1,000 Reasons to Make It in Minnesota
Thursday, September 01, 2016
The Made in Minnesota Directory has reached a threshold: The directory now contains more than 1,000 Minnesota suppliers of products and materials, all pointing to what is made right here at home and helping to make the state more competitive.
The story behind the directory really begins with German farm equipment manufacturer, Geringhoff, and their decision in 2011 to expand operations to the U.S. market. The company conducted a careful, deliberative search for a location – 27 different sites had been considered – and announced that St. Cloud would be the home of its first U.S. manufacturing plant.
Several factors went into making the decision, of course, but crucial was having a local supply network that could provide fabricated metal, advanced plastics parts, hydraulics, electronic componentry and other materials used in the company’s manufacturing process. St. Cloud officials identified 65 manufacturing suppliers in the region, stretching north from Detroit Lakes to south in the Twin Cities.
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