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Manufacturing is a broad target sector including existing and potential opportunities in the fabrication, processing, or preparation of products from raw materials and commodities. For the purposes of the Journey to Growth initiative, this target sector includes all products outside of the Food Processing, Medical Technology, and Computer System and Design Production target sectors.

Southeastern Minnesota is home to a strong and diverse base of Manufacturing target sector businesses including transportation equipment, fasteners, furniture, machine tooling, and toys. Manufacturing businesses are key in Southeastern Minnesota because of their competitive wages and impact on the economy. For example, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) reports that average wages for manufacturing jobs in the US are about 24% higher than the average wage for all other industries combined. And, per NAM, for every $1 spent on manufacturing, $1.37 is returned to the economy, which is the highest multiplier effect of any economic sector.


McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing, Dodge Center, Minnesota

Crenlo, Rochester, Minnesota

McNeilus Steel, Inc., Dodge Center, Minnesota

Halcon, Stewartville, Minnesota

Schmidt, Byron, Minnesota

Tuohy Furniture, Chatfield, Minnesota

RDM of Minnesota, Dodge Center, Minnesota

Valley Design Enterprises, Fountain, Minnesota

Cannon Equipment, Cannon Falls, Minnesota

Gemstar Manufacturing, Cannon Falls, Minnesota

Covidien/Uni-Patch, Wabasha, Minnesota

Foldcraft Co., Kenyon, Minnesota

Harmony Enterprises, Harmony, Minnesota

Badger Foundry co., Winona, Minnesota

Fastenal Co., Winona, Minnesota

Hal Leonard Corp., Winona, Minnesota

TRW Automotive, Winona, Minnesota

Wincraft, Inc. Winona, Minnesota

Winona Lighting, Inc., Winona, Minnesota

Peerless Industrial Group, Winona, Minnesota

Watkins, Inc., Winona, Minnesota

RTP Company, Winona, Minnesota

Red Wing Shoe Company, Red Wing, Minnesota

Capital Safety USA, Red Wing, Minnesota

S.B. Foot Tanning Co., Red Wing, Minnesota

The Economic committee will hold a series of industry Roundtables throughout the next year. The first roundtable was food and dairy on March 1, 2016. The second will cover manufacturing on May 31, 2016.