Minnesota businesses announced plans in the second quarter to create nearly 1,500 jobs related to 39 expansion projects, according to a statewide survey by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Combined with first quarter results, the state has seen a total of 81 business expansions in 2013.
DEED's quarterly Business Expansion Survey included expansion projects by Emerson Process Management, which plans to add 500 jobs within two years in Shakopee, and Stratasys, which anticipates adding 100 employees by the end of the year in Eden Prairie.
Manufacturing, which accounts for nearly one in nine jobs in the state, led all sectors with 19 expansion projects in the quarter. The food and beverage sector also saw several expansions, including a brewer, orange juice processor and two potato-chip producers.
The Twin Cities had the most expansions (16), although several communities in Greater Minnesota also reported major projects....