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Manufacturing is Comeback Kid in Central Minnesota

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Tags: small businesses, manufacturing, Central MN, economy, jobs

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After getting knocked down hard during the recession, manufacturing has been the comeback kid in Central Minnesota.

Over the past three years, the sector has picked itself off the canvas, charged forward with remarkable stamina and made substantial gains.

Manufacturing has added more employment to this region’s economy than any other industry since 2010, gaining 3,676 jobs. 



When It Comes to Manufacturing, Minnesota's Got It Made

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Tags: manufacturing, economy, small businesses, workforce, exports, jobs, career planning

It's Minnesota Manufacturers WeekOn the off chance you forgot to circle it in red on your calendar along with other important dates like your wedding anniversary or your kids’ birthdays, here’s a gentle reminder: Today marks the beginning of Minnesota Manufacturers Week.

Cue the trumpet. The applause. The cheering. Roll out the cake with sparklers. All of it well deserved.



Manufacturers Should See and Seize Export Opportunities

Posted on October 13, 2014 at 11:00 AM
Tags: small businesses, manufacturing, exports, business expansion

Three globes, three continentsLike lots of Minnesota manufacturers, Erick Ajax hadn’t given much thought to selling his products in foreign markets.

Exporting sounded too complicated. Too risky. And EJ Ajax, a Fridley-based precision metal-forming company, was too busy taking care of its U.S. customers to go prospecting in unknown and uncertain territory abroad.



Are Women Ignoring Careers in Manufacturing?

Posted on October 06, 2014 at 10:20 AM
Tags: small businesses, manufacturing, career planning

Women in Manufacturing
You can’t help but notice the special emphasis Sarah Richards uses as she describes her company.

“We are a third-generation, woman-owned metal fabrication manufacturer,” says Richards, the CEO and president of Jones Metal Products in Mankato, Minn.



A Holiday Gift for Manufacturers That's Made in Minnesota

Posted on December 23, 2013 at 3:50 PM
Tags: manufacturing, small businesses

Minnesota ManufacturersHere's one of those gotta-have-it gifts that hardworking manufacturers and suppliers all over Minnesota can give themselves this holiday season:  An online place to find - and be found by - more customers right in their own communities, regions and state. 

A Minnesota manufacturers supply chain database has been on the industry's wishlist for quite a while. And this year, manufacturers will find it neatly wrapped beneath their collective tree.



The Better Angels of Business Development

Posted on December 16, 2013 at 10:13 AM
Tags: manufacturing, small businesses, angel tax credit, business expansion

Angel FundA couple years ago, Lisa Lavin posed a question to a friend over lunch. “Do you have a patent burning a hole in your back pocket?” she wondered.

The inquiry wasn't entirely out of leftfield, considering that Lavin’s dining companion was Mark Kroll, an internationally recognized biomedical engineer who helped revolutionize implantable heart defibrillators, who holds more than 350 issued or pending patents, and who is widely considered Minnesota’s most inventive genius.



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