Tour of Manufacturing

Thank you to all the sponsors, participating businesses and attendees of the 2014 Tour of Manufacturing! It was a great event across the region!


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 Businesses 

Avery Weigh-Tronix 

1000 Armstrong Drive, Fairmont, MN, 56031 - (507) 238-8272

Avery Weigh-Tronix is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of industrial weighing equipment and solutions. Part of Illinois Tools Works Inc. a globally diversified industrial manufacturer, based in the USA, with 100 years of history. These weighing machines reduce the processing time, increase employee efficiency, minimize errors and streamline accounting procedures.


Carlson Craft

1750 Tower Blvd, North Mankato, MN 56003 - (507) 625-0626

Carlson Craft, an affiliate company of Taylor Corporation, is set out on a mission to help people communicate and celebrate all of life’s most important events through personalized products. They strive to provide their retailers and customers with new designs, services, technologies and tools for selling and ordering their robust line of products including invitations, announcements, holiday cards, diplomas, menus, binders, tabs, and more. Their commitment to their partners is to make it easy and smooth to do business.


Coloplast Manufacturing

1940 Commerce Drive, North Mankato, MN 56003 - (507) 345-6200

Coloplast is a global medical device company that develops products and services that make life easier for people with intimate healthcare needs. By working closely with the people who use their products, Coloplast creates solutions that are sensitive to their special needs. They call this intimate healthcare. Coloplast manufactures their Skin Care product portfolio at their facility in North Mankato. On average, Coloplast in North Mankato produces 56 million units of product each year that is distributed to 39 countries for consumers across the globe. The employees at the North Mankato facility are responsible for the design, development, and manufacturing of skin and wound care products. Some of the positions held by employees at this location include: production, engineering, quality, and product innovation support.


Dotson Foundry

200 West Rock Street, Mankato, MN 56001 - (507) 345-5018

Dotson Foundry is a locally owned metal caster specializing is iron castings ranging from 1-50 pounds. Dotson employs 150 people working 5 – 24 hour days. Dotson is highly automated and the front runner in foundry technology. Two markets served are agriculture and commercial truck among others. Come visit us during the Tour of Manufacturing.


Jones Metal Products

3201 Third Avenue, Mankato, MN 56001 - (507) 625-4436

Since 1942 Jones has been a recognized name in metal fabrication. It’s a legacy they are proud of. Today their customers rely on expertise to design and build need specific custom enclosures, complex weld assemblies and laser flat parts from the simplest to the most complex. Jones has the expertise, the resources and a collaborative, competitive spirit to deliver the precise product our customers need when needed. Thanks to time-honored protocols that they have developed over the years, they are able to produce the highest quality product in the industry for the best value.


Kahler Automation Corp

808 Timber Lake Road, Fairmont, MN 56031 - (507) 235 6648

Kahler Automation Corp designs and builds automated controls and systems for bulk material handling systems such as grain and fertilizer. Kahler Automation started as the automation department of Kahler Electric (founded in 1949) and became a separate company in 1989 as the demand and complexity of the automation services and projects grew. In 2007, Kahler Automation moved into its new 21,000 sq. ft. building at 808 Timberlake Road. A 15,000 sq. ft. addition was completed in 2013, bringing the total sq. ft. to 36,000. The building is heated and cooled by a geo-thermal system with all the temperature and security controls for the facility by Kahler Automation.


Minnesota State University, Mankato College of Science, Engineering & Technology – 105 Nelson Hall – tour begins at the classroom laboratories in Nelson Hall

Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN 56001 - (507) 389-6742

The Minnesota State University, Mankato College of Science, Engineering & Technology prepares students to solve problems and succeed in their chosen career by providing both academic challenges and opportunities to apply what has been learned.

Click here for a map of where to park and what labs will be open.


South Central College

1920 Lee Blvd., North Mankato, MN 56003 - (507) 389-7200

South Central College has been offering advanced manufacturing education since 1946.  SCC’s advanced manufacturing programs offer nationally recognized certificates that build upon one another, providing students with the flexibility to obtain each certificate at a time that is right for them.  SCC’s automated Manufacturing Technology team brought home the silver medal from the 2014 National SkillsUSA competition.


SpecSys, Inc.

2120 Broadway Street N, New Ulm, MN 56073

A full service provider of project management, engineering and manufacturing systems and products.


V-TEK, Inc

751 Summit Avenue, Mankato, MN 56001 - (507) 387-2039

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 taping machines, manual and automatic processes, spare parts and equipment, consumable tape and reel supplies, and a variety of packaging and handling services.   V-TEK employs 175 talented people worldwide, in a variety of design, manufacturing, sales, marketing, and administrative positions. V-TEK equipment is engineered, manufactured and assembled all within its own facilities. V-TEK distributes globally with various sales representatives and distributors.


Wells Concrete

835 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. 



208 North Valley Street, New Ulm, MN 56073 - (507) 359 2034

Windings, Inc. is a producer of custom stators, rotors, electric motors, and generators, and specialty wound components.  The company employs about 100 people in the New Ulm plant including production and support functions such as quality, engineering, purchasing, IT, accounting, sales, and customer service.



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2014 Tour of Manufacturing magazine


2014 Tour of Manufacturing Sponsors:




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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.