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January 23, 2013

Mankato ranked top in support for manufacturing



The Iron Range Rehabilitation and Resources Board was picked out for helping direct state funds to improve thousands of mining and timber jobs.

Douglas County, in and around Alexandria, has several manufacturers that make  automated-packaging machines and equipment.

Douglas Machine, Aagard, ITW Heartland, Massman Automation Designs and the Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission formed an association to promote their industry, recruit and train workers. The manufacturers have agreed to not take workers from one another, among other collaborative efforts.

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Enterprise Minnesota consults with medium size and smaller manufacturing companies to help them compete and grow profitably and serves as the “voice of manufacturing” to raise the industry’s profile.

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