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Brian Hanson President & CEO

www.apexgetsbusiness.com [email protected] 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.

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


291,638 (Duluth-Superior MSA (2020))


(Duluth-Superior MSA (2019))

GDP per Capita

48,698 $ (Duluth-Superior MSA (2020))



(Duluth-Superior MSA (2021))

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