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.

U.S. Bank begins year with strong results

Monday, April 22, 2019

U.S. Bancorp reported net income of 1.69 billion on $5.57 billion of revenue during its first quarter of 2019. Diluted earnings per common share were...
LHB receives Governor’s Safety Award

Monday, April 15, 2019

LHB will be recognized for excellence in workplace safety and health during the Governor’s Safety Awards ceremony on May 8. LHB is one of 294...
Allete closes on sale of water company

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Allete Inc., the Duluth-based parent company of Minnesota Power, has closed on its $270 million sale of a water subsidiary to Tokyo-based Kurita Water Industries....
PUC again reaffirms Line 3 approval

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission again on Tuesday stood by its decisions to permit Enbridge's contentious Line 3 oil pipeline in northern Minnesota. In late June,...
Lake View Hospital in Two Harbors expanding

Monday, March 25, 2019

Administrators at Lake View Hospital in Two Harbors have announced an expansion that would connect the hospital and medical clinic into one contiguous campus. Lake View...
Pro Print acquires Jiffy Print

Monday, March 25, 2019

Pro Print, which began in Duluth in 1977, has purchased Superior’s Jiffy Print from Marcia Manion, who is retiring. The Superior location’s name has been...
New leader named for Lake Superior College

Friday, March 22, 2019

An administrator with experience at other Minnesota schools was appointed as the new president at Lake Superior College. Patricia Rogers’ tenure will begin July 1, according...
Army Corps OKs PolyMet's wetlands permit

Friday, March 22, 2019

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE ) has issued the last remaining major permit for PolyMet’s NorthMet project near Hoyt Lakes. The company now holds all...
Barr earns national recognition

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Barr Engineering, Inc. of Duluth has earned a National Recognition Award for exemplary engineering achievement in the American Council of Engineering Companies’ (ACEC) 52nd annual Engineering...
Cirrus increases production

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Cirrus Aircraft saw strong growth in 2018, boosting production of its SR22 piston-engine airplanes by 7 percent and delivering nearly triple the number of turbine...
PolyMet permitting caps years of hard work

Monday, February 18, 2019

The PolyMet nonferrous mine project near Hoyt Lakes was pretty much on life support in 2012. And its prognosis was bleak after the federal EPA...
Port's 2018 cargo exceeds prior year

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The Port of Duluth-Superior finished the 2018 shipping season on a strong note, with cargo totaling 35.9 million short tons. That compares with 35.2 million during...
AAR expands training partnership with LSC

Thursday, January 24, 2019

AAR — a firm that operates a maintenance, repair and overhaul facility for commercial aircraft in Duluth — announced Thursday it will expand its partnership...
American Airlines adds Duluth-Chicago service

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

American Airlines is adding daily direct service to and from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Tickets go on sale Jan. 28 for service beginning on May 23/ “We’re thrilled...
Cirrus Aircraft honored with APEX Summit Award

Friday, January 18, 2019

The Area Partnership for Economic Expansion (APEX) recognized Cirrus Aircraft with the organization’s Summit Award citing it as a global innovator in aviation and an...
maurices sales rise over holidays

Monday, January 14, 2019

Duluth-based retailer maurices saw holiday sales rise 2 percent over the year before, parent company Ascena Retail Group announced Monday. Across all its brands, which...
Cirrus Aircraft unveils Generation 2 Vision Jet

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Cirrus Aircraft announced the launch of its next generation Vision JetTM – called the ‘G2’ – which the Duluth-based company said offers enhanced performance, comfort and...
J.R. Jensen unveils new office, warehouse

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

J.R. Jensen Construction hosted a fall open house last week for the Area Partnership for Economic Expansion (APEX) investor-members. Nearly 50 business and community leaders...
RSM September Insider

Friday, November 30, 2018

On September 26, 2018, RSM celebrated 100 years of serving the region with tax, audit and consulting services at the APEX Insider Event at their...
J.R. Jensen October Insider

Friday, November 30, 2018

Photo Credit: Steve Isola   On Thursday, October 25, J.R. Jensen Construction (J.R. Jensen) hosted an Insider event for APEX investor-members. Nearly 50 business and community leaders...
PolyMet Receives Permits to Mine

Friday, November 30, 2018

November marked a major milestone for industrial job creation in northern Minnesota. On November 1, 2018, the Minnesota DNR issued PolyMet a permit to mine, six water...
Enabling Technology on the Railroad

Friday, November 30, 2018

At the September APEX Board of Directors meeting, investor-members had the opportunity to learn more about how the BNSF Railroad is leveraging technology innovation to enhance safety...
Future Forest Stewards Host North Star Expo

Friday, November 30, 2018

Wood and timber products are one of Minnesota’s valuable natural resources. The forestry industry provides a wide variety of good-paying jobs in the region with...
APEX Hires New Operations Specialist

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Duluth, MN: The Area Partnership for Economic Expansion (APEX) is pleased to welcome Janet Windus to the team in the newly created position of Operations...
APEX Debuts 360-Degree Virtual Reality Tour

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Duluth, MN: The Area Partnership for Economic Expansion (APEX) is pleased to announce the availability of a 360-degree virtual reality (VR) tour that provides prospective...

"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