Category Archives: Northland Industry Series

Manufacturing Month 2020

Posted by Administrator on September 1, 2020

October is the best month to explore this powerhouse of an industry. If you’re interested in pursuing a career as a welder, a mechanic, a machinist, or another specialized role in the manufacturing sector, October is prime time to learn about opportunities during Manufacturing Month in the Northland. Manufacturing contributes $52.7 billion a year to […]

The Economic Impact of Northland Industry

Posted by Administrator on September 27, 2019

The Duluth Seaway Port Authority’s ICIC study highlights strong incentives to support the growth of area industry. Based in the Twin Ports, the Duluth Seaway Port Authority is an independent, public agency created by the Minnesota State Legislature to foster regional maritime commerce, promote trade development, facilitate industrial development, and serve as an advocate for […]

The State of Manufacturing: Updates for 2019

Posted by Administrator on May 12, 2019

A push for manufacturing in the Northland coincides with the release of new reports on the industry this May. Demand for qualified candidates within manufacturing fields continues to rise. The Duluth News Tribune reported in a May 7 article that over 7,700 people in St. Louis, Douglas, and Carlton counties are currently employed in manufacturing fields, […]

Manufacturing Month 2018

Posted by Administrator on September 29, 2018

October is the optimal time to explore this powerhouse of a local industry. The names of the largest local manufacturers are probably already familiar to you. AAR, Altec, Bendtec, Cirrus, IKONICS, IPS Cranes, Sappi, SCS Interiors, USG — the list goes on. Though manufacturing has been scaled back in many parts of the country, the sector is alive and well in northeastern Minnesota and northwest […]

The Global Impact of Northland Grub

Posted by Administrator on February 3, 2018

North By Choicers take their food and drink seriously. Unique venues dot the terrain of northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. You’re probably familiar with the atmospheric Fitger’s Brewhouse in Duluth, with its sizzling burgers — both of the regular and veggie variety — capped off by a rotation of flavorful tap beers. On the Iron Range, there’s BoomTown in Eveleth […]

Inside The Northland’s IT Industry

Posted by Administrator on November 26, 2017

Yes, the “It” industry in the Northland right now happens to actually be IT. A quick glance around northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin reveals a plethora of IT businesses and think tanks, all of them with respected reputations that span far beyond this region. They each have their own niche, but they all share one thing in common: a […]

Explore the Northland Manufacturing Industry

Posted by Administrator on November 12, 2017

Career pathways abound in the booming Northland manufacturing industry. You’re probably already familiar with globally recognized companies like Cirrus (which builds jets in Duluth) and Ziegler CAT (as seen in 2012’s Skyfall featuring Daniel Craig as James Bond). At a glance, here are a handful of stunning stats:  Manufacturing contributes $50.8 billion a year to […]

Good Brews: The Northland Beer Boom

Posted by Administrator on September 4, 2017

Historically, when the economy’s down, beer sales go up, up, up. That’s certainly been the case in post-Great Recession northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. While economic recovery has been sluggish overall, tallying with wider nationwide trends, one sector of the economy has been booming: craft breweries and brew pubs. Storied establishments like Fitger’s, Dubh Linn, and Carmody in Duluth have been joined by […]

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