Redwood County, based on information from 2014, is home to 38 manufacturing establishments that provide more than 800 jobs and more than $34 million in payroll annually.

What is manufacturing? According to the dictionary, it is the making of articles on a larger scale utilizing machinery.

According to Julie Rath of the Redwood Area Development Corporation (RADC) in Redwood Falls, manufacturing is a very important part of the local economy.

Redwood County, based on information from 2014, is home to 38 manufacturing establishments that provide more than 800 jobs and more than $34 million in payroll annually.

Statistics from 2013 show that manufacturing accounted for 13.8 percent of total em-ployment, which, according to Rath, is a higher concentration of total employment than that of the State of Minnesota, where 11.4 percent of jobs were in manufacturing.

The payroll for manufacturing jobs was 16.5 percent of the total Redwood County payroll in 2013 .

In Redwood County, the largest manufacturing sector is wood products, including manufactured homes, with food, signs, chemicals, fabricated metal, farm machinery and equipment and medical equipment and supplies manufacturing also part of the local business scene.

The dates of Oct. 1-10 have been set aside as a time to recognize the role manufacturing plays in Minnesota, and in a recent proclamation, Corey Theis, Redwood Falls mayor, those days are being recognized locally as Minnesota manufacturing week.

According to that proclamation, “manufacturing directly and indirectly supports more than 805,000 high-skill, high-wage jobs, which significantly contribute to Minnesota’s high standard of living” and “manufacturing has the second largest payroll among private-sector businesses in Minne-sota, providing $19 billion in wages.”

To celebrate manufacturing week, an event is taking place in the community this coming Tuesday. From 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. That day a luncheon is being held at the Amer-ican Legion hall in Redwood Falls.

During the luncheon, manufacturing businesses are going to be recognized, with those in the industry being given a chance to share what is happening in their business.

A keynote presentation is being offered by Edward Dieter, deputy director of the Minnesota trade office.

The trade office is an agency that provides assistance to companies with export sales. It is the export arm of the Minnesota Depart-ment of Employment and Economic Devel-opment (DEED).

Those who wish to attend are asked to sign-up at the RADC by noon tomorrow. Con-tact Rath by calling (507) 637-4004 or via e-mail at julie@redwood-falls.org Tickets are $12 per person. All are invited to attend the luncheon next week.