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Top 11 Manufacturing Companies in Minnesota

Posted by IndustrySelect on Wednesday, February 3, 2021


Above: A photo of a 3M facility in Hutchinson, MN, featured in 3M's post: The new face of manufacturing: How a small community is retooling to attract a skilled workforce. Credit: 3M

With a robust economy, abundant capital funding, an educated workforce, and sharp focus on technology and innovation, Minnesota has a lot to offer manufacturers. According to CNBC’s Best States for Business study for 2019, the state of Minnesota ranks 7th in the nation for business conditions, scoring an “A-” for technology and innovation, and an “A+ for education.

Today, we’re exploring the latest statistics on Minnesota’s robust manufacturing sector and diving into the ten largest manufacturing companies in the state.

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According to data collected by MNI, compiler of the industrial information that powers IndustrySelect, Minnesota is currently home to 9,630 manufacturers employing 462,414 workers. These include some major names in food processing and medical device manufacturing, which we’ll dive into in a moment. But first, here are some key statistics on the Minnesota’s manufacturing sector based on data collected by MNI.

The Latest Facts on Minnesota’s Manufacturing Sector

According to MNI, Minneapolis is Minnesota’s largest city based on industrial employment, home to 65,092 workers. This is followed by St. Paul with 42,891 jobs and Bloomington with 13,029 workers.

Read more: Top Manufacturing Cities in the U.S.

Other top cities in Minnesota include

• Eden Prairie (12,826 jobs)
• Rochester (12,093 jobs)
• Plymouth (10,030 jobs)
• Eagan (9,671 jobs)
• Maple Grove (9,469 jobs)

Hennepin County is Minnesota’s largest in terms of industrial jobs, home to 152,271 workers. This is followed by Ramsey County (59,412), Dakota (34,625), Anoka (20,130) and Stearns (18,764).

Taking a look at the state’s top industries, food products manufacturing ranks as the state’s largest industrial sector based on number of jobs, employing 66,803. Second-ranked industrial machinery ranks second with 65,013 jobs, while third-ranked instruments/related products accounts for 51,911. This is followed by fabricated metal products with 44,891 jobs and printing/publishing, with 39,822.

According to IndustrySelect’s database of 460,000 U.S. industrial companies, there are 28,784 executive contacts currently associated with Minnesota’s 9,600+ manufacturing companies. These include 4,348 presidents, 2,611 owners and partners; 2,566 vice-presidents and 2,996 sales, marketing and purchasing executives.

Other facts to know about Minnesota manufacturers, based on IndustrySelect’s advanced criteria available to subscribers, include ownership, distribution and other trends. Let’s take a look:

• 2% of Minnesota manufacturers are women-owned
• 1% are minority-owned
• 9% are publicly-owned companies
• 11% import raw materials
• 26% distribute their products internationally.

Minnesota is home to a number of major companies in the food processing, electronics and medical devices industries. Next, we’ll take a look at the state’s top companies.

Top 11 Manufacturing Companies in Minnesota

3M Co.10,100St. PaulMN
IBM Corp.5,300RochesterMN
Cargill, Inc.3,500WayzataMN
Digi-Key Electronics3,500Thief River FallsMN
General Mills, Inc.3,200MinneapolisMN
Boston Scientific Corp.3,000Maple GroveMN
Boston Scientific Corp.2,600St. PaulMN
Marvin Windows & Doors2,600WarroadMN
Andersen Corp.2,500BayportMN
Medtronic Structural Heart2,500Mounds ViewMN

About the Top 11 Manufacturing Companies in Minnesota

1. 3M (St. Paul, MN) 

Founded in 1902 as a small mining operation in Minnesota, 3M is today a global leader and innovator, producing a wide range of products in the worker safety, healthcare and consumer sectors. The company’s St. Paul facility specializes in display films, large-format printing, touch screens, electronic components, filtration supplies and paper products and ranks as the state’s top industrial employer, with 10,100 workers.

2. IBM (Rochester, MN)

Headquartered in Armonk, NY, IBM (International Business Machines) is a global leader in computer hardware, middleware and software. The company also provides consulting services. This location in Rochester, also known as the “Big Blue Zoo” due to its distinctive blue-paneled architecture, has produced a wide range of computer systems and software since its inception in 1958. Today, 5,300 employees work at its milelong facility, making it Minnesota’s second-largest industrial employer.

3. Cargill, Inc (Wayzata, MN) 

Cargill, Inc. is a global food industry giant, and in terms of revenue, ranks as the largest private corporation in the United States. The Wayzata location serves as the company’s headquarters and employs 3,500 workers.

4. Digi-Key Electronics (Thief River Falls, MN)

Digi-Key Electronics is a top electronic components distributor, and its offerings include semiconductor, passive and electromechanical products. Employing 3,500 in Thief River Falls, Digi-Key Electronics was founded in 1972 and ranks as the state’s fourth-largest industrial company in terms of jobs.

5. General Mills, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN)

General Mills was founded in 1866 in Minneapolis. A global leader in the food products industry, General Mills produces well-known brands such as Annie’s, Cheerios, Nature Valley, Green Giant, Hagen Daaz and more. 3,200 employees work at this location, which serves as the company’s headquarters.

6. Boston Scientific Corp. (Maple Grove, MN) 

Boston Scientific is major medical devices manufacturer, headquartered in Marlboro, Massachusetts. This Maple Grove location focuses on coronary peripheral stent delivery & ultrasound imaging systems, as well as guidewires and vascular sealing devices. Ranking sixth in our list of top industrial employers, with 3,000 employees this Boston Scientific location is one of two in the state.

7. Boston Scientific Corp. (St. Paul, MN)

This Boston Scientific Corp in St. Paul specializes in pacemakers & automatic implantable defibrillators and employs 2,600.

8. Marvin Windows & Doors (Warroad, MN)

Marvin Windows & Doors is a family-owned and operated company and has become a household name in the lumber industry, having produced windows and doors in the U.S. for more than a century. This facility in Warroad, MN, makes wood-clad windows and doors and employs 2,600.

9. Anderson Corp. (Bayport, MN) 

Another major window and door producer, Anderson Corp ranks 9th in the state with 2,500 employees at this Bayport location.

10. Medtronic Structural Heart (Mounds View, MN)

Exemplifying Minnesota’s stronghold in the medical devices industry, this Medtronic location is one of ten Medtronics facilities in the state of Minnesota. Employing 2,500, the Structural Heart location focuses on artificial cardiac pacemakers. Founded in 1949 in Minneapolis as a medical equipment repair facility, Medtronic is today among the world’s largest medical devices companies, headquartered in Ireland, with locations in 140 countries.

11. JBS (Worthington, MN) 

Brazil-based JBS is among the world’s largest food processing companies with multiple locations in the U.S., including its Greely, CO headquarters. The Worthington, MN pork production plant employs 2,100 and processes 20,000 hogs per day.

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