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Episode 08: Manufacturing in Minnesota

How a worker shortage impacts manufacturers

We continue our exploration of Minnesota's economy and its workforce in this episode as we meet Bob Kill. Bob is the president and CEO of Enterprise Minnesota, a consulting organization that helps manufacturing companies become more efficient and grow.

Enterprise Minnesota

Bob talks with us about the work that Enterprise Minnesota is doing, and shares results of their 2017 State of Manufacturing survey, where workforce issues tripled in importance to manufacturers across Minnesota.

"Manufacturing creates 13 percent of Minnesota's jobs and 16 percent of the payroll. For every manufacturing job, there is a service and support job."


Episode host(s)

  • Christy Kallevig, Extension educator
    University of Minnesota Extension, Center for Community Vitality


  • Bob Kill, president and CEO
    Enterprise Minnesota

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  • Use the Community Vitality page as your go-to resource for help in your community work.
  • Enterprise Minnesota offers many resources for manufacturers across Minnesota, as well as those interested in learning about this important industry.
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