DEED Roundup -- April 7, 2014


          DEED Roundup - April 7, 2014


DEED in the News

State Grants $740K to Startup That's Adding Jobs in Hastings
Twin Cities Business-04/03/14
HexFuel landed a $740,000 state grant to help fund plans for a manufacturing facility in Hastings -- and fill a vacancy in the Hastings Business Industrial Park. The state has now awarded just over $3 million through the Minnesota Job Creation Fund to six companies that will leverage $50.2 million in private investment and create approximately 540 jobs.

DEED, DMC Job Projections Similar
Mayo officials estimate 35,000-45,000 jobs will be added in the region, plus significant new tax revenue. How do these employment projections compare with DEED's projections for the region? 

Events for Job Seekers

Mark your calendar for Wed., May 7 for the 5th annual Northland Job Fair at the DECC. The job fair will be open exclusively to vets, students and interns from 10 to 11 a.m. and to all job seekers from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 70 employers from Minnesota and Wisconsin will be there.

Military veterans looking for a job should not miss Minnesota's largest Veterans Career Fair at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center. About 125 of Minnesota's best employers -- with current openings -- will be participating.

Did You Know?

Gov. Dayton proclaimed 2014 as the year of worksite wellness. 87 percent of Minnesota workplaces are interested in improving wellness, and 23 percent of workplaces currently offer worksite wellness efforts, according to a 2012 survey.

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Recent Press Releases

DC Group Expands in North Minneapolis
Minnesota-based maintenance and repair services group will create at least 33 full-time permanent jobs. The company’s expected private investment in the expansion is more than $6.2 million.

HexFuel Plans Manufacturing Facility in Hastings
HexFuel, a Maplewood startup that makes technology that improves the performance of diesel engines, is planning a manufacturing facility in Hastings that will employ 150 people within three years and potentially 300 in five years.

Employers Report 60,400 Vacancies in 4th Quarter
60,400 is the most job openings in the state during a fourth quarter in nine years, according to DEED figures. One finding: 38 percent of the vacancies required at least some post-secondary education or training beyond high school.

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