DEED Roundup -- March 31, 2014


          DEED Roundup - March 31, 2014


DEED in the News

Axis Clinicals Getting Minnesota Grant
Axis Clinicals, a clinical trial company in Dilworth, will get nearly $800,000 from the Minnesota Job Creation Fund. Axis plans to add 100 jobs and invest $12 million.

Harmony Continues to Grow
Harmony Enterprises, a longtime southern Minn manufacturer, says a $215,000 state tax credit based on adding more jobs helped convince it to expand here rather than on the West Coast. If Harmony Enterprises adds 14 new jobs to its current staff of 60, plus builds a $1.1 million expansion within two years, it will receive the $215,000 in tax credits over four years.  

Minnesota Firm has a Solution for a Slurry of Wastewater
Star Tribune-03/29/13
Water is getting to be a big business in Minnesota. Pristine Environmental has invented the 'Mud Hen' portable concrete slurry-water system, which is making ripples in the industrial-water pond. The 16-employee company, based in St. Joseph, expects to nearly double sales to $4 million this year in Minnesota, the U.S. and internationally.

Did You Know?

We're no. 4 in happy, according to Gallup's annual rankings. North Dakota takes top spot.

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Recent Press Releases

Pearson Candy Company Expanding in St. Paul
Pearson Candy Company -- making candy in Minnesota for more than 100 years -- is expanding its St. Paul operations in a move that will create at least 40 local jobs. Pearson’s recently celebrated the first Bit-O-Honey candy ever made at its iconic West Seventh Street factory. The Bit-O-Honey brand, which dates back to 1924, was acquired last year by Pearson’s.

State Loses 100 Jobs in February
The loss brings total job growth in Minn over the past year to 44,714, a growth rate of 1.6 percent. The U.S. growth rate was 1.5 percent during that period.

DEED Awards First Job Creation Fund Projects
Five companies to create 240 jobs, invest $40M in Minnesota.

Serving Our Clients

Relationship breakup

When the fairy tale fractures, the Displaced Homemaker Program helps pick up the pieces. The program serves clients like Frankie, a long-time unemployed single mom of two teens and a tween. She earned a GED  and completed a welding class at Lake Superior College -- one of only two women to graduate from that class. Frankie, from a family of welders, said 'I love the instant gratification of the work.' Three welding certifications later, she'll have a spot this fall in a Machine Operator (CNC) program to gain another manufacturing competency -- and increase her opportunities for employment. Eventually she’ll seek work in an entry-level manufacturing position. In time she hopes to return to school for her AA in Integrated Manufacturing. Historical footnote: Rosalie Wahl, the first female named to the Minn Supreme Court, was a role model for many and remembered as a staunch fighter for the program that contributed to Frankie's success.