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Tour of Manufacturing


2020 South Central Virtual Tour of Manufacturing

Each year the South Central Tour of Manufacturing Partnership invites all manufacturing businesses from across South Central Minnesota to participate in the Tour of Manufacturing. The event is similar to a “Parade of Homes” that is FREE to students, job seekers and the general public. Community members will be able to stop by throughout the day for a self-guided tour or a guided tour of any of the participating manufacturers. The event is open to everyone.



Ardent Mills

Cinch Connectivity Solutions

CVF Racing

D&K Powder Coating


Jones Metal Products, Inc.

Kahler Automation

Michael Foods

South Central College

V-TEK, Inc.

Wells Concrete

Zierke Built Manufacturing


Thank you to our 2020 Tour of Manufacturing Sponsor:

Eide Bailly


Brought to you by:


CareerForce MN

City of Blue Earth/Faribault County

City of Fairmont

City of LeSueur

Eide Bailly

Greater Mankato Growth

Mankato Free Press

Mankato Public Schools

MN Dept. of Employment & Economic Development

MN State Engineering Center of Excellence

New Ulm Chamber of Commerce

South Central College

South Central Service Cooperative

South Central WorkForce Council

Waseca Chamber of Commerce


About Tour of Manufacturing & Why It's Important in our Region

The manufacturing industry is a significant contributor to the South Central Minnesota regional economy. According to DEED’s Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) data, the 9-county South Central Region (region 9) was home to 338 manufacturing establishments providing 29,005 jobs on average in 2019. That was 5.9 percent of total manufacturing employment in the state. Manufacturing accounted for 17.9 percent of the total employment, making it the largest industry sector in the region. In order to celebrate what the manufacturing sector brings to our region, we showcase our manufactures in the annual South Central Tour of Manufacturing each October.

This event is similar to a “Parade of Homes” and is FREE to students, job seekers, and the general public. Manufacturers across the region have historically opened their doors to showcase their facilities, products, machines, and the variety of opportunities in their in-demand and high paying profession. This year, our partnership has been more determined than ever to celebrate manufacturing, made up largely of essential employers, for all that they continue to do as we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to social distancing and safety concerns, our partnership has looked within to create a virtual tour, aiming to continue the spirit of lifting the veil on the creative work being done in our own backyards.

Participants in this year’s tour can look forward to accessing information about each contributing manufacturer through an online magazine, including career opportunities and links to videos to experience a peek into what is happening inside the walls of the buildings they drive by every day. Students, job seekers, and those who are just curious can experience the tours, and then have fun completing online activities and games created for you by our team of educators. This tour is a great opportunity for both high school students exploring careers as well as current job seekers looking to advance their skillset or make a career change. Manufacturing employers are hiring and are excited to show the variety of careers they offer: finance, production, marketing, IT, and more. Manufacturing isn’t just assembly—it’s innovative and high-tech, in-demand and secure, clean and safe, and offers a wage much higher than the regional average. Check out the South Central Tour of Manufacturing this October for the most up to date information and don’t forget to follow, like, and share our posts on Facebook and Instagram!


Thank you to everyone and to all of the manufacturing business who participated in the 2019 Tour of Manufacturing.



 Click here to view the 2018 Tour of Manufacturing Magazine

The Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Family: Visit Mankato City Center Partnership