The Regional Business Climate

APEX investor-members are focused on growth. Their successes and achievements have a positive impact on the region. Browse recent headlines to get a sense of how investor-members are impacting, and demonstrating their commitment, to the region.

Sappi Mill Honored With Governor’s Award

Monday, October 09, 2017

CLOQUET, Minn.-A paper company in Cloquet received statewide recognition. Sappi North America received an award from the governor’s office for all the work they do when...
State honors Sappi North America

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

The state of Minnesota presented Sappi North America with an award recognizing the company’s economic and community contributions in Cloquet. The award was given by...
Sappi snags state award for Cloquet mill

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

CLOQUET — The Sappi pulp and paper mill was recognized by the Minnesota Office of Foreign Direct Investment as the mill's South African owner has...
Sappi snags state award for Cloquet mill

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

CLOQUET — The Sappi pulp and paper mill was recognized by the Minnesota Office of Foreign Direct Investment on Tuesday as the mill's South African...
ALLETE announces acquisition

Friday, September 08, 2017

The U.S. Water subsidiary of Duluth-based ALLETE has acquired Tonka Water, a supplier of water treatment systems. Founded in 1956, the Minnetonka firm has a national...
APEX Welcomes New Investors

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Cirrus Aircraft Headquartered in Duluth, Minnesota, Cirrus Aircraft has been creating state-of-the-art aviation technology for the past 30 years. The company’s mission is to deliver an...
In Case You Missed It: July Board Meeting Recap

Thursday, August 31, 2017

On Thursday, July 6, 2017, APEX hosted the Board of Directors and investor-member meeting at the recently remodeled Holiday Inn & Suites Lyric Conference Center....
Enbridge Hosts Event to Thank APEX Investors

Thursday, August 31, 2017

APEX has been a strong advocate of the Enbridge projects in Minnesota for the past five years. Whether supporting office expansions, Line 67 Upgrades, or...
Meet APEX’s New Intern

Thursday, August 31, 2017

We are pleased to welcome Emma Hartigan to the APEX team as our Administrative Intern. Emma is an honors student at UMD focusing on human...
Maurices launches a campaign honoring teachers

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

#mauriceslovesteachers DULUTH, Minn., Aug. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- maurices, the best kept billion-dollar secret in retail with over 1,000 stores in North America, introduces a fall campaign, #mauriceslovesteachers, to recognize,...
Essentia Health Grand Rapids Clinic expands

Monday, August 07, 2017

A groundbreaking ceremony took place on July 11 for a $14 million expansion of the Essentia Health Grand Rapids Clinic, located on 1542 Golf Course...
Haines named GPM's chief executive

Monday, July 17, 2017

Peter G. Haines was named chief executive officer at GPM Inc., replacing Rob West, CEO for the past five years. West will continue to serve...
AAR's sales, income rise in FY 2017

Thursday, July 13, 2017

AAR CORP. (AIR)  reported fourth quarter sales of $492.3 million, up 5.1 percent from last year, and full year sales of $1.77 billion, up 4 percent from...
Airport runway work starting this summer

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Runway construction is scheduled to begin later this summer at Duluth International Airport and Sky Harbor Airport as the city's airfields get going on major...
Blandin Foundation awards $4.4 million in grants

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

During their recent summer meeting, Blandin Foundation trustees awarded grants totaling nearly $4.4 million. Following is a list of local grant awards: • Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation....
[Inside NRRI] Wood Products and the Bioeconomy

Thursday, June 29, 2017

NRRI has played a vital role in regional economic development since its inception in 1983. Their Charter is to foster the economic development of Minnesota’s...
Familiarization Tour Returns

Thursday, June 29, 2017

In late June, northeast Minnesota was highlighted to national Site Selectors, as APEX and several partners hosted a unique familiarization (FAM) tour. The three-day tour was...
Meet APEX’s New Intern

Thursday, June 29, 2017

In May, APEX welcomed Mackenzie Anderson to the team as their Business Development and Administrative Intern. Mackenzie is a junior at UMD, working toward a...
Two Wipfli employees earn CPA designation

