What Ever Happened to Louisiana-Pacific's State-Backed Plant in the Iron Range?

State-backed wood plant’s development is nowhere in sight.

Mining Makes Up a Sliver of Minnesota’s Economy. So Why is It Such a Hot Button Political Issue?

Mining is directly responsible for about 0.2 percent of Minnesota’s jobs and less than 3 percent of its economic output.

On the Iron Range, Small Businesses are Building Off of Mining’s Success

The sector includes companies that make everything from massive conveyor belts to radiators and air coolers to replacement parts for machines that crush ore to special tools used by miners.

Mortenson Is Building U.S. Hotels With Rooms Manufactured in Europe

Known as modular construction, the method is part of a new trend in the U.S.

What the White House’s Decision Means for Future of Mining Near the Boundary Waters

For advocates, the decision to end an Obama-ordered environmental study was both predictable and shocking.

Lego, Black and Decker Invest in Stratasys Spinoff Evolve Additive Solutions’ $19M Round

The new capital will allow Minnetonka-based Evolve to commercialize its proprietary additive manufacturing technology.

Lamppa Manufacturing Co. Expanding With Move to New Building in Tower

The family business specializing in wood-burning sauna stoves with the only EPA 2020-certified furnaces will lease half of a building owned and constructed by the City of Tower.

Polaris Acquiring Vehicle Parts Manufacturer WSI Industries for $24M

Months after the Medina-based company known for its ATV and other sport vehicles acquired Boat Holdings, Polaris makes another growth move with a deal for WSI, a key parts supplier.

Daikin’s $40M Expansion in Faribault Set to Generate 132 Jobs

Daikin Applied Americas, which manufactures commercial heating, ventilation and air condition systems, is expanding its Faribault site; DEED is contributing $2.35 million to the project.

Polaris Breaks Ground on 475,000 Square-Foot Facility in Nevada

The multi-brand distribution center will be built by Minneapolis-based Ryan Companies, employ up to 100 people, and focus on Polaris’ aftermarket, parts, garments and accessories sector.

Northern Oil and Gas Acquiring W Energy Partners in Largest Deal in Company History

The deal, announced simultaneously with better-than-expected Quarter 2 estimates, involves $100 million in cash, plus shares and land.

Duluth Pack Continues Its Hometown Commitment by Opening Fourth Office in North Shore

The new location will house the bag and backpack manufacturer's marketing staff.

Polaris May Shift Production Overseas: What it Means for Minnesota

If Polaris follows Harley-Davidson’s lead and moves production abroad to offset costs of retaliatory tariffs the EU has imposed on U.S. goods, will other Minnesota-based companies do the same?

From Pops to Pipes: The State of Manufacturing in Minnesota

Four local manufacturers share the challenges and opportunities facing their companies.

Does Trump’s Duluth Rally Reflect Economic, Cultural Shifts Occurring in the Range?

More and more Range residents have been crediting Trump for any boost the mining industry has recently received.

Andersen Corporation Announces $40M Expansion at Bayport HQ

The window and door manufacturer will expand its production facility at its headquarters to meet increased demand for its Fibrex material-based product line.

This Oakdale Manufacturer is Hiring Workers Before It Has a Job for Them

During the training, the employees gain skills before transitioning into actual jobs when someone retires or quits, or if new positions are created.

Pentair Spin-off nVent’s Growth Potential is ‘Electrifying’, Says New CEO Beth Wozniak

Wozniak discussed some of the process toward separating nVent from Pentair, as well as the immediate market potential she sees for the company now that it is an independent business.

3M Stock Tumbles After Lowering of Earnings, Organic Sales Outlook

Some industry analysts believe the decreased forecast is a ploy to set incoming 3M CEO Michael Roman up for a positive first year.

Protolabs Buys Brooklyn Park Plant, Plans to Hire 150 Workers at Site By 2021

The new facility will house its fast-growing CNC machining operations.

How Trump's Metal Tariffs Stand to Impact U.S. (And Specifically Minnesota) Industries

A lot depends on how other nations react to the new taxes.

Michael Roman to Replace Inge Thulin as 3M CEO in July

After more than six years as CEO of the company behind Post-It Notes and Scotch Tape, Thulin will move on to a new position on 3M's board.

Ikonics Posts Record Sales Quarter, But Finishes in Red for Full-Year 2017

The imaging company reported nearly $5 million in sales in its fourth quarter, but capped the year with an overall loss of nearly a quarter-million dollars.

3M Reports Record Q4 Sales, Raises 2018 Outlook Citing New Tax Law

Fourth quarter sales jumped 9 percent year-over-year, the Maplewood-based maker of Scotch tape and Post-It Notes said, while its earnings significantly dropped.

Local Manufacturers Discuss Strategies to Overcome Labor Shortage, High Taxes

Companies are using internships, apprenticeships and targeted strategies to identify and develop the talent pool they need.

3M Sells Optical Fiber, Copper Passive Connectivity Business to Corning for $900M

The 3M division, which had annual global sales of about $400 million, includes a 500-member staff.

Tom Emmer’s Mining Bill Passed the House, But Will Anyone Champion it in the Senate?

Emmer’s bill is so narrowly tailored to Minnesota interests that it almost requires a Minnesota sponsor in the upper chamber. But Franken has already come out against it, leaving all eyes on Amy Klobuchar.

Proto Labs Acquiring New Hampshire-based Sheet Metal Manufacturer for $120M

While both Proto Labs and Rapid had similar focuses in terms of quick-turn, low-volume manufacturing, they had different, but complementary capabilities.

L&M Radiator Expanding Hibbing HQ, Creating 22 Jobs

The state said it would support the manufacturing company’s $17.6 million project with a $354,000 grant.

Ecolab Selling Off $180M Equipment Care Business to Boston Investment Firm

The unit made up roughly 2 percent of Ecolab’s overall business.

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