To get an idea of just what an economic staple food manufacturing is in southwest Minnesota, chew on this:
While the regional economy declined 3.8 percent during the recession from 2007 to 2010, food manufacturing actually gained 466 net new jobs, an increase of 4.7 percent.
How's that for tasty?
When people think of jobs in the manufacturing industry, they typically focus on a short list of production occupations that center on metal, assembly or welding, for instance.
But with nearly 16 percent of jobs in southeast Minnesota being in manufacturing, there's a much wider variety of promising manufacturing careers in this extraordinarily diversified region.
While each region of the state has a strong and competitive core of manufacturing industries that provide high-paying jobs, economic growth and stability, no place has the sheer manufacturing size, muscle and punch of the Twin Cities Metropolitan area.
Overall, the seven-county Twin Cities metro region accounts for 53 percent of the state's total manufacturing employment, making it the industry's undisputed heavyweight champion.Read More...
Manufacturing continues to be a powerful economic engine in central Minnesota, driving profits, prosperity and job growth.
In the past year alone, manufacturers added nearly 1,300 new jobs, more than any other industry in the region, continuing a four-year growth trend that shows no signs of slowing.
After suffering major setbacks during the recession, manufacturing of transportation equipment is regaining momentum in northwest Minnesota, a region well known for deep expertise in the production of snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, boats and other vehicles.
Home to some of the industry's most recognized brands (Arctic Cat, Polaris, Lund), the region has recaptured a significant portion of statewide employment in the transportation equipment sector.Read More...
The moment northeast Minnesota's vast timber stands come into view, no one is surprised to learn that paper is king of the region's manufacturing industries.
But there's genuine amazement that the rustic Northwoods are also home to a cluster of manufacturers that build highly sophisticated machines used in a wide variety of other manufacturing processes and operations.
Sometimes, nothing tells a story like numbers.
And if you really want to understand just how important manufacturing is to the general prosperity of Minnesota individuals, households, businesses (even state and local government, for that matter), you've got to start with the numbers.Read More...
Today marks the beginning of Minnesota Manufacturing Week, our annual opportunity to focus on the tremendous impact that manufacturing of all kinds has on the economic vitality of every region of the state.
So, for the rest of this week and all of next week we'll take a daily, up-close look at manufacturing for the state as a whole and for each of six key regions.
Can 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.Read More...
A 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.Read More...