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A welder at Schweiss Doors of rural Fairfax builds one of the bi-fold and hydraulic doors the company produces for customers throughout North America and much of the globe. The business is one part of a manufacturing sector that accounts for more than 25 percent of the total payroll in Renville County. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

Southwest Minnesota finds itself a diversified and relevant manufacturing center

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Renville County is known as a leader in agricultural production, but there is a different type of production that plays a big economic role here too. Manufacturing firms employ 15.3 percent of the workforce and account for 25.6 percent of the total payroll in the county, according to figures for 2010 from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.


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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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