Greater Mankato is the heart of the GreenSeam, a 28-county region in Southern Minnesota and Northern Iowa that is the most productive ag-dependent regions in the country. To Greater Mankato, ag means much more than farming. An entire production line supports and depends on the agricultural economy. Greater Mankato Growth has made agriculture a focus and in 2016 helped found an organization, named for the region, called GreenSeam, which conducts ag focused economic development, advocacy, and talent development.
Agriculture is our primary target industry as it bleeds into all other target industries. Mankato is a world leader in soybean processing with more soybeans processed in Mankato than in any other community in the nation. Greater Mankato’s manufacturing, food processing, transportation, distribution, finance, and insurance industries all grow through the success of our ag economy.
A strong electronic manufacturing cluster has developed in the region with multiple SMT manufacturers producing circuit boards that get used in the medical manufacturing and defense sectors. Workers in Greater Mankato are 20 times more likely to work in circuit board manufacturing than workers in other areas of the country.
As the region’s largest employer, Taylor Corporation is a driver of the printing and media industry in the region. North Mankato is host to the headquarters of the multi-national company and multiple of its business units. The region also hosts multiple packaging solution providers. In conjunction with its strong printing sector, the region is also host to the headquarters and distribution centers of multiple book publishers.
Greater Mankato’s generator manufacturing cluster powers everything from hospitals, to data centers, to US Navy ships. With three major power generation manufacturers, this industry has built a cluster of suppliers that serve the industry including metal manufacturing, cable harnesses, and powder coating.
Greater Mankato is located only 135 miles from the Headquarters of RTP, one of the world’s leading producers of thermoplastic pellets. Locally, most manufacturers specialize in blown film extrusion. Plastics manufacturing remains important throughout Southern Minnesota with companies engaged in many forms of plastic manufacturing.
With two 4-lane, interstate quality highways, easy access to Interstates 90 and 35, and a central location in the United States, Greater Mankato is growing as a regional distribution hub.