State of Manufacturing®

The comprehensive annual survey of Minnesota’s manufacturing economy

The State of Manufacturing is the most comprehensive survey of Minnesota’s manufacturers that reveals their perceptions and opinions on the economy and other issues impacting business.

Our national pollster interviews over 500 manufacturing executives representing a proportional mix of geographic locations, size and type of manufacturer. To provide further depth and context, we conduct focus groups with manufacturing executives on the topics of the day.

Enterprise Minnesota analyses the data by each of the six Initiative Foundation regions to provide greater local insights.

The 2020 Survey

Many of you may know that COVID-19 forced Enterprise Minnesota to postpone the June public release of our annual State of Manufacturing® data. But when we made that decision, it was too late to cancel the survey itself. In fact, pollster Rob Autry had already completed the research.

We at first thought the survey data might be skewed by the fact that interviews were conducted before and after President Trump’s National Emergency Declaration (COVID-19) on March 13th. We then realized that Rob’s survey captured an almost perfect opportunity to assess how manufacturing executives reacted to the news in real time.

Rob and Bob Kill, our president and CEO, released the results at a digital press conference on April 20.

The results show that while Minnesota’s manufacturers share broad long-term confidence about the future prospects of their companies, they are strapping in for a tumultuous COVID-19-related economic ride.

To view the 2020 results and recorded presentation, click here.

2020 Survey Release Events

We release the State of Manufacturing™ survey results to audiences throughout the state, beginning with a statewide event in the Twin Cities, followed by a regional tour through Greater Minnesota. These highly informational events explore the survey results and are excellent networking opportunities.

Save the date!
2020 Survey Release Event: November 5, 2020

2020 Platinum Sponsors

The State of Manufacturing survey is made possible through the support of our generous partners. Sponsorships are still available, though space is limited. If you are interesting in being a part of the State of Manufacturing survey, please contact us.

The State of Manufacturing survey is conducted by Meeting Street Insights and is underwritten by Enterprise Minnesota. To learn more about the method and sources of the survey, visit the Research Page.

View the 2019 State of Manufacturing® Complete Survey Book.

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