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Sherburne County is committed to helping businesses from all sectors find the sites, workforce and resources they need to thrive. A variety of successful business and industrial parks and active economic development authorities support development activity.
Sherburne County located in the rapidly growing area between the St. Cloud and Minneapolis-St. Paul MSAs. Strategically located on the northwestern edge of the Greater MSP region, it is uniquely positioned to support the southeast expansion of the St. Cloud area and the northwest expansion of the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Northstar Commuter Rail provides convenient access to the downtown Minneapolis at Target Station, a major transit hub for Metro Transit system - including light rail connections to the University of Minnesota and St. Paul via the Green Line (opening in 2014) and MSP International Airport/Mall of America via the Blue Line. Commuter rail stations are located in Elk River and Big Lake. Northstar Link Commuter Bus service connects the commuter rail station in Big Lake with the transit system in St. Cloud, providing convenient access to passengers moving between the two metro areas.
Major industries include utilities, fabricated metal product manufacturing, machinery manufacturing, plastics and rubber manufacturing, furniture and related product manufacturing, manufacturing, health care and retail.
Reflecting its exceptional telecommunications capacity, the county is home to two Fortune 50 data centers - Target and United Health Care - as well as the Midwest uplink facility for Direct TV. A group of local energy companies and entrepreneurs earned Elk River, the county seat, the title of "Energy City" by the Minnesota Environmental Initiative.
The following tables show the largest employers in Sherburne County in the Production & Distribution, Retail, and Health Care industries.
|Production & Distribution|
|Sysco Western Minnesota||Food wholesaler||St. Cloud||450|
|Cargill Kitchen Solutions||Poultry Processing Plants||Big Lake||435|
|Crystal Cabinets||Cabinet mfgr||Princeton||342|
|Remmele Engineering Inc||Surgical appliances and supplies||Big Lake||290|
|Great River Energy||Electric generation||Elk River||210|
|Sportech Inc||Snowmobiles||Elk River||185|
|Tescom Corporation||Industrial valves||Elk River||170|
|Liberty Paper Inc||Corrugated paper mfgr||Becker||140|
|US Distilled Products||Beverage mfgr||Princeton||136|
|E & O Tool & Plastics Inc||Plastic injection molding||Elk River||110|
|Cretex, Inc||Precast concrete products||Elk River||109|
|Metal Craft Mch & Engrg Inc||Surgical & medical instruments||Elk River||105|
|AMCON Block & Precast||Concrete-Block & Brick||St. Cloud||100|
|Alltool Pinnacle Design & Mfg||Metal stampings||Elk River||99|
|Acromix Machinery||Mfgr & custom machining||Elk River||90|
|Faribault Foods Beverage Inc||Bottled and canned soft drinks||Elk River||84|
|Gentra Systems Inc||Diagnostic substances||Big Lake||84|
|Plaisted Co||Sand & Gravel||Elk River||80|
|Elk River Machine||Machine Shop||Elk River||70|
|TJ Potter Trucking||Warehousing||Becker||66|
|Wolf Material Handling Systems||Belt conveyor systems||Elk River||66|
|Brothers Fire Protection||Sprinklers-Fire Protection||Elk River||65|
|Select Transcription Inc||Medical back office||Elk River||62|
|Wal-Mart||General merchandise||Elk River||354|
|Coborns||Grocery||Elk River/Big Lake/Princeton||265|
|Becker Furniture World||Furniture||Becker||255|
|Menards||Lumber & home improvement||Elk River||173|
|First National Financial Services||Financial services||Elk River||142|
|The Bank of Elk River||Financial services||Elk River||107|
|Cub Foods||Grocery||Elk River||100|
|Home Depot||Lumber & home improvement||Elk River||100|
|Elk River Ford||Automobile dealership||Elk River||94|
|Accurate Home Care||Home health||Zimmerman||1000|
|Saint Benedict's Care Center||Nursing care||St. Cloud||540|
|Fairview Northland||Health care||Princeton||413|
|Guardian Angels of Elk River||Nursing care||Elk River||374|
|Elk River Nursing Home||Nursing care||Elk River||240|
|Avalon Home Care||Home health||Elk River||110|
|Allina Health||Clinci||Elk River||55|
2015 Population (Estimate): 91,845
2015 Households (Estimate): 31,282
Sherburne County straddles two of the fastest growing population centers in the state -the Minneapolis Saint Paul metro area and Saint Cloud - and with its good commuter rail and bus service, Sherburne County has experienced rapid residential growth. Sherburne County is expected to be one of the fastest growing counties over the coming decades. From 2010 to 2035, the Minnesota State Demographic Center expects that the county’s population will grow by 73%. Sherburne County’s labor force is projected to grow by 63%. Many residents leave the county for employment, creating an opportunity for new employers to tap an available skilled workforce.
The educational profile of Sherburne County residents is strong. It is particularly well-suited to technical and skilled production and back office operations. Wages are typically lower than the in the Greater MSP core - a bottom-line advantage for employers.
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St. Cloud State University, offers fully accredited undergraduate business and MBA programs and a Master of Science in Information Assurance. The 100,000 square foot Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility reflects the university’s commitment to research partnerships with business.
The Minnesota School of Business has a campus located in Elk River and offers over 40 Degree programs.
Anoka Technical College and St. Cloud Technical and Community College are located just minutes away and offer excellent support for the manufacturing, medical device and information technology sectors.
Employers appreciate Sherburne County’s workforce characteristics
Located on the edge of the metro area, Sherburne County employers enjoy access to scientific, technical and professional workforce attracted to the metro area as well as the stable, productive, rural workforce. This also results in more competitive wage rates. The average hourly wage for manufacturing workers in Sherburne County is 28% lower than in the more urbanized 7-county metro area 15% lower than the nation.
Sherburne County and adjacent counties are expected to enjoy significant labor force growth, even as the overall workforce experiences challenges related to the aging of the baby boom generation.
Sherburne County offers excellent transportation linkages to the rest of the state and nation. Two four-lane U.S. Highways (169 and 10) provide excellent access to Minneapolis-St. Paul, St. Cloud, North Dakota, northern Minnesota and beyond. Three Minnesota highways provide direct access to Interstate 94. The BNSF main line from Chicago to Seattle traverses the county, providing rail service to business parks adjacent to US Highway 10.
Public airports are located in St. Cloud, Princeton and Clear Lake.
Sherburne County residents enjoy the Elk River YMCA, and the Becker Community Center - complete with pool, fitness center and banquet rooms. An extensive network of parks and trails, the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, Sand Dunes State Forest, high quality golf courses, area lakes and the Mississippi River provide access to outdoor fun. Crime, taxes and housing prices all relatively low, make it attractive to younger families and workers.