Minnesota’s manufacturers are more optimistic in their firms’ future than at any point since 2009, according to the seventh annual The State of Manufacturing®, a survey research project sponsored by Enterprise Minnesota and partners. The firms surveyed expect to grow, create jobs and increase wages in 2015, but the skills gap, health care costs, and zealous government oversight remain possible impediments to growth.

Minnesota’s manufacturers are undoubtedly bullish about their prospects for 2015. The chronic shortage of qualified workers, however, has manufacturers increasingly concerned that they will not be able to take full advantage of the improving economy.

- Bob Kill, Enterprise Minnesota President & CEO 

Full Survey Results and Downloads

Statewide Sponsors
Baker Tilly
BMO Harris Bank
Granite Equity Partners
Gray Plant Mooty
Marsh & McLennan Agency
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
Risdall Marketing Group

Gold Sponsor

Blandin Foundation   


Silver Sponsor

The State of Manufacturing Silver Sponsor, C.H. Robinson