Survey Results

2014 Survey Results

Minnesota’s manufacturers are more confident in their firms’ future than at any point since 2009, according to the sixth annual The State of Manufacturing®, a survey research project sponsored by Enterprise Minnesota and partners. Health care costs, government policies and regulation, and the ability to attract and retain qualified workers also top the list of growing concerns among manufacturers.

It is clear that Minnesota’s manufacturers are more confident about their future today than they have been at any point since the start of the recession. The looming concern, however, is that many manufacturers are having difficulty finding qualified workers to remain competitive and sustain their growth. This challenge is significantly acute in Greater Minnesota.
- Bob Kill, Enterprise Minnesota President & CEO 

2014 State of Manufacturing press release
"The State of Manufacturing: Growing Confidence" from Enterprise Minnesota® Magazine

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The State of Manufacturing Survey Book

Issue Analysis

Focus Groups

Winona (Southeast Technical College)
Owatonna (Riverland Community College)
Anoka (Anoka Technical College)
Minneapolis (MPMA and St. Paul Port Authority)
Mankato (South Central College)
Alexandria (Alexandria Technical and Community College)
Brainerd (Central Lakes College)
Edina (BMO Harris Bank)
Minneapolis (Baker Tilly)
Warroad (Northwest Minnesota Foundation)
Bemidji (Northwest Minnesota Foundation)
St. Cloud (Gray Plant Mooty)
Eveleth (IRRRB)
Fergus Falls (Minnesota State Community and Technical College and West Central Initiative)


Baker Tilly
BMO Harris Bank
Granite Equity Partners
Gray Plant Mooty
Marsh & McLennan Agency