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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

Industry Brown County South Central Region
Natural Resources and Mining 521 3,089
Construction 560 3,756
Manufacturing  2,668 18,645
Trade, Transportation and Utilities  2,726 19,702
Information  278  2,244
Financial Activities 458  3,524 
Professional and Business Services 928 5,687 
Education and Health Services 3,112 27,552 
Leisure and Hospitality 1,112  8,530 
Other Services 262  3,075 
Government  633 5,163

Major Employers

Employer Products/Services Employee Count
3M Corporation Electrical Equipment & Component Mfg. 700
New Ulm Medical Center General Medical & Surgical Hospital 600 
Kraft Foods  Dairy Product Manufacturing 495 
New Ulm Public Schools – I.S.D # 88  Elementary and Secondary Schools  306
Brown County County offices 275
Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) Dairy Product Manufacturing  252 
J & R Schugel Trucking  General Freight Trucking  220
Hy-Vee Foods Full-service Grocery 216 
MRCI  Work Opportunities for the Disabled 200
Cash Wise Foods Full-Service Grocery 200
City of New Ulm Local Government  181
Wal-Mart General Retail and Grocery Store 180
Minnesota Valley Testing Laboratories Analytical Testing Laboratory 170
Oak Hills Living Center Assisted and Nursing Care Facility 168
Martin Luther College Accredited Private College 158
Elkay Wood Products Wooden Cabinet Components 134
Beacon Promotions Promotional Printing and Sales 120
Best Western Plus Full-Service Hotel 110
Parker Hannifin Electrical Equipment Manufacturing 103
Dittrich Specialties Semi-conductor & Electrical Components 100
New Ulm Public Utilities Gas, Steam, Water and Wastewater 91
Christiansen Farms Agricultural Buyer and Supplier 90
Windings, Inc. Electrical Equipment Manufacturing 90
ILPEA Appliance and Miscellaneous Gaskets 90
Firmenich, Inc. Food Flavorings Manufacturer 89
M. R. Paving & Excavating Paving and Road Construction 85