Why Wright County?

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Wright County, its communities, and the Wright County Economic Development Partnership are positioned to help you prosper—whether you are an existing business or looking to locate here in Wright County.

Wright County Statistics – Source DEED

What sets Wright County apart from the rest? Employers seek out locations that offer a great return on their investment; here in Wright County our wage rates, real estate costs, labor force, and growth set us apart from our peers.

  • In 2019 Wright County had 3,383 business estableshmints
    • 212 of those estableshmints are manufacturers
    • 75.8% of all employers in Wright County have fewer than 10 employees
    • 47 employers in Wright County had 100 or more employees

Wright County Statistics – Source DEED

What sets Wright County apart from the rest? Employers seek out locations that offer a great return on their investment; here in Wright County our wage rates, real estate costs, labor force, and growth set us apart from our peers.

  • In 2019 Wright County had 3,383 business estableshmints
    • 212 of those estableshmints are manufacturers
    • 75.8% of all employers in Wright County have fewer than 10 employees
    • 47 employers in Wright County had 100 or more employees

Workforce

  • 4th highest labor force participation in state at 76.8%
  • 205 manufacturing firms (11.8% of workers); avg. wage= $47,060
  • Added the second largest number of jobs of any MN county from 2000 to 2010
  • Reasonable wage rates: Avg. in 2010= $33,592 (72% of MN avg. wages); MN= $46,748
  • 25.1% increase in available workers from 2000-2010
  • 36.9% have achieved an Associate’s degree or higher

Transportation

Wright County has a strong transportation network. It includes I-94, US 12, MN 55, MN 101, MN 25 and MN 24. Mississippi River crossings are located in Otsego, Monticello and Clearwater.

Two Class 1 railway systems pass through Wright County. The Canadian Pacific Railroad parallels MN 55, running through Rockford, Buffalo, Maple Lake, Annandale and South Haven. The BNSF Railway follows US 12. It passes through Delano, Montrose, Waverly, Howard Lake and Cokato.

Light air travel and transport is possible from two Wright County municipal airports in Buffalo and Maple Lake.

Transportation

Wright County has a strong transportation network. It includes I-94, US 12, MN 55, MN 101, MN 25 and MN 24. Mississippi River crossings are located in Otsego, Monticello and Clearwater.

Two Class 1 railway systems pass through Wright County. The Canadian Pacific Railroad parallels MN 55, running through Rockford, Buffalo, Maple Lake, Annandale and South Haven. The BNSF Railway follows US 12. It passes through Delano, Montrose, Waverly, Howard Lake and Cokato.

Light air travel and transport is possible from two Wright County municipal airports in Buffalo and Maple Lake.

Major Industries & Employers

Major Industries & Employment

Major industries in Wright County include power generation, manufacturing, health care and retail trade. Manufacturers produce electronic components, food products, engine drive components, machined and fabricated metal parts and wood products. Major employers include Xcel Energy, Bernatello’s Pizza Inc., Dura Supreme, MP NexLevel LLC, Landscape Structures, UMC, Ironworks, J&B Wholesale Distribution, Inc., Wright Hennepin Electric and the headquarters for Cargill Kitchen Solutions. Currently, 2,859 businesses make their homes in Wright County (2013).

In 2014, just over 17 percent of Wright County employees worked in manufacturing – seven points higher than the national average.

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