graphicIndustry continues to form the bedrock of Willmar’s economic stability. Our 200-acre Willmar Industrial Park has reached near capacity, which has created much interest in the new 38-acre Harvest States Business Park to come on-line. And the new airport construction will bring an additional 350 much-needed acres of industrial park expansion. Current major employers include:

Jennie-O Turkey Store: Poultry Slaughtering and processing
Willmar Poultry Co.: Turkeys and turkey eggs
Molenaar Inc.: Plastics products
West Central Steel: Steel/metal workings
Central Minnesota Fabricating: Steel fabrication for commercial projects
Duininck Brothers: Highway, heavy construction
Northern States Supply: Fastener distribution

graphicThe TNT Consortium, a group of business leaders dedicated to implementing technology and telecommunications throughout the region, aims to increase the chapters in this success story significantly. Its top10 initiatives and actions steps include establishing internships/apprenticeships and training at various training centers lined to community, educational and information resources. These centers will cater to business, industry, entrepreneurs, economic development professionals and farm producers. Among businesses, the TNT consortium will establish Internet supply chains, sponsor trade shows, conduct research and data reports, and recruit labor to the region.

On the Drawing Board

Willmar’s Vision 2020 Plan envisions these progressive steps in our industrial future:

• a completed bypass of 71-23 (north and south)
• a local transit system to move workers to job sites
• additional transportation systems that include people movers, light rail, commuter rail

 

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