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Industry

Advanced Manufacturing

A strong foundation in advanced manufacturing goes hand-in-hand with Kandiyohi County’s successful Ag technology sector. The largest specialties include steel, robotics, food manufacturing, plastics and rubber products, nonmetallic mineral products and chemical manufacturing. See a short video below on manufacturing in Kandiyohi County created by New Wonder Media.

Nova-Tech Engineering is a global leader in robotics and equipment that supports the Ag technology industries. What started as a two-person company in Willmar in the early 90’s, Nova-Tech Engineering now has more than 130 clients on six continents.

The MinnWest Technology Campus, founded in 2006 to promote the advancement of agribusiness, bioscience and technology in Kandiyohi County, is home to several global leaders in manufacturing, including Nova-Tech Engineering. The 100-acre campus houses 33 companies and is continually recruiting innovative businesses to the area.

A highly-skilled workforce contributes to the level of advanced manufacturing. A thriving information technology and professional job pool caters to the cutting-edge global leaders located in Kandiyohi County. This job pool is thanks in part to Ridgewater College’s Customized Training & Continuing Education programs, along with the Mid-Central Research and Outreach Center, a unique partnership between Minnesota higher education and private industry. The Center fosters innovation, economic growth, job creation and workforce preparation for the region.

According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), manufacturing growth in Kandiyohi County surpassed the growth of all other industries combined by about 8% since 2009.  Because of the strong base in advanced manufacturing, Kandiyohi County has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state of Minnesota.