Brooklyn Park shines spotlight on city's manufacturing businesses
As the state highlights its manufacturing industry with Minnesota Manufacturing Week, Brooklyn Park will officially unveil a two year campaign called "Built in Brooklyn Park" designed to call attention to the importance of manufacturing businesses in the city.

In Minnesota, the manufacturing industry supports 318,000 jobs and contributes $48 billion to the state's economy.

In Brooklyn Park, manufacturing employs 20 percent of the city's workforce. Companies such as Star Exhibits, Olympus, Diversified Plastics and Design Ready Controls are just a few of more than 150 manufacturing based businesses in the city.

"We find that people are really interested in seeing what's produced in Brooklyn Park and what kind of impact it has on the community," said Angelica Klebsch, business development coordinator for Brooklyn Park.
As the Brooklyn Park business community gathers together on Thursday for the annual Business Forward Forum,  the city will officially launch its "Built in Brooklyn Park" ad campaign and new website. The campaign is designed to highlight local manufacturing companies and the products they make.

"Built in Brooklyn Park is our opportunity to kind of turn these businesses inside out and show people all the amazing products they make," said Daniela Lorenz, project facilitator for Brooklyn Park.

In addition to highlighting the manufacturing community, Brooklyn Park is also calling attention to its revamped Business Forward app.

The interactive and user-friendly site maps every single Brooklyn Park business from restaurants to manufacturers. It's a tool the city hopes is helpful to residents, businesses, and those exploring a move to the city.

"We still have 1,100 acres of undeveloped land, and we have a lot of opportunities for redevelopment here in the city," said Klebsch.

Brooklyn Park's Business Forward Forum is Thursday starting at 11 a.m. at Edinburgh USA. To register for the event visit www.brooklynpark.org/events.

Alexandra Renslo reporting
Twitter: @alexrenslo

October 2, 2017


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