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South Central MN Celebrates Manufacturers Week with "Tour of Manufacturing" on October 25

Mankato, MINN (October 16, 2012) – Manufacturers from throughout the region will once again open their doors to the public for the third annual Tour of Manufacturing of South Central Minnesota on Thursday, October 25 from Noon – 7 p.m. The event is organized by the Economic Growth Collaborative of South Central Minnesota and sponsored by Eide Bailly and the South Central WorkForce Council, as part of Minnesota Manufacturing Week October 22 - 28.      

The Tour of Manufacturing will give students, job seekers and the general public an opportunity to learn about what is manufactured here and the many exciting career opportunities available now and in the future. “Past attendees have told us they were surprised to learn what goes into manufacturing today, as well as the advanced education and outstanding opportunities for employees,” said Barb Embacher, Vice President of Greater Mankato Growth. As the region’s largest industry sector, manufacturing accounts for 1 in 5 jobs and 23% of all payroll in the nine counties of South Central Minnesota (including Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, Le Sueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca and Watonwan counties).   

The Tour of Manufacturing, which is free to attend, is similar to a “Parade of Homes,” with community members able to stop by any participating manufacturer throughout the day to take a tour and learn about the business and industry. The following manufacturers are participating in this year’s event. For more information on these companies and a map of their locations, visit tourofmanufacturing.com

Coloplast Manufacturing
Dotson Company
Express Diagnostics
Mark Thomas Company
MRG Tool and Die Corporation
Parker Hannifin
Pepsi Cola Bottling and Wis-Pak of Mankato
Sanborn MFG, division of MAT Industries, LLC
South Central College
V-TEK, Inc.
Wells Concrete
Windings Inc.

For more information on the Tour of Manufacturing, contact Shelly Megaw at 507.385.6642 or smegaw@greatermankato.com.



About the Economic Growth Collaborative of South Central Minnesota
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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