Key Advantage #3 - High-Tech and Advanced Manufacturing

From increasing bandwidth for customers by harnessing optical technologies to building massive, and increasingly sophisticated, farm equipment, a number of St. Cloud exports rely on our infrastructure and skilled employees. And with continued growth in the high-tech arena, our downtown’s tech corridor rivals that of Minneapolis.

High-Tech Haven
With a sophisticated workforce, robust tech infrastructure, and shovel-ready sites all less than an hour from the Twin Cities, St. Cloud continues to shape the high-tech sector on a global basis. Dubbed "Minnesota's Silicon Prairie" nearly 10 years ago, downtown St. Cloud has some 15 high-tech businesses within 5 blocks. Netgain, GeoComm, Microbiologics, and Capital One are just a few of the companies that lean on downtown’s complete technology infrastructure including: 

  • Fiber optic cable
  • SONET
  • OC48
  • DSL and ATM exchanges
  • T1 bandwidth technologies

Advanced Manufacturing Assets
When German-based manufacturer Geringhoff considered where to build their specialized farm equipment in the U.S., St. Cloud became the clear choice among 27 competing cities. Not only does St. Cloud have the infrastructure for advanced manufacturing, our workforce has both the skills and the ambition to help companies succeed globally. Geringhoff wanted a place where they could find hard-working, honest employees and a great community that would support this growing business. Many local programs and schools ensure St. Cloud continues to advance advanced manufacturing. Both St. Cloud State and St. Cloud Technical and Community College are just two examples of school with specialties in energy, electronics, mechanical design, fabrication, engineering and more. 

From increasing bandwidth for customers by harnessing optical technologies to building massive, and increasingly sophisticated, farm equipment, a number of St. Cloud exports rely on our infrastructure and skilled employees. And with continued growth in the high-tech arena, our downtown’s tech corridor rivals that of Minneapolis.