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Virtual – Jones Metal Products – South Central Tour of Manufacturing

October 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020

The manufacturing industry is a significant contributor to the South Central Minnesota regional economy. According to DEED’s Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) data, the 9-county South Central Region (region 9) was home to 338 manufacturing establishments providing 29,005 jobs on average in 2019. That was 5.9 percent of total manufacturing employment in the state. Manufacturing accounted for 17.9 percent of the total employment, making it the largest industry sector in the region. In order to celebrate what the manufacturing sector brings to our region, we showcase our manufactures in the annual South Central Tour of Manufacturing each October.

This event is similar to a “Parade of Homes” and is FREE to students, job seekers, and the general public. Manufacturers across the region have historically opened their doors to showcase their facilities, products, machines, and the variety of opportunities in their in-demand and high paying profession. This year, our partnership has been more determined than ever to celebrate manufacturing, made up largely of essential employers, for all that they continue to do as we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to social distancing and safety concerns, our partnership has looked within to create a virtual tour, aiming to continue the spirit of lifting the veil on the creative work being done in our own backyards.

Participants in this year’s tour can look forward to accessing information about each contributing manufacturer through an online magazine, including career opportunities and links to videos to experience a peek into what is happening inside the walls of the buildings they drive by every day. Students, job seekers, and those who are just curious can experience the tours, and then have fun completing online activities and games created for you by our team of educators. This tour is a great opportunity for both high school students exploring careers as well as current job seekers looking to advance their skillset or make a career change. Manufacturing employers are hiring and are excited to show the variety of careers they offer: finance, production, marketing, IT, and more. Manufacturing isn’t just assembly—it’s innovative and high-tech, in-demand and secure, clean and safe, and offers a wage much higher than the regional average. Check out the South Central Tour of Manufacturing this October for the most up to date information and don’t forget to follow, like, and share our posts on Facebook and Instagram!



October 1, 2020
December 31, 2020


Jones Metal
3201 Third Ave
Mankato, MN 56001 United States
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Name of person submitting tour information
Jessica Miller
Tour Region
South Central
Tour Type
Virtual Tours
Name of Contact at Manufacturing Company
Valerie Bentdahl
Phone number of Contact at Manufacturing Company
Email of Contact at Manufacturing Company
Company Description
Since 1942 Jones Metal has been known for precision metal fabrication. It’s a legacy they’re proud of. Today they are committed to building on that legacy to lead the industry with team expertise and precision manufacturing processes and services to deliver the highest quality custom fabrication for the best total value. Jones Metal provides advanced, precision metal fabrication solutions for original equipment manufacturers in various industries, including power generation, nuclear power generation, renewable energy, agricultural, heavy construction, mining, transportation, food, and the US Military. At Jones, they really do help change the world.
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Tour Description
Participating in an online magazine, virtual tour, and recorded manufacturing focused business panel. Keep checking https://greatermankato.com/tour-manufacturing for continually updated information!