Minnesota’s Economic News — W/E 12/8/23
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For those looking for work and those looking to hire, COVID has magnified the workforce challenges that existed before the virus. But a new campaign launched by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is working to address such challenges by connecting Minnesota job seekers with Minnesota businesses that are hiring right now for quality jobs.
The #GoodJobsNow campaign highlights employers in a variety of industries across the state with job vacancies through an interactive map on its website. Short videos from participating employers highlight the different companies, and corresponding links to open job positions are provided for interested applicants. The campaign is also taking off on social media, with many Minnesota businesses sharing their employment opportunities using the #GoodJobsNow hashtag.
Here are some of the great companies in key industries that are currently hiring.
Aftenro Home; Health Care (Duluth, MN)
Aftenro is a nonprofit licensed boarding care facility that provides “quality 24-hour nursing care for our elders.” Started by eight Duluth women in 1921, Aftenro is home to 52 men and women and “bridges the gap between assisted living and skilled nursing care.”
Digi-Key Electronics; Wholesale Trade (Thief River Falls, MN)
Digi-Key is “one of the fastest-growing electronic component distributors in the world.” Headquartered in Thief River Falls, the company is the fourth largest electronic component distributor in North America and the fifth largest in the world.
Ecumen; Health Care (Shoreview, MN)
With a variety of senior housing options and services available, including assisted living, long-term care, short-term rehabilitation care, home care and hospice, Ecumen also offers clinical consulting. Founded more than 150 years ago, Ecumen operates in 38 cities in Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Idaho, and Tennessee.
Fey Industries Inc; Manufacturing (Edgerton, MN)
Started in 1965, this third-generation family business is a light manufacturing company whose current core technologies include injection molding, thin gauge thermoforming, RF heat sealing, and sonic welding. Fey Industries also uses decoration methods of digital printing, laser engraving, hotstamping, pad printing, and screen printing.
Hearth & Home Technologies; Manufacturing (Lakeville, MN)
As a “leading manufacturer of fireplaces, stoves and inserts,” Hearth and Home Technologies “thrives on continual innovation” and carries recognized brands such as Heat & Glo, Heatilator, Quadra-Fire, Harman, Majestic, Monessen, Vermont Castings, Outdoor Lifestyles, SimpliFire, WoodPro and PelPro.
Hormel Foods; Manufacturing (Austin, MN)
Founded in 1891 by George A. Hormel, Hormel Foods is a Fortune 500 company that manufactures and markets “high-quality, brand-name food and meat products globally.” Its brands are “No. 1 or No. 2 in over 40 product categories” and are sold in more than 75 countries.
Louis Industries; Manufacturing (Paynesville, MN)
Louis Industries is a metal fabricator in Paynesville, Minnesota. From laser cutting to punching, and shearing and edging to forming, the company is “one of the most modern steel processing facilities in the Upper Midwest.”
Marvin; Manufacturing (Warroad, MN)
Warroad-based Marvin Windows and Doors is in its fourth generation of operation. Started in 1912 as a lumber and cedar company, the company’s history has included numerous product innovations. Today, it is driven by “innovation and excellence” to “make windows and doors inspired by how you live so you’re inspired to live well.”
Pace Dairy Foods Co; Manufacturing (Rochester, MN)
Pace Dairy Foods, a member of the nation-wide Kroger Family of Companies, is a manufacturer of natural and process cheese products. As a Fortune 500 company, the 46-year-old cheese manufacturer in northwest Rochester makes shredded retail, natural chunk, and speciality cheese products for the Kroger grocery store chain.
Wyoming Machine; Manufacturing (Stacy, MN)
As a sheet metal fabricator, Wyoming Machine uses laser cutting, CNC punching, metal forming and welding to create its products. As a woman-owned family business, the company “takes great pride in superior quality, efficiency, and capability—backed by unmatched customer service.”
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