Discover Why Manufacturing is the Second Largest Industry in Benton County

11 Jul 2022


Manufacturing is Benton County’s second largest industry employing over 17,400 workers. Here, global manufacturing companies produce goods using the latest technologies and Minnesota’s plentiful raw materials. Companies are choosing Benton County because of our advantageous location, transportation assets, available commercial sites, skilled workforce, and incentives. 


Our Location is Ideal and Connected

Benton County gives you room to stretch with a mix of downtown density adjacent to rural spaces. Located just 65 miles from Minneapolis/St. Paul and 150 miles from Duluth, it is easy to get everywhere from Benton County with MN State Highway 23, MN State Highway 25, and U.S. Highway 10 running through it. In addition to the convenient network of highways, Benton County is served by the Burlington Northern Line and the St. Cloud Regional Airport.

Available Commercial Sites

A number of sites are available, including parcels in the 277-acre Airport Business Park. It’s easy to search for what you need using the MNCAR commercial property listing tool. Benton also has an Opportunity Zone which can confer certain tax and investment advantages.

Skilled Workforce

The region is home to a growing educated and skilled workforce. In fact, population growth is expected to continue over the next 20 years. In addition to manufacturing, leading sectors in the region include health care and social assistance, agriculture, education, and construction. 


BEP is positioned to match companies with the resources they need. Look here to explore all of the business assistance resources available such as ECE Revolving Loan Fund, Minnesota Investment Fund, Benton County Revolving Loan Fund Program, Job Training Incentive Program, and more.

Benton Economic Partnership Can Help

BEP eases the process of finding a site, obtaining permits, constructing a facility, and hiring and training a workforce. We understand development and can assist in the entire process. Contact us to learn more at 320-968-6197 or email us here.

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