Looking for information and resources on manufacturing in the area? The 360° Manufacturing and Applied Engineering Center of Excellence, Enterprise Minnesota, Greater Metropolitan Area Foreign Trade Zone Commission, Manufacturing Extension Program (MEP) of the National Institute of Standards & Technology, Minnesota Center (NIST) and the Minnesota Center for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence have information and resources available. For more information, click the below links to be redirected to each site.
360° Manufacturing and Applied Engineering Center of Excellence: 360° is one of four Minnesota Centers of Excellence. Launched in 2005 at Bemidji State University, it teams with seven community and technical college across Minnesota to build a talent pipeline for the advanced manufacturing industry. It promotes the industry and provides career information to individuals at all levels, from middle school students to adults.
Enterprise Minnesota: Enterprise Minnesota is a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening Minnesota’s manufacturing and related industries. Its business consultants work closely with companies to improve their efficiencies and output, contain their costs, and achieve real growth in sales, revenue and earnings. They help clients identify and employ solutions in the areas of growth services, operational efficiencies, applied technologies, supply chain management, and workforce development.
Greater Metropolitan Area Foreign Trade Zone Commission: The Commission holds the grant from the US Department of Commerce to establish foreign trade zones (FTZs) in the Greater MSP region. Minnesota manufacturers operating within an FTZ can reduce or eliminate duties on imported components. FTZs are also used to bring imported goods into compliance before formal entry into the country. Companies can locate in one of the established public zone sites or apply for zone status for their own facility. The Commission can help local companies determine if FTZ status will be of financial benefit.
Manufacturing Extension Program (MEP) of the National Institute of Standards & Technology, Minnesota Center (NIST): Minnesota's MEP Center focuses on making the state's industrial base more competitive. It bridges the productivity gap for manufacturers, identifies opportunities for growth, and encourages technology deployment by providing fundamental services in business and process improvements. Programs cover Lean manufacturing, sustainable energy and environmental services, and information technology. It is based at Enterprise Minnesota.
Minnesota Center for Engineering & Manufacturing Excellence: The Center is a consortium of academic institutions led by Minnesota State University, Mankato, with 10 two-year colleges located throughout Minnesota. It serves industry as a first-contact resource for continuing education, emerging technology, and the development of future workers. It actively promotes opportunities for students to pursue science, technology, engineering and math as careers.