Manufacturing: The ‘Comeback Kid’ in Central Minnesota


by Luke Greiner ~ After getting knocked down during the recession, the manufacturing sector has added more jobs to Central Minnesota’s economy than any other industry since 2010 by gaining 3,676 additional jobs. This incredible comeback accounts for almost 30% of total job growth in the region in the last three years. Recent growth is … Continue reading Manufacturing: The ‘Comeback Kid’ in Central Minnesota

Industry Spotlight: Furniture Manufacturing


by Rachel Vilsack Real estate agents say that a house feels more like a home when there is furniture in it, making it easier to sell. Central Minnesota is home to more than one-fourth of the state’s employment in furniture and related product manufacturing, including one-third of the state’s jobs in kitchen cabinet manufacturing. Through … Continue reading Industry Spotlight: Furniture Manufacturing

Hiring Difficulties in Minnesota’s Manufacturing Industry


by Alessia Leibert Manufacturers face unprecedented challenges in filling skilled production positions, including competition from other firms, declining interest in manufacturing careers among young people, unattractive firm locations and work shifts, uncompetitive wages, and skills gaps. Minnesota employers are investing in solutions to remove some of these barriers, but hiring difficulties persist. In spring 2013, … Continue reading Hiring Difficulties in Minnesota’s Manufacturing Industry

Gearing Up for a Career in Manufacturing


 by Rachel Vilsack If you think manufacturing is just production jobs, think again! Manufacturing in Minnesota also includes careers in engineering, logistics and distribution, maintenance and repair, and business, management and administration. Manufacturing facilities are often great places to work; they are clean, bright, and have amazing high-tech equipment. Here are 10 jobs you’ll find … Continue reading Gearing Up for a Career in Manufacturing