Manufacturing Week Highlights Critical Role Industry Plays in State’s Economy

1 Oct 2020


St. Paul - Manufacturing, which has long played a key role in the state's economy, is even more important now as Minnesota focuses on revitalizing our economy and rebounding from the impacts of COVID-19. As the state's second-largest industry, manufacturing added $52.7 billion to Minnesota's economy last year.

Governor Tim Walz has proclaimed Oct. 1-7 as Minnesota Manufacturing Week. During the week – and throughout the month – manufacturers are opening their doors to virtual tours by the public as a way of attracting new workers and students who are considering careers in manufacturing.

"Manufacturing jobs pay good, family-sustaining wages well above the state's average wage," said DEED Commissioner Steve Grove. "As our economy begins to recover and manufacturing becomes increasingly more high-tech and automated, DEED is working as hard as possible to help workers get the training they need to meet the demands of Minnesota employers."

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