Manufacturing

The backyard shed of Jackson Jones’ Mankato home is the creative center of Primate Longboards, a new skateboard company, that makes handcrafted wooden boards with original decorative designs. Read More
With manufacturers spanning a variety of areas and specialties, the industry is essential to the state’s economic health. Whether they specialize in custom drum kits or biological reference materials, Minnesota’s manufacturers set industry standards through efficiency, innovation and bold new strategies. Read More


Last year, Minnesota’s exports — manufactured and non-manufactured — tallied up to about $19 billion. Read More

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The numbers tell the story. The most recent available figures show approximately 97,000 open positions across Minnesota Read More
His life was all planned out. TJ Bonnett obtained an accounting degree at the University of St. Thomas, and joined his family’s accounting firm. He assumed operational control of the family business in his early 30s. But Bonnett soon discovered he was not satisfied. He wanted a bigger challenge, and the opportunity to develop his skills as an executive. Read More
Ron Kirscht, president of Alexandria-based Donnelly Custom Manufacturing, has a complicated job. He specializes in short-run, low-volume injection-mold manufacturing for clients in various industries. The operation uses 600 materials and 2,800 customized molds for runs of anywhere from a few dozen to tens of thousands of parts. Read More
Modern manufacturing is a technology-driven enterprise. It’s simply not optional for manufacturers to keep abreast of technological changes pertinent to their industries. Those that do, thrive; those that don’t, struggle. It might be essential, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Read More

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Late last month, the Institute for Supply Management raised eyebrows across the Midwest when it reported a much lower than expected factory activity reading across the nine-state region (per Fox Business). Read More