Tour of Manufacturing

Learn what is being produced in your backyard.

October 5, 2023 9AM-3PM

Go behind the scenes at 15 area organizations

The public is invited to join us in touring manufacturers across the region that have opened their doors to showcase their facilities, products, machines, and the variety of in-demand and high paying employment opportunities.

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 hundreds of manufacturing establishments providing 18,335 jobs in 2022.

Manufacturing was the leading employer in the area—outpacing healthcare and education in total employment.

In order to celebrate what the manufacturing sector brings to our region, we showcase our manufacturers in the annual South Central Tour of Manufacturing each October.

All events are open to the public unless noted otherwise. Participants in the tour can show up at companies at any time during the tour timeframe; however, it is recommended to check tour schedules in the magazine to determine the best arrival time. Specific details regarding tour schedules are included in the Tour of Manufacturing Magazine. 

More Information:
  • 3M New Ulm *Open for school tours only
  • Advanced Drainage Systems – Fairmont
  • Cambria Le Sueur
  • Data Metalcraft Inc – Arlington
  • Dotson Iron Castings – Mankato
  • Goodtimes Manufacturing – Mankato
  • Hewitt Docks Lifts & Pontoon Legs – Nicollet
  • Industrial Fabrication Services – Lake Crystal
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Automative and Manufacturing Engineering Technology (AMET) – Mankato
  • New Ulm Precision Tool, Inc. – New Ulm
  • Ron’s Plumbing, HVAC, and Electric – Wells
  • South Central College – North Mankato
  • Taylor Corporation – North Mankato
  • TBEI, Inc. – Lake Crystal
  • Winegar, Inc. – Waseca

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

Bus Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsors will be listed on the Tour of Manufacturing Website, in the Tour of Manufacturing magazine, and in the South Central Workforce Council Newsletter. They will also be acknowledged in social media posts from the Tour of Manufacturing Facebook page and will be acknowledged in a govdelivery post about the Tour of Manufacturing.

Most importantly, bus sponsors will make it possible for a student to attend the tour and learn about manufacturing.

Presenting Sponsor
Bus Sponsors - $500 (covers the cost of one bus)
Golf Cart
After golf
social sponsor
R&R Station
Snack Cart
box lunch
Driving Range Sponsor
Signage Sponsor



Coldwell Banker Commercial Fisher Group

Consolidated Communications

Harrison Ford

Hatanpa Insurance Agency – State Farm


Mankato Lodge Senior Living


Met-Con Construction, Inc.

Minnesota Valley Federal Credit Union

MinnStar Bank

Monarch Healthcare Management

Mutual of America Financial Group

Navitor Specialty Products

Radio Mankato

Spherion Staffing Services


TGK Automotive of Mankato

U.S. Bank

United Prairie Bank

Volk Transfer


Atomic Star Tavern, Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery, Fleet Farm, Kibble Equipment, LocALE Brewing Company, Loose Moose Saloon & Conference Center, Mankato Brewery, Mankato Independent Originals, Pub 500, Rounders Sports Bar & Grill, Scheels All Sports, Schell’s Brewery, The Beast, Ummies Bar & Grill