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What is the State of Manufacturing®?

2018 marks the 10th year in a row that Enterprise Minnesota and its key strategic partners will release the results of an in-depth, statistically significant survey of the perceptions and opinions of 400 Minnesota manufacturing executives. The survey is accompanied by a series of focus groups, comprised of executives, managers, students, and thought leaders revealing their thoughts on the economy and other major issues impacting Minnesota's manufacturing industry.

Why does Enterprise Minnesota conduct the survey?

First introduced in 2009, The State of Manufacturing® is a statistically meaningful survey of manufacturing executives that provides the industry, and stakeholders of manufacturing, a comprehensive view of their perceptions and opinions about the issues, challenges, and opportunities that manufacturers face in doing business in Minnesota.

Who conducts the survey?

The State of Manufacturing survey is conducted by Rob Autry, president, Meeting Street Research

Where can I find the 2017 State of Manufacturing survey results?

The full 2017 survey results can be found on our website here.

When will the 2018 survey results be released?

The results of the 2018 State of Manufacturing survey will be released on Thursday, May 17 at our Statewide Survey Release Event held at the Minneapolis Convention Center. This is a premier occasion celebrating Minnesota’s manufacturing industry and is open to manufacturers and everyone connected to the manufacturing industry including educators, elected officials, economic development professionals, granting agencies, and members of the media.

Where can I see the full State of Manufacturing event schedule?

The 2018 State of Manufacturing events will begin in Minneapolis on May 17. Additional dates and locations to be announced.

Where can I learn more about the focus groups?

The complete transcripts of the focus groups can be found on the 2017 survey results page.

The 2017 State of Manufacturing features 15 focus groups, five of which were with college and high school students intending to pursue manufacturing as a career.

Is the survey data regionalized?

Yes. The State of Manufacturing survey data is analyzed by region to provide greater local insights. Cross-tabulations will be run in each of the six Initiative Foundation regions, along with the Twin Cities metro area.

Who are Enterprise Minnesota’s key strategic partners involved with the State of Manufacturing?

The State of Manufacturing survey is made possible through the support of our sponsors. The 2018 sponsors are:  

Statewide Platinum sponsorsBremer Bank, Granite Equity Partners, Gray Plant Mooty, King SolutionsMarsh & McLennan Agency, and RSM.

Are there sponsorship opportunities available for The State of Manufacturing?

Yes. If your organization is interested in learning more about State of Manufacturing sponsorship opportunities, please see our advertising and sponsorship options page or contact Chip Tangen, relationship manager for Enterprise Minnesota at

Is Enterprise Minnesota’s President and CEO Bob Kill available for media interviews?

Yes. Please contact Chris Morse, public relations manager for Enterprise Minnesota at or call 612-455-4213 for further details.

Is it possible to have a State of Manufacturing presentation in my city?

We receive a number of requests from business and community leaders across Minnesota to present and discuss the findings of The State of Manufacturing survey in their region. If you would like to host a discussion on the findings of The State of Manufacturing survey please fill out our contact form.

Tell me more about the role of Enterprise Minnesota.

Enterprise Minnesota is a consulting organization that helps manufacturing companies become operationally efficient and well positioned to grow profitably. The organization provides services that help manufacturers save time and energy, improve productivity, increase sales, improve profits, as well as create and retain jobs. Enterprise Minnesota also serves as the “voice” of Minnesota’s manufacturing industry and is at the center of an important and diverse coalition of interests that all support manufacturing. Visit our About Us page to learn more.

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