The City of New Ulm has a workforce that is 87,000 persons strong.  This is an estimate of the workforce within an approximate 30-mile radius of New Ulm. This workforce plays an important role in the success of the local employers.  A previous Plant Manager of Firmenich says:  “The employees are hardworking and dedicated.  Employees have a strong work ethic in which they constantly strive to perform and provide great customer service to our clients.”  A previous Plant Manager for New Ulm’s 3M states:  “The workforce in New Ulm is dedicated to serving customers and helping the business continuously improve.  Our employees are key to our success.”

Employment by Industry

IndustryBrown CountySouth Central Region
Natural Resources and Mining5213,089
Manufacturing 2,66818,645
Trade, Transportation and Utilities 2,72619,702
Information 278 2,244
Financial Activities458 3,524 
Professional and Business Services9285,687 
Education and Health Services3,11227,552 
Leisure and Hospitality1,112 8,530 
Other Services262 3,075 
Government 6335,163

Major Employers

EmployerProducts/ServicesEmployee Count
3M CorporationElectrical Equipment & Component Mfg.700
New Ulm Medical CenterGeneral Medical & Surgical Hospital600 
Kraft Foods Dairy Product Manufacturing495 
New Ulm Public Schools – I.S.D # 88 Elementary and Secondary Schools 306
Brown CountyCounty offices275
Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI)Dairy Product Manufacturing 252 
J & R Schugel Trucking General Freight Trucking 220
Hy-Vee FoodsFull-service Grocery216 
MRCI Work Opportunities for the Disabled200
Cash Wise FoodsFull-Service Grocery200
City of New UlmLocal Government 181
Wal-MartGeneral Retail and Grocery Store180
Minnesota Valley Testing LaboratoriesAnalytical Testing Laboratory170
Oak Hills Living CenterAssisted and Nursing Care Facility168
Martin Luther CollegeAccredited Private College158
Elkay Wood ProductsWooden Cabinet Components134
Beacon PromotionsPromotional Printing and Sales120
Best Western PlusFull-Service Hotel110
Parker HannifinElectrical Equipment Manufacturing103
Dittrich SpecialtiesSemi-conductor & Electrical Components100
New Ulm Public UtilitiesGas, Steam, Water and Wastewater91
Christensen FarmsAgricultural Buyer and Supplier90
Windings, Inc.Electrical Equipment Manufacturing90
ILPEAAppliance and Miscellaneous Gaskets90
Firmenich, Inc.Food Flavorings Manufacturer89
M. R. Paving & ExcavatingPaving and Road Construction85