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.

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...
St. Mary's designated in top tier for trauma care

Thursday, October 25, 2018

A six-year-long effort culminated Monday in an email that arrived in Jim Garvey's inbox. That's how Garvey, administrator of Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center, learned that...
Lakehead Constructors plans move to waterfront

Sunday, October 21, 2018

With plans in motion for Husky Energy refinery in Superior to purchase Lakehead Constructors facility at 2916 Hill Ave., the 100-plus year old construction company...
UMD planning new dorm, dining facilities

Sunday, October 14, 2018

The University of Minnesota Duluth is planning to construct a new dorm building and a dining facility at a total estimated cost of $59 million. The...
St. Luke’s opens fitness center in Proctor

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

St. Luke’s has announced the opening of the St. Luke’s Proctor Fitness Center, located in Proctor High School. It is open to both students and community...


"2016 Top State for Business"

CNBC


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

Star Tribune


"#1 State for Quality of Life"

Forbes


"Fastest-Growing State for Technology Jobs"

Dice, 2015


"Among the Top 10 Most Innovative States"

Bloomberg


"Among the Top 15 Best States for Doing Business"

Forbes


"#3 in Overall Healthcare"

U.S. News & World Report