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Brian Hanson President & CEO

www.apexgetsbusiness.com brian@apexgetsbusiness.com 001-218-740-3667
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APEX: Area Partnership for Economic Expansion

APEX: Area Partnership for Economic Expansion - NE Minnesota & NW Wisconsin

APEX Gets Business

APEX prepares the compelling business case required for senior management to cost-justify the decision to locate, expand or stay in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.

APEX is a private sector-led business development engine established to promote sustainable growth in the APEX region. APEX investor-members represent many of the largest and most influential organizations in the region with a vested interest in business attraction, expansion and retention.

APEX business and economic development efforts focus on areas including aviation, technology, manufacturing, professional services and next generation forest products. Since 2003, the organization has impacted over 4,340 jobs in the region, resulting in a regional payroll of over $177.9 million and contributing to over $24.5 million annually in state and local taxes.

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APEX: Area Partnership for Economic Expansion

Community Profile


288,732 (Duluth-Superior MSA)

GDP per Capita

54,685 $ (Duluth-Superior MSA)



(Duluth-Superior MSA)

Focus Industries

Advanced Manufacturing, Aviation / Aerospace, Chemicals / Plastics / Advanced Materials, Data / IT, Fabrication, Healthcare / Medical Devices / Life Sciences / Pharma, Transportation

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APEX: Area Partnership for Economic Expansion

List of European Companies who have already invested

Name Industry No. of Employees
AccelorMittal (Luxembourg) Mining 362
UPM (Finland) Agriculture 250
Tate & Lyle (UK) Food/Beverage Processing 43
Victorinox (Switzerland) Advanced Manufacturing 43
Lonza (Switzerland) Chemicals 20