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Manufacturers Open Doors on October 26

Mankato, MINN (October 15, 2013) – Manufacturing has evolved significantly over the years. Area residents will have an opportunity to see how the industry looks today at the Tour of Manufacturing of South Central Minnesota on Saturday, October 26 from 9 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The annual event is organized by the Economic Growth Collaborative of South Central Minnesota and sponsored by Eide Bailly and MTU Onsite Energy, as part of Minnesota Manufacturers Week October 20 - 26. The Tour of Manufacturing is similar to a “Parade of Homes,” with community members able to stop into any participating manufacturer throughout the day.


Manufacturers participating in this year’s event include:

Aerospace Systems, Blue Earth

Corchran, Inc., Waseca

Crysteel Manufacturing and J-Craft Inc., Lake Crystal

Express Diagnostics International, Inc., Blue Earth

Lindsay Window & Door, LLC, North Mankato

MRCI WorkSource, Mankato

MTU Onsite Energy, Mankato

V-TEK, Inc., Mankato

Wells Concrete, Wells

Winegar, Inc., Waseca

The Minnesota State University, Mankato College of Science, Engineering & Technology will also hold an open house to provide information on the educational opportunities available in preparation for careers in manufacturing.


The purpose of the Tour of Manufacturing is two-fold:

Raising awareness of manufacturing and its impact on the region:  Manufacturing represents 15% of Minnesota’s Gross Domestic Product. In the nine county region of South Central Minnesota, 23% of all private sector jobs (and 18% of all jobs) come from manufacturing. With each additional manufacturing job supporting another 1.9 jobs elsewhere in the economy through supplier purchases and employee spending, 65% of private sector jobs in South Central Minnesota are either in or supported by manufacturing.                                                                                

Providing information on careers in manufacturing:  Innovations such as robotics and automation have changed the way employees in manufacturing work. Advanced education and training are rewarded in manufacturing and opportunities abound in a variety of fields from specialized trades to engineering to those fields needed by every successful business (e.g. accounting, sales, and administration). Manufacturing also pays more, with an average weekly wage of $835, compared to $695 for all industries, a 20% difference.

For more information and a map of participating manufacturers, visit tourofmanufacturing.com. The Economic Growth Collaborative of South Central Minnesota, which puts on the Tour of Manufacturing, includes the Greater Mankato Diversity Council, Greater Mankato Growth; MN Department of Employment & Economic Development (DEED); Minnesota State University, Mankato; Region Nine Development Commission; South Central College; South Central Service Cooperative; South Central Workforce Council and V-TEK, Inc.



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