Press Release: Motivated Organizations Partner to Celebrate Manufacturing Week 2017


Stewartville, Minnesota- Manufacturing week will be celebrated around the nation during October 1-7. Many communities promote tours as an opportunity for individuals to understand the high-tech and innovative work environments that these organizations provide.

Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA) has partnered with the State of Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and Journey To Growth (J2G) to host tours of manufacturing facilities in four communities in southeastern Minnesota: Stewartville, Rochester, Blooming Prairie and Caledonia. The schedule for events is as follows:

10/3/2017 (TUES) Stewartville- 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (Kick-off event with DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy)

10/3/2017 (TUES) Rochester - 1 p.m.- 3 p.m. (Mayor Ardell Brede)

10/4/2017 (WED) Blooming Prairie - 1 p.m.- 3 p.m.

10/5/2017 (THURS) Caledonia - 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. (noon)

Education professionals, elected officials, and media personnel are encouraged to attend one or more of these tours, which will consist of a brief appreciation ceremony including presentation of certificates from the Governor's office by an official from DEED as well as a guided tour at each company. Participants will be encouraged to share their experience through photos, videos, streaming, blogging, or other means of communication.

Because Minnesota is so well represented by the manufacturing industry sector, this event is a meaningful and important way to expose educators and elected officials to the diverse, impressive, abundant, and valuable career opportunities that exist in manufacturing.

The planning committee for the events is proud to announce that DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy will be participating in the SE MN Manufacturing Week kick-off event in Stewartville. Commissioner Hardy will be presenting certificates of recognition to Stewartville manufacturers HALCON and GEOTEK on Tuesday, October 3 at 9:30 a.m. at HALCON’s offices (1811 2nd Avenue Northwest, Stewartville, MN).

This event is open to education industry professionals, elected officials and media. To register, please contact Joya Stetson at 605-376-4127 or use the Eventbrite links for each event (hyperlinked above in schedule of events).


About Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA)

CEDA was created in 1986 as a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation then called the Southeastern Minnesota Development Corporation. In 2010, the agency became Community & Economic Development Associates (CEDA) as a result of increased interest and inquiries received from communities outside of the agency’s original service area of Southeast Minnesota. The name change reflects CEDA’s commitment to providing services to fit the needs of any rural community. CEDA provides onsite and/or project based economic and community development services to rural communities and counties in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa. Our team brings with it over 150 years of collective development experience. For additional information about CEDA and the services we provide, check out our website at


About Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)

DEED is the state’s principal economic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, international trade, and community development. For more details about the agency and its services, visit the  DEED website or follow DEED on  Twitter.


About Journey To Growth (J2G)

The Journey To Growth Partnership is a 501c3. J2G is a comprehensive five-year strategy coordinated by Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc. (RAEDI) and regional implementation partners to effectively grow and diversify the economy of the southeast region consisting of the following counties without borders: Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Steele, Wabasha, and Winona. For more information on the Journey To Growth Partnership visit and  J2G Facebook.