Manufacturing and today’s rural MN economy

Posted in Vibrant Rural

In Minnesota, 826,000 jobs, $18.3 billion in wages and 16 percent of our GDP comes from manufacturing. Last week rural communities across Minnesota celebrated Manufacturers Week, “a statewide celebration that puts the spotlight on a crucial sector of the state’s economy.”

From Red Wing to Sauk Centre, Bemidji to Pequot Lakes, Warroad to Aitkin, Minnesotans toured rural manufacturing businesses to see firsthand how our homegrown products are made and to gain an appreciation of how that contributes to the vibrancy of our communities.

Here are a compilation of links to stories from rural Minnesota that showcase the vital role these businesses play in our economy.

Every Week is Manufacturing Week in Owatonna, Owatonna People’s Press

“Here in Owatonna, however, we must acknowledge an even greater appreciation for the manufacturing sector. Our history, workforce, and economy are directly tied to it.”

Made in Faribault 2014: A salute to manufacturing, Faribault Daily News

“Obviously, manufacturing is critical to Faribault and an integral part of the I-35 corridor.”

Blooming Prairie manufacturers attend appreciation luncheon during Manufacturers Week, The Leader

“A small town is America’s best kept secret. There is a big sense of community and loyalty to local businesses.”

Center of Attention: Minnesota Manufacturers Week, Delano Herald Journal

“The manufacturing sector is the backbone of Minnesota’s economy, thanks to its strength, versatility, and innovation.”

Manufacturers Week, Maple Lake Messenger

“The manufacturing industry is a dynamic part of Minnesota’s and the City of Maple Lake’s economy.”

Manufacturers earn show of appreciation, Jackson County Pilot

“[Manufacturing] is the backbone of Minnesota’s economy with a worldwide reputation for producing high-quality products of all kinds.”

Paragon Sharpens Its Industrial Strength, West Sherburne Tribune

If you’ve read other stories celebrating the manufacturing sector in rural Minnesota, add them below!