Manufacturing has taken a back seat in many parts of the country, but not in the Northland. Businesses across the region make and deliver large items, and do it with great efficiency. The Northland has six taconite mines, which cultivate a network of supply chain businesses.
Four paper mills dot the map, with locations in Cloquet, Duluth, Grand Rapids, and International Falls. Three other secondary wood products facilities use the Northland's vast wood basket.
The Northland has the leading provider of products and services to the electric utility, telecommunications, tree care, lights and signs, and contractor markets. Innovative manufacturers build hydraulic material-handling cranes. The region hosts two facilities that make shears for scrap processing, demolition, and material handling. The Northland manufactures airplanes, and blends and stores fuel products. Across the entire region, manufacturing remains a path to prosperity.

Manufacturing companies in the Northland:

Minnesota Taconite - Mountain Iron

Cirrus Aircraft - Duluth

Hibbing Taconite - Hibbing

Sappi Fine Paper North America - Cloquet

Boise Paper - International Falls

United Taconite - Eveleth

UPM/Blandin Paper Company - Grand Rapids

Minnesota Diversified Industries - Grand Rapids, Hibbing

Keewatin Taconite - Keewatin

USG Interiors - Cloquet

AMSOIL Inc. - Superior 

L & M Radiator - Hibbing

ASV - Grand Rapids

Verso Corporation - Duluth

Altec Hiline - Duluth

BendTec, Inc. - Duluth

ME Elecmetal - Duluth

Charter NEX Films, Inc. - Superior

Genesis Attachments - Superior

Stanley LaBounty - Two Harbors

Floe International - McGregor

Aerostich - Duluth

Moline Machinery - Duluth

IKONICS - Duluth

Exodus Machines - Superior

GPM Inc. - Duluth

Stern Companies, Inc. - Hoyt Lakes

Epicurean - Superior

Intectural - Duluth