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Duluth office of Wipfli LLP CPA and Consultants announced that Makenzie Korby and Emily Andrews have both earned their CPA designation.  Korby is a...
LHB among ‘Top 150’ workplaces

Monday, June 26, 2017

LHB has been named one of the Top 150 Workplaces in Minnesota by the Star Tribune.  “We strive to provide our clients with highly talented staff...
NORTHFORCE gears up for year two of Mentor Connection

Friday, June 23, 2017

Preparations for the 2017-2018 program year of Mentor Connection are underway. Organized by NORTHFORCE, the program will once again pair college students from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and...
Keenan named PolyMet CFO

Monday, June 19, 2017

PolyMet Mining Corp. announced the appointment of Patrick Keenan as chief financial officer. He succeeds Douglas Newby, who has served as CFO for nearly 12...
Essentia Health Fitness Expo today, Friday

Thursday, June 15, 2017

  Grandma’s Marathon weekend officially kicks off this afternoon with the Essentia Health Fitness Expo. The free, two-day event is today from 4 p.m. to 8...
Science-themed summer camp returns to St. Scholastica

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Professors from The College of St. Scholastica will engage middle-school students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subject matter next week. The Shoot for the Stars: Launching...
Titanium pilot project on Range dubbed success

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Scientists say they've successfully turned an abundant Minnesota mineral called ilmenite into valuable titanium dioxide in a pilot-scale demonstration project on the Iron Range. The announcement...
Duluth airport to receive high-tech passenger scanner

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is installing an Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) scanner at the Duluth International Airport’s checkpoint. It will enhance the security of passengers,...
LSC faculty members receive state teaching awards

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Twenty-seven outstanding Minnesota State faculty members, including Lake Superior College faculty members Kent Voelkner and Amy Jo Swing, were honored during the Minnesota State Board of Trustees Awards for Excellence...
PolyMet dam permit applications advance

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday that two PolyMet applications for dam safety permits have been passed along to local governments and Indian...
Tom Werner Elected Airports Council Chair

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

MINNESOTA COUNCIL OF AIRPORTS 644 Bayfield Street, Suite #120, St. Paul, MN 55107 Serving Minnesota Airports Since 1983   May 2, 2017, CONTACT: Tom Werner, Executive Director, Duluth Airport...
TKDA receives national safety award

Monday, May 01, 2017

TKDA was recognized by the National Safety Council for completing more than 3 million work hours without an occupational injury or illness resulting in days...
APEX Investor-Members Receive Progress Minnesota Awards

Monday, April 24, 2017

Each year APEX nominates several investor-members for Finance and Commerce's Progress Minnesota awards. Awarded annually, these projects recognize significant investment and economic impact within the...
APEX Spring Conference Season

Monday, April 24, 2017

Shared Services and Outsourcing In early March, APEX attended Shared Services and Outsourcing Week in Orlando. The conference is the world's largest and longest running event...
AMFA Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Arrowhead Manufacturers and Fabricators Association (AMFA) will celebrate their 20th anniversary in 2017. Since inception in 1997, AMFA has been dedicated to helping manufacturing...
Northland Foundation awards 33 grants

Monday, April 24, 2017

Investing in people and communities for a thriving northeastern Minnesota, the Northland Foundation approved a total of $406,120 in 33 grants during the first quarter...
TKDA unveils new Duluth office

Sunday, April 23, 2017

After years of designing some well-known spaces in the Twin Ports, TKDA decided it was time to design a new space of its own here....
TKDA receives national safety award - Press Release

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

TKDA receives national safety award SAINT PAUL, Minn. — TKDA, an employee-owned provider of engineering, architecture, and planning services, has been recognized by the National Safety...

"2016 Top State for Business"


"Minnesota lands back in top 10 of tech-business rankings"

Star Tribune

"#1 State for Quality of Life"


"Fastest-Growing State for Technology Jobs"

Dice, 2015

"Among the Top 10 Most Innovative States"


"Among the Top 15 Best States for Doing Business"


"#3 in Overall Healthcare"

U.S. News & World Report