Tour of Manufacturing

October 23, 2014 | Noon to 6:00 pm

Celebrate Manufacturers Week across South Central Minnesota

FREE and open to the public


Each year the Economic Growth Collaborative of South Central Minnesota 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. 

2014 Tour of Manufacturing

2014 Business Tour Agreement

2014 Advertising Agreement


2013 Tour of Manufacturing Magazine

View and download the 2013 magazine including a map of the tour and detailed descriptions of businesses participating.







2013 Businesses 

Aerospace Systems
1930 West 1st Street, Blue Earth, MN 56013 - (507) 526-6050

Aerospace Systems, a division of Nortech Systems, has contributed over 40 years of specialized engineering services experience in military contract manufacturing for the defense industry, an important component of Nortech’s full range of capabilities. Nortech’s Aerospace Systems manufactures military cable assemblies largely for communications, ground support, testing and training applications. These are often molded cable assembly, PCBA and EMS applications, where rugged environmental stresses and excessive handling conditions warrant the use of equally rugged assemblies.


Corchran, Inc.
1340 S. State Street, Waseca, MN 56093 - (507) 833-0221

Corchran, Inc., a 100% employee-owned company, was founded in Waseca, MN in 1949 by brothers Jim and Roger Corchran. Corchran, Inc. is a full service metal fabrication job shop that can handle products all the way through the manufacturing process - from ordering the raw materials and purchasing parts to packaging and shipping the finished products directly to their customers.  


Crysteel Manufacturing and J-Craft Inc.
52182 Ember Road, Lake Crystal, MN 56055 - (507) 726-4330

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 in the industry.  In 2002, Crysteel and J-Craft, Inc. joined forces to bring even more production to the Lake Crystal / Mankato area. Today, as J-Craft is celebrating 35 years in the industry, both companies are proud to offer the most innovative, reliable and trusted bodies in the industry.


Express Diagnostics International, Inc.
1550 Industrial Drive, Blue Earth, MN 56013 - (507) 526-2252

Express Diagnostics Int’l, Inc. (EDI) manufactures and distributes DrugCheck® onsite urine and saliva screening devices for the detection of drugs of abuse, as well as a growing line of rapid alcohol and health diagnostics devices. With accuracy comparable to laboratory testing, Express Diagnostics onsite devices provide a variety of industries fast, cost-effective alternatives to higher-priced lab services. Sold through a worldwide distributor network since 2002, DrugCheck continues to build on its consistent growth in the onsite drug testing industry.


Lindsay Window & Door, LLC.
1995 Commerce Lane, North Mankato, MN 56003 - (507) 625-4278

Lindsay Window & Door LLC began in 1947 as a privately held, family-owned company which it still is today. They locally manufacture custom vinyl windows and sliding patio doors for both residential and commercial applications. They are committed to recycling and waste reduction, including lean manufacturing and are Made in the USA certified. Lindsay’s latest technology including 4-point welders, an impressive glass cutting/washing process and computer optimizers keeps them on the top of the vinyl window market.


MRCI WorkSource
15 Map Drive, Mankato, MN 56001 - (507) 386-5600

MRCI WorkSource is a private, non-profit organization with the mission of providing employment and other opportunities to people with disabilities. Founded in 1953, MRCI has grown from serving a handful of people to one of Minnesota’s largest providers of employment for people with disabilities. In 2010, MRCI created Quality Products, LLC, a candy packaging company that packages, labels, and ships more than 6 million bags of candy nationwide, helping to employ more than 4,000 people.


Minnesota State University, Mankato College of Science, Engineering & Technology
Minnesota State University, Mankato, Nelson Hall 105,  Mankato (tour location room 105 Nelson Hall on Maywood Ave.) - (507) 389-6742

Students in the rigorous Manufacturing Engineering Technology program learn the skill sets needed to tackle challenging design problems in the real world. Graduates utilize 3D Modeling, Additive Manufacturing and Rapid Prototyping to experience the hands-on technological experience. They incorporate this engineering technology for design optimization, advanced parametric modeling and project management. Students become problem solvers and apply Real World Thinking in a number of settings and to exceed the expectations of employers.


MTU Onsite Energy
100 Power Drive, Mankato, MN 56001 - (507) 625-7973

MTU Onsite Energy 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 cogeneration applications. The company also provides automatic transfer switches, paralleling switchgear, controls and accessories for complete power system solutions. With 350 employees in 3 locations in town, MTU Onsite Energy is proud to have been part of the Mankato community for more than 60 years.


V-TEK, Inc.
751 Summit Avenue, Mankato, MN 56001 - (507) 345-0128

More than 25 years of experience has earned V-TEK a solid reputation for reliability, performance, service and innovation. V-TEK offers a full range of component packaging solutions and services, from basic to custom machines, manual and automatic processes, spare parts and equipment, consumable tape and reel supplies, and a wide variety of packaging and handling services. V-TEK serves many different markets, including electronics, automotive, medical and pharmaceutical, defense/military, aerospace, and telecommunications.


Wells Concrete
1835 Highway 109 NE, Wells, MN 56097 -  (507) 553-3138

Wells Concrete provides building owners and the design community with a cost effective solutions for facility needs.   Starting in 1951 as a ready-mix plant, which it still operates as a small portion of the business today, Wells Concrete has grown to provide superior precast concrete products that architects, engineers, contractors and building owners throughout the upper Midwest have grown to rely on. 


Winegar, Inc.
1209 S. State Street, Waseca, MN 56093 - (507) 835-3495

Winegar, Inc. acts as a full service supplier of contract machined parts and assemblies to various customers throughout the continental United States, with some parts being shipped to Canada, Mexico, Italy, France and China at the present time.



2014 Tour of Manufacturing Sponsors:






Brought to you by:



Economic Growth Collaborative of South Central MN Partners

Greater Mankato Diversity Council

Greater Mankato Growth, Inc.

Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development (DEED)

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Region 9 Development Commission

South Central College

South Central Service Cooperative

South Central WorkForce Council

V-TEK, Inc.


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