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Tour of Manufacturing



Saturday, October 3, 2015



Each year the South Central Tour of Manufacturing Partnership presents the Tour of Manufacturing as part of Minnesota Manufacturers Week. The event is similar to a “Parade of Homes” - with community members able to stop by any participating manufacturer throughout the day to take a tour, learn about the business and what is manufactured, as well as the career opportunities available now and in the future. 



 Click here to view the 2015 Tour of Manufacturing Magazine

Event Details


Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm


Across the South Central Minnesota Region - see list of participating businesses below.


Participating Businesses


Corchran, Inc. 

1340 S. State Street
Waseca, MN 56093

Industry leader in custom metal fabrication. Committed to fabricating the highest quality metal parts, components, and assemblies, delivered with the highest degree of customer-focused service and integrity, with pricing that beats our national and international competition.

MTU Onsite Energy 

100 Power Drive
Mankato, MN 56001

MTU Onsite Energy, part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems within the Land & Sea division of Rolls-Royce, is a leading producer of diesel-powered generator sets from 30 to 3,250 kW and natural gas-powered generator sets from 30 to 400 kW for standby, prime power and co-generation applications. The company also provides automatic transfer switches, paralleling switch gear, controls and accessories for complete power system solutions.

Imperial Plastics

101 Power Drive
Mankato, MN 56001

Imperial Plastics is a leading engineered plastic component supplier, specializing in design solutions that utilize Plastic Injection Molding, Multi-shot (2-shot) Injection Molding and In-Mold Labeling and Decorating to improve products while eliminating secondary operations.

D & K Powder Coating

2240 Howard Drive W.
North Mankato, MN 56003

D & K, founded in 2013, is centered on quality finishes and customer service.  They specialize in large, heavy parts up to 16 feet wide, 12 feet high and 45 feet long, but also welcome any small jobs such as lawn furniture, automotive or motorcycle parts, iron railings, farm implements and so much more.  They have added media blasting to better serve our customers.

South Central College

1920 Lee Boulevard
North Mankato, MN 56003

Today’s manufacturing environment calls for individuals with advanced education. South Central College offers instruction in a variety of advanced manufacturing fields that touch every stage of the product manufacturing process from start to finish.

Students begin their pathway by completing the advanced manufacturing core which aligns directly to the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council Certified Production Technician certificate. Next is hands-on technical skills in their chosen career field—Mechatronics, Computer Integrated Machining or Welding—and the opportunity to interact with state-of-the-art equipment. In addition, South Central College’s advanced manufacturing programs provide students with career pathways that include opportunities for earning portable, stackable credentials.

Learn more about these in-demand career fields by visiting our campus and taking a tour of our advanced manufacturing labs today!

MICO, Incorporate

1911 Lee Boulevard
North Mankato, MN 56003

MICO, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of high quality hydraulic and electro-hydraulic braking components and systems for off-highway machines.  Started in 1946, MICO has provided engineering and manufacturing solutions to companies all over the world who, due to the size and power of their machines, require braking components and systems that go well beyond the standard power and capabilities.  Today, MICO, Inc. manufactures tens of thousands of different products and variants for thousands of machines and applications for some of the biggest names in industry including Caterpillar, John Deere, and Volvo.

Truck Bodies & Equipment International (TBEI)

52182 Ember Road
Lake Crystal, MN 56055

Since 1969, Crysteel Manufacturing has been producing the most innovative line of dump bodies, hoists and dump body accessories in the industry right here in Lake Crystal. What started as 1 employee has grown to over 170 skilled technicians building the most dependable bodies and hoists in the industry. In 2002, Crysteel and J-Craft, Inc. joined forces to bring even more production to the Lake Crystal / Mankato area. In 2005, Crysteel and J-Craft became part of the Truck Bodies and Equipment International, Inc. (TBEI), the largest manufacturer of dump bodies in North America.

Quality Products (a subsidiary of MRCI WorkSource)

336 Industrial Street
Kasota, MN 56050

Quality Products is a subsidiary of MRCI WorkSource, a human service organization committed to creating genuine job opportunities for people with disabilities. All Quality Products non-bagged candy items are hand weighed and filled, labeled, and then cased by some of the more than 4,000 people served by MRCI WorkSource.  Even with bagged items, the only automation involved is the actual bagging. The labeling and casing the bags for shipment is also done by their workers. 

Alumacraft Boat Company 

315 W. St. Julien Street
St. Peter, MN 56082

Continues to lead the industry in solidly, well-crafted aluminum fishing boats. Our 2XB hulls, larger, one-piece, hardened heavy-duty keels and our oversized spray rails give you a drier, smoother ride giving you peace of mind that you've made the right decision on your new aluminum fishing boat. Full-length double plating means twice the strength and protection all the way to the transom—without compromising agility. Compare our twin-plated 2XB Hull models against competing boats with twin-plating in the bow only.

Elkay Wood Products

15 Somson Street
New Ulm, MN 56073

Family-owned since 1920, Elkay has been making innovative products and delivering excellent, domestic customer care. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois, Elkay expanded its commercial offerings over four decades ago, and today delivers world-class sinksfaucetsfoodservice fixtures, water coolersdrinking fountains and award-winning rapid bottle filling stations. Additionally, Elkay Wood Products is one of America's leading cabinetmakers in the marketplace, with industry leading brands that include Medallion CabinetryMastercraft CabinetryDesign-Craft CabinetryInnermost CabinetryYorktowne CabinetryWoodbridge CabinetrySchuler Cabinetry and American Cabinetry Collection. Like your family, Elkay has values and traditions that endure; like a commitment to sustainability and to our country. For almost a century, Elkay has been American-owned and operated, providing thousands of jobs that support our families and communities.

Kahler Automation Corporation

808 Timber Lake Road
Fairmont, MN 56031

Kahler Automation designs software and controls for mixing and blending fertilizers and herbicides, dispensing these bulk materials for growers and tracking the transaction data for bill purposes.  Kahler also offers a 24/7 Self Serve truck loading system with software created by Kahler Automation to manage the loading facility remotely.


Sponsored by:

Eide BaillyMTU Onsite Energy



Brought to you by:

 City of Fairmont

Eide Bailly

Enterprise Minnesota

Greater Mankato Growth 

MN Department of Employment and Economic Development

New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce

South Central College

South Central Workforce Council

Waseca Area Chamber of Commerce



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