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Region 9 MapOver 20 manufacturing companies have joined the Region 9 Chapter of the MPMA which was launched this past May. The first ever MPMA regional chapter will provide manufacturers in the region with opportunities to connect with other industry businesses to discuss common goals and challenges, network, and promote the needs of the manufacturing industry in southwest Minnesota. Manufacturing companies located in the counties of Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, Le Seuer, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca and Watonwan will make up the new Region 9 Chapter.

Members of the Region 9 Chapter are considered regular MPMA members, with the benefit of having a local connection of other companies in their area. Chapter members have full access to all MPMA member benefits including facility tours, monthly member programs as well as the ability to attend all educational workshops hosted by the Association. All MPMA members throughout the state are invited to attend the Region 9 meetings.

For more information on the Region 9 group, or to inquire about starting a regional group in your area, please contact Angela Peterson at angela@mpma.com.



South Central Minnesota Fast Facts

Southwest and South Central Minnesota Manufacturing

Manufacturing is the largest employing industry in Southwest and South Central Minnesota.
The sector made a strong recovery in Southwest Minnesota in the last year, following recession related job losses.
Regional manufacturers added 925 net new covered jobs from 2010 to 2011, accounting for just over two-thirds of the region’s recent job recovery.
In fact, manufacturing (up 3 percent) grew three times as fast as the total of all industries (up 0.8 percent) over the last year.
With 31,329 covered jobs at 621 business establishments, manufacturing represented 18.2 percent of all regional jobs in 2011, making it the largest employing industry in the region, just ahead of health care and social assistance (30,051 jobs).
Regional manufacturers paid out just over $1.3 billion in total payroll to employees in 2011, providing average annual wages of $41,808. That was over $8,000 higher than the average for all industries ($33,540).

Click here to download more facts about employment and manufacturing in South Central Minnesota.

The information provided above comes from Positively Minnesota (Departments of Employment and Economic Development - DEED