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Minnesota Adds Manufacturing Jobs For A Fourth Straight Year

Contact: Jennifer Ratcliff
Manufacturers' News, Inc.
1633 Central St.
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 864-9440 ext. 241
jratcliff [at]

EVANSTON, Ill, January 11th, 2016/Manufacturers' News, Inc./-- Minnesota manufacturing employment climbed for a fourth straight year, reports the 2016 Minnesota Manufacturers Register®, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. According to MNI’s database of manufacturers, Minnesota gained 3,760 manufacturing jobs from October 2014 to October 2015, or 1%.

Minnesota is now home to 9,606 manufacturers employing 475,113 workers. MNI data shows the state has so far added 17,132 industrial jobs or 3.7% since October 2011, recovering 40% of jobs lost during the recession.

“Although Minnesota’s cost of doing business is relatively high compared to its neighbors, its top-notch workforce, solid infrastructure and diverse economy continues to encourage investment and boost industrial employment,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912.

MNI reports gains were led by the food processing industry, which increased 1.6% over the year. Food processing accounts for the largest share of Minnesota’s manufacturing employment, employing 72,273.

Second-ranked industrial machinery accounts for 66,775 Minnesota manufacturing jobs, down 1% over the year, while third-ranked printing/publishing accounts for 48,272 jobs, virtually unchanged over the survey period.

Other Minnesota industries adding jobs over the year included textiles/apparel, up 12%; electronics, up 7.3%; fabricated metals, up 5.4%; chemicals, up 4.4%; and transportation equipment, up 4%.

Bright spots for the state included the opening of Wells Food Processing’s meat plant in Wells, and the establishment of SSB Manufacturing’s mattress plant in Lakeville. In addition, multiple Minnesota manufacturers announced expansions over the year, including pesticide maker Syngenta in Stanton; Ikonics Advanced Materials Solutions in Duluth; window and door maker Anderson Corporation in Cottage Grove and North Branch; Uponor North America in Apple Valley; aspectLED in Arden Hill; and Stern Rubber in Staples.

Minnesota industries that lost jobs over the year included instruments/related products, down 3.4%; paper products, down 2.9%; and furniture/fixtures, down 1.9%.

Industrial locations announcing closures included a Quad/Graphics plant in St. Cloud, and electronics manufacturer HEI in Victoria.

MNI’s regional data shows Northwest Minnesota accounted for the largest percentage share of gains, with jobs up 5.5% to its current level of 17,857 workers. Industrial employment in the state’s Southeast region rose 2.3% to 116,369 jobs, and rose 2.2% in Northeast Minnesota, which currently accounts for 19,514 jobs. Manufacturing employment was down 1.5% in Southwest Minnesota to 33,700 workers, and fell 2.8% in the state’s West Central region to 43,624 jobs.

Minnesota’s East Central region accounts for about half of the state’s manufacturing employment, with 244,049 jobs, up one percent over the year.

City data collected by MNI shows Minneapolis is the state’s top city by manufacturing employment, up 2.6% over the year to 56,300 jobs. Second-ranked St. Paul posted a 1% gain, and now accounts for 43,042 jobs. Manufacturing jobs in Eden Prairie held steady at 12,456, and rose 3% in fourth-ranked Bloomington to 12,200 industrial workers. Fifth-ranked Rochester accounts for 11,274 manufacturing jobs, reports MNI, up 3.1%.

Detailed profiles of all Minnesota manufacturers can be found in the 2016 Minnesota Manufacturers Register® available in print or online. Established in 1912, Manufacturers' News, Inc. is the nation’s oldest and largest publisher of industrial information. MNI offers a variety of tailored solutions to help customers connect with 430,000 manufacturers and suppliers, from print directories to online subscriptions. MNI’s industrial database subscription service EZ Select: allows users to tap into a live interactive database of manufacturers, while its industrial search engine IndustryNet connects buyers and suppliers and allows users to view profiles and obtain competitive quotes. MNI’s traditional print directories are published for each state and include in-depth profiles of every manufacturer in the U.S. For more information, contact Manufacturers' News, Inc. 847-864-7000.
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