May 11, 2017
For the ninth year in a row, Enterprise Minnesota is releasing 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.
The MnAMP team and several consortium partners had the opportunity to attend The State of Manufacturing regional event in Owatonna on May 10, 2017. There, we learned that Minnesota’s small- and medium-sized manufacturers are incredibly optimistic about the prospects of their companies over the coming year according to the survey. These findings, coupled with shrinking concerns about the global economy, suggest 2017 will be a year of growth for the state’s manufacturing industry.
A panel of local leaders and business owners also addressed some of their challenges, key issues, and ideas in relation to the survey results. Through this discussion, it was clear that state colleges in Minnesota are much more connected to manufacturing companies than in other states. The panel also provided insights on changing the image of manufacturing, how to get students talking about manufacturing, and employee retention.
The full 2017 survey results can be found on the Enterprise Minnesota website.