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      DEED Developements: Supply Chain Strength in Mankato

      Posted on April 01, 2013 at 11:25 AM

      Commissioner Sieben Visits Kato Engineering

      Commissioner Sieben visits Kato Engineering during her March 26 tour of Mankato

      A full agenda that included six Mankato company tours made its mark with DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben: The network of interconnected businesses allow companies in Greater Mankato to better serve their customers in Minnesota and around the world. 

      One stop on the March 26 tour was Kato Engineering, a subsidiary of Emerson Electric, which employs 500 people at its North Mankato facility. The company specializes in designing and manufacturing generators (alternators), motor-generator sets and controls for multiple industries. 

      Kato Engineering is a major supplier in a rapidly expanding global market for electrical power, especially in developing countries. Kato generators power tankers, freighters, locomotives, aircraft and mass transit. Kato equipment is used by hospitals, communication industries, in remote areas of the world and any other place where dependable controllable electrical power is needed. 

      Another stop was El Microcircuits, a manufacturer of custom and standard microcircuits for the electronics industry. With manufacturing facilities in Mankato and St. Peter, the company mainly serves the medical device and industrial controls sectors and employs about 160 people. 

      Commissioner Sieben also visited Coughlan Companies, a diversified holding company; Taylor Corporation, one of the largest privately held companies in the country, specializing in interactive printing and marketing; Kato Cable, producer of cable assemblies, wire harnesses and electro–mechanical assemblies for a variety of industries; and MTU OnSite Energy, manufacturer of diesel-powered and natural gas-powered generators. 

      Greater Mankato Growth, the combined chamber of commerce and economic development group serving the region, organized the Mankato tour.

      Mankato has the second highest employment growth in the state. Job gains rose 2.2 percent in the past 12 months in the Mankato-North Mankato Metropolitan Statistical Area, Minnesota’s newest MSA. Mankato’s mix of industries and flexible, diverse workforce create a balanced regional economy.

      DEED’s Labor Market Information office reports that historically, the Mankato-North Mankato MSA unemployment rate is at its lowest at two times during the calendar year: Holidays and the start of summer. This suggests that students are returning to work service sector jobs during their breaks between spring and fall semester and fall and winter semester.

      Local media reports include State jobs commissioner touts Mankato area’s strengths from the Mankato Free Press and KEYC TV story DEED commissioner visits city businesses.