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.
Cirrus plane deliveries up in 2017
Friday, February 23, 2018
Cirrus delivered more than 350 planes in 2017, a high mark in recent years, and also added nearly 300 jobs at its various locations.
The Duluth-based aircraft manufacturer's 355 shipments of SR Series piston airplanes was an increase from 320 in 2016, 301 in 2015 and 308 in 2014.
In addition, Cirrus delivered 22 of its SF50 Vision Jets in 2017 — following its first three deliveries in 2016 — and is ramping up production, the company announced Wednesday.
Read more at the Duluth News Tribune.
APEX holds annual meeting, elects board
Monday, February 19, 2018
The Area Partnership for Economic Expansion (APEX) hosted its annual Board of Directors and investor-member meeting Jan. 25, which featured guest speaker LaMarr Barnes, CEO of U.S. Water Services, Inc., a division of ALLETE Inc.He addressed the interconnection of water and industry in our region and the importance of understanding and managing water in a sustainable way, APEX said in its annual report, released Thursday.
Read more at Business North.
Lake Superior College Foundation to Award over $100,000 in Student Scholarships
Friday, February 09, 2018
The Lake Superior College Foundation will award over $100,000 in student scholarships this spring, the most LSC Foundation has awarded in scholarships in recent history.
The annual scholarship application window opens this Friday, February 9, and will remain open until March 1. Current and prospective LSC students are encouraged to apply by visiting www.lsc.edu/foundation. There are several program-specific scholarships as well as dozens of general scholarships open to all current and in-coming students. Scholarships range from $500 to $2,500.
To read more, visit Business North.
Duluth News Tribune, community papers win MNA awards
Saturday, January 27, 2018
The Duluth News Tribune, Cloquet Pine Journal and Lake County News-Chronicle received a number of awards in the Minnesota Newspaper Association's annual Better Newspaper Contest....
MP, SWL&P recognized for work following Hurricane Irma
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
The Edison Electric Institute presented Minnesota Power and Superior Water, Light and Power with the association's "Emergency Assistance Award" for outstanding work assisting customers affected...
BLANDIN FOUNDATION AWARDS $4 MILLION IN GRANTS
Thursday, December 21, 2017
During their December meeting, Blandin Foundation trustees approved grants that strengthen rural Minnesota communities, including 50 grants totaling $2.6 million for a range of efforts...
Altec Inc. planning Duluth expansion
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Altec Inc. will invest $8.45 million and create 100 jobs in an expansion of its manufacturing facilities in Duluth, the Minnesota Department of Employment and...
APEX and member companies donate construction work wear
Monday, December 18, 2017
The Area Partnership for Economic Expansion (APEX) and several APEX investor-members are supporting the Duluth School District’s Construction Technology program. The Boldt Company, APi Group,...
Minnesota and China Connect
Monday, December 04, 2017
Through a class in cultural entrepreneurship, students at UMD and Ocean University in Qingdao, China now have the ability to enroll in the same course, and...
UMD CED: Student to Business Initiative
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Each semester the UMD Center for Economic Development collaborates with local faculty members on the Student to Business Initiative (SBI). This initiative partners student teams...
LSC sponsors business & industry career night Thursday
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Lake Superior College will sponsor a free business and industry career cight on from 5-8 p.m. Thursday on campus. Online reservations are recommended, but not required.
Participants can learn...
LSC offers practical nursing program for veterans
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Starting January 2018, Lake Superior College in Duluth will offer a six-month practical nursing program for recently discharged veterans with medic training and also for active duty...
St. Luke's celebrates receiving international award
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
St. Luke’s held a special ceremony Wednesday to celebrate its designation as a Baby-Friendly birth facility, a prestigious international award.
Baby-Friendly USA is the authority...
LHB desgns award-winning business center
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
The Saint Paul Port Authority and United Properties’ Midway Business Center in St. Paul received a 2017 Award of Excellence in the Light Industrial –...
IKONICS enters dye sublimation market
Friday, October 06, 2017
Duluth-based IKONICS Corp. has received a large order for its new dye sublimation product, through which high-quality images can be printed on a variety of...
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
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...
Maurices launches a campaign honoring teachers
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
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,...