy, career planning, jobs, manufacturing, small businesses

Southwest Region MapWhen people think of the jobs in the manufacturing industry, they typically focus on a short list of production occupations, such as assemblers or welders. That makes sense. Nearly 60 percent of all occupations in manufacturing are classified as production in Southwest Minnesota.

But that also means a little more than 40 percent - or 16,320 manufacturing jobs in the region- are not in production. These include a mix of well-paid occupations, ranging from sales and marketing to construction and other trades. 

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After Downturns in Southeast MN, Growth Returns

Posted on October 27, 2014 at 10:30 AM
Tags: Southeast MN, economy, manufacturing, workforce, jobs

Southeast RegionIt's been a turbulent few years for manufacturing in southeastern Minnesota, as two recessions in a decade alternately pounded and pummeled the industry and triggered substantial job losses during the economic downturns.

The good news: In the calm that followed the storms job growth in the manufacturing industries is returning, albeit at a slower pace than job growth the region has seen across all other industries.

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Paper's Still on a Roll in Northeast Minnesota

Posted on October 24, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Tags: Northeast MN, economy, jobs, manufacturing, small businesses, workforce

Northeast RegionEven though Northeast Minnesota has the smallest number and lightest concentration of manufacturing jobs statewide, it remains a dominant player in a key industry.

And what the region lacks in job quantity is offset by high quality.

Paper manufacturing is a regional strong suit and (despite some significant job losses over the past few years) is still ripping right along in this part of the state.

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High-Tech, Precision are Leaders in Metro Manufacturing

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Tags: Twin Cities, economy, jobs, small businesses, manufacturing

Twin Cities Regional Map

It's fair to say that the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area is the epicenter of manufacturing in Minnesota.

The 4,105 manufacturing companies in the region supply 162,716 jobs. That's about 53 percent of all manufacturing jobs statewide.

In the metro region, the average annual wage in manufacturing was $69,680 in 2013 - 17 percent higher than the industry’s average annual wage for the state as a whole ($59,540).

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Rural Renewal Good For Manufacturers

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Tags: Northwest MN, economy, small businesses, jobs, manufacturing

Northwest RegionMuch has been made of the “brain drain” that results as young people ages 15 to 29 leave rural communities everywhere to seek out education, careers and lives in cities. 

While the youth exodus is troubling and deserves our attention, what is too often overlooked in all of the hand-wringing is the influx of workers ages 30 to 49 who are coming back to rural communities all over Minnesota - and what a boon that is to manufacturers.

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