What We Make Overview
Manufacturing is at the heart of Minnesota’s vital economy. This diverse, technology-driven sector:
- Contributes over $52.7 billion a year to the state’s economy (2019)
- Accounts for the largest share (14%) of the state’s gross domestic product (GDP)
- Employs nearly 324,000 workers
- Has 8,270 manufacturers making a wide range of products
Minnesota has strength in a broad range of industries. Among our most robust manufacturing clusters are food production, computer and electronics, fabricated metal, machinery, and medical devices.
Close to half of Minnesota’s Fortune 500 companies are involved in manufacturing, including 3M, CHS, General Mills, Land O’Lakes, Ecolab, Hormel Foods and Polaris.
- The state exported $21 billion in manufactured products in 2019.
- More than 300 foreign-owned businesses – or about one-quarter of the more than 1,100 foreign-owned businesses in Minnesota – operate in manufacturing industries. They employ about 46,900 people in the state and have invested about $8.7 billion in plant, property and equipment in Minnesota. (2017 data, latest available).