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      Made in Minnesota: Highlighting Minnesota Manufacturing

      Posted on October 23, 2013 at 4:06 PM

      Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben and Elmo at Vee Corp

      Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben unveiled the new Made in Minnesota directory at Vee Corp, a Minnesota company where "Seasame Street Live" characters are made. 

      This week, Governor Dayton issued a proclamation declaring this week “Minnesota Manufacturers Week” – highlighting the importance of an industry that employs one out of every nine workers in Minnesota. To feature products and supplies manufactured in the state, DEED unveiled a new online Made in Minnesota Directory to encourage Minnesota businesses to buy products and supplies from each other, rather than from out-of-state or foreign companies. The tool contains details about nearly 600 manufactures statewide.

      Businesses can use the database to find Minnesota manufacturers who make everything from food products to textiles, fabricated metals, machinery, and computers and electronics. The directory, which is available online at, is arranged so that users can search by product, company name or county.

      About 300,000 people work in manufacturing in Minnesota, primarily in such areas as computer and electronic products, foods, fabricated metal products and machinery. Manufacturing contributes $40 billion to the state economy – 15 percent of Minnesota’s gross domestic product – and the industry accounted for $18.6 billion in state exports last year.

      Salaries in the sector are much higher than most other industries in the state because many manufacturing jobs require high-tech skills to operate advanced technology and computer-controlled equipment. The average manufacturing position in the state paid $58,760 last year, about $10,000 more than the typical job in Minnesota.

      Throughout the week, tours of manufacturing facilities around the state and other activities are planned in recognition of Minnesota Manufacturers Week. Besides plant tours, other events during the week include speakers, educational activities and the unveiling of the new Made in Minnesota Directory of manufacturers and suppliers.

      This year, Governor Mark Dayton took action to support Minnesotans interested in manufacturing jobs. The Governor’s budget invested in the Jobs Skill Partnership and the Customized Training Program for Skill Manufacturing. These initiatives will help Minnesotans get the education they need for good manufacturing jobs.