Why Chisago County for Manufacturing?
In 2021, Chisago County HRA-EDA engaged Cushman & Wakefield to develop an assessment of the County’s labor force. This was focused on supporting the County’s drive to expand manufacturing, warehousing, and supply chain businesses. The report identifies primary industries, top occupations, assesses and compares the volume and job growth, and looks at commuting patterns of workers within the County.
The following are some of the key findings of Cushman & Wakefield:
- Chisago County has a critical mass of industries aligned to manufacturing, warehouse, and supply chain distribution. Over the next 5 years, many of these industries are projected to experience double-digit growth!
- Chisago County’s workforce is highly specialized for manufacturing and engineering jobs. Total jobs with the target skills profile are projected to grow.
- Chisago County has a strong base of Heavy Manufacturing which has been growing over the past five years. Heavy trucks, sheet metal, and other related manufacturing is a particular strength.
- Many workers are coming to Chisago County for work from the surrounding counties.
- The labor market in Chisago County is positioned to absorb additional manufacturing, warehousing, and supply chain jobs before seeing any risk to labor capacity.
Here are a few other benefits of a locating in Chisago County:
Shovel ready certified sites, great transportation including Interstate 35 and the St. Croix Valley Shortline Rail, financial incentives such as the Opportunity Zone, and other state and regional funding programs made up of both grants and loans. The County HRA-EDA has a new Industrial Forgivable Loan program and often uses tax increment financing for industrial projects.
Here is a copy of the complete Labor and Capacity Assessment.
To learn more about the exciting opportunities that await you in Chisago County, contact us today!