Minnesota Manufacturer’s Week
Downtown is the heart and soul of our community, and our manufacturing sector is the backbone of our community.
Minnesota Manufacturer’s Week was October 20th – 26th. We would like to recognize our local manufacturers for the important role manufacturing plays in our state and local economy.
The Princeton Chamber, along with the Princeton Economic Development Authority, would like to say thank you to a few of our Princeton manufacturers.
Representatives: Guy Miller, President, and Mark Thompson, COO & CFO
BioMatrix International creates innovative products for agricultural and horticultural markets, with an emphasis on developing novel and patent pending technologies. They specialize in natural additives for animal feed. BioMatrix International was established in 1997, relocated to Princeton in 2004, and employs 14 people.
Representatives: Char Gatewood, Director of Human Resources, & Richard Braun, Plant Operations Manager
Crystal Cabinet Works, Inc. is a custom cabinet manufacturer. A family business that began in the garage of cabinetmaker Tom Hammer, Crystal Cabinets was established in 1947, and moved to Princeton in 1975. The existing facility was built in 1981. Crystal has evolved into one of the largest custom cabinet manufacturers in the U.S. To this day, Crystal Cabinet Works is still owned and operated by the Hammer family. Crystal employs over 300 people.
Erdman Automation Corporation
Representatives: Paul VanKempen, General Manager, & Erin A. Erdman, Financial & H.R. Manager
Erdman Automation serves the window, door and glass industry, including process solutions for insulated glass unit production. Erdman sells to private window/door companies. Erdman started in November of 1993, and employs 74 people. Erdmann will be celebrating their 20 year anniversary next month, and they are in a steady growth pattern once again.
Inline Packaging LLC:
Representative: Jeff Watkins, President
Inline Packaging is a leader in microwave susceptor food packaging. They specialize in laminations for browning and crisping of foods in the microwave oven. They are the only plant in the world with the capacity to susceptor pattern, print, laminate and die-cut in a single pass operation. This proprietary technology is suitable for many microwave products, including pizza, egg rolls, taquitos and popcorn. The team at Inline Packaging has been awarded 27 patents on microwave packaging and processing. Inline moved into the Princeton community in 2001; they are in growth mode, recently undergoing an expansion; and they employ 40 people.
To show their impact, here are some statistics:
- manufacturing has the second largest total payroll among business sectors in Minnesota, providing $16.4 billion in wages
- manufacturing contributes $37 billion to the state economy and is the largest share - 15 percent - of our gross domestic product
- manufactured exports brought over $18.4 billion into the Minnesota economy in 2011
- the average manufacturing wage in Princeton in 2012 was 32.2% higher than the average wage in all industry sectors
- manufacturers in Princeton provided 18.3% of all employment in the city in 2012, and just under $35 million in payroll
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