Anyone walking into a manufacturing plant today would see a stark contrast from what was common in the last century.
Much progress has been made toward correcting safety and health concerns of yesteryear and promoting a vibrant workplace. One thing hasn’t changed, though. The industry remains an important source of jobs, both nationally and in Minnesota.
Southwestern Minnesota is the breadbasket of the state, producing 700 million bushels of corn, 140 million bushels of soybeans, 10 million turkeys and 5.5 million hogs annually. The region has nearly 26,000 farms generating more than $6.5 billion worth of commodities each year.
But farming is only part of the story in this remarkably diverse 27-county region.