Business Expansion Reports

Our annual Business Expansion Report highlights business startups and expansions at various stages of development from Minnesota firms statewide. 

We make these data available to various economic development publications, including Site Selection magazine. Each year, based on voluntary reporting, Site Selection ranks states on a number of factors relating to economic development. Minnesota consistently ranks highly in many categories of this prominent annual survey.

View the Most Recent Business Expansion Report

Highlights from the fourth quarter of 2013 include:

  • Companies announced 34 expansion projects in Minnesota in the 2013 fourth quarter with plans to create more than 1,100 jobs.
  • Half of the expansion projects were in the Twin Cities and the other half were in Greater Minnesota. New Ulm led Greater Minnesota with four expansion projects: Frontier Labs, Zinniel Boring, United Commercial Upholstery and DLC Manufacturing.
  • Manufacturing led all sectors with 16 expansion projects in the quarter. The industry also was the clear leader in total expansions in 2013, with 88 projects reported across a broad array of industries, including agricultural machinery, avionics, electronics and medical devices.

Download the report in an Excel spreadsheet or peruse this interactive map of expansions from this year:

Information Gathering Sources
Business activity is researched using a variety of sources including metro and regional newspapers, business and real estate journals, construction company newsletters, Internet research and staff referrals. DEED and/or JOBZ Initiative involvement is not a project measure to qualify for admission into the report.

Tell Us About Projects in Your Area
Please let us know about business startups, expansions or other significant business activity in your area. Download this form and email it to us as an attachment.

For More Information
If you have any questions, contact Andrew Dahl at 651-259-7186 or

Online Minnesota Business Expansion Report Form

Businesses exploring Minnesota for new locations routinely inquire about current economic development.  Listings of companies who have recently built new facilities or expanded existing ones verify a healthy economy in our state.  The MN Business Expansion Report provides this information and so offers state and local economic development officials real evidence of business activity within Minnesota.

Qualifying projects are also made available to various economic development publications, including Site Selection magazine.  Each year, Site Selection ranks US states on a number of factors related to economic development.  In recent years, Minnesota’s dynamic economy has been favorably positioned in this high-profile annual survey, placing in many of the "Top 10" lists.  Sending us projects from your area helps continue this vital national recognition. 

We invite you to let us know of significant business activity in your area by using the Business Expansion Report data submission form.